Kevin Love to Houston Rockets

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The Cleveland Cavaliers say they won’t deal Kevin Love, but there are reasons to believe those denials aren’t genuine.

According to The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd: “The first roster decision will be determining Kevin Love’s future. He has one year left of team control, and despite the Cavs’ insistence they aren’t interested in trading him, multiple sources around the league have told The Athletic the Cavs are indeed shopping him.”china nfl jersey

Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have been unusually quiet this offseason.

Is there a way for them to get Love? It should be impossible, but with Daryl Morey, all things are possible. The Rockets don’t have much in terms of trade assets, but they could offer their 2021 first-round draft pick along with Chinanu Onuaku and the rights to a handful of stashed players, including Sergio Llull.

They could use Ryan Anderson’s contract as the ballast to get things done.

This package likely isn’t good enough for Cleveland unless Love demands a trade. In that scenario, the Cavs would have less leverage and have to entertain less impressive offers.nfl official jerseys cheap

For Cleveland, getting worse would probably be a good thing, so having Anderson instead of Love wouldn’t be as unpalatable as it seems.

It’s pretty unthinkable that the Trail Blazers would trade nfl jerseys online Damian Lillard anywhere, but that hasn’t stopped people from speculating about it.

Nor has Lillard discouraged that speculation. When a fan asked him on Twitter whether he would be happy in Los Angeles, Lillard implied in his reply that he would be a happy anywhere.

It would take a lot to get that deal done. Indeed, the Lakers would have to be willing to part with at least two of their young core. Lonzo Ball would make sense since he’s a point guard. Perhaps Brandon Ingram as well. nfl jersey from china

The idea would probably have to be run past LeBron James, the new president of basketb…erp…superstar free-agent acquisition, as Klutch Sports Group announced. nfl wholesale jersey

But if something did happen here, the tandem of Lillard and LeBron would be able to do some serious damage—arguably more than James and Kyrie Irving did.

8. Oklahoma City Thunder: 40-1

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Year one of the superteam(ish) Thunder will be remembered as a disappointment. Slotting Paul George and Carmelo Anthony alongside Russell Westbrook only increased OKC’s win total by one and couldn’t prevent another first-round playoff exit.

But there were enough elite women nfl jersey moments before Andre Roberson’s season-ending injury to make one wonder what might be possible if George sticks around.

The Thunder had a 4-3 record against the Western Conference finalists, Golden State and Houston. OKC also posted an eye-popping plus-14.2 net rating in the 539 minutes china nfl jerseys nike George shared with Westbrook, Anthony, Andre Roberson and Steven Adams.

“That definitely changes a lot,” George said in April of Roberson’s injury, per Royce Young. “Andre is a big piece, and him going down, it definitely was a big blow to us. … You’ve got to look at where we can be, imagine what we would be if Andre was here playing with [us] now.”

If the Thunder keep George, they might be closer to contention than most realize.

While Utah finished a perfectly average 15th in offensive efficiency, there were times this attack felt held together by frayed yarn.

Donovan Mitchell was by far the best scorer while also being a 43.7 percent shooting rookie. Rudy Gobert and Ricky Rubio were nominally the second and third point-producers, respectively, but each did his best work on the opposite end.

At full strength, though, this defense is the Association’s most suffocating unit. It finished the season second in efficiency, but it was tops in 2018 and nearly where to get nfl jerseys  five points stingier per 100 possessions than anyone after the All-Star break.

The Jazz are one of the rare teams with both a winning record and spending money for this summer. The key will be shrewd handling of that flexibility. Utah might consider keeping most of its focus in-house, both to retain its most critical free agents (Derrick Favors, Dante Exum) and to potentially realize the value of continuity.nfl jerseys china nike

The Lakers’ success in free agency will determine if these odds are too high or far too low.nfl jersey for sale

LeBron James and Paul George will discuss potentially teaming up on the Lakers, according to ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Brett Dawson of the Oklahoman). Marc Stein of the New York Times mentioned LeBron and Chris Paul as another possible Lakers duo. If the San Antonio Spurs ever field offers on Kawhi Leonard, the Lakers are expected to place a bid, sources told Sporting News’ Sean Deveney.

