Grizzlies Owner Robert Pera: ‘I See No Reason’ Why Memphis Can’t Be 50-Win Team

Memphis Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera said Tuesday he believes the team can bounce back to win 50 games during the 2018-19 NBA campaign after recording just 22 victories this past season.cheap nfl nike jersey

Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal passed along comments Pera made to Grind City Media about his outlook at the franchise’s first playoff-less season since 2009-10.

“Assuming Marc [Gasol] and Mike [Conley] come back healthy, I think we have a couple of surrounding pieces that are younger players that are going to make a positive impact,” he said. “We’ll get another good player in this draft. I see no reason why we can’t return to being a 50-win-plus team.”

Gasol played in 73 of the team’s 82 regular-season games, but he did deal with a groin injury late in the year.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Conley appeared in just 12 contests because of Achilles and heel injuries.

While the star point guard’s absence played a major role in Memphis’ struggles, the roster also lacks the necessary depth to seriously contend in a loaded Western Conference led by the two-time reigning champion Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.

The Grizzlies do own the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft. That will be enough to add one of the class’ most coveted prospects, a group that includes Arizona center Deandre Ayton, Duke power forward Marvin Bagley III, Real Madrid shooting guard Luka Doncic and Oklahoma point guard Trae Young.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

It’s unclear whether that will be enough to push the Grizz back into the postseason, but Pera is hopeful the luck will fall their way next season, per Tillery.

“In the NBA there are some things you can control; there are some things you can’t control,” Pera said. “There’s some luck and chance involved, too. This year injuries set us back. … If we’re healthy, I expect us to be very competitive.”china nike nfl jerseys cheap

For what it’s worth, OddsShark noted Memphis is tied for the highest odds to win the 2019 NBA title at 500-1.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Lakers Rumors: Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma Asked to Tone Down Social Media Jabs

The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly talked to point guard Lonzo Ball and forward Kyle Kuzma regarding their social media habits in light of a cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale recent back-and-forth that ended with Ball producing a diss track aimed at his teammate titled “Kylie Kuzma.” cheap nfl nike jerseys china

According to a Wednesday report from  Ramona Shelburne and Ohm Youngmisuk, the Lakers spoke to Ball and Kuzma “about toning down their social media roasting of each other” because they “had grown concerned about the increasingly personal nature of some of the recent roasting.”

Citing sources, Shelburne and Youngmisuk reported “there are no lingering issues and that both players agreed to tone down the joking insults on social media.”

In “Kylie Kuzma,nfl nike jersey cheap ” Ball took a particularly pointed shot at Kuzma when he referenced his father and rapped, “Don’t know who your daddy is, well your ass is getting sonned.”

In May, Kuzma ripped on Ball in his “Player Hater of the Year” video for Bleacher Report’s Sauce Awards:

News of the Lakers’ intervention with their two young cornerstones comes weeks before they’re expected to court LeBron James in free agency as they try to snap a five-year postseason drought.

Updated odds have the Lakers listed as -110 (bet $110 to win $100) favorites to sign James once free agency begins July 1, according to Odds Shark. cheap nike nfl jersey

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Small Forward: Glenn Robinson III

Team: Indiana Pacers

Age: 24

Type of Free Agency: Unrestricted official nfl jersey

2017-18 Per-Game Stats: 4.1 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.6 steals

2017-18 Advanced Metrics: 10.8 PER, minus-12.16 TPA, minus-1.05 RPM

Injured during an intrasquad scrimmage late in the 2017 offseason, Glenn Robinson III lost any and all momentum he possessed heading into the 2017-18 campaign. After he went under the knife to repair his ankle nfl jerseys authentic , he wasn’t able to make his season debut until a Feb. 23 contest against the Atlanta Hawks.

By that point, it was too late. Though Robinson was supposed to become an integral offensive piece for the Indiana Pacers, they’d already shattered expectations and earned a distinct shot at home-court advantage in the playoffs’ opening round. He couldn’t break into the established rotation enough to earn more than 14.7 minutes per game in his 23 appearances, and he spent the vast majority of the first-round loss watching from the bench. nfl jerseys cheap collection

But Robinson is still only 24 years old, and his skill set hasn’t been swallowed up. As Mark Montieth explained for Pacers.com at the end of the year, he needs minutes to maximize those extant talents:

“One could argue that a healthy Robinson could have contributed as much as [Bojan] Bogdanovic did. Bogdanovic was signed to provide 3-point shooting, but over the past three seasons, Robinson has the better 3-point percentage of the two. Robinson also is more athletic, and therefore at least the equal of the taller Bogdanovic as a defender and rebounder.

