BS Meter on Latest NBA Free Agency Rumors

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Big names have already been scooped off the NBA free-agent pile for big dollars since July 1, but there are plenty of stars still waiting to decide their destinations for 2018-19, and Twitter is buzzing about every single one of them.

When assessing these guys, we try to keep rumors and speculation separate. A rumor means that someone close to the player or organization has told a reporter something to indicate interest at least one way.

Speculation is custom nfl jerseys a writer pondering what might happen and is absent any actual communication with the team or a player’s camp.

Rumors aren’t always credible. An agent might be trying to up the price of his player, or a team might be trying to improve its position in a trade. So even with rumors, there is a certain amount of B.S. But here, we have a B.S. meter to indicate just how much smoke is being blown. customized nfl jerseys We ranked the rumors for the top players still available on a scale of 1 to 10 (with a 1 being true and a 10 being total B.S.).

They are listed here in order of least to most likely to happen.

Gary Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times posted this on his personal blog:

“Another NBA official speculated the Philadelphia 76ers, who have a ton of cap space, could come into play for [Jabari] Parker, especially if they fail in their bid nfl custom jerseys cheap to land a coveted superstar like [LeBron] James, [Paul] George or Kawhi Leonard. And that could indeed be the case, cheap customized nfl jerseys as many NBA officials are convinced James, George and Leonard will be playing for the Lakers next season.”

Well, we know the George part is false, the James part is correct and we don’t have an answer on Leonard yet. But does Parker to the Sixers make sense?cheap nfl custom jerseys

There are two reasons to suggest maybe not. First, the Sixers would much prefer a two-way player at the 3 than Parker, whose minus-1.70 Defensive Real Plus-Minus ranked 79th out of 84 power forwards last year, according to ESPN.

Second, according to Larry Coon’s CBA Faq, all restricted free-agent offers must be for at least two years, and the Sixers would probably prefer to keep that space open for next year. nike nfl jerseys cheap

The Sixers would be better served going after someone like Wayne Ellington, whom they could probably get for one year at a cheaper price and with a better fit.

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There’s what the Major League Baseball All-Star teams will probably look like, and then there’s what they should look like.

We’ve already covered the former. Now it’s time for the latter.authentic nfl jerseys cheap

Our goal is to determine which players the American League and National League would bring to Nationals Park on July 17 if the statistics were in charge. And by “the statistics,” we mean the average of players’ wins above replacement at Baseball Reference and FanGraphs plus other metrics to help break ties.

Here are the ground rules for players:

Position players must have made at least 150 plate appearances (see AL and NL qualifiers)
Starting pitchers must have made at least 10 starts (AL and NL) nfl jerseys for cheap
Relief pitchers must have made at least 20 appearances (AL and NL)
Players must be healthy or expected to be healthy by the All-Star break
There need not be a representative for every MLB team

And here’s how the rosters are comprised:

32 players per side
20 position players: a starting nine (including a handpicked DH for the NL) with a backup for each position (except designated hitter) and three wild cards
12 pitchers: eight starters and four relievers

Let’s take it away.

If the stats had their druthers, the AL starting lineup would look like this:

C: Yan Gomes, CLE (1.3 WAR)
1B: Matt Olson, OAK (2.0 WAR)
2B: Jose Altuve, HOU (3.8 WAR)
3B: Jose Ramirez, CLE (5.2 WAR)
SS: Francisco Lindor, CLE (4.5 WAR)
LF: Aaron Judge, NYY (3.7 WAR)
CF: Mike Trout, LAA (6.4 WAR)
RF: Mookie Betts, BOS (4.4 WAR)
DH: J.D. Martinez, BOS (3.1 WAR)

This starting nine mostly resembles the one that the fans want to see, save for a few exceptions.cheap nfl jerseys

One is at shortstop, where Manny Machado is notably absent. He has star power and big offensive numbers (.929 OPS and 19 home runs), but he’s been slumping, and his value is hurt by his well-below-average defense.