Even with the Lakers coming off a 47-loss season, there’s too clearance nfl jerseys much superstar smoke to leave them out of the top 10.

James can single-handedly transform teams into contenders. Paul, George or Leonard would all fit the superstar sidekick role that Dwyane Wade and Kyrie Irving filled on previous champions. That might not make L.A. the favorites, but it would get this organization on a short list of realistic championship hopefuls.nike nfl jerseys on sale

There’s also a chance no one comes, and the Lakers load up on one-year contracts again to roll over their cap space to next summer. That’d make 2018-19 a developmental season, during which they wouldn’t sniff the playoff picture.where to buy nfl jersey

Baltimore Orioles

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Record: 17-39, 5th in AL East

At any given moment, the story of the authentic nfl jerseys china 2018 Baltimore Orioles has been that Manny Machado is great, and everyone else is somewhere between bad and “meh.”

With a 1.004 OPS and 16 homers, Machado is doing what he must to line himself up for a record free-agent payday. But even despite his heroics, Baltimore’s offense ranks dead last in the American League in OPS.

Although Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman china nfl jerseys cheap have had their moments, Orioles starters still have a 5.45 ERA. It doesn’t help that they haven’t gotten enough support from their bullpen or really any support from the least efficient defense in MLB.

In short, there are good reasons why this is the worst team in baseball.

Grade: F

Record: 39-17, 1st in AL East

The Boston Red Sox are a relatively modest 22-15 since getting off to a 17-2 start. Chief among the questions that have arisen during this stretch is the quality of their pitching staff.

Even still, said pitching staff ranks second in the AL with a 3.56 ERA. And it’s strongest in the most important places, as the team’s ace (Chris Sale) and closer (Craig Kimbrel) are among the best in the business.

Then there’s the offense, which leads MLB with 301 runs scored.

That’s mostly the doing of Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez, who have combined for 35 home runs. They’re the best hitting duo the Red Sox have had since at least Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, and the lineup is plenty deep around them even after the jettisoning of Hanley Ramirez.personalized nfl jerseys

And for all the chatter about the Red Sox having played an easy schedule, only one team has a better record against winning clubs. Clearly, they’re not complete frauds.

Grade: A

Record: 29-23, 2nd in NL Central

The Chicago Cubs have by far nfl jersey sale the best run differential (plus-78) in the National League. It has been a joint effort between an offense that leads in runs per game and a pitching staff that ranks second in ERA.

So, why does it feel like they’ve been a massive disappointment?

In part because they’ve been extremely hit-or-miss on a game-to-game basis. They’ve had a habit of ending up on either side of blowouts. In non-blowout games, they’re two games under .500.nfl official jersey

Also, the Cubs haven’t been a well-oiled machine on both sides of the ball.

Their lineup has had to put up with slumps by Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward and growing pains on the part of Ian Happ. And while their bullpen has been terrific, their starting rotation has been a mixed bag that sure could use more help from $126 million man Yu Darvish.

In all, this team isn’t yet as good as the sum of its parts.where to get nfl jerseys cheap

Grade: B-

Longer-Shot Trade Candidates Worth Monitoring

Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City Thunder (early termination option)

Carmelo Anthony didn’t exactly endear himself to the Thunder’s long-term plans during his exit interview, per ESPN.com’s Royce Young:

“I think the player that they wanted me to be and needed me to be was for the sake of this season. As far as being effective as that type of player, I don’t think I can be effective as that type of player. I think I was willing to accept that challenge in that role, but I think I bring a little bit more to the game as far as being more knowledgeable and what I still can do as a basketball player.”

Neither Anthony nor the Thunder has a clear way out of this marriage. He’s not passing up the $27.9 million he’s owed next season. That would be absurd. It’ll take him three years to recoup that value in this summer’s market.

Finding a trade partner to take on his money is mostly out of the question. Expiring deals can always be rerouted, but no team is swallowing Anthony’s cap hit without sending back dead weight in return. Unless the Thunder are inexplicably interested in longer-team contracts for Ryan Anderson, Serge Ibaka or Evan Turner, they’re better off holding serve and hoping that coaxes Melo into surrendering a few bills during buyout talks.