“The weaknesses in Robinson’s game—court awareness, ballhandling, consistency—need consistent playing time to resolve. And while he’s a favorite in and out of the locker room for his polite demeanor and positive, team-first #OverlyDedicated attitude amid all circumstances, he might be better served playing for another team, even a lesser one, that allows him more freedom and opportunity.”

Injuries stealing away his opportunities have made Robinson an  cheap womens nfl jerseys unproven commodity, which sets the stage for him to become a massive bargain. He’s still a risky investment, but coming off the disabled list to shoot 41.2 percent from beyond the arc is a great first sign—an indication he’s still just waiting for the right chance.
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Honorable Mentions: Luke Babbitt, James Ennis III, LeBron James (yes, the max salary is a massive bargain)

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Green Bay Packers: Still Lacking a Second Outside Receiver

After releasing veteran receiver Jordy Nelson, not signing a veteran receiver and waiting until the fourth round to add a rookie, the Green Bay Packers have a question mark at the position. Davante Adams (2,811 career receiving yards and 26 touchdown catches) and Randall Cobb (5,141 yards and 39 touchdowns) are going to start, with Adams as a wideout and Cobb in the slot, but the starting wideout opposite of Adams is the position with volatility.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

After Adams and Cobb, there are seven significant names in Green Bay battling for both roster spots and playing time this year: Geronimo Allison, J’Mon Moore, Trevor Davis, Michael Clark, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown and DeAngelo Yancey. Collectively, those seven have posted 47 receptions for 590 yards and three touchdowns in their NFL careers.

Last year alone, Nelson caught 53 balls. The No. 2 outside receiver in Green Bay will be asked to contribute in a role that he never has up to this point in his NFL career. Anyone who claims to know who the Packers are going to start as their third receiver this year is lying. It will be determined in summer competition.cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys

Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams has a dead cap number worth $2.5 million more than his cap hit this year, meaning that after years of not meeting expectations, he somehow still costs more to release than to keep. Williams’ contract situation is why he is still on the 2018 roster while Dez Bryant sits in free agency.

Unfortunately for Dallas, Williams, who posted a career-low 568 receiving yards in 2017, may have to start 16 games for the team. Here are the career receiving yardage totals from the Cowboys’ top veteran receivers:cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping

Williams: 3,359 yards
Cole Beasley: 2,599 yards
Allen Hurns: 2,669 yards
Tavon Austin: 1,689 yards cheap nike jerseys nfl
Deonte Thompson: 1,032 yards

On paper, Williams and Hurns are the most likely starting outside receivers, with Beasley playing a slot role and Austin working in as a jet motion player. Michael Gallup, a third-round pick, and Cedrick Wilson, a sixth-round pick, were selected by Dallas in April’s draft, but expectations for them should be nil. Over the last five years, only five of the 110 receivers drafted with the 80th pick or later were even able to match Williams’ career-low 568 receiving yards as rookies.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

Williams’ public intoxication arrest this offseason potentially complicates his 2018 roster status even more, but if he isn’t a post-June 1st release, he’s in pretty good shape to see playing time.

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Arizona Cardinals: Sam Bradford/Josh Rosen

There are a couple of things we know about the quarterback situation in Arizona after the retirement of Carson Palmer.

As NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling reported, Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks indicated that veteran Sam Bradford will open the season as the team’s starter under center over rookie first-rounder Josh Rosen.

“We’re pushing everybody to start,” Wilks explained. “I’ve stated this several times: Sam Bradford is our starter. We gotta go out there with 11 guys, and Sam’s going to be the first guy out there. But everybody’s fighting for a position, so I’m not going to hold [Rosen] back at all.”

However, we also know Bradford’s bum knee has already cost him all of the 2014 season and most of last year. Bradford has missed a staggering 48 games in seven years—three full seasons.

Even if Bradford holds off Rosen in training camp, discount nike nfl jerseys it’s only a matter of time until Rosen gets a chance to show what he can do.

And once he gets that chance, odds are the job will be his for good.

