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Houston Rockets: LeBron James (Player Option)

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Not really.

LeBron James-to-Houston chatter has permeated the rumor mill all year. cheap nfl nike jerseys from china In case you were wondering, it won’t stop now.

Sources told Rockets Wire’s Kelly Iko that Houston will give chase to both James and Paul George (player option) this summer. And Chris Paul may already be recruiting his co-captain of banana boats everywhere, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.

Don’t go muting the phrase “Eastern Conference” in your Twitter timeline just yet. Houston has a long way to go before James Harden is teaching LeBron the secret of (regular-season) step-back threes.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

Flat-out signing James is off the table. Paul needs to accept a massive discount after the Rockets clear the decks for that to make any sense. Even then, the salary-cap gymnastics aren’t in their favor.

Negotiating a sign-and-trade is equally implausible. Houston would be hard-capped after the transaction, which means its payroll cannot exceed the luxury-tax apron—set for $6 million above the initial tax line. Good luck doing that while nfl cheap jerseys nike  paying Harden, James, Paul and Clint Capela (restricted) market value.

Opt-in-and-trade scenarios are the Rockets’ bread and butter nfl nike jerseys for cheap . If James picks up his player option, which pays him a smidgeon more than his actual max salary, he can force Cleveland to make nice with Houston.

That gives way to a different set of hurdles—mainly the Rockets’ sweetening the deal enough for the Cavaliers or a third-party helper to take back Ryan Anderson (two years, $41.7 million), Nene (two years, $7.5 million) and filler. But James, nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap as always, will have the leverage necessary to wish it into existence. And if any front-office executive has the workarounds in place to get this done, it would be Houston’s ever-active Daryl Morey.

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J.T. Realmuto Goes to the Boston Red Sox

The Miami Marlins could have honored J.T. Realmuto’s request to be traded as part of their massive offseason fire sale. Instead, they now stand to collect a big reward for holding off.

The 27-year-old is fully realizing his potential by way of 1.8 wins above replacement to lead all catchers, according to Baseball Reference. Throw in how he’s under club control through 2020, and he’s a hugely valuable trade chip.jerseys nfl cheap

The perfect suitor for Realmuto is a contender with a dire need at catcher and a front office shot-caller who’s willing to be bold.

So, pretty much Dave Dombrowski and the Boston Red Sox.

There haven’t been any solid rumors linking Realmuto to Boston, but the state of its catching corps could change that in a hurry. Through their combination of nonexistent offense and good-not-great defense, Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez have combined for minus-0.9 WAR.nfl jersey nike

The Red Sox lead MLB with a 39-17 record, so this weakness obviously isn’t holding them back now. But they must worry about ultimately matching up with the New York Yankees’ bats and the Houston Astros’ arms.

That’s a perfect excuse for Dombrowski to add to his history of blockbuster trades.

Things were looking iffy for a while, but Chris Archer’s trade value is coming back around.nfl nike jerseys china

The hard-throwing righty struggled with a 7.84 ERA through his first four starts of 2018. But in eight starts since, he’s posted a 2.84 ERA while collecting over three times as many strikeouts (46) as walks (15) and allowing only five home runs.cheap nfl jerseys for sale

The Tampa Bay Rays control Archer through 2021 at reasonable rates, so they don’t have to trade him. But if their recent trade of Alex Colome and Denard Span to the Seattle Mariners is any indication, they’re already open for business for the summer.

Archer, 29, has a wide range of appeal, but it’s a safe guess that he’ll end up with the team that needs him the most and has enough young talent for a deal: the Milwaukee Brewers.

A hot stretch has shot the Brewers to the top of the National League at 36-21. Yet it’s hard to be enthusiastic about their starting rotation, which boasts a 4.21 ERA and a low strikeout rate.

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Chicago Bears: RB Ryan Nall

Even though the team lists Ryan Nall as a running back on its official website, the 22-year-old potentially brings a lot more to the Chicago Bears offense.

At Oregon State, Nall played H-back cheap jerseys nfl before moving to running back. Chicago drew his interest since he’d have a chance to play the latter role, per 670 The Score’s Chris Emma.

