160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The team announced the deal Jan. 29 but he never signed the contract, and problems developed over specifics about what would happen if Bonds were to be indicted or face further legal trouble, along with details about a personal-appearance provision that was rejected by the commissioner’s office. A federal grand jury is investigating whether Bonds perjured himself when he testified in 2003 in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative steroid distribution case that he hadn’t knowingly taken any performance-enhancing drugs. More deals: Right fielder Michael Cuddyer and the Minnesota Twins agreed to a $3,575,000, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration minutes before their scheduled hearing. Wood hurt in hot tub mishap: Oft-injured Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood is not expected to throw off the mound for a few days after he slipped this week getting out of a hot tub at home. Wood landed on his stomach and chest. “It was just a little spill,” Wood said. “I didn’t think anything of it. Nothing’s wrong. It’s just going to be a few extra days. My arm feels great. My body feels good.” DUI arrest: Steve Swindal, George Steinbrenner’s son-in-law and designated successor to run the NewYork Yankees, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence in St.Petersburg, Fla. Barry Bonds finally signed his $15.8 million, one-year deal Thursday, ending more than two months of wrangling between the slugger and the San Francisco Giants over contract language. With both sides satisfied, Bonds is scheduled to report Monday to spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz. He is likely to participate in the Giants’ first full-squad workout Tuesday.
Mark Jackson had never coached before the Golden State Warriors tabbed him as their head man two years ago, a move that surprised many. But Jackson quickly ascended into a winning coach, taking a downtrodden club and making it one of the most exciting teams in the NBA last season.Jackson’s way – heart-to-heart, candid communication – won over his players, and they performed under him at a high level. So much so that the team picked up the option on Jackson’s contract for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday.The move prevents Jackson from feeling as if he were coaching in a lame-duck situation the upcoming season, while also allowing more time for the sides to create a long-term deal for the former point guard of the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers.“I trust in God. I’m in the best hands possible, and I don’t mean Arn Tellem,” the ordained minister joked after the season ended in May. By then, his team had already upset the Denver Nuggets in the playoffs, solidifying his stature as an up-and-coming star coach.He took the Warriors from a 23-43 record during the lockout-shortened season his first year to a 47-35 team that earned the Western Conference’s sixth seed and eliminated Denver in the first round of the playoffs. The eventual conference champion San Antonio Spurs knocked Golden State out in six games in the second round.The Warriors posted the second-highest winning percentage improvement behind Brooklyn. Golden State also is positioned for more success with point guard Stephen Curry anchoring a collection of promising young talent, and Jackson made it work. His players trusted him and his solid career as a point guard in the league gave him credibility.
The NBA free agent season could be extraordinary this summer. . . or not so much. Miami Heat’s Big 3 — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — could opt out of their contracts and field suitors, which would create much drama, reminiscent of four years ago when James and Bosh left their respective teams to join Miami. Of course, they also could remain with the Heat.The three met before they made their free agent decision in 2010 and could have another such meeting before their June 30 opt-out deadlines, which allows them to leave in 2014, 2015 or 2016.Wade said: “As players, you only have so much time and you only have so many moments where you have the ability to control your own fate, so it’s not a bad thing at all if that’s what someone is thinking. I haven’t had that conversation with Chris. I haven’t had that conversation with Bron.”Wade revealed in an ESPN The Magazine story that the three, who have gone to three straight finals and won the last two, plan to have that conversation at some point.“When we sat down and we signed our deals and all of us made sure we had an opt out in that fourth year, that was our option,” Wade said. “So the option is there and you would hope that someone wants to be able to use their option as a player.”Wade took a pay cut and took less than a max deal to help the Heat add some depth to their roster in 2010, and it’s possible the Heat could approach him about doing so again this summer.Wade is due $42 million over the next two years, which would be the most lucrative contract years of his career. But the Heat could try to convince Wade and the others — in the name of more titles — to take another discount.“I’m at a position where I don’t really have to worry about it,” said Wade, who also won a title for the Heat in 2006. “I’ve been with the same organization for now 11 years. We’ve won multiple championships, so it’s no reason where I need to think about that yet. I’m not at a point where we are a bad team and I need to think about the future, so right now I’m really focused on just enjoying this team, enjoying our quest to try to ‘Three-peat.’ And when the season is over, and whatever happens, then I will sit down and I will sit down with Chris and I will sit down with Bron and I will sit down and make the best decision for myself and my family.”