Mino Raiola reportedly told a French radio station they had been given Martinez’s blessing for Lukaku to leave at the right price amid rumours of interest from Paris St Germain. But the Spaniard was unwilling to go into the issue, saying: ” I’m not here to try to do the job of agent. “I’m not going to entertain any sort of rumours and speculation. I have to do that during the transfer window, against my wishes, so as you can understand I’m quite happy now not to go into any comments.” Club-record signing Lukaku, 22, has made a good start to the season after an up-and-down first campaign as a permanent Everton player, scoring seven goals in 13 appearances. Martinez said: “With Romelu, it has been a joy to see him growing and developing from a very young age. “He’s had a very important role with us and now I feel he’s in the perfect moment to kick on and even take more responsibility on the pitch. “All that matters to everyone at Everton is Romelu can keep fulfilling that role, keep enjoying his football and being very important for the team.” Martinez was speaking at his pre-match press conference, the day after Everton bade an emotional farewell to Howard Kendall. Thousands of fans and Everton figures past and present attended Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral and Goodison Park to pay tribute to the 69-year-old, who died earlier this month. Martinez hopes the memories of Kendall’s glory years can inspire his players as they look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League against Sunderland on Sunday. Press Association The Everton boss said: “I thought it was an incredible event. We were all so proud and touched by the incredible reaction and the support that everyone showed around Howard’s career, Howard’s footprint at our football club, and then obviously to pay the respects to an incredible legend and an Everton giant. “There are great moments to sit back a little bit as a player, and everyone who has the privilege to represent Everton at this time has a unique source of inspiration. “You’re looking back at those big seasons, big moments full of emotion. Clearly for the players and everyone it’s the perfect inspiration to go forward.” Seamus Coleman is a major doubt for the match because of a stomach bug but his fellow full-back Leighton Baines is nearing a return after almost six months out. The 30-year-old has undergone two ankle operations but was set to return to full training on Friday along with midfielder Muhamed Besic, who has made only one Premier League appearance this season. Gareth Barry is back in contention following suspension, with Martinez set to revert to a more familiar line-up after ringing the changes for the Capital One Cup win over Norwich in midweek. Roberto Martinez talked up Romelu Lukaku’s importance to Everton following claims from his agent that the Toffees would sell if the right offer came in.
The first three picks of the NBA Draft are pretty much set in stone, but things could get interesting with the fourth overall pick. The Lakers technically hold the pick, but they’ve agreed to trade the draft rights to the Pelicans as a result of the Anthony Davis deal. But New Orleans is reportedly shopping the pick around, which would lead to a confusing trade inception. If the Pelicans do make a deal, ESPN’s NBA analyst Jalen Rose predicts the Bulls will be involved. Sometimes @jalenrose makes a mistake and says things into microphones he shouldn’t. Then I put them on the internet because that’s what friends do: pic.twitter.com/gOLx53xRMw— Jacoby (@djacoby) June 20, 2019MORE: Full first round 2019 NBA Mock Draft What Rose reported isn’t quite as interesting as how he reported it. The social copy promoting the video says “sometimes [Rose] makes a mistake and says things into microphones he shouldn’t.” And in the video, Rose wonders aloud if he’s even allowed to say what he does.”I guess I’m gonna say this,” Rose said. “I was about to look at my phone and see if I was able to say this or not.”Here’s Rose’s proposal:Pelicans get: 7th pick, Zach LaVineBulls get: 4th pick, Lonzo BallThis isn’t the first time LaVine’s name has been tied to the Pelicans. ESPN’s Zach Lowe suggested the deal in a recent podcast appearance, although he made sure to point out there was no reporting behind it.One clarification: Beck and I had a spitballing session on who the Lakers/Pels might be able to get for 4th pick. I mentioned a bunch of potential targets, including Zach LaVine. That was just me speculating, not reporting. Worded it inelegantly, apologies for that. https://t.co/cxcbe1Pd01— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 13, 2019Ball’s name was also tied to the Bulls before the Lakers deal. There was speculation from some saying the Bulls were trying to get in on the Davis deal. Essentially the talk was the Bulls would receive what they ended up getting in Rose’s proposal. Would it make sense for the Pelicans and Bulls to make this trade?This trade is a good idea for the Bulls. They get to move up in the draft and take on a player still on his rookie contract in Ball. LaVine currently has an average salary of $19,500,000 until 2022 when he becomes a free agent. Ball, meanwhile, has an average salary of $7,489,280 until 2021. The deal doesn’t make a ton of sense for New Orleans, unless the Pelicans truly view LaVine as a much better option than Ball. LaVine is the better player, but is it worth taking on the extra salary and moving down three spots in the draft? It depends on how much the Pelicans really like LaVine.Rose seems to think some version of this deal could go down on draft night.
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