Tobias Harris, Los Angeles Clippers

Giving head coach Doc Rivers an extension suggests the Clippers are against blowing their core to smithereens and rebuilding from scratch. But they could easily change cheap nfl jerseys wholesale their tune if both Avery Bradley and DeAndre Jordan (player option) bounce in free agency.

Whatever the prompt, steering into a reset would demand Los Angeles gauge Tobias Harris’ value. He turns 26 in July, so he’s young enough to survive the transition. But he enters free agency next summer, and that contract isn’t one a rebuilding squad should want to bankroll.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Brooklyn Nets

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will hit restricted free agency in 2019 if he doesn’t hash out an extension with the Nets. Spencer Dinwiddie and D’Angelo Russell (restricted) nfl jerseys cheap wholesale will be up for raises as well. Brooklyn isn’t going to re-sign all three of them. It’ll cost too much.

Dinwiddie and Russell overlap with other skill sets on the roster more than Hollis-Jefferson, but the persisting absence of three-point range caps his offensive ceiling. If the Nets cannot work out a team-friendly extension or don’t see him expanding upon his mid-range game, it makes sense to shop him rather than chance an overpriced offer sheet next July.nfl jersey cheap wholesale

The caveat: They probably won’t kick around this idea until the lead-up to the February deadline, when they’ll have a better hold on Hollis-Jefferson’s development and potential price point.

Serge Ibaka, Toronto Raptors

Moving the two years and $45 million remaining on Ibaka’s contract was always going to be difficult. Trading him now, after he no-showed through his final six playoff tilts, feels impossible without attaching sweeteners the Raptors don’t have. wholesale cheap nfl jerseys

Tony Parker

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Age: 36

2017-18 Per-Game Stats: 7.7 points, 1.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.0 blocks

2017-18 Season Score: Minus-2.220

2016-17 Season Score: Minus-1.043

2015-16 Season Score: 1.919

2014-15 Season Score: Minus-0.688 replica nfl jerseys wholesale

2013-14 Season Score: 2.990

Even potential Hall of Famers aren’t free from the detractions of old age. And yes, Tony Parker qualifies as such. Basketball-Reference.com even gives him a 93.9 percent chance of enshrinement, leaving him behind only 11 other active players, including Anthony and another player on this list.

Still, no matter how deadly he was in his prime, the French floor general was always going to have trouble in the later stages of his career. He was never a suffocating defensive presence, and he topped out from beyond the rainbow in 2014-15 when he connected at a 42.7 percent clip on 1.3 deep shots per game—replica nfl jerseys china which was never going to be a sustainable rate with higher volume. Since then:

2015-16: 41.5 percent on 0.9 threes per game
2016-17: 33.3 percent on 1.1 threes per game
2017-18: 27.0 percent on 0.7 threes per game

Parker’s game was instead predicated upon speed. With deft control of the basketball, he could jet past defenders caught leaning the wrong way and complete a wrong-foot finish replica nfl jersey at the rim or pull up for a mid-range jumper. But that’s hard to do when you’re slowing down, and the 1-guard’s numbers reflect that.

His shooting percentage within three feet and the frequency of his shots in that area were below his career norms in 2017-18, and he settled for more long twos than he has since 2009-10—when that was nfl replica jerseys wholesale a more acceptable offensive strategy. Maybe if he’d connected on more than 37.4 percent of those twos from at least 16 feet, his drop-off wouldn’t seem quite so severe.

Carolina Panthers: Who Replaces Andrew Norwell?

Interior offensive linemen aren’t always in the spotlight, but their value is beginning to become apparent.nfl jerseys china

Take former Carolina Panthers guard Andrew Norwell, for example. He was an All-Pro in 2017, and he signed a five-year, $66.5 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason.nfl jerseys wholesale

Carolina will have a difficult time replacing Norwell in the lineup. The Panthers didn’t draft a guard, so they’ll look to the likes of Jeremiah Sirles, Greg Van Roten, Dorian Johnson and former tackle Taylor Moton instead.

