2016 NBA Free-Agency Tracker

With the 2016 NBA Free-Agency officially underway, I will be keeping you updated on all the moves that occur this off-season. Let me know if any of the moves are incorrect or if I missed any.

Free-Agent agreements as of Friday, July 1 1 P.M.:

  • Timofey Mozgov agreed to a four-year $65 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Bradley Beal agreed to a five-year $128 million extension with the Washington Wizards.
  • Jordan Clarkson agreed to four-year $50 million extension with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Nic Batum agreed to a five-year $120 million extension with the Charlotte Hornets.
  • Jeremy Lin agreed to a three-year $36 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets.
  • Al Jefferson agreed to a three-year $30 million deal with the Indiana Pacers.
  • DeMar DeRozan agreed to a five-year $145 million extension with the Toronto Raptors.
  • Hassan Whiteside agreed to a four-year $98 million extension with the Miami Heat.
  • Andre Drummond agreed to a five-year $130 million extension with the Detroit Pistons.

Free-Agent agreements as of Saturday, July 2 7 P.M.:

  • Mirza Teletovic agreed to a three-year $30 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • Chandler Parsons agreed to a four-year $94 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • Jerryd Bayless agreed to a three-year $27 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • Evan Turner agreed to a four-year $75 million deal with the Portland Trailblazers.
  • Evan Fournier agreed to a five-year $85 million extension with the Orlando Magic.
  • Dwight Howard agreed to a three-year $70.5 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks.
  • Darrell Arthur agreed to a three-year $23 million extension with the Denver Nuggets.
  • Mike Conley agreed to a five-year $153 million extension with the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • Jeff Green agreed to a one-year $15 million deal with the Orlando Magic.
  • Justin Hamilton agreed to a two-year $6 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets.
  • Jared Dudley agreed to a three-year $30 million deal with the Phoenix Suns.
  • Etwaun Moore agreed to a four-year $34 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • Kent Bazemore agreed to a four-year $70 million extension with the Atlanta Hawks.
  • Joe Johnson agreed to a two-year $22 million deal with the Utah Jazz.
  • Luol Deng agreed to a four-year $72 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Jon Leuer agreed to a four-year $42 million deal with the Detroit Pistons.
  • Arron Afflalo agreed to a two-year $25 million deal with the Sacramento Kings.
  • Marvin Williams agreed to a four-year $54.5 million extension with the Charlotte Hornets.
  • Bismack Biyombo agreed to a four-year $72 million deal with the Orlando Magic.
  • Trevor Booker agreed to a two-year $18.5 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets.
  • Anthony Tolliver agreed to a two-year $16 million deal with the Sacramento Kings.
  • Al Horford agreed to a four-year $113 million deal with the Boston Celtics.
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First college football game marks an unbeatable experience

PHOTO: Raj Sheth, The Signal Assistant Editor, and Joshua Pulumbarit, _____, next to UH Legacy statue of Shasta the UH mascot at Photo taken at at UH vs. Navy game at TDECU Stadium. Photo courtesy of Raj Sheth, The Signal Assistant Editor.

Raj Sheth, The Signal Assistant Editor, and Joshua Pulumbarit, Lab Technician at Marathon Petroleum Corporation, next to UH Legacy statue of Shasta the UH mascot at Photo taken at at UH vs. Navy game at TDECU Stadium. Photo courtesy of Raj Sheth, The Signal Assistant Editor.

This past Thanksgiving weekend I went to my very first college football game, the University of Houston (UH) vs. Navy game at TDECU Stadium. The experience was way more than what I expected at the game. Being able to attend this game at the new stadium, I was able to check off a couple activities off of my bucket list, which includes attending a college football game and checking out different stadiums.

From the moment my friend and I drove in to the parking lot, the atmosphere was buzzing with Cougar pride. There were fans of both teams tailgating everywhere you looked. Not only were they in the parking lot but they were on the grass too. After hanging out in my friend’s GMC Sierra for a little while soaking in the tailgating action, we began our journey to the stadium.

As we reached the stadium, I was in awe as I looked around the giant 40,000-seat stadium. As I was gazing in amazement, I spotted a couple of monumental statues, which included one of legendary UH coach Bill Yeoman and the other was Shasta, the UH mascot. I had to take a picture with both of them, including one with my friend for a memory of our first game at TDECU Stadium.

PHOTO: Raj Sheth, The Signal Assistant Editor, with statue of Bill Yeoman. Photo by Joshua Pulumbarit, Lab Technician at Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

Raj Sheth, The Signal Assistant Editor, with statue of Bill Yeoman. Photo by Joshua Pulumbarit, Lab Technician at Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

It was getting close to game time so we circled the stadium to get to the gate. We were finally in our seat when I saw a the most beautiful sights ever at a sporting event: the majority of the stadium was covered in red, (which is the best color ever and also my favorite color) and you have a view of the gorgeous Houston skyline. Even though the majority of the stadium was red, unfortunately the whole left side of our section was filled with Navy fans. Basically we were sitting next to the opponent’s fans, but that didn’t matter because the home crowd obviously overpowered them.

