Will Barton, Denver Nuggets

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Age (as of July 1): 27

Free-Agent Status: Unrestricted

2017-18 Per-Game Stats: 15.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks, 45.2 percent shooting cheap nfl authentic jerseys

Advanced Stats: 16.2 player efficiency rating (PER), 54.11 total points added (TPA), 0.70 real plus-minus (RPM)

Will Barton will not guarantee his return to the Denver Nuggets. Their backcourt is set for the future, with Gary Harris and Jamal Murray, and he fancies himself a starter.

“If I would be able to know I would be a starter coming into next season, that would push me in the offseason,” Barton said, per the Denver Post’s Gina Mizell. “It’s something that I’ve never been before or done before. That’s what makes me who I am and what makes me better every year. That will definitely be a goal of mine.”cheap authentic nfl jerseys

Starting Barton at small forward is a possibility. Wilson Chandler (player option) could be a free agent as well, and the Nuggets outscored opponents by 32.7 points per 100 possessions in the 65 minutes Barton played beside Harris, Murray, Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap.

That sample is…nothing. Indefinitely inserting Barton into the starting five also compromises the bench. The Nuggets don’t have another shape-shifting playmaker who can keep the offense afloat when one or both of Jokic and Murray are on the sidelines. Barton started 40 games this season mostly out of need,cheap authentic nfl jerseys  when Harris or Millsap was battling injury.

Losing him for nothing would be worse than reconciling the rotation’s politics. And even those could work themselves out, to some extent, if Chandler hits free agency. But cost will be an issue. Barton turned down a four-year extension worth roughly $40 million last summer and is in line to command more now.cheap authentic nfl jerseys

Can the Nuggets afford to pay him market value with Harris’ four-year, $84 million extension set to kick in and Jokic (team option) potentially about to receive a max deal? Would Chandler’s decision to opt in deter them from paying him? Will they have to pay an up-charge to keep using Barton as a sixth man and spot starter?

Denver needs wings no matter what. Barton is more necessity than luxury—especially given the time he soaks up at point guard. cheap nfl jerseys china But paying him, Chandler and Jokic without shedding salary elsewhere puts the luxury tax in play. The Nuggets would be hard-pressed to rationalize that bottom line after missing the playoffs—unless they read all the way into the three-game gap that separated them from the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks Destroy Celtics 116-92 to Cut Series to 2-1

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The Milwaukee Bucks held serve on their home court with an impressive 116-92 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference playoff series.

The Bucks asserted their will right out of the gate, taking a 27-12 lead after the first quarter. Giannis Antetokounmpo had authentic nfl jerseys cheap a solid showing with 19 points, six assists and five rebounds. Khris Middleton, though, led Milwaukee’s offensive charge with 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

After allowing an average of 116.5 points in the first two games, Milwaukee’s defense stymied Boston’s offensive attack.

Entering Friday’s game down 0-2 in the series, the Bucks had their backs against the wall. The BMO Harris Bradley Center was the perfect cure for what ailed them. They won 25 of their 41 games at home during the regular season, and have now put themselves right back in this series heading into Sunday’s Game 4. nfl jerseys for cheap

A total of five Bucks players scored in double figures, including Jabari Parker with 17 off the bench. It was a dramatic turnaround for the former Duke star after he had just two points on 1-of-7 shooting combined in the first two games.

Parker made it known on Thursday that he wasn’t happy with the way Bucks interim head coach Joe Prunty was using him, via E cheap nfl jerseys

“For myself, I just try to be a good teammate. I’m not getting what I want right now, but I think there’s a bigger picture. I think I did a better job the second game. Not to harp on the first game, but look, I’m human, right? I deserved to be out there and I earned it. Six games and to see that like, I’m not going to handle it well. I have feelings. I’ve been waiting two years. I’ve been waiting. And to see that time get cut short—nobody is going to handle that the right way.”

Prunty appeared to take Parker’s words to heart. The 23-year-old played 30 minutes against the Celtics on Friday, his most in a game since April 7 against the New York Knicks.

Taking the place of the injured Kyrie Irving, Rozier had 23 points without a turnover in each of the first two games of the series.

In Game 3, Rozier had just nine points and committed five turnovers. Brown’s performance was more in line with his season numbers, scoring nfl jersey cheap 11 points and grabbing four rebounds in 29 minutes.

