After a wild first day of free agency in the NBA, the second day was just about as crazy, with teams continuing to work out deals on Monday. According to sources, a couple of big deals are close to being completed, with one of them being a massive four-team trade that ends up shipping Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat. The Philadelphia 76ers had faced the prospect of losing Butler, who had just joined the team last season, for nothing had they not worked a sign and trade. But apparently they have successfully done it. Also moving on as part of the deal will be Hassan Whiteside, going to the Portland Trail Blazers, and Josh Richardson going to the Sixers. Another man said to be nearing a move is D’Angelo Russell, who is said to be close to having his deal to the Golden State Warriors completed after the Brooklyn Nets brought in Kyrie Irving and co on Sunday. He will partner Steph Curry in the backcourt while Klay Thompson recovers from his ACL injury. The Warriors are also said to be bringing back Kevon Looney as they seek to hold onto some depth in their team.
The NBA isn’t the only sports organization making a big move in their free agency period. The NHL also is making waves, with winger Aretmi Panarin signing on the dotted line with the New York Rangers for $81.5 over seven years, making him the highest paid winger in the league currently. The Rangers are in the middle of rebuilding their roster, and this will be seen as a foundation piece for them as they look to build a consistent contender. Last season, Panarin played for the Columbus Blue Jackets, scoring 28 goals and racking up 59 assists across 79 games.
Wimbledon has only just begun, but it’s also already ended for a couple of the more notable women’s stars. Venus Williams, for one, will be headed home after the first round after she was beaten by 15 year-old Coco Gauff on Monday at the All England Club. She is the youngest player to ever be invited to the tournament, and she was able to defeat Williams, the oldest player in the tournament this year at 39 in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) to clinch a huge upset victory. Naomi Osaka, winner of last year’s US Open and this year’s Australian Open, was also eliminated in the first round, dropping out at the hands of Yulia Putintseva in straight sets as well.