The best part of the game occurred when the “Star Spangled Banner” was being performed followed by fireworks. This marked the the official beginning of the game and it was kickoff time. Things were underway at TDECU Stadium.

For approximately the next three hours I was witnessing an incredible college football game. From elusive running to incredible catches to trick plays and an electric atmosphere, this game had everything.

Navy was led by quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who holds the record for FBS all-

PHOTO: Raj Sheth, The Signal Assistant Editor, with UH Legacy statue of Shasta, the UH mascot. Photo by Joshua Pulumbarit, Lab Technician at Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

Raj Sheth, The Signal Assistant Editor, with UH Legacy statue of Shasta, the UH mascot. Photo by Joshua Pulumbarit, Lab Technician at Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

time rushing touchdowns with 83 and counting. I heard he was fast and he could run, but before this game, I had never seen a Navy game so I had never watched Reynolds play. Man, I was amazed! From the first play that Navy ran in the game, it was a play-action fake with Reynolds running for 52-yards. That was about the only explosive play on the ground for Reynolds because the rest of the game Tom Herman’s crew held him in check. Reynolds did manage to throw for 312-yards and a score a touchdown as well as rush for 84-yards with a four-yard touchdown. UH’s electric offense with Greg Ward Jr. under center was too much for Navy to handle as the Coogs scored 52 points and won by a margin of three touchdowns.

The best play of the day, and arguably a top play of the season for the Cougars, came from receiver Demarcus Ayers who made a SICK one-handed, leaping 62-yard touchdown catch. You can even say he “Nuk’d” it.

The halftime performance by the Cougar Marching Band did not disappoint as well as they performed Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.” and also formed a peace sign on the field. The performance of “Born In The USA” was perfect timing because on the way to and from the game my friend and I listened to the entire album “Born In The U.S.A.” without having any idea they were going to perform that song.

PHOTO: UH Cougar Marching Band performs Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The U.S.A." during halftime of UH vs. Navy. Photo by The Signal Assistant Editor Raj Sheth.

UH Cougar Marching Band performs Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.” during halftime of UH vs. Navy. Photo by The Signal Assistant Editor Raj Sheth.

The only aspects I wish were different about this game were the weather. I wish it was nicer instead of it being cloudy and gloomy. Also I wish I would have been at my seat during the moment of silence for legendary Cougar Head Basketball Coach Guy V. Lewis, who passed away on Thanksgiving at the age of 93.

 

 

Overall, my first college football game experience was more than a success. It was as usual, another sporting event I won’t forget.

 

Campus Recreation to host Pro Football Pick’em

Do you think you know the NFL? Are you one of those fans who can predict the outcome of a game before it kicks off?

Well here’s your chance to prove your knowledge! University of Houston Clear-Lake’s Campus Recreation is giving you a chance to predict the winner of each game per week for a chance to win a prize for that week.

The game is called UHCL’s Pro Pick’em, and just like any pro pick’em game you’ve played before, the rules are pretty simple:

  1. The object of UHCL’s Pro Pick’em is to accumulate as many points as possible by correctly picking the winning team in each of the games played each week during the 2015 NFL Season.
  2. Each time you correctly pick the winning team in a game played during the 2015 season, you will receive one point in the standings for this event. Please note that no points are awarded for games that end in ties. The points earned by each participant will be tallied, and the participant who finishes with the highest point total in the standings among all participants will win the “Weekly Prize” for that week.  These weekly totals also add towards your final total for the “Grand Prize”, which is the overall point’s leader at the end of the regular season.
  3. The deadline for submitting picks during each week of the 2015 season will be every Thursday by 5 p.m. All picks for a given week must be submitted before that deadline to be considered in connection with the congruent week.

So now you’re probably wondering okay how do I get started, how do I participate and where do I get the form to make my picks?

How to play:

  1. You MUST be a UHCL student or a faculty/staff to be able to participate
  2. Pick up your UHCL Pro Pick’em sheet from either the Fitness Room, located in SSCB #2.103, or the Student Life Office, located in SSCB 1.204. You can also print out the form from the weekly email that will be sent out.
  3. Follow the directions on the top of the form to correctly fill it out.
  4. Once your form is completed, you may turn it back in in either the Fitness Room, Student Life Office, or electronically to campusrecreation@uhcl.edu by 5 p.m. every Thursday.

Pretty simple right? For more information you can contact Campus Recreation by either emailing Campus Recreation at campusrecreation@uhcl.edu or by visiting Campus Recreation online.