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NBA Free Agency: Why Chris Paul potentially signing with Spurs is a bad idea

Chris Paul will be one of the hottest names on the free-agent market this offseason.

Jah Reid Womens Jersey The 32-year-old point guard expressed Friday his willingness to give the Spurs serious consideration should he decide to leave the Clippers in free agency this offseason, according to ESPN.com.

San Antonio was swept by the Warriors in the Western Conference finals, which could have been drastically different had Kawhi Leonard not been injured in Game 1. The aging Spurs are ready to usher in a new era, led by Leonard, and should add other young players to build around the two-way star.

David Njoku Womens Jersey Teams such as the Bulls and Knicks have been rumored to be interested in Kansas small forward Josh Jackson, and Jackson, based on his lack of workouts, seems uninterested in Boston.

If a team really likes Jackson, they could move an asset to jump up and get him. This could be a perfect opportunity for Chicago to trade Jimmy Butler to Boston.

The Knicks are still a mess. Carmelo Anthony’s situation seems unresolved, and now, for some reason, Kristaps Porzingis is reportedly on the trading block. Moving up to No. 3 would be nice for the Knicks, who would likely take Jackson or Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox, but not at the expense of Porzingis.

Then there is a the Paul George situation. The Pacers star will be a free agent in 2018, and has already informed Indiana he will leave the team. The Lakers have emerged as his favorite, and they may even trade for George prior to next season.

Lurking in the shadows of almost every scenario is the Cavaliers, who desperately want to win another championship next season. Cleveland just let general manager David Griffin go, which has fans worried LeBron James will now leave when he becomes a free agent next year.

In the meantime, George and Butler have been heavily linked to a move to Cleveland with Kevin Love’s name being floated around as trade bait.

New Colts GM Chris Ballard’s top task: ‘Build something special’ around Andrew Luck

Once Jim Irsay made the decision to hire Chris Ballard as the new general manager of the Colts, the two thoroughly discussed the team’s roster.

As soon as he was introduced by Irsay on Monday, Ballard said he is jacked to build something special together.

The incident hung over him until he was found not guilty and cleared at the beginning of training camp. There, Prescott had to work his way up the depth chart just to emerge as Romo’s top backup.

It took a but of a break there literally, the right leg of projected No. 2 Kellen Moore for Prescott to jump up from his developmental third-string status. Then came the surprise elevation to No. 1 when Romo was hurt again.

All that happened under the scorching spotlight of the Cowboys. It wasn’t Tampa Bay or Tennessee, where there was some built-in rebuilding patience for Prescott to deliver. The rebound results were in demand for Dallas to re-emerge as the NFC power it was in 2014.

With that, neither Jerry Jones nor Jason Garrett eased the expectations on Prescott. They pressed the right buttons with their words and coaching to press him. They’re the last two men who will think the playoffs are too big for Prescott.

Given how tall Prescott has stood in the face of everything so far, the playoffs are just his size.vikings_114

Warriors’ JaVale McGee might have to pay $9,350 in cat-related fees to ex-landlord

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JaVale McGee was sued by his ex-landlord as documents obtained by Deadspin revealed Wednesday.

The lawsuit was filed last November and alleged that during McGee’s stay at a Dallas apartment from September 2015 to September 2016, he caused significant damage to the property, including, but not limited to, damage to flooring, screen doors, area rugs, furniture, shelving, pots and pans, a curtain rod, and a floor mat.

James calmly turned, flashed the No. 1 over his head, and headed down the floor, as the Cleveland bench applauded. He had 35 points through three quarters, including two on a vicious slam a couple of minutes before he broke the record.

James, who earlier in these playoffs passed Kobe Bryant and then Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the postseason scoring list, set the record in his 212th postseason game. Entering Thursday’s game, James had a career playoff scoring average of 28.2 points per game. Jordan played 179 career playoff games, averaging 33.4 ppg.
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The Cavs star obviously isn’t done rewriting the NBA record book. A couple of minutes after his historic 3-pointer, he knocked down his 319th career playoff 3-pointer, passing Manu Ginobili for third on the all-time list. That put him only one behind Reggie Miller, who is second on the list.

In case you’re wondering, James stands seventh on the all-time NBA playoff rebound list.

NBA free agency rumors: Timberwolves interested in signing Derrick Rose

The current NBA season isn’t even over yet, but rumors regarding free agency are already starting to swirl.

Derrick Rose will become a free agent for the first time in his career this offseason after spending his first eight seasons with the Bulls and Knicks. According to ESPN.com, the Timberwolves view the 28-year-old point guard as a potential free-agent acquisition this summer.

The move wouldn’t make much sense for Minnesota, which signed point guard Ricky Rubio to a four-year, $55 million extension in 2015. He has two years left on that contract.

