1 » Despite meeting and discussing opportunities with other franchises, former Florida Gators forward Corey Brewer chose stability – and plenty of cash – on Friday when he agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal to return to the Houston Rockets. Brewer, who has been on five franchises in eight seasons, has proven to be a solid, versatile defender throughout his NBA career; however, he has struggled offensively, averaging 10.2 points per game while knocking down just 29 percent of his three-pointers (19.5 percent last season). Still, he is a capable roleplayer for a contender, already has a ring and has been a consistent highlight factory during his career.
2 » According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, the Washington Wizards and guard Bradley Beal – the second-highest-drafted player in Gators history – have begun discussions about an extension for the young superstar. Beal is looking for a four-year max extension, according to Castillo, which could prove to be a steal for the Wizards considering how much the NBA salary camp is expected to jump over the next few seasons. With two years and more than $13 million left on his rookie deal, he is currently a steal for Washington while averaging 15.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists. Beal made 40.9 percent of his threes last season and is seen as a cornerstone for the franchise alongside point guard John Wall. His potential four-year extension could be worth upwards of $90 million with figures of “$21 million the first season followed by annual raises of 7.5 percent,” per Castillo. Of course, the Wizards are also hoping to lure superstar Kevin Durant to the franchise next summer and most ensure that Beal’s future contract does not prevent that from being a possibility.
3 » According to a University of Florida release, researchers are currently developing a smart mouth guard that “may be able to tell when an athlete is becoming dehydrated or overheated and even whether he or she may have gotten a concussion.” It would do so by measuring moisture in the body, core temperature and the strength of a blow to the head. Technology applied to athletics coming from UF is not uncommon and this could certainly be a game-changer for the industry, especially if it could be produced at a low enough cost that youth athletics could eventually utilize it in practices and games.
4 » Prior to signing on with ESPN to serve as the lead analyst on SEC Network’s pregame show, SEC Nation, former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow came extremely close to playing in the CFL for the Montreal Alouettes. How close? According to The Guardian, which spoke with team vice president Jim Popp, “Tebow had his bags packed for Montreal and brought the luggage with him” to a meeting “at an undisclosed location in the” United States last August. “He’s doing the one thing he always wanted to do,” Popp said of Tebow now being back in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.