Oregon great Payton Pritchard turns in big Game 7 performance in Celtics win

Payton Pritchard came off the bench and gave the Celtics 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists on 4-6 3FG in a Game 7 blowout win.

The Oregon great is finding greatness at the next level.

Former Duck Payton Pritchard had a huge game for the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon, coming off of the bench and showing out in the 4th quarter to extend the lead over the defending-champion Milwaukee Bucks. The Celtics ultimately won 109-81.

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Pritchard finished the day with 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists in 17 minutes. The West Linn native was 4-for-6 from beyond the arc, and 5-for-7 from the field.

With the win, the Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference Final, where they will face the Miami Heat. Pritchard’s success on Sunday goes along with what we’ve seen as of late for the Oregon great. In 2021-22, his second season in the NBA, Pritchard averaged 6.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in 14 minutes per game.

He is the lone former Duck left in the NBA playoffs after Dillon Brooks and the Memphis Grizzlies were eliminated on Friday night.

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Contract details: Kayvon Thibodeaux gets $20 million signing bonus with New York Giants

Contract details have emerged for NY Giants rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux.

On draft night, we had a pretty good idea of what type of money former Oregon Ducks star Kayvon Thibodeaux was going to get with the New York Giants as the No. 5 overall pick in 2022.

Now, we know exactly what that deal was worth with the contract details finally getting released.

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Unfortunately for Thibodeaux, the numbers are a little bit smaller than was predicted, but I don’t think anyone would be upset with signing a contract that had these types of numbers included.

According to reports, Thibodeaux signed on the dotted line this past week for a 4-year deal worth $31.3 million with a $20 million signing bonus, all of which is fully guaranteed.

This goes in line with that Cincinnatti Bengals receiver Ja’Marr Chase signed for as the No. 5 overall pick a year ago — $31.1 million, $17.8 million signing bonus.

On top of all of that, you can guarantee that Thibodeaux is going to be among the most highly-marketed rookies in the crop, especially considering that he landed in the big apple of New York City. He’s got the smile and the charisma to earn major ad revenue, which is something we’ve seen already over the past year.

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Ducks in new threads: Former Oregon players take over NFL rookie mini camps

It’s always a bit jarring to see former Ducks in their new NFL jerseys for the first time.

One of the best parts of the post-draft football world is when college football fans get a chance to see their former players join NFL teams and don some new threads in rookie minicamps. After years of watching these guys play at the college level, it is always a bit jarring to see them in new colors, new numbers, and on a new team.

That’s certainly the case for a handful of former Oregon Ducks, with a total of 9 players making the jump to the NFL this season. Over the past couple of weeks, many took part in rookie minicamps, giving us a look at their new digs. Unfortunately, we were unable to find photos of a few players like George Moore (Green Bay Packers), Jaylon Redd (Seattle Seahawks), or Mykael Wright (Arizona Cardinals).

Regardless, we can make do with what we’ve got. Here are the best pictures of former Ducks in rookie camps this past month.

A showdown of Oregon QB legends is coming in Week 9 of the NFL season

Oregon Duck legends Marcus Mariota and Justin Herbert will battle each other as the Falcons and Chargers meet in Week 9.

It’s not often you get to see a matchup of two Oregon Duck football legends like this.

The Los Angeles Chargers travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons in Week 9 (Nov. 6) of the NFL schedule that was announced today. That means Duck fans will receive a treat to watch Charger quarterback Justin Herbert go up against Atlanta’s Marcus Mariota.

These two teams are on different trajectories as Los Angeles will be a playoff contender while the Falcons are rebuilding. Mariota signed with Atlanta as a free agent after seemingly wasting his time as a backup for the Las Vegas Raiders.

Now with the Falcons, the former Heisman winner will be the starting QB and hopefully resurrect his, what was at least, a very promising career. It won’t be easy as Atlanta is starting over after trading their franchise Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts.

As for Herbert, he’s making great strides in becoming the next great Charger, following in the footsteps of Phillip Rivers and another Oregon Duck legend and NFL Hall of Famer Dan Fouts.

Oregon fans will have to eat breakfast while watching their two favorite quarterbacks go at it as the game will be on FOX for a 10 a.m. PST kickoff.

Report: De’Anthony Thomas ‘no longer expected’ to join B.C. Lions after failing to attend rookie camp

It doesn’t look like De’Anthony Thomas will be joining the B.C. Lions any longer. The Oregon legend was a no-show at rookie camp on Thursday.

A few months ago, it appeared that we were getting ready for a De’Anthony Thomas renaissance, this time in the Canadian Football League, as the former Oregon Ducks legend was signing a contract to play for the B.C. Lions.

However, that doesn’t appear the be the case anymore after Thomas failed to show up at rookie camp with the team on Thursday afternoon. There is not yet a reason for why Thomas didn’t show up, but according to Farhan Lalji, a reporter for TSN, Thomas is not expected to be with the team any longer. We will wait to hear anything further on the situation.

Thomas was recently enjoying the limelight in Eugene where he was an honorary coach with the Ducks at their annual spring game. Thomas was also expected to participate in the Oregon Pro Day earlier this spring alongside former Duck Devon Allen, but he was reportedly unable to join due to his CFL contract with the Lions.

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Will Richardson, Quincy Guerrier miss out on invites to 2022 NBA Draft Combine

Neither Will Richardson nor Quincy Guerrier will be at the 2022 NBA Draft Combine representing the Ducks.

