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Chandler Parsons reportedly agrees to four-year, $94 million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies

After opting out of the final year of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks, Chandler Parsons is reportedly heading to Memphis. The Vertical reports the former Gators small forward has agreed to a four-year, $94 million contract with the Grizzlies. Chandler Parsons agrees to a 4-year max contract w/ Grizzlies worth a projected $94.8 million. (via @espn_macmahon) pic.twitter.com/GilKTutlyK — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 1, 2016 Parsons reportedly turned down a max contract from the Portland Trail Blazers earlier Friday. From ESPN’s… Read More »

Bradley Beal reportedly agrees to five-year, $128 million contract with Wizards

Brad Beal’s wallet is about to get a lot heavier. The former Gators shooting guard, who averaged 14.8 points and started all 37 games in his lone season at UF, agreed to a five-year, $128 million maximum contract to stay with the Washington Wizards, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Bradley Beal has agreed to a five-year, $128M-plus max contract to stay with the Wizards, agent Mark Bartelstein tells @TheVertical. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 1,… Read More »

Former Gators forward Chandler Parsons opts out of contract with Dallas Mavericks, becomes free agent

Chandler Parsons could be looking for a new home next season. The former Gators forward joined Dallas Mavericks teammates Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams in opting out of the final season of the three-year/$46 million contract he signed in 2014. The deadline to opt out was Wednesday. Parsons was set to make  more than $16 million next season, and he’ll likely seek a contract with more long-term security. The move hardly comes as a surprise, considering Parsons told the Dallas… Read More »

Former Gators linebacker Jon Bostic traded to Detroit Lions

On Monday afternoon, the Detriot Lions announced they have traded an undisclosed draft pick to the New England Patriots for former Gators linebacker Jon Bostic. Bostic’s father, John Bostic, played cornerback for the Lions from 1985-87. Lions Acquire LB Jon Bostic In Trade With Patriots https://t.co/ah8TePmHI5 — 97.1 The Ticket (@971theticketxyt) May 9, 2016 Bostic, 25, played in 11 games last season for the Patriots, including one start. A second round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Chicago… Read More »

Former Gators PG Taurean Green nearly struck by coach

Since helping lead the Gators to back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007, Taurean Green has had a successful professional career in the NBA and overseas. Now with AEK Athens in the Greek League, the 29-year-old also plays internationally for Georgia after gaining citizenship in 2010. But Green is in the news today after AEK Athens coach Jure Zdovac appeared to attempt to fight Green during the middle of a loss to the Olympiakos in Game 2 of the Greek… Read More »

Vikings pick up Sharrif Floyd’s contract option

The Minnesota Vikings have picked up the fifth-year contract option for defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported earlier Monday. The #Vikings have picked up the 5th-year options on DT Sharrif Floyd & CB Xavier Rhodes, source said. The #Lions do it for DE Ziggy Ansah. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 2, 2016 A consistent starter, the 24-year-old Floyd was selected with the 23rd pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft by the Vikings.In 13 games… Read More »

Former Gators QB saves a man’s life

A former Gators quarterback is in the news Monday, and it’s not for getting drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. In three seasons at Florida, Eric Kresser backed up notable UF quarterbacks Shane Matthews and Danny Wuerffel before ultimately transferring to Marshall for his senior season. Kresser was in Huntington, West Virginia, over the weekend for the reunion of the Thundering Herd’s 1996 NCAA Division I-AA national championship team, and he left having saved a man’s life. As Tim Stephens… Read More »

Former UF wide receiver Percy Harvin tells Bills he’s retiring from NFL

Former Gators wide receiver Percy Harvin has told the Buffalo Bills he is retiring, ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter reported Thursday. Percy Harvin told the Bills he is retiring, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 14, 2016 The 27-year-old was selected in the first round of the 2009 draft by the Minnesota Vikings, where he would play four seasons before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a first and seventh-round draft pick in the 2013 Draft. He had… Read More »

Report: Tim Tebow considering Congress run

Following his comments two weeks ago that he was interested in a career in politics, former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is reportedly considering running for a 4th Congressional District seat. With Ander Crenshaw retiring, just heard rumor TIM TEBOW considering #FL4 run. — Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) April 14, 2016 This news follows the announcement that Rep. Ander Crenshaw, a 16-year House appropriator from Jacksonville, would retire this year at the end of his term. Tebow, 28, lives in the district… Read More »

Gators in The Show

Six former Florida baseball players appeared on Major League Baseball Opening Day 25-man rosters this week: Right-hander Anthony DeSclafani(Cincinnati Reds, 2009-11), infielder Cole Figueroa (Pittsburgh Pirates, 2007-08), right-hander Darren O’Day (Baltimore Orioles, 2003-06), infielder Ryan Raburn (Colorado Rockies, 2000), catcher David Ross (Chicago Cubs, 1998) and outfielder Preston Tucker (Houston Astros, 2009-12). In addition, six other former Gators are on 40-man rosters – LHP Kevin Chapman (Houston Astros, 2007, 09-10), OF Matt den Dekker (Washington Nationals, 2007-10), INF Nolan Fontana… Read More »