The Celtics will meet with another big name free agent, the Bruins are reportedly prepping a major offer, and the rest of the sports news to start your morning.
Sources: Dwight Howard grants Hawks, Celtics first free-agency meetings: The Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics are the first known teams to secure face-to-face recruiting meetings with free-agent big man Dwight Howard, according to league sources. (ESPN.com)
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Source: Bruins preparing offer sheet for Jets D-man Jacob Trouba: According to a hockey source, Don Sweeney and the Boston Bruins “are preparing an offer sheet” this week for Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba as an aggressive option to land a No. 1 defenseman after trades didn’t pan out at last weekend’s NHL Draft. (CSNNE.com)
Agent: LeBron James elects to opt out of $24M player option: James, who had to inform the Cavs of his decision by Wednesday at midnight, will become a free agent July 1 for the third straight summer. He was slated to earn $24 million next season. (ESPN.com)
Porcello gets 9th win, Red Sox beat Rays to stop 3-game skid: Porcello (9-2) retired the last nine batters he faced after walking Nick Franklin to force in the only run he allowed. The right-hander scattered five hits, walked three and struck out eight over six innings. (Boston.com)
Jaromir Jagr made a sandwich for a photo-thirsty paparazzo camped outside his house: When it became obvious the photo-thirsty paparazzo wasn’t ready to leave, Jagr looked deep into his heart and decided to have a snack prepared for his hungry admirer, bringing him a sandwich and banana. After all, Jagr explained to the man when he brought him the food, “You deserve this for your patience. Hockey taught me to respect my opponents.” (Vice Sports)
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