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Could Tyler Herro already be on the move?

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While former Kentucky forwards PJ Washington and Keldon Johnson have already signed rookie deals with their respective organizations, Tyler Herro has yet to put pen-to-paper on his contract with the Miami Heat.

In fact, for the NBA Summer League, Herro signed insurance paperwork so he could play without worry of potential injury.

But why would the organization go through the gymnastics of letting him play during Summer League, but still not sign him to a deal?

It’s because he could be a prime asset in a blockbuster trade for NBA superstar Russell Westbrook.

This weekend, the Clippers swung a deal for Westbrook’s teammate, Paul George, allowing for George to team up with Kawhi Leonard in Los Angeles. Almost immediately afterward, Westbrook reportedly met with the Oklahoma City front office about moving him elsewhere, as well.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Miami was one of the first franchises to express interest in the Thunder point guard.

“The Miami Heat have expressed interest, a potential destination that also appeals to Westbrook,” Wojnarowski said. “Westbrook and his agent, Thad Foucher, have been discussing trade possibilities and scenarios with Presti, and the sides are both motivated to find a resolution sooner rather than later, league sources told ESPN.”

Today, Steve Kyler of BasketballInsiders.com said that there is absolutely a correlation between Herro not signing his rookie deal and the Westbrook trade rumors.

He did follow it up by saying that while Heat are keeping the former Wildcat unsigned to maintain trade flexibility, the talks are extremely early and that a deal centered around Westbrook and Herro has not been discussed specifically as of yet.

Through yesterday’s Summer League games, Herro is currently averaging 19.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.8 steals in 27.8 minutes per contest. While plenty of players have put up solid numbers at various times over the last week, the former Wildcat has far and away been one of the most consistently productive players in attendance.

While Pat Riley has been outspoken about how much he loves Herro’s game and looks forward to him playing in Miami, could the former Wildcat soon be trade bait for Oklahoma City?

If so, Herro could join Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, Nerlens Noel, and Patrick Patterson with the Thunder, giving the team five former Kentucky players on the roster at the same time.

As much as we love the pairing of Herro and Bam Adebayo in Miami, I think we can all agree that seeing No. 14 in OKC would be pretty sweet.


Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 163: Kawhi Kraziness + Bud Selig

After a week away, Aaron has a lot to talk about. The newlywed is back and ready to talk all things sports. He jumps from the NBA to college football and college basketball before answering your questions and welcoming former MLB commissioner Bud Selig to the show. Here’s a rundown:

How Kawhi Ruined Aaron’s Wedding: Aaron talks about how his wedding night was blown up by the announcement that Kawhi Leonard would be signing with the LA Clippers and Paul George would be joining him. How did Aaron’s new wife react? And what does it mean for the NBA going forward? Also Aaron explains why he believes Kawhi is now the “alpha” of the entire NBA and why he feels bad for Russell Westbrook.

Urban Meyer’s new podcast: Aaron discusses the announcement that Urban Meyer will be starting his own podcast. While the internet cracked jokes at Meyer’s expense, Aaron explains why it could actually be insightful.

Former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig joins the Show: Aaron is joined by former MLB commissioner Bud Selig. The two talk about his new book “For the Good of the Game,” his relationship with Barry Bonds and the best and worst decisions of his career. Also, Bud argues against the idea that baseball has taken a hit in popularity these last few seasons.

Get the podcast delivered directly to your phone by subscribing to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.  You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  Don’t forget to follow the show on Instagram too.


KSR Show Thread, 7/9: Russellville Tour Stop

KSR is at Roy’s BBQ in Russellville this morning for the second stop on the summer tour. Matt, Ryan and Shannon are at Roy’s for two hours this morning to talk UK football, some former UofL football players we have to like now, how to contribute to the Jared Lorenzen fund and Matt’s thoughts on that big political news that broke this morning in Kentucky.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080 or send a text to the KSR Texting Machine at (772) 774-5254.

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Today on KSR: What a Weird Home Run Derby

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Each summer baseball has an opportunity to captivate a nation. More times than not it fails. Last night, it did both.

For almost 15 minutes, every person in America who cared about sports changed the channel to ESPN to see Joc Pederson and Vlad Guerrero Jr. duel. Facing off in the semifinals of Derby’s bracket format, the two could not stop hitting bombs. After Vlad Jr. hit a record 29 home runs in the first round, he replicated that performance in the second round. Pederson did not back down, tying Vlad in the final seconds.

The two entered a one-minute tiebreaker that needed a tiebreaker. Back and forth they went into a swing-off, the first in this format’s history. With only three swings, Vlad hit just one home run. Pederson hit one, but could not find a second. Vlad made strides with two bombs in the second swing-off, one too many for Pederson, ultimately advancing by a 40-39 margin.

Guerrero did not slow down after hitting 69 homers in just two rounds. He hit 22 more home runs in the final round to finish with a record 91…but the rookie who will make $555,000 this year did not take home the $1 million prize. Instead, another rookie who had more gas left in the tank, Pete Alonso, took home the top prize after a 23 in the final round gave him a total of 57 home runs.

Something great happened for baseball. A rising star hit a record 91 home runs, but the stupid rules got in the way. Baseball is dumb. Next year, I’m tuning into the Bunting Derby instead.

BBNBA Summer League Schedule

If you turn on the TV to watch an NBA Summer League game at any time today, you’ll find at least one Wildcat in action. That’s right, there’s a former Cat in every single Summer League game today. Crazy.