I’m not allowed to talk about [negotiations] but all I can tell you is he’s one of a bunch of guys who came in, they all got together and said ‘Let’s go down to the practice facility and start working out together,’ Cuban said, via dallasnews.com. So they’re down there now and so that’s exciting to see, and he’s part of that group.

Noel, 23, averaged 8.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 22 games with the Mavericks last year. Though his points production may never be elite, Noel is a force on defense, racking up rebounds and blocks in bunches.

Elite Youth Jared Crick Jersey It’s a good sign for Mavs brass that Noel decided to come in and practice voluntarily even though he isn’t officially signed with the team for next season.
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I love Dallas, Noel said in April. In my short time here, I’ve really enjoyed it. With the pieces that we have, and the opportunities we’ll be seeing in the near future, I think there’s a lot to be excited for.

Noel had a hard time getting consistent playing time in Philadelphia due to its mass of lottery-pick centers. But it appears he will have the freedom to play his own game in Dallas, and possibly make a profound impact on both ends of the court.

Mack had the first one on the final play of the first half.

That’s not inherently bad, but the Steelers eventually are going to need Bell to be the Man more consistently. He was suspended three games to start this season because of missed drug tests, while he was coming back from two torn ligaments in his knee, which caused him to miss eight games last season. He was also suspended to start 2015, after he was tagged with DUI and marijuana possession charges the previous year.

It’s not a stellar track record, and the groin injury Sunday while not quite Bell’s fault adds to the litany of frustrations that tugs at Bell’s greatness.

The Raiders (12-4) have an NFL-worst 25 sacks this season. Khalil Mack has 11 of those sacks and Bruce Irvin has seven. There were only four games this season in which they both had sacks, but one was Oaklands 27-20 win over the Texans in Mexico.

Mack had the first one on the final play of the first half. Standing up with a wide split on Osweilers right side, Mack simply used his speed to blow past right tackle Chris Clark.

Irvin also beat Clark, pushing hard outside before ducking inside to get the sack and draw a holding penalty.

Said Hyde, whose market value has soared with free agency approaching in the offseason: We made (Prescott) read different coverages and not get quick and easy reads, and we tried to mix up our calls and assignments back there.

Green Bays defense faces an even stiffer test Sunday with an even more diverse Falcons offense that led the NFL in scoring at 33.8 points a game and is coming off a 36-20 rout of Seattle. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan lit up the Packers for 288 yards and three TDs without a turnover during a 33-32 home victory in Week 8.

it’s the same as the Cowboys they have weapons all over the place and a quarterback playing at an elite level, Hyde said. (Ryan) can also get outside the pocket. Hes not Michael Vick, but he can definitely get it done with his feet if they really need it.avalanche_160

Martellus Bennett infected with winning disease, doesn’t want the antidote

Martellus Bennett has a disease and doesn’t want the cure.

The veteran tight end admitted following Sunday’s AFC championship game he never thought the Super Bowl would become a reality.

Game Youth Mohamed Sanu Jersey Over the years I never really felt like the Super Bowl was a possibility, Bennett said after the Patriots beat the Steelers to advance to Super Bowl LI. That’s one of your goals. I was talking to my wife; I’m like, ‘I don’t really know how to feel about going into this game.’ I always dreamed about going to the Super Bowl but it never really felt like an attainable goal in the past because we lost so many games and we were never really in position. You’re just hopeful to go to the playoffs. So this is very special it’s a dream come true.

Allison, who came on late in the regular season with eight catches for 157 yards and a touchdown in the final two games, has a court date scheduled for Jan. 23.

The Packers are aware of the matter involving Geronimo Allison, the team said in a statement released Tuesday. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will refrain from making any further comment.

Allison was pulled over Sept. 4 after being clocked driving 81 mph in a 70-mph zone. The arresting officer detected an odor of marijuana and found three Backwoods cigars on the front passenger seat. Two of them were filled with a green leafy materialthat tested positive for THC, according to the Journal Sentinel.

Making the playoffs is pretty difficult to do in this league as a lot of coaches and front office people know,Quinn told co-host Gil Brandt and me Wednesday night on SiriusXM NFL Radio. So I was really glad to bring Jim back for next year and really excited about keeping the focus on Saturday night in Seattle.
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This is the right decision if you trust that Quinn is the right GM for this team.

Colts will keep coach Chuck Pagano despite missing playoffs, source tells SN

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While there is no official confirmation from team owner Jim Irsay, there also will be no head coaching change in Indianapolis.

Travis Swanson Youth Jersey A source told Sporting News that Chuck Pagano will be returning for the 2017 season after receiving assurance from Irsay that his job is safe.

Paganoa’s status was in question because the Colts finished without a playoff appearance. Pagano is 49-31 since becoming Indianapolis head coach in 2012, but the Colts have finished 8-8 the past two seasons.

The Colts finished eighth in the NFL with 411 points (25.7 per game) but had the 22nd best scoring defense. Franchise quarterback Andrew Luck was sacked 41 times in 15 games.

