Anthony Linkenhoker was the winner when the Virginia Sprint Series opened Saturday night at Natural Bridge Speedway. (Photo by Jim Haines)By Jim HainesNATURAL BRIDGE, Va. (April 14) – Spring finally sprung for the Virginia Sprint Series and Anthony Linkenhoker sped to the IMCA RaceSaver victory Saturday at Natural Bridge Speedway.Mike Keeton challenged throughout in a contest that ran caution-free and ended in second. Daren Bolac was third in the series opener, postponed a week because of winter-like weather.Linkenhoker and Keeton paced the field to green with Linkenhoker out first, Keeton close behind and Tony Harris up to third. Bolac got by Harris and went after Keeton lap after lap, but the bottom was the place to be and he stayed there.Linkenhoker stayed smooth up front even as he caught the rear of the field and that was all he needed to do as he drove under the waving checkered flag.Next it’s back to Shenandoah Speedway on Saturday, April 21.Feature results – 1. Anthony Linkenhoker; 2. Mike Keeton; 3. Daren Bolac; 4. Tony Harris; 5. Tom Humphries; 6. Jerald Harris; 7. Bill Rice; 8. Jake Karklin; 9. Chris Ware; 10. Neil Sandridge.
Anything is possible.Just when everyone thought the Lakers had no shot at a max free agent after trading for Anthony Davis, the team has reportedly shipped three players — Mo Wagner, Jemerrio Jones and Isaac Bonga — and their 2022 second-round pick to the Wizards (per ESPN). Those three players combined to average 10.2 points per game last season in limited playing time and are set to earn around $5 million in 2019-20. Kemba Walker free agency rumors: Celtics frontrunner to land All-Star Klay Thompson seen with LeBron James on ‘Space Jam 2′ set “There will be a lot of changes,” Lakers owner Jeanie Buss told the Los Angeles Times earlier this week. “Lakers fans, be patient. We’re going to get there. We’re not going to stop until we’re all proud.”The Lakers reportedly have interest in Bobby Portis, Marcus Morris, Al Horford, Brook Lopez and DeAndre Jordan, as well. They also are the “most likely” destination for Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith. pic.twitter.com/NGOZMcMRmt— kuz (@kylekuzma) June 27, 2019Los Angeles will now pursue a third star this summer to pair with Davis and LeBron James. The franchise has been linked to Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and D’Angelo Russell. But before Thursday’s trade news, the Lakers only expected to have around $23 million available this offseason and weren’t able to offer a max contract.Despite the previous cap restrictions, the Lakers’ front office was bullish on its chances to land a marquee free agent. Additionally, Davis has waived his $4 million trade kicker, according to ESPN.And there you have it — Los Angeles has the required $32 million in cap space to chase any free agent they deem worthy of a max contract. Related News NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, Celtics among teams interested in Enes Kanter
Jimmy Butler free agency rumors: Wing ‘has interest in being’ Lakers’ third star While the 76ers are also reportedly interested in keeping Butler, he also has been linked to the Lakers and Nets. He is expected to visit Miami Sunday before meeting with the Rockets in Los Angeles next week, according to an ESPN report. Butler is in hot pursuit of a big deal.Sources: Jimmy Butler expected to meet the Miami Heat in South Fla. Sunday. Butler/Rockets meeting likely early week in LA. Sixers haven’t ruled out working with Butler on sign-and-trades, which Miami and Houston need to acquire the All-Star guard.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019“Hopefully I’ll get a max contract anywhere I choose to go,” Butler told reporters about his free agency last month. “You always want to be able to win, I think that’s key for sure. You’re looking at coaches, you’re looking at the city. There’s a lot that goes into it.” Related News Jimmy Butler rumors: 76ers ‘likely’ open to sign-and-trade scenario with Rockets Jimmy Butler is “very interested” in signing with the Heat when free agency begins Sunday, according to the Associated Press.It would likely have to be a sign-and-trade scenario, similar to the type of deal that has been speculated between Butler and the Rockets. That type of offer would be the only way the Heat could obtain Butler because their cap situation prevents them from signing him as a free agent, Heat Nation notes. NBA trade rumors: Rockets won’t deal Clint Capela until they potentially secure Jimmy Butler He began the season with the Timberwolves before he was dealt to the 76ers in mid-November. He averaged 18.2 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 33.8% from 3-point range in 55 regular season games with Philadelphia. Butler helped the 76ers reach the Eastern Conference semifinals before they fell to the Raptors in seven games.As expected, he declined his player option that was worth more than $19 million for the 2019-20 season.