4 BITS: Spikes pleads guilty, Gators in NBA

By Adam Silverstein
July 2, 2015

1 » Former Florida Gators linebacker Brandon Spikes pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident that occurred on a highway in Massachusetts on June 7. Spikes, who was released the very next day by the New England Patriots and remains an NFL free agent one month later, was issued one year of probation along with fines and the loss of his driver’s license, according to WBZ 1030 News Radio. Putting the issue to bed was important for Spikes, who should wind up on a team at some point this offseason. While limited, he is still at least a two-down contributor as one of the highest-graded run-stopping linebackers in the league.

2 » Giving Gators point guard Nick Calathes the opportunity to play in the NBA after the player started his career overseas, the Memphis Grizzlies continue to make a concerted effort to hold on to the reserve floor general. The Grizzlies decided to make Calathes a qualifying offer, turning him into a restricted free agent and allowing Memphis the right to match any offer sheet he may sign with a team. Though rumors have Calathes interested in going back overseas for significantly more money and a greater role on a team, he has not given any indication that he plans to leave the United States at this time.

3 » The futures of a couple other Florida players in the NBA remain up in the air. The Golden State Warriors are looking to deal power forward David Lee, who has one year and $15.5 million remaining on his six-year maximum contract with the team. Houston Rockets free agent forward Corey Brewer has been involved in preliminary talks with a couple of teams, but he is reportedly looking to sign a long-term contract and make a home for himself after being on five teams in eight NBA seasons. Where these guys wind up will certainly affect sports betting picks as we get into the preseason.

4 » Projecting the Philadelphia Eagles‘ 53-man roster for the 2015 season, CSN Philly beat writer Geoff Mosher does not believe former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow will ultimately make the cut. He is much higher, though, on undrafted tight end Trey Burton, who was relegated to a special teams role for the Eagles in 2014. “Look for … Burton, an excellent special-teamer, to be groomed into a future No. 2 [tight end] behind [Zach] Ertz.”

Extra BIT » Former Florida PG Jason Williams, 39 and retired from the NBA, is still breaking ankles … those of local guys playing pick-up ball.

One Comment

  1. scroud says:

    The story about Calathes reminds me of when he was playing and was the focal point of the whole offense. He left after what, his sophomore year for the pros (Greece). His high school teammate stayed and graduated. Chandler Parsons is now making like $15 million a year.
    Also, David Lee was a four year player, but Roberson and Walsh both left early and didn’t make it ultimately.
    Now we see the same thing with Michael Frazier. He should have come back and had a great senior year and then be drafted in the first round of the draft next year.
    I wish him the best but these players need to value their college training and education more highly.