  • 3:30: Thunder (Hamidou Diallo) vs. Croatia on NBATV
  • 4:00: Magic vs. Heat (Tyler Herro) on ESPN2
  • 5:30: Hawks (Reid Travis) vs. Pacers on NBATV
  • 6:00: Trail Blazers (Skal Labissiere) vs. Jazz on ESPN2
  • 7:30: Grizzlies vs. Suns (Derek Willis) on NBATV
  • 8:00: Nuggets (Jarred Vanderbilt) vs. Celtics (Aaron Harrison) on ESPN2
  • 9:30: Knicks (Kevin Knox) vs. Raptors on NBATV
  • 10:00: Rockets vs. Kings (Wenyen Gabriel) on ESPN2
  • 11:30: Clippers (Isaac Humphries) vs. Wizards on NBATV

Poor Mychal Mulder

The former Cat got dunked on so hard, I can’t bear to look at it again. If you have the stomach to witness the brutality, you can find it here.

John Wall is Working Out

The former Wildcat is taking his Achilles rehab seriously.

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TopGolf Construction is Underway

After fighting Hurstbourne curmudgeons in court, Oxmoor Mall in Louisville is finally moving forward with plans to construct a TopGolf. Weeks after a circuit court judge ruled in favor of the entertainment complex, fences were placed around the structure to prepare for demolition. WDRB reports there is not yet a timetable on when we could start taking hacks at Louisville’s new TopGolf.

Amy McGrath is running against Mitch McConnell

The former fighter pilot officially tossed her name into the 2020 race for U.S. Senate this morning. Only minutes after McGrath launched her first ad, McConnell had one ready to roll. If you’re not a fan of political ads, don’t worry, the election is only 17 months away.

KSR is in Logan County

Get on over to Roy’s BBQ in Russellville to see Tuesday’s edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. If you miss your chance, here’s where else you’ll find the crew on the KSR Summer Tour.


Monday Night Football Notes: Fake College Football Quotes

Hello, Big Blue Nation. Nice to see you, in spite of the circumstances. The Fourth of July has past. There’s no more European football, just hot, steamy 90-degree days for the foreseeable future. We must wait 54 days to see the start of the Kentucky football season. It’s going to be brutal, but I’m confident we can power through talking season, one that, like the weather, is off to a hot start.

Deep Fakes Strike College Football

One Twitter account is stirring the pot in the middle of the offseason. @CFBQuotes is a bad parody account that takes itself seriously. The maker of graphics intended to go viral, last week it produced a quote from Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal that was completely fabricated.

After an immediate fiery response from each fanbase, the reporter refuted the quote and the Twitter account responded with some form of, “It was just a joke. Why is everyone so mad? haha”

After successfully stoking the fire, the account brought out the big guns by intervening in the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry.  The account shared a graphic of a “deleted Tweet” from Wolverines QB Shea Patterson that appeared to call out his head coach, Jim Harbaugh, and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. Upon first glance, it looks like Patterson intended for the Tweet to come from a burner account.

If you look closely, you can see signs of photoshopping in the Tweet near the underscore, as pointed out by Patterson, who avoided taking the typical “I was hacked” approach. Besides, if Patterson did accidentally Tweet the bulletin board material, surely another one of his 50,000 followers would have caught it.

College football fans go to great lengths to terrorize opposing fanbases. Some of it’s good natured rivalrying, while other times it’s downright cruel (see: Harvey Updyke). What makes this development strange is that it’s not one fanbase going after another. This account simply wants to get clicks, follows and create chaos during a slow part of the college football season. Some men just want watch the world burn.

(h/t Awful Announcing)

Official Visit Set

The last domino left from UK’s June football recruiting madness officially fell when Richie Leonard announced his commitment to Florida last Friday. Things will slow down as we near the season, but a few players will still trickle in before Stoops and Marrow host extravagant events on Kentucky football game days.

Ohio defensive back Rickey Hyatt Jr. told Rivals he has tentatively planned to officially visit Kentucky on the final weekend in July. A three-star safety from Benny Snell’s alma mater, Westerville Central, in the month of June the track star camped at nearby Ohio State and took an official visit to Michigan State. North Carolina and Cincinnati are also contenders. Pulling Hyatt away from Ohio State will be no small task.

Category: Ironic Urban Meyer Retirement Plans

Answer for $800: “What is a podcast on elite leadership, culture and behavior?” 

The podcast is not satire. The Focus 3 podcast is a real thing that will debut this Wednesday. If there’s one person who needs to give lessons on how to create a culture where good behavior thrives, it’s the man who constructed the 2007 Florida Gators’ roster.

T.J. Carter: IT Expert

Kentucky’s 4 for 40 series is highlighting summer internships by the Wildcats. This one has got to be the most difficult to date. Dealing with IT issues at a bank? I can’t even get the KSR printer to work. Now we know who to call to get things back in order.

I can almost see Hoover

Next week Hoover, Alabama is the center of the universe. The Wynfrey Hotel will be filled with Sunkist, Dr. Pepper, Belk mannequins, Paul Finebaum, the deep-voiced guy from Touchdown ALABAMA and dozens of sweaty fans screaming “ROLL TIDE!” Folks, that’s what I like to call paradise. Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will not be there till Thursday, but I’ll be there for every single second. As the great Bart Scott once said, “CAN’T WAIT!”