Report: Lakers trade Lou Williams to Rockets for Corey Brewer and 1st round pick

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersLou Williams tweeted: “Thanx for the love L.A, I’ve enjoyed my stay.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers have traded veteran guard Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for veteran small forward Corey Brewer and a first-round pick, according to the Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.Though the Lakers have not confirmed the deal, the move illustrated the vision that Magic Johnson had outlined earlier as the team’s new president of basketball operations. Johnson had said that Williams “has been probably the player everybody has been calling the most.” Though Williams posted career-highs this season in points (18.6 points) and shooting percentage (44.4) the 30-year-old reserve guard did not fit in the Lakers’ long-term plans. Brewer, a nine-year veteran, might play a modest role with the Lakers after averaging career-lows this season with the Rockets in points (4.2) in 15.9 minutes off the bench. But the Lakers have an additional draft pick to complement their young roster, including D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Ivica Zubac. The Lakers could make more deals before Thursday’s trade deadline, though Johnson called the team’s young core “untouchable.”last_img read more

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Oram: Lakers double down on belief they can lure free agents by clearing cap space

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — Officially, the Lakers on Thursday traded two key bench players for a two-time former All-Star, a sharp-shooting veteran forward and a first-round draft pick.What the Lakers gained in the hours before Thursday’s trade deadline was far more valuable than Isaiah Thomas, more desperately needed than Channing Frye’s range, more prized than a draft pick.It was Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. for two superstars to be named later.“This,” Magic Johnson said, “is what I came here to do.” The organization is committed to rebuilding quickly, and the fastest way to do that is by bringing in ready-made stars elsewhere. In another time, another place, that might have included Thomas, who finished fifth in MVP voting last year and ascended to face-of-the-franchise status in Boston with a career year with the Celtics.He arrives without a defined role. Coach Luke Walton said he and Thomas exchanged voice mails on Thursday. When they connect, perhaps Walton’s advice to his newest player should be this: Rent, don’t buy.Because that’s exactly what the Lakers are doing.By ensuring cap flexibility for the coming summer, the Lakers brass threw water on the notion that they were giving up on the summer of 2018. Taking on another team’s bad contract that runs through next season – say, Denver’s Kenneth Faried – and a draft pick would have signaled that they believe chasing members of the upcoming free agent class would be futile.Instead, they did the opposite.“It is not either 2019 or 2018,” Pelinka said. “It could be one in each year if we wanted it to be, two in ’18 (or) two in ’19 or just sticking with our young core and growing these guys. We will have many things to look at and we will make those decisions when they come.”The Lakers stressed they will not buy out the contract of Thomas, who will come in expecting to start despite the presence of No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.It could make for an awkward fit over the final two months of the season, although Walton stressed that he believes Thomas, who appeared in just 15 games with the Cavs after being swapped for Kyrie Irving in August, will adapt to the Lakers’ system.“He’s a great player,” Walton said. “He’s still coming back from injuries. I think the more time he’s on the court and playing his game, he will continue to get better. He’s obviously proven he’s been an All-Star in this league before. He can shoot the ball. He knows how to win. Excited to get him in here.”But not as excited as the Lakers are to get him out of here, so they can spend their money on the players they hope to move forward with, be it LeBron James, Paul George or any number of members of the highly regarded class of 2019 (which will include Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler).The true impact of this deal will not be felt for months or years, but in the meantime, Johnson and Pelinka delivered on their promise to create a hospitable environment for star free agents.They have built it. Now, will they come?center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersYou don’t build a runway unless you believe planes will land on it, you don’t open a restaurant unless you think people will dine there and you certainly don’t clear $70 million in salary cap space unless you think NBA stars will take your money.The Lakers have the space, they just need to find the superstars willing to occupy it.Thomas and Frye are both on deals that will expire at season’s end, which, depending on what the Lakers decide to do with an energized Julius Randle, leaves enough space for two maximum-contract free agents, either this summer or next.“This was an essential step for us to get a playoff team and a championship-caliber team back to the Lakers,” General Manager Rob Pelinka said, “which is the sole goal that Earvin and I have working together.”As painful as it was for the Lakers to say goodbye to Nance and Clarkson, two players they identified as talents and plucked out of the draft with late picks, the Lakers are only partially basing their future on homegrown talent.last_img read more