“I wanted to ultimately play running back,” Nall said. “Chicago was one of the main places that told me I’d be able to fit in at that spot, as well as move around here and there. When it came down to it, I thought this was the best position for me to be able to play.”

Nall’s reliable hands will allow him to line nfl jerseys for women up in different spots. Head coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich can expand on their creativity while using the versatile back.

Despite established talents Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen at running back, the undrafted rookie’s blocking capabilities put him in a position to push for Mike Burton’s spot at fullback. He’s a Swiss army knife-type player who can exploit matchups and elevate the ground attack.nfl jersey sales

The Seattle Seahawks waived wideout Ka’Raun White, and the Bengals didn’t waste time, claiming him off waivers.nike jerseys nfl  The West Virginia product adds a unique quality to the receiving corps.

White paired well with quarterback Will Grier, who possessed the mobility to keep plays alive while under duress. On film, it’s a great sign to see the pass-catcher find a way to free himself on broken plays. It’s a quality that signal-caller Andy Dalton can appreciate on extended sequences.

The former Mountaineer broke out for 61 catches,china nfl jersey  1,004 yards and 12 touchdowns during his senior season at West Virginia. White didn’t impress with blazing speed in the 40-yard dash (4.52), but he knows how to create separation on sharp intermediate routes. His scoring volume shows the potential to become a threat in the red zone.

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Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 23

2017-18 Per-Game Stats: 12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.8 steals, 48.2 percent shooting, 38.3 percent shooting

Advanced Stats: 17.1 PER, s-26.83 TPA, minus-2.89 RPM

Contract Details: $4.3 million qualifying offer (restricted free agent)

Giannis Antetokounmpo definitely disagrees with this Jabari Parker drop.

“Jabari ain’t going nowhere,” he said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Matt Velazquez. “He’s going to be here and he’s going to be ready for next season.”

Will he really, though?where can i buy nfl jerseys cheap

Almost half of Parker’s career thus far has been lost to two ACL injuries. Signing him to a long-term deal would be a huge risk—particularly when he’s such an iffy fit beside Antetokounmpo. Check out the Milwaukee Bucks’ net rating with both players on the court these past few years:

2014-15 (417 minutes): -5.7
2015-16 (1,785 minutes): -1.0
2016-17 (1,207 minutes): -1.7
2017-18 (335 minutes): -6.3

Milwaukee should eventually survive on offense during Antetokounmpo-Parker minutes. But the defense is only going to get worse. Antetokounmpo is best served at the 4—aka Parker’s only position. Slotting him at the 3 is pleading for disaster, and he’ll get destroyed at the 5 unless he improves his roving rim protection.

Funneling money into a player who doesn’t complement your top star is franchise malpractice. Especially when your cap sheet is so complicated. The Bucks don’t have to worry about the luxury tax this season, but it becomes a major concern next summer when Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon (restricted) and Khris Middleton (player option) hit the open market.

Signing and trading Parker has to be on the table. It should save the Bucks money and ensures they’re not losing him for nothing. Yes, these transactions are rare. But they’re due for a comeback. At least two-thirds of the league won’t have money to spend this summer. Sign-and-trades expand that list of landing spots to include teams without space.

Would the Utah Jazz consider a dual sign-and-trade for Derrick Favors? What about the Clippers with DeAndre Jordan? Might the Miami Heat consider a package built around Justise Winslow and Hassan Whiteside?

Whatever’s out there, the Bucks should take it upon themselves to find out.

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Chris Long Rips NFL’s New Anthem Rules: ‘This Is Not Patriotism’

The NFL announced a new policy for the national anthem Wednesday, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, and Eagles defensive end Chris Long is among those who disagree with the rule changes.

The veteran discussed his thoughts on Twitter Wednesday:

The measure was unanimously adopted, cheap nike nfl jerseys from china according to Rapoport, although San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York said he abstained from the vote, per Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

As Long mentioned, the decision seems designed to appease President Donald Trump, who railed against the NFL last season for not forcing players to stand for the anthem.