Projected Passing Stats (Bradford): 225 attempts, 145 completions, 1,465 yards, 8 touchdowns, 3 interceptions

Projected Passing Stats (Rosen): 358 attempts, 224 completions, 2,431 yards, 14 touchdowns, 7 interceptions

To say that Matt Ryan’s numbers were discount nfl gear down in 2017 is both accurate and a touch misleading.

Yes, relative to Ryan’s MVP campaign in 2016, the 33-year-old’s production was lower across the board. His passing yardage was down almost 1,000 yards, Ryan’s touchdowns free-fell from 38 to 20, and he threw five more interceptions in 2017 than the year before.discount nfl jerseys nike

However, it’s not like Ryan had a bad year under first-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. He passed for almost 4,100 yards, posted a passer rating of 91.4 and led the Falcons back to the playoffs.cheap nfl jerseys discount

Ryan may never get all the way back to his Kyle Shanahan heyday statistically, but he has no shortage of passing-game weaponry at his disposal, from superstar wideout Julio Jones to rookie Calvin Ridley and tailbacks Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.

With a year in Sarkisian’s offense under his belt, Ryan’s numbers should be better in 2018 than a year ago, even if he doesn’t reach the heights of the season that came before.

Projected Passing Stats: 552 attempts, 353 completions, 4,410 yards, 27 touchdowns, 11 interceptions discount nfl jerseys online

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Richard Sherman Plans to Be Ready for Training Camp

We’ll wrap this look at buzz from OTAs with the latest on a player who won’t be participating in them fully.

Richard Sherman was undoubtedly the crown jewel of the San Francisco 49ers’ free-agent signings. But fans haven’t had a chance to see him in action yet, as the 30-year-old continues to rehab the Achilles tear he suffered last November with the Seahawks.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

On Thursday, he told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he was able to jog on the field and that his Achilles feels good.

“I’ll be ready for training camp [in July],” he said, “but [the team] is going to be overly cautious either way.”

That cautiousness likely means Sherman will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list. It’s a procedural move—if he starts camp on the PUP, he can come off at any time, but the 49ers can’t put him there after training camp gets underway.nike cheap nfl jerseys

Given the severity of Sherman’s injury and when it happened, late July is about the best-case scenario for him to get back on the field. Even a Week 1 return isn’t a sure bet, although reports regarding his recovery have been positive.

The 49ers have playoff aspirations after last year’s red-hot finish with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, but the long game is the smart play here. Take it slowly with Sherman’s rehab and let him learn the new defense in the hopes he can get into football shape before the games start to count.nike nfl cheap jerseys

It would be nice if he played a full complement of snaps against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 9 in Week 1. But having him on the field for what could be a pair of must-win December matchups against the NFC West rival Seahawks would be better.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Los Angeles Rams: What Will the Linebacker Corps Look Like?

The Los Angeles Rams made headlines early in the offseason by adding big names in free agency and through trades. Additions such as Ndamukong Suh, Peters and Aqib Talib could boost the defense.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Here’s the problem with that assumption: Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips runs a lot of 3-4 looks, and three of last year’s four starting linebackers—Alec Ogletree, Connor Barwin and Robert Quinn—are gone. Mark Barron remains, but the Rams have to figure out who their other three starters will be.

Los Angeles added four linebackers—Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Micah Kiser, Trevon Young and Travin Howard—in the draft. It also has veterans like Cory Littleton, Ramik Wilson and Bryce Hager on the roster.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Head coach Sean McVay recently praised some of the veteran linebackers, but he also cautioned that veteran status would not guarantee a starting job.

“By no means are they ahead of anybody else,” McVay told Myles Simmons of the team’s official website. “Those guys have kind of earned the right to be the ones that are taking those first few reps and then we’ll see based on how they accelerate or how they perform.”cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

The linebacker competition in Los Angeles will go a long way toward determining whether or not the Rams improve their 28th-ranked run defense (122.4 yards per game allowed).

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OT Ereck Flowers to Arizona Cardinals

Eli Apple isn’t the only former first-round pick who hasn’t panned out recently for the Giants.

Offensive tackle Ereck Flowers may be an even bigger disappointment. The ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft, Flowers has made 46 starts over three seasons in New York. But as Jordan Raanan reported for ESPN.com, Flowers’ effort level drew criticism last year cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale . The Giants have already passed on Flowers’ option for 2019, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and after they signed Nate Solder in the offseason, Flowers is expected to flip to right tackle this year.

