Daily Bullets (July 7)

Next Dez-tination: Head West

As we start our tour of Pokes in the pros, looking at where the premier names will wind up in free agency, we start with Dez Bryant and his latest rumored destination. It’s the other side of one of the 1990’s best rivalries.

As the NFL turns its calendar to July, most of the rumors connecting free agent wideout Dez Bryant to the 49ers have been initiated by Bryant himself, as the veteran pass-catcher indicated in a May Instagram post that he’d like to sign with San Francisco. But it’s not only Bryant that’s stirring the Bay Area pot, according to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, who indicates league insiders’ “best guess” is that Bryant will end up signing with the 49ers. [ProFootballRumors]

If Dez is willing to accept his role – red zone specialist – and not cause a fuss when he doesn’t get the lion’s share of throws. Prove your willing to accept a lesser role and there’s plenty of tread left on those tires.

Smart Update

Hidden in a conversation about the OKC Thunder signing a point guard was a great point about Marcus Smart’s free agency.

Sure, Marcus Smart would have been great with the Thunder. But he’s a restricted free agent, and even if OKC had signed him to the mid-level exception for taxpayers ($5.3 million), Boston would have matched in 15 seconds. [NewsOK]

It would be a blast for Oklahoma State fans to be able to see the former Cowboy star play 41 games a year nearby but this one comes down to money. A small handful of teams have cap space left and the mid-level exception (around $5m for taxpayers and $8-$9m for non-taxpayers) remains one of the only avenues for teams without cap space to sign him. Boston, with their rights as the home team, isn’t constrained by the salary cap and hold the right to trump offers.

The Orlando Magic could be a team to watch if talks with Isaiah Thomas don’t go the way they hope.

OSU and NCAA Notes

A Pittsburgh Steelers’ site looked at all of Mason Rudolph’s running plays in 2017….Neat profile on recently passed alum Neal Patterson who funded Cowgirl soccer stadium….Juniors on Cowboy Basketball team are embracing their role….Should Kansas or Kentucky be preseason No. 1 in college basketball?….Baylor refutes the comments made by former AD

Quality progress on the dirt work for the baseball field.

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This would be a great move for college basketball.

Looks like Mason Cox is sitting well with the locals.

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Couldn’t agree more.

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