Long has been an outspoken opponent of the president over the past few years. After winning Super Bowl 51 with the New England Patriots, he refused to visit the White House. He is likewise preparing not to go to the White House again this year despite winning the Super Bowl with the Eagles.

Last season, Long donated his entire base salary to various educational charities.

While NFL owners are seemingly nfl cheap nike jerseys pleased with the changes regarding the anthem, Long is clearly among the players who don’t think the new policy is fair.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

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Celtics Win Crucial Game 5 as LeBron James Can’t Carry Cavaliers on Road

The Boston Celtics are one win away from their first NBA Finals appearance since 2010. cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

After dropping a pair of Eastern Conference Finals games in Northeast Ohio, the Celtics snapped out of their mid-series malaise and churned out a 96-83 Game 5 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night at TD Garden behind quality outings from Jayson Tatum (24 points) and Jaylen Brown (17 points).

A visibly tired LeBron James (26 points, 10 rebounds, five assists) and Kevin Love (14 points, seven rebounds) did the heavy lifting for the Cavaliers, while Cleveland’s other three starters combined for only 10 points.

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To avoid a return trip to TD Garden, Boston will have to overcome its playoff road woes. The Celtics are 1-6 away from home since the start of the postseason and have been outscored by an average of 11.6 points per 100 possessions in those tilts,

The Celtics have the comfort of knowing they’ll have one more game back in Boston—where they’re undefeated in the playoffs—if they drop Game 6. But given James’ illustrious track record, it would behoove them to produce their finest road effort of the playoffs to avoid becoming the latest victim of the King’s Game 7 dominance.

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For a passer and decision-maker of James’ caliber, those figures are eye-opening.

Then again, he has played 38.8 minutes per night through the first five games of the Eastern Conference Finals after shouldering a workload in excess of 41 minutes per game in each of the first two rounds.

While he may seem superhuman at times, that type of physical pounding was bound to catch up to him.

The Cavaliers are staring down elimination, which means LeBron could be facing questions galore about his future in Cleveland as soon as Friday night.

If that sounds familiar, it should. nike nfl cheap jerseys

The same story unfolded eight years ago, when the Celtics knocked James and the top-seeded Cavaliers out of the playoffs in the second round.

James proceeded to hit unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career, and one cringeworthy TV special later, he was headed to the Miami Heat.

It’s fair to wonder if a redux is in order this year—minus the melodrama that accompanied The Decision.

While James has been tight-lipped about his free agency, a few options could be more attractive than the Cavs from a personnel standpoint. League sources told The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor that the 65-win Houston Rockets, financially flexible nike jerseys nfl cheap Los Angeles Lakers and upside-laden Philadelphia 76ers will join the Cavaliers on the list of teams James considers joining, which suggests Cleveland will have legitimate competition for his services this summer.

With a loss on Friday, whispers of his potential departure figure to grow even louder before reaching a fever pitch at the start of July.

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Jay Ajayi, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

After being traded from the Miami Dolphins midseason, Jay Ajayi led the Philadelphia Eagles with 128 touches from November through the playoffs. And he did not play the team’s final regular season game.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Ajayi’s touches over that span dwarfed Corey Clement’s 62 and Wendell Smallwood’s 12, the other top returning backs on the team. After months of running backs like LSU’s Derrius Guice being mocked to Philadelphia with the 32nd overall pick, the team eventually traded out of the final pick in the first round with the help of the Baltimore Ravens and secured tight end Dallas Goedert of South Dakota State in the second round.nike jerseys nfl cheap

Ajayi has the second-highest yards per carry on positive attempts among rushers with at least 200 carries over the last two years, and he is finally in a high-volume situation where his breakaway style of running can overwhelm teams behind a strong offensive line. After LeGarrette Blount signed with the Detroit Lions, the Eagles backfield should revolve around Ajayi moving forward.

Last September, Alex Collins was a waived former fifth-round pick. While he did post over 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 2017, running backs with his background come and go often. There’s a reason why only two running backs cheap nike nfl jerseys from china (LeSean McCoy and Devonta Freeman) are playing under significant veteran contracts in the NFL: Turnover is massive in the league at the position.

