Patrick Beverley: Latest News, Rumors and Speculation Surrounding Free-Agent PG

The Houston Rockets will have the right to match any offer sent Patrick Beverley’s way. That’s apparently not going to stop teams from trying to lure him away.

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4 Teams Contact Beverley as Free Agency Opens

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Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reported the Rockets, Knicks, Kings and Mavericks have each been in contact with Beverley in the opening hours of free agency.

As a restricted free agent, Beverley won’t be in total control of his future team. The Rockets can match any offer put on the table, which should depress his market somewhat. Beverley, 26, averaged 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game last season.

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While he’s a flawed offensive player, Beverley remains a solid on-ball defender with an aggressive mindset. He helped prop up James Harden at times by willingly defending bigger opposing guards and allowing Harden to take a bigger offensive role. Beverley has also developed into a solid three-point shooter, hitting 35.6 percent of his shots from deep last season.

The overwhelming likelihood remains Beverley re-signing with the Rockets. Houston has one of the thinnest point guard rotations in basketball. Beverley knows his role within the team ecosystem and won’t come with an onerous long-term contract.

The only alternatives that present themselves are the Rockets finding a trade for an available point guard or a team showering Beverley with an onerous contract. Houston lost Chandler Parsons last summer after Dallas pulled a similar move. It’s at least possible history will repeat itself. 

 

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Anthony Davis, Pelicans Agree on New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

In a move that’s been months in the making, the New Orleans Pelicans and superstar forward Anthony Davis have reportedly agreed to terms on a max contract extension. 

According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the 22-year-old’s new deal will pay him $145 million over five years. The extension will officially kick in at the start of the 2016-17 season once Davis earns a shade over $7 million during the final year of his rookie contract. 

As Bleacher Report’s Sean Highkin noted, Davis’ deal could look like one of the league’s best based on his lofty trajectory: 

And because the lucrative new deal doesn’t start reflecting on the Pelicans’ cap sheet until a year from now, Davis has a chance to earn even more money by virtue of the collective bargaining agreement’s Rose Rule.

Thanks to a clause in the CBA, Davis will be able to earn between 25 and 30 percent of the Pelicans’ total salary-cap figure if he meets one of the following benchmarks before the extension starts paying out: 

  • Voted by the fans as a starter to his second All-Star team
  • Win MVP
  • Make his second All-NBA team

Entering just his fourth NBA season, Davis has already established himself as one of the league’s most polished players.

Not only has he led the league in blocks in back-to-back seasons, but he also joined LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O’Neal, Tracy McGrady, David Robinson and Dwyane Wade as the only players in league history to finish a campaign with a player efficiency rating over 30. 

Davis was also the only player to average at least 20 points, 10 boards and two rejections while shooting at least 50 percent from the field last season, per Basketball-Reference.com

The 6’10” big man flashed a terrifying ability to step out and hit jump shots on a regular basis. According to Basketball-Reference, Davis drilled 45.1 percent of his shots between 10 and 16 feet and another 41.9 percent between 16 feet and the three-point line. 

According to Pelicans.com’s Jim Eichenhofer, new Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry wants Davis to get even more comfortable with his long-range jumper next season: 

And with Gentry keen on pushing the pace in an uptempo system that should accentuate Davis’ strengths on both ends, there’s a chance the Pelicans’ prodigy could post even gaudier numbers as his career rolls along.

This certainly won’t be the last max contract Davis signs. 

Mac OS X 10.10.4 Supports TRIM for Third-Party SSD Hard Drives

Earlier today Apple released OS X 10.10.4, an under-the-hood update to OS X that introduced several bug fixes and improvements. One improvement, according to Ars Technica, is support for TRIM for third-party SSD hard drives. We previously covered TRIM likely coming natively to the next version of OS X El Capitan but it appears support has already arrived.

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With today’s OS X 10.10.4 update, however, Apple has added a command line utility that can be used to enable TRIM on third-party SSDs without having to download and install anything. Called trimforce, the utility can be executed from the OS X terminal, and it requires a reboot to start working.

TRIM is a system-level command that allows the operating system and the drive to communicate about which areas of the drive are considered unused and thus ready to be erased and rewritten to. In the absence of TRIM, users can see significantly slower drive writes as the drive begins to fill up. Most modern operating systems support TRIM but for Apple’s OS X, it has only included support for its OEM SSDs. This means that Mac users looking to install an after-market SSD in a machine originally intended for spinning disc hard drives would run into trouble without the help of other third-party tools.

To enable TRIM, a user just has to type “sudo trimforce enable” into the Terminal window. Ars Technica points out that running TRIM prompts a “scary” message from the system, but notes it’s largely because each SSD implements TRIM in a different way, with older disks sometimes acting in a way OS X would not expect.

MacRumors forum readers have been testing and discussing the update in our forums and sharing their experiences.


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What Do Guns, Babies, And Bible Verses Have In Common? Bristol Palin, Duh!

Bristol Palin recently revealed she’s pregnant AGAIN. While that was pretty surprising, it all just keeps getting weirder.

First, she announced her pregnancy by calling herself a “disappointment.” Then, she decided to take the whole statement back in a blog post where she admitted the baby was totally planned.

Now, she’s running around toting guns and quoting the bible! What the what?

[ Related: Bristol's Ex Levi Johnston Has Got Her Back! ]

On Monday, the 24-year-old posted a photo to Instagram (above) showing herself holding a gun in the middle of the woods, positioned as if she’s ready to shoot.

And we’re not talking about an itty bitty pistol. Girl’s got a big ol’ shotgun! And take a look at all the shells on the ground! How much did she shoot that thing??

Should someone in her delicate condition even be firing a weapon?

But, it gets stranger. Honestly, what better way to caption this photo than with a bible reference? She wrote:

What Do Guns, Babies, And Bible Verses Have In Common? Bristol Palin, Duh!

Bristol Palin recently revealed she’s pregnant AGAIN. While that was pretty surprising, it all just keeps getting weirder.

First, she announced her pregnancy by calling herself a “disappointment.” Then, she decided to take the whole statement back in a blog post where she admitted the baby was totally planned.

Now, she’s running around toting guns and quoting the bible! What the what?

[ Related: Bristol's Ex Levi Johnston Has Got Her Back! ]

On Monday, the 24-year-old posted a photo to Instagram (above) showing herself holding a gun in the middle of the woods, positioned as if she’s ready to shoot.

And we’re not talking about an itty bitty pistol. Girl’s got a big ol’ shotgun! And take a look at all the shells on the ground! How much did she shoot that thing??

Should someone in her delicate condition even be firing a weapon?

But, it gets stranger. Honestly, what better way to caption this photo than with a bible reference? She wrote:

Letting The Freedom Of Truth Uncover The Value Of Life

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