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WEATHER ALERT: MET EIREANN ISSUES SPOT FLOODING WARNING FOR DONEGAL

first_imgMET Eireann has included Donegal in a Yellow Status weather alert today.The forecasters says heavy thundery downpours are likely today with rainfall amounts of up to 40mm.The warning runs from 9am until 9pm. STATUS YELLOWRainfall Warning for Munster, Connacht and DonegalHeavy thundery downpours are likely today leading to local spot flooding.Very intense rainfall possible over short periods of time. Totals of 25 to 40 mm possibly in places.Valid:Tuesday 20 May 2014 09:00 to Tuesday 20 May 2014 21:00 WEATHER ALERT: MET EIREANN ISSUES SPOT FLOODING WARNING FOR DONEGAL was last modified: May 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalspot floodingWarningweather alertlast_img read more

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Cartoon: OneWebDay

first_imgRelated Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Cartoons#web This year’s OneWebDay, on Tuesday, September 22, has the slogan “One Web. For All.” It’s geared to raising awareness of and generating discussion on the digital divide, a topic that seems to me to have drifted out of fashion in recent years.(“One Web. For All.” also has the virtue of being a shorter, catchier slogan than the one being pushed by the telecommunications industry: “Two Webs. One a Really Fast Super-Premium Web, and the Other One for You.”)It’s much too easy to assume, with all the voices that have gained access to the ‘net with the rise of social media, that everyone’s now connected. And it’s good to see questions of equal access getting at least some of the attention they deserve. For more info, you can follow OneWebDay on Twitter, fan it on Facebook, or check out the blog. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App rob cottingham More Noise to Signal. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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The Differences Between All-I and IPB Compression

first_imgIn which we examine the differences between All-I and IPB digital compression recording — and the best ways to shoot using each.Cover image via Scharfsinn.If you’ve recently purchased a new mid- to high-end Canon EOS DSLR camera — anything featuring a DIGIC 5+ Digital Image Processor — like a Canon 5D (mk iii or mk iv), Canon 70D, 6D, 1DX, or 7D mk ii, you may notice a couple of recording options that you’re not familiar with. Take the Canon 5D for example: at each frame rate level, there are options for All-I and IPB. Let’s explore what they are, how they work, and how you can best use them for your productions.(Note: for tips on working with similar compressions with the Panasonic GH5, check out this great article about its firmware compression updates here.)Digital CompressionFor starters, both All-I and IPB are different compression methods (if you’re using one of the cameras that offer them). For the Canon 5D, they are still both H.264 and output in a standard .MOV — so no major worries about working with the different compressions. However, the two options do vary in several ways in regards to keyframes, quality, file size, and continuous recording times.All-I CompressionImage via srinil_photo.First, let’s look at the All-I compression option — the more powerful of the two. All-I was designed for higher-end cameras to capture the highest quality possible. The compression method works by capturing frames as keyframes and compressing them using an intraframe method of compression. This means three things for videographers, filmmakers, and editors:Individual frames are much higher quality than IPB compression.Overall files are much larger — about 3 times larger than IPB compression.Continuous shooting is limited compared to IPB compression.So, if you’re capturing more stylized, shorter shots; need more storage space on cards or drives; and are looking for more editing leeway, All-I compression will be your best option for the highest quality recording at your given frame rate. However, if you’re up against the gun and shooting longer, reading up on IPB compression may be a better option. Let’s take a look.IPB CompressionIPB compression is the more flexible of the two. It’s an update of older IPP compression, which just included I-frames and P-frames — IPB adds B-frames, which conveys the next (and previous) I-frame and P-frame information. This B-frame (which stands for “Bidirectional” in IPB compression), adds compressing power and speed but at the loss of individual frame picture quality. For those interested in getting the most out of this compression option, it means the following:Individual frames are lower quality than All-I compression.Overall files are much smaller — again, about 3 times smaller than All-I compression.Continuous shooting is greater than All-I compression.Ergo, when you’re on a shoot where you need to record continuous long shots (for the Canon 5D, up to the roughly 12-14 minute max the camera offers), you’ll need to use IPB compression at your chosen frame rate. Your files will be smaller as well, which is helpful when operating with less available space — however, you’ll notice some subtle differences in your frame-by-frame editing once you bring your IPB shots into post-production, meaning less leeway for things like color correction.For more articles on compression, frame rates, and other technical tips and tricks, check out some of these links.A Compressed Explanation of Video CompressionIs Downscaling 4K to 1080p Worth It After Online Compression?The Surprisingly Fascinating World of Frame Rateslast_img read more

