Recode’s Nick Bilton takes a look at the sports that are on the cusp of a big year in 2018.1.
NFL NFL Draft (March 31): The San Francisco 49ers are likely to select a QB with the No. 1 overall pick, and the Minnesota Vikings are reportedly interested in a wide receiver.1a.
NBA NBA Draft (April 1): The Denver Nuggets will likely select an All-Star, and they’re reportedly open to trading for LeBron James.2.
NHL NHL Draft (May 8): The Nashville Predators are rumored to be interested in drafting a forward, and there’s been speculation that the Edmonton Oilers could target a defenseman.3.
MLB MLB Draft (June 12): The Los Angeles Angels are rumored in the mix for a shortstop, and a couple of teams are reportedly ready to move up to draft him.4.
MLB NHL Draft.
(June 14): The Arizona Diamondbacks are expected to select shortstop Nick Ahmed, who’s the No 2 overall pick.5.
NBA Finals: The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly considering trading for Kevin Durant, but they’re not expected to take a chance on the 6-foot-7 forward.6.
NBA Summer League (July 21): The Portland Trail Blazers are reportedly looking for a center, and that player could come from an organization that’s looking to add another veteran center.7.
NBA Draft: The Utah Jazz are reportedly planning to draft an offensive guard, while the Boston Celtics are rumored interested in taking a power forward.8.
MLB Draft: Boston College is reportedly looking to upgrade their defensive options, and could be looking to take forward/center prospects in the future.9.
NBA Playoffs (July 24): The Chicago Bulls are rumored at least to have interest in drafting two players, including a big man.10.
NHL Playoffs (August 5): The Detroit Red Wings are rumored as the frontrunners to draft a forward.11.
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs (September 12): Washington Capitals are reportedly going after a defenseman and a forward and could possibly trade a prospect to acquire a prospect.12.
NHL Summer League.
(September 24): Dallas Stars are rumored on the verge of drafting a defenseman, while another team is rumored to pursue a forward as well.13.
NHL Final: The Detroit Blues are rumored going after an offensive defenseman.14.
NBA Championship Game: The Chicago Blackhawks are reportedly in the market for a forward to go along with some players, but there’s also talk of the team wanting to trade some prospects to add to their roster.15.
MLB Playoffs (October 6): The Minnesota Twins are reportedly hoping to sign a player to a big contract, while Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly made it known that they want a center and a defenseman as well as a player at the position.16.
MLB World Series (October 20): The New York Mets are looking to trade for a starting pitcher, while a few teams are also rumored to try to acquire an ace in the form of Alex Cobb.17.
NHL Winter Classic (October 25): The Boston Bruins are looking for an offensive player and are reportedly targeting a defenseman in the draft.18.
NBA Winter Classic.
(November 1): Boston Celtics have been linked to a number of prospects, and their interest is rumored.19.
NHL Draft: Washington Capitals will reportedly pick a player that’s the best player available in the 2018 draft.20.
NHL Finals: San Jose Sharks are reportedly getting ready to draft their own goaltender in 2018, while some teams are rumored looking to sign prospects for the 2018-19 season.21.
MLB Winter Classic: The Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly preparing for the start of the 2018 season with their new uniforms.22.
NHL All-Stars Game: Philadelphia Flyers are reportedly set to take the ice for their new look, while other teams are said to be eyeing players to add on the ice.23.
NBA All-stars Game: Chicago Bulls will reportedly take on the Boston Bruins in 2018 and look to acquire prospects for a roster in the event of a trade.24.
NHL Game 7: Chicago Blackhawks will likely draft a player who’s ready to step up and compete in 2018-2019.25.
MLB Game 7.
(December 4): Toronto Blue Birds are looking at a player with a shot at the 2019 draft.26.
NHL Awards: The Washington Capitals have reportedly signed a few prospects, while others are rumored ready to go after a veteran player.27.
NHL Super Bowl: The Seattle Seahawks are reportedly scouting for a quarterback, while Minnesota Wild are rumored of being in talks with some of the players currently on their roster as well, including former All-star QB Marcus Mariota.28.
MLB Super Bowl.
(January 14): Cleveland Indians are rumored for acquiring a pitcher, but are also said to have a desire to trade a player.29.
MLB All-Bowl: The Miami Marlins are reportedly trying to land a left-handed pitcher, and Boston Red Sox are rumored also interested in signing a lefty.30.