“I know I’ve had more experience playing tackle, especially playing mostly tackle last year,” Moton told Bill Voth of the team’s official website. “But I don’t like to think I’m naturally better at one or the other. I think naturally I’m just an offensive lineman.”

Losing Norwell leaves a big question mark on the offensive line for Carolina. The Panthers can’t expect to replace him with another All-Pro talent, but they’ll need to find a starting-caliber guard somewhere on the nfl jerseys from china roster.

The competition for the starting job will be one of the most important stories of the Panthers offseason.

DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors

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Age: 28

2017-18 Per-Game Stats: 23.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.1 steals, 45.6 percent shooting, 31.2 percent three-point shooting

Advanced Stats: 21.0 PER, 99.02 TPA, 1.67 RPM

Contract Details: 3 years, $82.8 million (player option in 2020-21)

Disclaimer: Cleaning The Glass has DeMar DeRozan spending more possessions as the de facto 3, but he started at the 2 and his stans tend to get more bent out of shape by his designation than most. He logged enough of his time at shooting guard (42 percent) to make this exception.

Firing head coach Dwane Casey cheap new nike nfl jerseys could be the extent of the Raptors’ offseason overhaul. None of their best trade assets are guaranteed to yield an assortment of high-end spare parts, and they don’t have any cap space.

Five rotation players will also begin next season on the right side of 25: OG Anunoby, Norman Powell, Jakob Poeltl, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet (restricted). Throw Delon Wright into this gaggle as well. He’s 26, but he has just three years of experience to his resume. Toronto’s depth chart is not without prospective in-house leaps.

Still, standing relatively pat without working the phones would indicate the Raptors believe their youth coupled with a new coach amounts to a stronger crusade against LeBron James. (Unless, of course, he leaves the East.) That doesn’t sit right.

Casey made some off-putting choices during the Raptors’ second-round implosion against the Cleveland Cavaliers: playing Lucas Nogueira to close the first half in Game 4, electing not to try pressuring James on his buzzer-beater in Game 3, keeping an Anunoby-Siakam 4-5 partnership under wraps, etc. cheap nfl jerseys nike china But getting rid of him alone doesn’t noticeably elevate their ceiling. They’re not the Milwaukee Bucks. They didn’t underachieve this year.

Jettisoning DeRozan might. He’s working off a career year, but he still isn’t the ideal guard for how the Raptors want to play. A willingness to launch more threes has not translated to league-average efficiency. nike jersey nfl cheap He canned 31.2 percent of his treys during the regular season and shot 21.4 percent on triples in which he wasn’t completely wide-open for the playoffs.

Tapping DeRozan for scapegoat duty is unfair. But Casey’s decision to bench him down the stretch of a pivotal Game 3 says a lot. Kyle Lowry can have an impact playing off the ball or when he’s not hitting shots. DeRozan is less likely to do so. cheap youth nfl jerseys

Moving him could be tough. Shelling out almost $83 million for him over the next three years is steep, and other teams will encounter the same problems with his offensive game. youth nfl jerseys cheap But he’ll work for a squad that’s more open to accentuating his one-on-one stylings. The Raptors have to least see what he’s worth.

Miami Dolphins

A healthy Ryan Tannehill isn’t enough to fix what ailed the Miami Dolphins in 2017, and they appear to be aware of that. Why else would they part ways with their best offensive player (wide receive nfl authentic jerseys cheap r Jarvis Landry) and their best defensive player (Ndamukong Suh) in the same month?

The Dolphins are much worse with Tannehill and without Landry and Suh than without Tannehill and with Landry and Suh, but they’re not about to contend either way, so it’s hard to blame them for deciding to save some money in order to focus on the future.

There’s been talk, per DraftAnalyst.com’s Tony Pauline,nfl jersey wholesale  that the Dolphins could draft a quarterback in the first round, which would likely only hurt their projected win total for 2018. Regardless, a team that ranked in the bottom five defensively with Suh the last two years could have trouble matching its 6-10 record from 2017. 4970db70f4c3dc0d8ce3cc9b95db434b_crop_exactnfl jersey for cheap

The New York Jets will gain some credit if they use their first-round pick on Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen or Baker Mayfield, but Josh Allen is too much of a project to make a positive impact in 2018.

