The Mavericks will be interested in free-agent point guards Jarrett Jack and Jerryd Bayless, a source tells Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Both players were integral parts of their team's playoff success, Jack for the Warriors and Bayless with the Grizzlies, who are down 2-0 to the Spurs. Jack and Bayless are also due hefty raises this offseason with Jack possibly commanding as much as $10 million annually. The Mavs are in desperate need of an upgrade at point guard and could look at Jack or Bayless as fallback options if they fail to land Chris Paul. One thing's for sure, the Mavs' fervent interest in free-agent guards doesn't bode well for incumbent Darren Collison.
Kenny Wallace had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the second practice for the Nationwide Series History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
His average of 177.647 mph in the No. 29 was best of the 13 cars that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. No. 54 Kyle Busch, No. 12 Sam Hornish Jr., No. 20 Brian Vickers and No. 22 Joey Logano are the rest of the top five on this list.
Alex Bowman leads the second practice session for the Nationwide Series History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
His lap of 184.483 mph in the No. 99 Toyota Camry was quickest of the 45 cars out on the track for this session. No. 77 Parker Kligerman, No. 12 Sam Hornish Jr., No. 3 Austin Dillon and No. 5 Kasey Kahne were the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Matt Dibenedetto in the No. 37 was the slowest.
Patrick Roy has been named the new head coach and vice president of hockey operations of the Colorado Avalanche.
The club tweeted on Thursday that the two sides have "reached an agreement in principle" and it's expected that the official news conference will be next week because of the holiday weekend. "This is an unbelievable day for me," said Roy, who has spent the last eight seasons serving as the coach and GM of the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL. "It's a new and exciting challenge that I am really looking forward to. I would like to thank Stan and Josh Kroenke for this opportunity as well as Joe Sakic for the trust they are putting in me. Almost 10 years to the day that I announced my retirement as a player I am back in Denver and hope the fans are as excited as I am."
Orioles purchased the contract of RHP Kevin Gausman from Double-A Bowie.
Gausman will make his major league debut Thursday night against the Orioles. The 22-year-old has only made 13 starts in the minors, but owns an impressive 3.23 ERA and 62/6 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings. With his ability to miss bats and pound the strike zone, he's well worth owning in mixed leagues.
Salvador Perez (hip) is back in Thursday's lineup against the Angels.
Perez suffered a deep right hip bruise Monday when he slid into a barrier while attempting to catch a foul ball, but fortunately an MRI ruled out any structural damage. It shouldn't be an issue moving forward.
Mark Teixeira (wrist) could begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Double-A Trenton.
Teixeira has participated in simulated games this week without incident and took batting practice Thursday in Tampa. The 33-year-old was originally aiming to return from the disabled by May 31, but he may need a few extra days to shake the rust. Still, he's making fine progress.