From the crack of dawn and through the night, the sports world is going sicko mode right now. Every second I step off Twitter... poof, something major happened. There is one thing I learned after today. The devil works hard. Woj, Shams, and Passan work harder. It was a lot to keep track of today, so here are the biggest headliners.
The Showtime Lakers are back
There was a deal in place for the Lakers to acquire Buddy Hield from the Sacramento Kings. It involved Kyle Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell for the young guard. Moments later, that trade was null-and-void, and a much sweeter offer came to the table. A call from Washington Wizards for Russell Westbrook. The Lakers shipped off Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell, and the No.22 pick tonight for the former MVP. LA added two future 2nd round picks from the Wizards. With 34 All-Star appearances between LeBron, AD, and Westbrook, the showtime Lakers have the firepower. Do the Lakers secure another title in 2022?
The NBA Draft
It's crazy how Shams Charania can announce a pick 10 minutes before it occurs. He is a wizard. The NBA draft was headlined by major talent, with the likes of Cade Cunnigham, Jalen Green, and Evan Mobley heading to the Pistons, Rockets, and Cavs respectively.
After a firesale at the deadline, the rebuilding Orland Magic snagged two gems with picks number 5 and 8. March Madness stars Gonzaga's Jalen Suggs and Michigan's Franz Wagner will team up under new head coach, Jamahl Mosley.
UConn star, James Bouknight, was selected 11th by the Charlotte Hornets. He'll team up with LaMelo Ball to form a filthy back-court.
OKC traded one of their first-round picks to the Rockets... for more first-round picks. OKC will now have 17 Future 1st-Round Picks starting in 2022. Sam Presti is something else.
The nicest moment of the night was that the NBA paid tribute to Terrence Clarke during the draft. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver following the lottery portion of the event recognized Clarke as an official draftee of the league. The Kentucky Wildcat was a projected first-round pick who tragically passed away in a car accident back in April.
Major names on the move in the MLB
It's that time of the year where teams are either buyers or sellers. There is no clear-cut runaway contender at the moment, so plenty of moves were to be made. Brad Hand heads to the Blue Jays, Cesar Hernandez to the White Sox, the stove started to heat right up.
Wednesday night brought the news that the Yankees acquired All-Star power hitter Joey Gallo from the Rangers. The deal was finalized in the morning, but they weren't done there. Out of left-field, the Yankees snagged one of the core Cubs in Anthony Rizzo, for two prospects in right-handed pitcher Alexander Vizcaino and outfielder Kevin Alcantara. Two major upgrades for the short porch could help propel the Yankees through the postseason.
The Dodgers heard the Padres wanted Mad Max and laughed in their face. At 9 pm the blockbuster of all blockbusters occurred. Jeff Passan reported that All-Star right-hander Max Scherzer and star shortstop Trea Turner were traded to the LA from the Washington Nationals for a "massive prospect haul". Holy hell, the rich get richer.
There are still a lot of big-time players on the block that could be on the move. Such names include Kyle Schawrber, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Craig Kimbrel, Trevor Story, and Jose Berrios.
Team USA's Sunisa Lee takes home Olympic gold in the women's all-around gymnastics
With Simone Biles withdrawing from the competition, all eyes were on the 18-year-old rising star, Sunisa Lee. All the pressure and she performed masterfully. She strung together a masterful performance, edging Rebeca Andrade of Brazil by .135 points to take home the gold. Lee becomes the sixth American gymnast to accomplish the feat. Team USA has won this event for the fifth straight Olympics. Pure dominance.
The United States is heading to the Gold Cup
Columbus Crew striker, Gyasi Zardes, knocked in the winning goal in the 87th minute to clinch USMNT a trip to the Gold Cup title game. USA will head to Vegas this weekend for the final and a chance to win the USMNT its first Gold Cup since 2017. The USA will play the winner of the second semifinal between Mexico and Canada. Mexico beat the United States in the 2019 Gold Cup final.