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A few notes for your Tuesday.

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Couple of things from the NBA:

  • Jonas Valanciunas and the Toronto Raptors are reportedly nearing a deal that would pay the big man $60M over four years. That seems reasonable in the current market. Valanciunas has posted some impressive numbers over the first few years of his NBA career, but hasn't quite put it all together to become one of the league's top big men. The chance that he does so, however, is the Raps most likely path to elevating to another level as a team.
  • Dorell Wright has signed with a Chinese team after two meh years in Portland. My initial reaction is: would Wright have been a better choice than Tayshaun Prince? He's younger, but has had some injury problems in the past. He's a better three point shooter (in fact that's pretty much all he does), but is not as famous. I think I would have rolled the dice on him before Prince, but it's marginal.
  • Maya Moore won another Player of the Week award for last week, despite a poor game in Washington to finish out the week. Her 30+ in two wins earlier in the week were enough to earn the award, the 14th time she's won it. Ho hum.

Today in history

1201: Riga, Latvia founded
1735: Boston Evening Post begins publishing
1834: Mt. Vesuvius erupts
1846: U.S. forces capture Santa Fe, NM
1862: Sioux begin uprising in MInnesota
1896: Adolph Ochs buys New York Times
1914: President Wilson issues Proclamation of Neutrality 
1920: 19th amendment (women's suffrage) ratified
1940: Battle of Britain-largest ever air battle
1958: Nabokov's "Lolita" is published
1969: End of the Woodstock festival-Hendrix is final act

Today's musical birthday is Tracy Tracy, vocalist for the 80s band the Primitives, born in 1967.