Just how much of the band will get back together in Boston? [In a WEEI radio interview, Danny Ainge] said he is giving both [Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett] space to make decisions about their futures, but has no reason to believe that, with both under contract with the team next season, they won't return. "Doc is always unsure [about his future]," said Ainge. "Coaching is very, very draining. Every year with Doc, he's had to go home and sort of recharge and ask himself that question, 'Is this something that I'm passionate about and want to continue doing?' I understand that. And we sorta give him time to unwind and relax, and after a couple of 92s on the golf course, he usually comes back." (ESPN Boston) Comment
For the New York Giants perhaps the most important offseason issue is the pending contract situation of star wide receiver Victor Cruz. Initial reports suggested that the two sides were still far apart after the Giants made offers that would pay Cruz close to $8 million per year, Cruz and his agents have said they are looking for a deal closer to $10 million in annual salary. If an agreement cannot be reached on a new contract within the next few days, it is unclear whether or not Cruz will attend the Giants' first mandatory offseason mini camp which will run from May 10-13. Cruz, a Patterson New Jersey native, is coming off a 2012 season in which he hauled in 86 passes for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns. Further complicating the Cruz contract situation is the fact that Giants WR Hakeem Nicks has just one year remaining on his current deal. There has been some suggestion that the Giants would use their franchise tag on Nicks, which would bring his salary somewhere into the $10 million range. (Empire Writes Back) Comment
For 23-year-old second base prospect Derek Dietrich, the call from the Jacksonville Suns came at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday. "Way back in spring training one of my goals was to [make it here this year]," Dietrich said. "Now it's to continue to contribute and stay here." Whether that happens for [Marcell Ozuna] or Dietrich remains to be seen, but Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said the club is going to make sure both players get a real good look. "I don't even know who is here anymore," Beinfest said after the Marlins scored just one run during a three-game sweep this week by the Padres in San Diego. "It's been a bad run. It kind of started first day of spring training." (The Miami Herald) Comment
Nick Watney goes up and down during the first round of The Players Championship. (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
Sidney Crosby weaves through multiple defenders during the Pens' 4-0 Game 5 rout of the Islanders.