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How Screwed Are The Eagles With Mark Sanchez As Their Starting QB

The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Houston Texans on Sunday, bringing their record to 6-2 — good for sole possession of first place in the NFC East. They also moved up two slots in our NFL Elo rankings; at the moment, their 1584 Elo rating ranks eighth among all NFL teams.But it wasn’t all good news for the Eagles on Sunday. The team’s starting quarterback, Nick Foles, suffered a “cracked” collarbone on the final play of the first quarter, necessitating an appearance by backup Mark Sanchez. While Sanchez played reasonably well in the victory, tossing a pair of touchdowns and posting a Total QBR of 53.4 (the NFL average for QBR is 50), there’s no small degree of trepidation among Eagles fans about the prospect of moving forward with Sanchez as the team’s starting QB for the next six to eight weeks.Anytime a team loses its starting quarterback, there’s a clear drop-off in performance. To quantify that decline, I went back and gathered data from every NFL game since 1978 in which a team was missing its regular starter at quarterback (defined as a QB who started at least 10 of 16 games for the team during the season). According to the Elo ratings going into those 1,585 games, which ostensibly assume the regular starter is playing, the starter-less teams should have expected to win 46 percent of the time. In actuality, they only won at a 37 percent clip.Essentially, a group of teams with an average pre-game Elo rating of 1478 played like they collectively deserved a 1419 rating. If the Eagles followed the same formula, we might surmise their “true” Elo rating without Foles would drop similarly to 1525, effectively making them the 18th-best team in football instead of the eighth-best.Making matters worse for Philadelphia, the numbers say that Foles is better than the typical starting quarterback — and that Sanchez is far worse. Since his NFL debut in 2012, Foles has been the sixth-most efficient passer in the league, according to adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A). Meanwhile, over the years in which Sanchez was the New York Jets’ starting quarterback (2009 to 2012), he posted the worst ANY/A in the NFL among QBs with 800 or more attempts.But when we look at the aforementioned dataset of backup-quarterback games since 1978, the post-game shift to a team’s Elo rating doesn’t bear any relationship to the disparity between the career ANY/A rates of the starter and the backup. In other words, the Eagles’ Elo rating is likely to decline with each successive game in which they are forced to start Sanchez instead of Foles, but it’s hard to say how much the difference between Foles’ career resume and Sanchez’s resume matters.Besides, there’s also evidence that Foles’s passing isn’t even the reason the Eagles have been winning this season. The team’s defense and special teams have been among the best in the NFL, while the team’s offense has underwhelmed. Although Foles’s numbers were otherworldly in 2013, his passing efficiency has been average at best in 2014 thus far, in no small part because the incredibly low interception rate he posted in 2013 has (predictably) regressed to the mean.There’s no question that the Eagles are worse off because of the injury to Foles, and it makes a material difference to their playoff odds going forward. But things may not be quite as dire for Philadelphia as they seem. read more

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