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Report: Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem Opt Out of their Contracts

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Big 3 just might be sticking together after all. According to reports, guard Dwyane Wade, forward Chris Bosh and forward Udonis Haslem have opted out of their contracts and will become free agents.

On the surface, this might spell gloom and doom for Heat fans, but these moves could allow the team re-sign Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Wade, and possibly another high-level free agent.

Haslem is likely to re-sign with with the Heat, but on a more team-friendly deal. He was due to make $4.62 million next season.

The 34-year-old Haslem has spent his entire 11-year career, and has won three championships during his tenure in South Beach.

Wade is also a career member of the Heat organization. He’s been with the team since they drafted him sixth overall back in 2003, the same year they selected Haslem.

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Report: Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem Opt Out of their Contracts

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Big 3 just might be sticking together after all. According to reports, guard Dwyane Wade, forward Chris Bosh and forward Udonis Haslem have opted out of their contracts and will become free agents.

On the surface, this might spell gloom and doom for Heat fans, but these moves could allow the team re-sign Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Wade, and possibly another high-level free agent.

Haslem is likely to re-sign with with the Heat, but on a more team-friendly deal. He was due to make $4.62 million next season.

The 34-year-old Haslem has spent his entire 11-year career, and has won three championships during his tenure in South Beach.

Wade is also a career member of the Heat organization. He’s been with the team since they drafted him sixth overall back in 2003, the same year they selected Haslem.

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Penguins Trade Winter James Neal to the Predators

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — The Pittsburgh Penguins overhaul continues as they’ve traded winter James Neal to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.

Neal had been with the Penguins since 2011, and was a major offensive weapon for the team the past few seasons.

In 59 games this season, Neal scored 27 goals and had 61 total points.

“In this deal, we got to drop our cap a little bit with Hornqvist,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. “We like Hornqvist as an all-around player. Hornqvist plays at the net, goes to the net, works the corners. We like his all-around play.”

Hornqvist had 22 goals and 31 assists in 76 games this season. Spaling had 13 goals and 19 assists in 71 games for Nashville this season.

After a disappointing end to their season, the Penguins shook up their team by firing general manger Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma.

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Predators Select Defenseman Aaron Ekblad Number One Overall

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — With the first pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, the Florida Panthers selected defenseman Aaron Ekblad.

He is the first defenseman selected number one overall since the Stl Louis Blues drafted Erik Johnson back in 2006.

“I was just sitting there just kind of scared and excited at the same time,” Ekblad said after getting drafted.

The Panthers had a top-three pick in the NHL draft for the fourth time in the past five years. The team hopes that Ekblad can help take the team back to the playoffs.

“You look who they have on their back end, right or left shots, all that kind of stuff,” he said. “I was watching to see if Florida would get a new coach. The last little while, it’s pretty fun to just follow that after the season.”

He was arguably the best defenseman in the OHL. ranking first among defensemen with 23 goals and tying for fifth with 53 points.

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Predators Select Defenseman Aaron Ekblad Number One Overall

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — With the first pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, the Florida Panthers selected defenseman Aaron Ekblad.

He is the first defenseman selected number one overall since the Stl Louis Blues drafted Erik Johnson back in 2006.

“I was just sitting there just kind of scared and excited at the same time,” Ekblad said after getting drafted.

The Panthers had a top-three pick in the NHL draft for the fourth time in the past five years. The team hopes that Ekblad can help take the team back to the playoffs.

“You look who they have on their back end, right or left shots, all that kind of stuff,” he said. “I was watching to see if Florida would get a new coach. The last little while, it’s pretty fun to just follow that after the season.”

He was arguably the best defenseman in the OHL. ranking first among defensemen with 23 goals and tying for fifth with 53 points.

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Report: Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem Opt Out of their Contracts

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Big 3 just might be sticking together after all. According to reports, guard Dwyane Wade and forward Udonis Haslem have opted out of their contracts and will become free agents.

On the surface, this might spell gloom and doom for Heat fans, but these moves could allow the team re-sign Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Wade, and possibly another high-level free agent.

Haslem is likely to re-sign with with the Heat, but on a more team-friendly deal. He was due to make $4.62 million next season.

The 34-year-old Haslem has spent his entire 11-year career, and has won three championships during his tenure in South Beach.

Wade is also a career member of the Heat organization. He’s been with the team since they drafted him sixth overall back in 2003, the same year they selected Haslem.

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Report: Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem Opt Out of their Contracts

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Big 3 just might be sticking together after all. According to reports, guard Dwyane Wade and forward Udonis Haslem have opted out of their contracts and will become free agents.

On the surface, this might spell gloom and doom for Heat fans, but these moves could allow the team re-sign Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Wade, and possibly another high-level free agent.

Haslem is likely to re-sign with with the Heat, but on a more team-friendly deal. He was due to make $4.62 million next season.

The 34-year-old Haslem has spent his entire 11-year career, and has won three championships during his tenure in South Beach.

Wade is also a career member of the Heat organization. He’s been with the team since they drafted him sixth overall back in 2003, the same year they selected Haslem.

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Penguins Trade Winter James Neal to the Predators

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — The Pittsburgh Penguins overhaul continues as they’ve traded winter James Neal to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.

Neal had been with the Penguins since 2011, and was a major offensive weapon for the team the past few seasons.

In 59 games this season, Neal scored 27 goals and had 61 total points.

“In this deal, we got to drop our cap a little bit with Hornqvist,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. “We like Hornqvist as an all-around player. Hornqvist plays at the net, goes to the net, works the corners. We like his all-around play.”

Hornqvist had 22 goals and 31 assists in 76 games this season. Spaling had 13 goals and 19 assists in 71 games for Nashville this season.

After a disappointing end to their season, the Penguins shook up their team by firing general manger Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/27/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Game 1 - Tampa Bay Rays 5 (33-48) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (41-37)

Game 2: Baltimore Orioles 4 (42-37) – Tampa Bay Rays 1 (33-49)

New York Yankees 6 (41-37) – Boston Red Sox 0 (36-44)

Chicago Cubs 7 (34-44) – Washington Nationals 2 (41-38)

Chicago White Sox 5 (37-44) – Toronto Blue Jays 4 (45-37)

Atlanta Braves 4 (41-38) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (36-43)

Oakland Athletics 9 (49-30) – Miami Marlins 5 (39-41)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (41-39) – New York Mets 2 (36-44) 11 Innings

NHL Draft: The Florida Panther select defenseman Aaron Ekblad with the first pick

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kevin Harvick wins the John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300 at Kentucky Speedway

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Canucks Trade Kesler to Ducks

Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — The Vancouver Canucks traded former All-Star center Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks for center Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa and the 24th overall pick in this year’s draft, on Friday.

Vancouver also received the 85th pick in this year’s draft, while Anaheim got a third-round pick in next year’s draft.

Kesler, 29, is a former Selke Trophy winner who played his entire 10-year NHL career in Vancouver. During that time, Kesler played in 655 games scoring 182 goals while dishing out 211 assists.

“This trade reinforces our goal to add youth, support our core players and develop draft picks who will contribute to the future success of our team,”Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement. “Nick Bonino and Luca Sbisa are talented players who immediately bring youth and skill to our roster. An additional first- and third-round pick gives us the opportunity to add two strong players to our system.”

Bonino had a breakout 2013-14 season. The 26-year-old played in 77 games scoring 22 goals while accumulating 49 points.

Meanwhile, Sbisa, 24, played in 30 games last season scoring one goal and dishing out five assists.

Kesler is heading into the fourth year of his 6-year, $30 million deal.

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