The Browns aren’t going to draft a quarterback simply because they need one. We’re not Mitch Trubisky’s biggest fans, and we’re not sure coach Hue Jackson will be, either. Garrett is a special talent who’s a safer version of Jadeveon Clowney as a prospect. Cleveland also will explore trading down from this pick.

The 49ers need a franchise quarterback, but without a new head coach in place, it’s hard to know who they might target. If Josh McDaniels gets the job — he’s their rumored first choice — they may be able to swing a deal for Jimmy Garoppolo. A 2018 first-round pick and a 2017 third-rounder might do the trick. Allen would not fill a need for San Francisco, but he fits any defense.

MLB tried to auction Hunter Strickland’s jersey from brawl with Bryce Harper

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The Memorial Day jersey worn by Giants reliever Hunter Strickland was put up for auction on MLB’s official online auction site.

Strickland was wearing the uniform top when he plunked Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper on the hip with a 98-mph fastball to set off a benches-clearing brawl during which Strickland and Harper exchanged punches.

Scooter Gennett, who had 38 career home runs in four-plus seasons, went yard four times against the Cardinals. Gennett is just the 17th player in MLB history to hit four homers in a single game and the first to do it since former Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton in 2012.
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Gennett had hit just three homers on the season prior to Tuesday’s outburst.

That’s what makes his four blasts Tuesday so unexpected. But Gennett didn’t just hit four home runs in the 13-1 rout of the Cardinals. He went 5 for 5 and drove in 10 runs to become the first Reds player since Smoky Burgess in 1955 to hit at least three homers with at least eight RBIs in a single game.

That’s baseball, man. When you don’t expect to get it, that’s when it comes, the Cincinnati native told MLB Network and added that he never had a four-home game in his life. He just tried to stay relaxed and joked that he considers hitting one home run lucky.

It’s wild and hasn’t sunken in yet, Gennett added. Whenever I try to hit a home run, it usually doesn’t work well.

Gennett began the night with a third-inning grand slam off Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. Then came a two-run shot in the fourth followed by a solo homer in the sixth before his eighth-inning blast.

Five worst, most overblown storylines of Super Bowl 51

HOUSTON Super Bowl 51 week, like all Super Bowl weeks, seemingly was never-ending. By the time Friday arrived and all the players, coaches and analysts had talked, Sunday and the actual game between the Patriots and Falcons could not have come soon enough.

Here’s a look at the most overrated, overblown, worst storylines between the Patriots and (kind of) the Falcons that dominated the week.

Goodell and Brady are both professionals at not saying anything. It’s not like this potential exchange of congratulations and pleasantries hasn’t happened several times before. They have millions of reasons to be just fine. And get this! The Falcons could win the game and that exchange is avoided all together. Deflate and desist.

Ryan set franchise records in passing yards, touchdowns, completion percentage and passer rating, which was the fifth-highest in NFL history.

The Falcons led the NFL in scoring this season with a franchise-record 540 points.

Ryan was also selected by the Pro Football Writers Association as the league MVP and Offensive Player of the Year.

Mack recorded a sack in eight straight games, a stretch that included three straight games with a sack/fumble. During a 35-32 win over the Panthers, Mack became the first NFL player since 2009 with an interception, sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and a touchdown in a single game.

The third-year pass rusher from the University of Buffalo was the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He finished the 2016 season with 77 tackles, 16 for loss, and 11 sacks while helping the Raiders go 12-4 and reach the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
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those five teams have quarterbacks attached to them in many mock drafts.

Maurice Cheeks Elite Jersey “Cats are terrible, they’re horrible animals. Any animal that’s self-deficient, that don’t need a human being, is awful. Like you literally pour food in a bowl, and they just do whatever they want to do and you teach them how to do litter and they just kind of do what they want to do. You can’t just be like, come here and they just come to you. Like, they come to you when they want to come to you.

“My wife had a 32-pound cat. And it literally did whatever it wanted to do, bro, like, never been outside, and I’m just like, ‘What kind of life is that to live?’ Like think about that. Like, ‘Hey, we’re going to take you and we’re going to put you in a house, and you’re going to live 17 years in a house. And not leave.’
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“You don’t think after like year 7 or 8 he’s like, ‘I’m tired of this s— man. I’m just going to be a cat. I don’t like you, you don’t like me, we just going to co-exist.’

“In about four years when your cat doesn’t like you, and you feel like he’s trying to kill you, because he tried to kill you, then we’ll revisit this conversation.”
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Given those teams’ recent track records, they also are unpredictable in addressing the position — which has played a big factor in their collective QB neediness.

For now, those five teams have quarterbacks attached to them in many mock drafts. But for when it counts, on April 27, here are six other not-so-obvious spots to watch as teams that might use a first-rounder on QB.