New Delhi: Reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin was on Monday bought by debutant PBL franchise Pune 7 Aces, while Indian stars Saina Nehwal and P.V.Sindhu were picked up by Hyderabad Hunters and North Eastern Warriors respectively during the Premier Badminton League (PBL) auction here on Monday.Saina, the London Olympics bronze medallist, was bought as the icon player by the North Eastern Warriors for Rs 80 lakh. She had earlier represented the Awadhe Warriors for the past three editions.Sindhu, the Rio Olympics silver medallist, will feature for the Hyderabad franchise after the defending champions picked her up for Rs 80 lakh, while Rio gold medallist Carolina Marin of Spain also went for the same price to Pune. World No.9 Sung Ji Hyun was snapped up by Chennai Smashers, also for Rs 80 lakh.Among the big names in men’s badminton, former World No.1 Victor Axelsen of Denmark was picked up by Ahmedabad Smash Masters for Rs 80 lakh, while World No.6 Kidambi Srikanth joined Bengaluru Raptor for the same amount.H.S. Prannoy was bought by Delhi Dashers after a bidding war with Mumbai Rockets for Rs 80 lakh, while South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun and Lee Yong Dae also went for the same amount to Chennai Smashers and Mumbai, respectively.The Awadh Warriors spent Rs 70 lakh to bag the services of South Korean Son Wan Ho while Pune bought Denmark’s Mathias Boe for Rs 50 lakh.Teenaged sensation Lakshya Sen was bought by Pune for Rs 11 lakh while another youngster Satwiksairaj Rankireddy went for a whopping Rs 52 lakh to the Ahmedabad Smash Masters. IANS
The 2019-20 NBA season may be on hold, but apparently Bradley Beal trade rumors never stop.With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving already on board for the next few years, the Nets have “internally discussed” ways to acquire the Wizards guard in order to form a “Big Three” in Brooklyn, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. So how does the 26-year-old feel about this latest round of speculation? “It’s not the first time I’ve heard this kind of talk,” Beal told ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan. “It’s interesting. To me, I look at it as a sign of respect, that I’ve been doing good things and guys want to play with me. That’s an unbelievable feeling. When you hear that Kyrie and KD want you, s—, that’s amazing.”At the same time, you don’t know how much there is to it, or how easy it would be to do. And I’ve put down roots in D.C. I’ve dedicated myself to this town, this community. I love it here, and it would feel great to know I could grind out winning here instead of jumping to another team. But I’d be naive to say that I don’t think about it when these stories come up.”TRADE RUMORS: Will Warriors move top 2020 NBA Draft pick?That last part will leave some Wizards fans feeling a bit uneasy, but Beal isn’t ready to go full Anthony Davis and request a trade out of Washington because he wants to play with John Wall again. Wall, a five-time All-Star with the Wizards, is recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon and hasn’t taken the floor for an NBA game since December 2018.”I want to see him get back to that level where I know he can be, especially since my game has grown so much [while he’s been out],” Beal said. “What can we accomplish together? I’m so happy he’s healthy, working his tail off.”Prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forcing commissioner Adam Silver to suspend the season, Beal was averaging a career-high 30.5 points per game, second in the league to only Rockets star James Harden (34.4). Beal can operate both on and off the ball, and it’s not difficult to imagine him finding cleaner looks at the basket if he’s surrounded by better players. A Beal-Durant-Irving trio would be a nightmare to defend.MORE: The Wizards sold Bradley Beal on a vision, but it’s already looking blurryThe biggest issue isn’t necessarily how Beal would blend with Brooklyn, though — it’s how the Nets could construct a deal to push the Wizards off their stance of keeping Beal in place. Future first-round picks would likely be involved, plus players like Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert. Is that enticing enough for the Wizards? Would that leave the Nets too thin at certain positions? Which outside trade suitors could crash the party? (Fire up those Photoshop jerseys, internet folks.)Beal has previously said he would like to retire a Wizard and noted he “kinda hates” super teams. Perhaps he is truly a different kind of player, one comfortable riding it out with a single franchise. But we’ve seen feelings change when losses pile up. Washington isn’t on track to be a contender anytime soon, and Brooklyn could be a force in the Eastern Conference as soon as next season.If the Wizards want to avoid a Davis situation, the front office must prove it can construct a competitive roster around Beal. Otherwise those rumors are never going to disappear.