It was a great week for baseball in the United States. For basketball? Not so much.
After months of discussion about where Manny Machado would agree to sign, there finally came an answer on Tuesday.
In the NBA, the league is simply waiting for the arrival of Zion Williamson, who could shatter attendance records for whichever team are lucky enough to win the draft lottery.
But on Wednesday, he got a scare – as did the entire NBA world.
That and more this week in US Sports.
1. A superstar finally signs
The MLB's hot stove has moved to lukewarm.
Manny Machado, a four-time All-Star and perennial MVP contender, reportedly has agreed to a record 10-year, $300million deal with the San Diego Padres.
Machado reportedly waited to agree to a deal until February 19, the same day free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer agreed to sign with San Diego in 2018.
Now, we'll see what Bryce Harper signs for. And in case you didn't know, it will likely be for even more money.
2. The first big NHL trade has been made
The NHL's trade deadline is February 25 and the front was mostly quiet until Wednesday.
The Minnesota Wild made the first move, trading first-line winger Charlie Coyle to the Boston Bruins for Ryan Donato and a fifth-round draft pick.
Bruce Cassidy on the addition of Charlie Coyle: "He can fill either hole [at wing or center]...he can move back and forth depending on the need. I think it’s good for us. Good size, good talent, young, so that’s how I see him fitting in." pic.twitter.com/5ruWTkeFwr— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 21, 2019
Coyle was also on the Wild's first power play and is likely to slot in as Boston's second-line center or third-line winger.
The trade gives the Bruins some much-needed depth, especially now as leading goalscorer David Pastrnak is on the shelf with an injury.
3. Zion Williamson gets hurt
The entire basketball world got a scare on Wednesday when the perennial favourite to be the number one pick in the NBA Draft, and viral dunk sensation, Zion Williamson went down awkwardly in Duke's 88-72 loss to North Carolina.
It was a bizarre incident as Williamson actually busted through his shoe and suffered a mild knee sprain.
The incident sparked a lot of debate as to whether Williamson should play another game in the college season as his draft stock probably is not going anywhere with any performances on the floor. It is a debate that has been going on for a while and the NBA even made a bit of a statement regarding the incident.
According to a report from USA Today, the NBA is considering dropping the legal draft age to 18 from 19. If that were to happen, players like Williamson would not have to play college ball anymore and have to risk injury before getting their long-awaited professional payday.
4. Steelers drama continues
Is it Thursday? Or Friday? Either way, it's a great day for Pittsburgh Steelers drama, though it feels like at this point that is every day in the calendar year.
There was no shortage of silliness this week in Pittsburgh as Antonio Brown publicly answered questions on Twitter about his fractured relationship with Ben Roethlisberger and solicited teams to trade for him while filming himself on the treadmill on Instagram.
Then when it was reported that Pittsburgh would not franchise tag running back Le'Veon Bell, who skipped the 2018-19 season because he refused to play under it, the 27-year-old took to Twitter with the words of Martin Luther King Jr.
"Free at last, Free at last, Thank God Almighty I am free at last," he wrote.
Free at last, Free at last, Thank God Almighty I am free at last— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) February 20, 2019
There's never a dull moment behind the Steel Curtain these days.
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