Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mid-Week Cheat Sheet: Dirk Takes a Pay Cut, Parsons Does Dallas, Orton Gets the Boot

I hope you're having a great week. I have recovered from a decadently wonderful trip to Las Vegas. Here is all you need to keep up with the sports conversation at work, on a date or at the game.

Mavtastic Week
It's been a VERY good week for Mavericks fans. Dallas re-signed Dirk Nowitzki who took a substantial pay cut to remain in Dallas. Sure, Nowitzki is still getting $25 million over the three years but he reportedly had interest from the Rockets and Lakers but didn't even enter negotiations with either team.

How can you not love him? Although, I can imagine employers across Dallas/Fort Worth saying "Dirk took a pay cut" when employees ask for a raise.

The Mavs also signed forward Chandler Parsons on Tuesday. He was reportedly upset with the way the Rockets handled but I am curious how he'll handle the end of his bromance with Jeremy Lin. See a complete compilation of the bromance here.

The Mavericks are also reportedly planning to sign forward Rashard Lewis.

Cowboys Cut Orton 
The Cowboys cut backup quarterback Kyle Orton on Wednesday. He skipped all of his offseason workouts and made it clear he didn't want to return to Dallas.

Rangers Don't Lose!
The good news about Tuesday night? The Rangers didn't lose! To be fair, they didn't win, either, but the American League did beat the National League 5-3 in the All-Star game.

Texas Pitcher Yu Darvish seemed to love the experience taking selfies with former Rangers Nelson Cruz, Ian Kinsler and Koji Uehara. He pitched a 1-2-3 third inning.

The Rangers lost eight straight games heading into the All-Star break and at 38-57, have the worst record in baseball. They open a series in Toronto on Friday.

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