That didn’t sit well with Flowers, who is skipping offseason workouts.

“It’s not that he doesn’t want to be here. … He’s just unhappy that they picked up [Solder],” teammate Landon Collins told WFAN.cheap nfl nike jersey

Like several of the players on this list, Flowers was shopped by the Giants during the 2018 draft (per Raanan) with no success.

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There are more than a few NFL teams who could use help at tackle, and the Arizona Cardinals are near the top of the list. Arizona picked up the fifth-year option on youngster D.J. Humphries, but Humphries played in just five games last year thanks to two knee injuries and has missed 30 of a possible 48 games in the NFL.

The Cardinals have more than a little cheese invested in quarterback Sam Bradford and just as much draft capital invested in rookie Josh Rosen.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Keeping them upright is probably a good idea. At this point, a Day 3 pick in 2019 is likely all it would take to make a deal happen.

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Manziel over Carr, Lynch over Prescott, Trubisky over Watson

Lesson to be learned: Be better at evaluating quarterbacks

It’s that simple, right?

Teams still don’t know how to predict with any accuracy which quarterback prospects will succeed and which will fail, which is why seven quarterbacks, including first-round cheap nfl jerseys china nike bust Paxton Lynch, were selected ahead of 2016 Offensive Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott. It’s why Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel were first-round picks nfl nike jersey cheap ahead of Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr in 2014. It’s why Mitchell Trubisky went second overall and Deshaun Watson went 12th overall in 2017.

Don’t even get us started on the year Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden were first-round picks, and Russell Wilson, Nick Foles and Kirk Cousins were mid-rounders. That deserves its own essay but is thankfully beyond the five-year sample we’re using for this breakdown.

The lesson above is tongue-in-cheek, but the real message here might be that a team in need of a franchise quarterback would be best served swinging the bat as often as possible. Let’s all stop pretending we know who’ll pan out and who’ll bust.

It would have seemed pretty silly for the Browns to have taken Manziel with the No. 22 pick, as well as Carr with the No. 35 pick (one spot ahead of Oakland), but they would have essentially doubled their chances of finding a new franchise quarterback, and Carr’s presence would have made it easier to forgive and forget the Manziel selectioch eap nike nfl jersey n.

That doesn’t mean the still-quarterback-hungry Browns should use both of their top-four selections on quarterbacks this year, but doing so isn’t as wacky as many believe. The only way it would backfire is if both signal-callers became busts, but in the Browns’ current state (also known as rock bottom),cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale  that might not be any worse than drafting one bust along with Saquon Barkley.

That remains a far-fetched scenario regardless, but the Browns should at least strongly consider drafting a second quarterback in a later round, just as the Washington Redskins smartly did with Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins in 2012.

Teams have to learn that they aren’t smart enough to correctly and consistently identify future franchise quarterbacks, and then they either have to learn to start rolling the dice more or find a new way to evaluate entry-level players at the game’s most important position.

Marshawn Lynch Reportedly Will Remain with Raiders, Expected to Be Feature RB

Any questions about Beast Mode’s future in the Bay Area appear to have been put to rest.

Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch will receive his $1 million roster bonus cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys Sunday. With it, all signs point to the 11-year veteran being the feature back for the Silver and Black.

Lynch has a base salary of $4 million in 2018, per Spotrac.

New Oakland coach Jon Gruden did not commit to Lynch returning to the team in 2018 back in February, although he did refer to the 5’11”, 215-pound back as a “beast” and noted he was “excited” about the opportunity to work with him. new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap Speculation about the veteran’s future continued when the team signed two-time Pro Bowler Doug Martin in free agency.

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Lynch ran for 891 yards and seven touchdowns with his hometown Raiders in his first season out of retirement.

He will be 32 by the time next season rolls around, but after sitting out the 2016 season and only playing in seven games in 2015, he is fresher than most backs his age, although his cheap nike jerseys nfl punishing running style certainly has resulted in wear and tear on his body through the years.

It’s been an interesting start to the offseason for Oakland. The team has added Gruden, Martin and Jordy Nelson, among others, so far. With Beast Mode apparently staying in the fold and quarterback Derek Carr looking to bounce back with a cheap nfl jerseys from china nike healthy campaign, the Raiders will be a team to keep an eye on next season.