There’s no doubt that Collins met or surpassed everyone’s expectations last season, but history is littered with backs who were able to do it for one year and then were immediately replaced by a top-100 pick. After the Baltimore Ravens chose to not select one of the running backs in this class, the only significant backs on Baltimore’s roster behind Collins are Javorius “Buck” Allen and Kenneth Dixon.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

Allen started six games in 2015 but hasn’t started a single game in the last two seasons. Dixon has just 544 total yards over his two NFL seasons. Collins may have to prove himself and re-earn a starting role every offseason for the rest of his career, but his path to playing time on the 2018 Ravens should be a brisk walk.

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Case Keenum, QB, Denver Broncos

Case Keenum signed a two-year contract this offseason, which promised him a shot at a starting job but with no guarantee of taking the role full time. For example, if the Denver Broncos find a trade partner for Keenum next season,nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap  he would only count $3 million against the cap, saving them $18 million.

Denver held the fifth pick in a draft where many projected five quarterbacks to come off the board in the first round, so Keenum’s job status was not completely entrenched until the team selected North Carolina State pass-rusher Bradley Chubb with the fifth pick.nike cheap nfl jerseys  On top of keeping the Keenum-Paxton Lynch-Chad Kelly depth chart intact, John Elway drafted some toys for his new quarterback.

After releasing former running back C.J. Anderson, the team drafted Oregon running back Royce Freeman with the 71st overall pick to be the new top tailback. SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton was also added in the second round, and Penn State receiver DaeSean Hamilton was selected in the fourth round. Sutton and Hamilton will compete for playing time with 2017 third-round pick Carlos Henderson and 2017 fifth-round pick Isaiah McKenzie behind established receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. The latter duo can be released for cap purposes in 2019, but until then Keenum should have plenty to work with.nike nfl cheap jerseys

Job security? Check. Running game help? Check. Passing game help? Check.

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CB Eli Apple to San Francisco 49ers

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“We talked. Definitely we talked. We’ve definitely buried the hatchet a while ago,” Collins told reporters in April. “That’s my guy, my brother. I’m always going to have his back. We knew what kind of caliber player he is. He knows what kind of caliber player I am. We’re just trying to get to work and make this season go.”

General manager Dave Gettleman made a similar comment in January when he told the New York Post’s Steve Serby the former first-round pick has a “clean slate” with the team after two disappointing years.

But if those first two NFL seasons have been any indication, the best thing for both him and the Giants might be a change of scenery.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

The San Francisco 49ers have a hole at cornerback after Dontae Johnson signed with the Seahawks. While Ahkello Witherspoon is a possibility there, the second-year pro is far from a proven commodity.nfl nike jersey cheap

Not that Apple is either, mind you. But he is a Round 1 talent. John Lynch has shown to be one of the more aggressive GMs in the NFL when it comes to improving the roster.

The biggest sticking points here? Compensation for a team that invested the 10th overall pick in Apple in 2016 and the void it would leave the Giants in the secondary.

But at some point, smart GMs know when to cut to bait on players they didn’t draft, and there are some veteran corners still available in free agency—including Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who started five games for the G-Men in 2017.cheap nike nfl jersey

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NFL Declines Cheerleaders’ Mistreatment Settlement Offer, Will Meet with Lawyers

The National Football League opted not to accept $1 settlement proposals from two former cheerleaders who filed gender-discrimination complaints against the league before Friday’s deadline.

John Branch of the New York Times reported the NFL did reach out to Sara Blackwell, an attorney for Bailey Davis and Kristan Ware, cheerleaders who previously worked for the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins, respectively, nfl jersey factory about a potential discussion focused on improving workplace conditions.

“I’m grateful for this letter, and I do believe that this is a good-faith effort by the NFL,” Blackwell said. “There could be good things that come from it.”

League spokesperson Brian McCarthy confirmed to Branch it’s been in contact with Blackwell.

“As we said before, our office is working with the clubs in sharing best practices and employment-related processes that will support club cheerleading squads within an appropriate and supportive workplace,” he said. “The letter expressed that a conversation would be welcome regarding information or recommendations related to the teams’ policies.”nfl jersey wholesale authentic

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