Another notable absence is Jose Abreu at first base. Like Machado, he’s also been slumping and doesn’t have much to offer in the field.

The only other disparity is at catcher, where fans have been pulling for Wilson Ramos. To their credit, Ramos’ .780 OPS is the best among qualified AL catchers. The catch is that Ramos is being held back by FanGraphs’ low valuations of his baserunning and defense.nfl jersey cheap

In place of Machado, it’s hard to argue against Francisco Lindor, who’s having yet another spectacular season both at the plate and in the field. For their parts, Matt Olson is rocking a solid .842 OPS since May 1, and Yan Gomes’ offense (.777 OPS) is all the way out of the pit it fell into in 2016.

Otherwise, nobody should need convincing that Jose Altuve, Jose Ramirez, Aaron Judge, Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez deserve their spots.

Denver Broncos Take Quenton Nelson at No. 5

Assuming the New York Jets didn’t trade up to No. 3 for running back Saquon Barkley, three quarterbacks will likely be off the board by the time the Denver Broncos are on the clock at No. 5. nfl authentic jerseys We’ll send UCLA’s Josh Rosen to the Jets and Barkley to the Browns at No. 4.

If Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield is sitting there, Denver would pull the trigger, though, right?hi-res-d676a51b536f06e2e6679dbddbebbfa2_crop_exact

There have been signs that link the Broncos and Mayfield for some time. The Denver coaching staff requested to have him on their team at the Senior Bowl. According to NFL Media’s Gil Brandt, nfl authentic jerseys cheap the Broncos also sent seven people—including general manager John Elway and coach Vance Joseph—to Mayfield’s pro day.

Some will be shocked when the Broncos pass on Mayfield to secure guard Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson.

By scooping up Nelson, the Broncos would tell us two things. For one, they’d show they believe in quarterback Case Keenum. Denver signed Keenum to a two-year, $36 million deal. He’ll now have a chance to show he’s more than a short-term solution.best nfl jerseys

Adding Nelson also shows Denver is still trying to win now. Instead of planning for the future—though Nelson is definitely a long-term asset—the Broncos are adding a piece that can support Keenum, nfl jersey wholesale improve the running game and help take advantage of a defense that is still playoff-caliber.

Passing on Mayfield leaves the next few spots ripe for trades.

Michael Bennett to Enter Not Guilty Plea If Felony Charge Goes to Trial

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett’s lawyer said Friday that his client will enter a not guilty plea if his case goes to trial.

Rusty Hardin said the following regarding Bennett’s case, according to ESPN.com’s Tim McManus: “The only two possible outcomes for this case is the DA’s office [saying] they don’t have a case and dismissing, or a trial—one or the other. If and whenever they ask for a plea, it will be not guilty.”authentic nfl jerseys

Bennett is facing a felony charge of injury to the elderly stemming from an incident that occurred after Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston last year.hi-res-533c59058d5d9ef59a3b05c8395774ec_crop_northwholesale nfl jerseys

Per McManus, Bennett allegedly pushed through security personnel, including a 66-year-old woman who is paraplegic, to gain field access after the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was attempting to reach his brother, Martellus Bennett, who was a tight end with the Pats at the time.

Houston Police chief Art Acevedo said Bennett allegedly nfl jerseys wholesale told security, “You all must know who I am, and I can own this m—–f—–. I’m going down to the field, whether you like it or not.”

Last week, Bennett turned himself in at a courthouse in Harris County, Texas, according to Miya Shay of ABC 13.

He later posted $10,000 bond.nfl jerseys china

Bennett was traded from the Seattle Seahawks to the Eagles this offseason along with a seventh-round pick for wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick.

The three-time Pro Bowler is set to enter his 10th NFL season.nfl wholesale jerseys

If Bennett’s case is brought to trial and he is found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.nfl jerseys from china

Devonte’ Graham, Kansas

What he’s done: From a production standpoint, Devonte’ Graham has been off during the NCAA tournament. He’s 18-of-53 from the field and averaged just 11.7 points per game over the last three contests. But no one has dished out more assists (25) in the tourney than the 6’2″ senior guard, who has found ways to contribute even when his shot isn’t falling.

