Thunder mascot visited the Royals to show he’s secretly good at baseball

Can you ever really have too many mascots? Of course not! And to prove it, Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble the Bison spent Sunday hanging out with Kansas City Royals mascot Sluggerrr before a Royals game — and it was complete and utter mascot mayhem.
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Yup, that’s a STRIKE. And did you see that dang flip on his way to the mound? You don’t usually think of mascots as athletes, but if this is how athletic they ALL are … then there might a new World Series contender next year.

Game Washington Wizards Jersey However, that’s all conjecture right now. For a Blazers team that desperately needed to clear salary, it makes the most sense to view the trade only in that light.

Brooklyn signed Crabbe to an offer sheet last summer, only to see the Blazers match it because Crabbe was a restricted free agency. While the Nets and the Blazers had to wait a full year before the trade could be executed, Brooklyn now gets the player they targeted just last season. Crabbe also agreed to waive a 15 percent trade kicker, which would have increased his contract by 15 percent because he was traded.

Last season, Crabbe averaged about 10.7 points on 47 percent shooting from the floor and 44 percent from behind the three-point line. Crabbe doesn’t do much else, but he’ll fit into a Brooklyn system that shoots loads of threes — fourth most in the league last season by attempts, more than even Golden State.

As for Portland, they still are well over the cap limit. Before this trade, they had about $137 million in guaranteed money on the books for next season, in large part due to C.J. McCollum’s four-year, $106 million extension kicking in. While they’ll save some money by dumping Crabbe and waiving Nicholson, they’ll still be paying hefty luxury tax penalties for going so far over the $99 million salary cap. If Portland can find another cap cutting move this offseason, there’s a very good chance they’ll take it.