They also gave up three second-round selections (two in 2018, one in 2019) in order to move up three spots for a player they may have been able to land with their original pick. If they don’t make any more moves in the draft and 90-year-old Josh McCown (38) does indeed start the season under center, Gang Green will have zero rookie first- or second-round picks on the field in the fall.

That’s far from ideal for a team apparently rebuilding and nfl jerseys cheap authentic that overachieved by winning a mere five games in 2017.

Getting high-potential wide receiver Quincy Enunwa custom nfl jerseys cheap back from a neck injury will help, and free-agent additions Trumaine Johnson and Avery Williamson could make more of an impact than departed veterans Muhammad Wilkerson and Demario Davis. But the Jets still lack too much depth on both sides of the ball and remain in search of a quarterback good enough to compensate.

Raiders release punter Marquette King

The Raiders have cut punter Marquette King. The surprise move was announced on Friday afternoon, making one of the league’s best an unrestricted free agent.nfl jersey for cheap

The transaction will save $2.9 million in salary cap space for a team up against the NFL’s spending threshold.

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King has a unique personality, one that may have potentially clashed with new head coach Jon Gruden and/or special teams coach Rich Bisaccia. A league source indicated that, and an above-average price tag, had an impact in King’s release. The transaction was motivated by new coaches on staff.

King had three years left on a contract extension signed in the 2016 offseason, and was set to make roughly $3 million per season.
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He was told of his release on Friday. There will be a market for his services, even at this late stage of free agency.

King is immensely popular within Raider Nation and across the league, and has a powerful social-media presence. He often celebrates lavishly after a quality performance, and has been penalized for on-field antics. He once threw a penalty flag back at an official, and got into it with Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce. He also posed for a picture with Aqib nfl jerseys cheap authentic Talib holding a chain during the 2017 Pro Bowl, playfully jabbing Michael Crabtree’s conflict with the then-Denver defensive back. That was not well received by some in the Raiders locker room.

While incidents like that may rub some the wrong way, there’s no doubting King’s talent. He was a second-team All-Pro in 2016, and has 41.1-yard net average. He excels at pinning opponents deep, with a knack for placing punts inside the 20-yard like. Last season, he had 28 punts downed inside the 20, with just six touchbacks.custom nfl jerseys cheap

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Colby Wadman is now the only punter on the Raiders roster.

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The Worst-Case Scenario Every NFL Team Must Avoid in 2018 Season

Now that the first wave of free agency has come and gone, it’s time for NFL teams to begin looking ahead to the 2018 draft and beyond.

What must the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots do to get back to the Super Bowl? What will it take for teams like the New nfl jersey for cheap Orleans Saints to make it to football’s biggest stage? How can the Cleveland Browns get out of the league’s toilet bowl?

There’s a flip side to that coin, too. Every NFL team must avoid certain pitfalls—draft-day gaffes, ill-advised strategy decisions and potential injuries—that will ruin their 2018 seasons.872492722a651b145f23a6b80fa42e19_crop_exact

Forget the power of positive thinking for now. Instead, indulge in every team’s worst-case scenario.

With quarterback Carson Palmer and head coach Bruce Arians having retired this offseason, the Arizona Cardinals are on the cusp of a full-blown rebuild. However, they attempted to stave that off by adding quarterback Sam Bradford, giving stalwarts like Larry Fitzgerald one nfl jerseys cheap authentic more chance to make the playoffs.custom nfl jerseys cheap

We’ll see how long that lasts.

In a Week 1 scorching of the New Orleans Saints last season, Bradford threw for 346 yards and three scores. However, a knee injury caused him to miss all but 26 snaps over the rest of the year.

That’s the story of Bradford’s career in a nutshell. He’s missed a staggering 48 games in his eight NFL seasons, including the entire 2014 season and most of last year.custom nfl jerseys

Bradford will now line up behind an offensive line that led the NFC in sacks allowed last year, which suggests it isn’t a matter of if he will get hurt; it’s when. And once he gives way to Mike Glennon, the Cardinals will find themselves knee-deep in their rebuild.