Why he’s here: Graham’s raw numbers don’t always wholesale nfl jerseys tell the whole story, as he shot only 38.0 percent in Big 12 play yet still won the conference’s Player of the Year award thanks to 7.0 assists per game. If he can’t score himself, he’ll make sure others will.

What to expect: This will be Graham’s 15th NCAA tourney game but his first in the Final Four, as Kansas fell in the Elite Eight the previous two seasons. He’s due for a big performance, and with Villanova likely to be heavily focused on hot-shooting Jayhawks guard Malik Newman, it could open things up for some strong numbers.562f38ccb8c96277f94dcff27d702409_crop_exact

What he’s done: Malik Newman has used the NCAA tourney as a personal coming-out party, nfl jerseys wholesale scoring a tournament-best 87 points in four games, including a career-high 32 in the Elite Eight win over Duke. The 6’3″ redshirt sophomore guard has averaged 22.7 points per game since the start of the Big 12 tournament, making 24 of 45 three-pointers.

Why he’s here: Newman has become Kansas’ main offensive weapon, supplanting Devonte’ Graham thanks to his ability to turn the smallest bit of space into an invitation to launch a jumper. He’s also been clutch at the foul line, making 20 of 22 free throws in the past three games.

What to expect: Newman has momentum and will continue to stay aggressive, but Villanova will try to blanket him on the perimeter and make him drive rather than take open jumpers.nfl wholesale jerseys
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What he’s done: Jalen Brunson has followed up a regular season that earned him a spot on the Wooden Award finalist list with a stellar run through the NCAA tournament. The 6’3″ junior guard has averaged 17.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game and shot 42.1 percent from three-point range. An 81.1 percent free-throw shooter for the year, Brunson is 18-of-20 from the line in the tourney.

Why he’s here: Brunson is the only player still alive in the NCAA tourney to have started in the Final Four, logging 43 minutes over two games when Villanova won the national title in 2016. That playing time came as a member of the Wildcats’ supporting cast, but now he’s the focal point and has lived up to expectations in the postseason.nfl jerseys from china

Moving Down a Level…Technically

If the JBA doesn’t appeal to him, perhaps LiAngelo could consider the Chinese Basketball Association. If NBA scouts aren’t convinced by what they’ve seen from him in Lithuania’s LKL—the 11th-best league in the world, according to ESPN.com’s Fran Fraschilla—a move to the CBA, ranked 12th, may help him juice his numbers and get noticed.

Success against softer competition might build LiAngelo’s nfl jerseys china  confidence, perhaps to the point he’d be ready to skip right past the LKL in a few years and take a crack at the eighth-ranked Adriatic League!bdcac3efb8cab5f56e6dbbd09a56265e_crop_exact

This’ll work so long as LiAngelo didn’t do anything dumb in China like, say, getting arrested for shoplifting.

The CBA presents a problem much like the one the G League does. While it’s easy to conclude the competition is suspect based on guys like Jimmer Fredette, Jared Sullinger and Terrence Jones performing well there, it’s vital to remember those guys were dominant college talents, reasonably effective NBA players at some point…or both.nfl wholesale jerseys

LiAngelo isn’t on the same level as NBA washouts killing it in China, which means he’d have to be comfortable going over there (if anyone would take him) and riding the pine. For someone with NBA dreams, that doesn’t seem like the best strategy.nfl jerseys from china

With options limited by his game and baggage (both self-created and handed down from his father), a return to Lithuania seems like LiAngelo’s best bet. His father can manage the environment and narrative there, and he’s scoring 15.7 points per game on 45 percent shooting from deep in his first nine games with Vytautas Prienu.

“He’s shot it well in Lithuania,” Wasserman said. “But it won’t be enough to make up for his inability to pass, rebound or defend, not to mention the character concerns official nfl jerseys cheap raised from the shoplifting incident. Continuing to build up his game and brand in Lithuania may be his best move, assuming he goes undrafted.”