It became apparent earlier this spring that both Will Richardson and Quincy Guerrier were taking a change at the NBA draft waters and doing what they could to make a leap to the next level rather than returning to the Oregon Ducks for another season.

Unfortunately, it may not be going as planned thus far.

On Tuesday afternoon, the list of invitees for the 2022 NBA Draft Combine was released, and neither Richardson or Guerrier made the cut. Both declared earlier in the year that they were testing the waters to see what their draft stock was like, but neither hired agents so they could potentially return to Eugene for another year under Dana Altman.

There are a total of 7 players from the Pac-12 in the combine, all of whom come from Arizona, UCLA, or Colorado.

Over the coming weeks, we will likely hear more about Richardson and Guerrier and their potential return to Eugene. There is also a chance that they go overseas and choose to play there while keeping an eye on a potential leap to the NBA.

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Dillon Brooks says he ‘didn’t mean’ to injure Gary Payton II

Former Duck Dillon Brooks says he didn’t mean to hurt Gary Payton II on the foul that broke the former Beaver’s elbow.

The NBA playoffs can get a bit intense at times and that was put at the forefront the past week when former Duck and current Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks fouled former Beaver current Golden State guard Gary Payton II in Game 2 of their series.

Payton received a broken elbow on the play and Brooks received a one-game suspension.

“It’s in the past,” Brooks said after the Grizzlies’ shootaround before Game 4. “I didn’t mean for it to hurt somebody. If I were to take it back in a moment, I would. But it’s in the past.”

With the Portland TrailBlazers out of the post-season, a lot of NBA fans in the state have paid close attention to this particular series which featured two recent college basketball greats in Oregon.

Now it features just one.

On the play in question, Payton was going for a lay-in and Brooks, who was trailing the play, swiped at the ball. But instead, he swiped Payton’s head, which sent him into the basket standard. The fall to the floor was what broke Payton’s elbow.

“I was trying to make a play on the ball. And he was running full speed, I jumped and he adjusted,” Brooks said as he was describing the play to reporters.

Immediately after the incident, Brooks did go to see if Payton was all right.

The two teams meet for Game 4 tonight with the Warriors up 2-1 in the series. It will also be the first time Brooks plays since the flagrant foul and he will surely get a massive negative reception in front of the Warriors fans. But as Oregon fans well know, Brooks thrives on the adversity of playing on the road and usually performs at his best in situations such as these.

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NY Giants announce Kayvon Thibodeaux will wear No. 5 as rookie

Kayvon Thibodeaux will reportedly wear No. 5 with the NY Giants, taking the number away from K Graham Gano.

Former Oregon Ducks’ star Kayvon Thibodeaux got his first big win as a member of the NY Giants on Monday.

After much debate, it appears that Thibodeaux will wear jersey No. 5 for the Giants, taking it away from veteran kicker Graham Gano. There was a lot of commentary about whether or not Thibodeaux, a rookie who the Giants drafted with the 5th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, deserved to get the number over an established kicker like Gano.

In the end, it appears that KT won, though we don’t know if there was a dollar figure settlement in the battle for the jersey number. Considering how much Thibodeaux is getting paid as a rookie, it wouldn’t be a shock to hear that Gano got paid to give up the number.

Sabrina Ionescu fills the stat sheet in New York Liberty’s season-opener

Sabrina Ionescu dropped 25 points and dished out six assists in the New York Liberty’s season opener on Saturday.

Former Oregon Ducks star Sabrina Ionescu lived up to the billing as the No. 1 overall pick, dropping 25 points and dishing out six assists for the New York Liberty in their home opener, an 81-79 victory over the Connecticut Sun.

“It’s a great win for us at home,” Ionescu said. “We had a great crowd. Super excited to be able to start the season off like that.”

Ionescu was outstanding for New York on Saturday, scoring or assisting on 41 of the Liberty’s points, while shooting 10-for-18 from the field and 3-6 from deep.

“I think it was really just the patience and poise of our offense that led a lot of us to easy shots and shots that we normally make, and so I think that’s what we have to continue to do,” Ionescu said.

She now has four career games with 25 or more points and five or more assists, the third-most in Liberty history.

The Oregon legend got off to a rough start in her pro career, only playing three games as a rookie before missing the rest of the season with an injury. She rebounded to post strong numbers in 2021, and now looks like she is fully ready for her breakout into a legit superstar.

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A look at which Oregon stars are on rosters as WNBA season tips off

Four former Oregon Ducks will begin the season on WNBA rosters, although only three will suit up in game action this season.

The WNBA season tips off on Friday evening, as the Chicago Sky look to defend their surprise championship run from last season.

The WNBA has more eyes on it than ever before, in part because of the rising interest in women’s college basketball – which has fans clamoring to see how their favorite players perform at the next level.

Unfortunately limited roster spaces, the lack of minor league developmental league, and a small number of teams has created a situation where a large chunk of players drafted don’t end up sticking onto a roster once the season begins.

This has created many very loud calls for expansion by fans, players, former players, media analysts, and coaches as the league looks to capitalize on the growing interest.

For the Oregon Ducks, while the number could (should) be higher, they are going to be represented by four different athletes during the WNBA season – although only three are going to suit up this year.

Here is a look at those four athletes, what team they play for, and what their role might look like during the 2022 campaign: