Teague to the Pacers, Hill to the Jazz as Hawks acquire the 12th Pick in the Draft


The Atlanta Hawks are sending guard Jeff Teague to the Indiana Pacers as part of a three-way deal that includes the Utah Jazz, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

Point guard George Hill will go from the Pacers to the Jazz, and Utah will send the No. 12 pick in Thursday’s draft to Atlanta.

Sources tell ESPN’s Marc Stein that the Hawks plan to shop the No. 12 as well as the 21st overall pick in Thursday night’s draft, in hopes of creating further financial flexibility that would allow them to re-sign big man Al Horford and swingman Kent Bazemore.

The Hawks want to hang onto both players and know Horford and Bazemore will receive significant interest from other teams. ESPN reported earlier Wednesday that the Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons andLos Angeles Lakers are among the teams that plan to pursue Horford once free agency starts July 1.

Teague revealed earlier this month in an Instagram post that he later deleted that he played the entire 2015-16 season with a torn patellar tendon in his knee and “could barely jump or stop.”

He did not require surgery following an MRI taken after the Hawks were eliminated from the postseason, a source told ESPN’s Mike Mazzeo.

Teague, 27, appeared in 79 regular-season games in 2015-16, averaging 15.7 points and 5.9 assists while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range. But in 10 playoff games, he shot just 38 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3-point range while averaging 14.5 points and 6.1 assists.

Hill, 30, averaged 12.1 points and 3.4 assists in 74 regular-season games last season. He averaged 13.6 points and 2.1 assists in the Pacers’ seven-game playoff loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Teague and Hill are both scheduled to make $8 million next season, after which they will become unrestricted free agents.

The trade of Teague appears to put Dennis Schroder, 22, in line to start at point guard for the Hawks. Schroder declared after the Hawks were eliminated from the playoffs that he wanted to be a starting point guardnext season.

In the Hawks’ Game 4 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Schroder finished with 21 points, 13 coming in the fourth quarter, where he played while Teague sat on the bench. He was even the go-to option in the final minutes for the Hawks. It was his second outing of 20-plus points in the series. And he averaged 15.3 points and 4.8 assists in 20.3 minutes against Cleveland in the second round.

The Vertical first reported news of the trade.

John Lewis leads sit-in on House floor over guns


Washington (CNN)John Lewis revived Wednesday one of the most evocative forms of protest from the civil rights movement — the sit-in — to demand House Republicans move on gun control.

In a move rich with historic symbolism, the civil rights icon and Democratic congressman from Georgia led a dramatic protest inside the House of Representatives. He and fellow Democrats sat down at the front of the chamber in an unusual demonstration of civil disobedience challenging Republican Speaker Paul Ryan.
“Sometimes you have to do something out of the ordinary. Sometimes you have to make a way out of no way. We have been too quiet for too long,” Lewis said. “There comes a time when you have to say something, when you have to make a little noise, when you have to move your feet. This is the time. Now is the time to get in the way. The time to act is now. We will be silent no more.”
Lewis was sent encouragement by one former president and the current one.
“Thank you John Lewis for leading on gun violence where we need it most,” President BarackObama tweeted.
In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Lewis said “too many of our children, too many of our sisters and brothers, our mothers and fathers, our friends, our cousins are dying by guns and we have to do something about it.”
He said lawmakers would remain on the floor.
“We don’t have any intention of leaving anytime soon,” Lewis said.
The sit-in follows the shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub earlier this month that killed 49 people — the deadliest incident of gun violence in American history. The shooting is renewing the debate over gun control legislation, which seems poised to go nowhere in Congress. The Senate blocked several gun measures Monday even as a CNN/ORC poll this week found that public support for changes such as tighter background checks hovers around 90%.
Ryan didn’t commit to holding a vote.
“The House cannot operate without members following the rules of the institution, so the House has recessed subject to the call of the chair,” his spokesman AshLee Strong said in a statement.
Several Republicans congressman criticized the sit-in as a political stunt.
“Calling this a sit-in is a disgrace to Woolworth’s,” Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina tweeted. “They sat-in for rights. Dems are ‘sitting-in’ to strip them away.”
Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan tweeted, “Democrats are staging a sit-in on the House floor. They refuse to leave until our Constitution replaces due process with secret lists.”
Lewis, 76, perhaps the most prominent of the 1960s-era civil rights leaders still alive, is sometimes called the “Conscience of the U.S. Congress” and attracts wide bipartisan respect for his role and moral example in the struggle to end racial segregation.
He organized sit-ins at segregated lunch counters after being inspired to join Martin Luther King Jr.’s crusade for equality and eventually led the mass march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on Bloody Sunday in 1965, one of the epochal events in American history. Lewis was beaten so badly by Alabama state troopers that they fractured his skull.
On Wednesday, the group of lawmakers chanted from the floor: “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired!” and “No bill, no break!” while the House remained in recess.
As the sit-in gathered momentum, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, a prominent gun control advocate following the Sandy Hook school massacre in 2012, walked over and joined the sit-in. The lawmaker led a nearly 15-hour filibuster in the Senate last week asking lawmakers to vote on gun reform. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren also joined the group.
Former President Bill Clinton tweeted his encouragement, writing, “This is leadership” and linking to Lewis’ tweet about the sit-in.
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Derrick Rose set to join Knicks after trade from Bulls


The Knicks and Bulls have agreed to a deal that will send former All-Star point guard Derrick Rose to New York, sources told ESPN.

The Knicks are sending center Robin Lopez, guard Jose Calderon and guard Jerian Grant to Chicago, which is shipping guard Justin Holiday, Rose and a 2017 second-round pick back to New York, sources said.

The Chicago Tribune first reported the deal.

ESPN reported last week that the Knicks had internal discussions recently about trading for Rose, the NBA MVP for the 2010-11 season.

Both Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek and general manager Steve Mills had said that the team was interested in upgrading their point guard position in the offseason.

Rose will be a free agent after the 2016-17 season. He averaged 16.4 points on 42.7 percent shooting and 4.7 assists in 66 games in 2015-16.

The six-year veteran has appeared in just 50 percent of the Bulls’ regular-season games over the past four years because of various injuries, including two major knee surgeries.

The Bulls have scheduled a 5 p.m. ET news conference Wednesday.


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