FOR JUNE 19, 2017
As the Finals come to an end, the NBA off-season kicks into high gear. The first order of business will be the draft on June 22. Will a free-agent-to-be like Clippers forward Blake Griffin be traded on draft night, and, if so, which teams could be a fit? Paul George's name has also been in the rumor mill—will the Pacers move on from their star as he enters the last year of his contract? And what are the odds of free-agent point guard Chris Paul's teaming up with Kawhi Leonard in San Antonio? The Crossover's team of experts will guide you through the summer step-by-step, from the draft, potential trades and free agency to the leaguewide story lines you need to know heading into the 2017--18 season. Go to SI.com/nba for the latest.
With a few unfortunate teams already preparing to throw in the towel on this season and look to the future, it's a good time to take an early look at MLB's upcoming free agents. Who's looking at a big payday this winter? Over-30 first basemen Yonder Alonso and Mark Reynolds and oft-injured pitcher Yu Darvish are having monster seasons; will teams pony up, or will they shy away from giving lavish deals to risky players? On the other hand, two outfielders in their primes, Lorenzo Cain and Carlos Gonzalez, are scuffling. How much will their stocks drop? Ben Reiter sizes up the free-agent market at SI.com/mlb.
The New Norman
Bob Stoops's unexpectedly stepping down as Oklahoma's coach after 18 very successful seasons and 10 Big-12 titles left the college football world spinning. The man with the unenviable task of meeting the sky-high expectations in Norman is the Sooners' 33-year-old ex-offensive coordinator, Lincoln Riley. At SI.com/college-football, Joan Niesen profiles the guru of the Air Raid attack and his rapid ascent.