The Celtics came into the postseason with a lot of questions about how their ailing roster would fare. cheap nfl jersey Things looked fine after they took a 2-0 series lead playing at home, but this was the first time there appeared to be cracks in the foundation for head coach Brad Stevens.

Most Anticipated Matchup: Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams

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Carson Wentz’s MVP-caliber 2017 season came to a screeching cheap nfl authentic jerseys halt last December when he suffered a torn ACL against the Los Angeles Rams in Southern California.

This year, Wentz and the Eagles will get a chance to revisit the site of that season-altering injury when they square off against the Rams in Week 15.

Beyond that, the matchup—a potential NFC Championship Game preview—cheap authentic nfl jerseys will give the Rams a chance to prove that they can emerge as the class of the conference one year after the Eagles made a triumphant run to Super Bowl 52.

And while we can only evaluate things on paper for the time being, L.A. has done a staggering job of replenishing its talent pool with game-changers to challenge the Eagles for NFC superiority.

The Rams started the offseason by trading for a pair of cornerbacks in Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib,cheap nfl jerseys from china  and they made another big splash in late March by pairing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh with All-Pro Aaron Donald.

With defensive concerns addressed, the Rams shifted their attention to the other side of the ball and replaced Sammy Watkins—who departed for the Kansas City Chiefs—with Brandin Cooks through a trade with the New England Patriots.

“They’ve put together what could be the best secondary in the league,”nfl cheap jerseys  The Ringer’s Danny Kelly wrote. “They’ve built what might be the most dominant duo of defensive tackles ever by pairing Suh with Donald. And by adding Cooks, a premier field-stretching deep threat, they’ve given last year’s top scoring offense the potential to get even better. There’s risk, sure, but the sky’s the limit for how good the Rams can be in 2018.”

Given the star power littering their roster, the Rams may very well enter the regular season as odds-on favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

But until they prove capable of taking down the Eagles, the kings will stay the kings.

2018 NFL Schedule: League Releases Official Regular-Season Slate

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Clear your schedules now, NFL fans: The Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons will open the 2018 NFL regular season on Sept. 6 at Lincoln Financial Field as the reigning Super Bowl champions prepare to raise their first championship banner fresh off a dramatic authentic nfl jerseys cheap Super Bowl 52 win over the New England Patriots.

And that’s just the start.

Following Thursday’s schedule release, all 256 games are now set in stone as the league’s 32 teams prepare for a fresh slate of football.

Below, you’ll find links to each club’s schedule as well as a preview of a few storylines to watch for when the 2018 campaign kicks off.

The AFC South has gained a reputation as the least compelling division in football, but the 2018 season could help reverse that narrative. nfl jerseys for cheap

For starters, the Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off a revelatory 10-6 finish in 2017 that paved the way for the franchise’s third AFC Championship Game appearance.

Needless to say, they’ll be the favorites to take home the division crown again. They wield the NFL’s nastiest defense—one that allowed a paltry 16.8 points per game last season—and the offense appears primed for a boost following the arrivals of pass-catchers Donte Moncrief and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.nfl jersey cheap

However, the Jaguars won’t be in for a cakewalk.

The Houston Texans—who were ravaged by injuries last season—have a chance to reclaim their throne atop the AFC South with quarterback Deshaun Watson and edge-rushers J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus all on the mend following abbreviated 2017 campaigns.

Speaking of big free-agent signings, the Tennessee Titans could make some serious noise if their flurry of offseason activity pays off. cheap nfl jersey

The 2017 AFC wild-card qualifiers started by firing Mike Mularkey and replacing him with Mike Vrabel—who figures to implement a more dynamic, less predictable offense after hiring former Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur to oversee play-calling duties.

To help LaFleur, the Titans brought former New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis aboard to cheap nfl authentic jerseys serve in a thunder-and-lightning timeshare with bruiser Derrick Henry.

“Derrick can get it downhill, press the hole, hit the hole, and really turn it over and outrun people,” general manager Jon Robinson said, per Jim Wyatt of the team’s official website. “He can stick it up there and run over people. Dion can make people miss. He can kind of get lost in the wash up in there and squirt out, and be good out of the backfield.”

The Titans also shored up their secondary by signing Malcolm Butler to a whopping five-year, $61 million deal that includes $30 million guaranteed.

Considering last year’s Titans logged nine wins despite lacking flash, the retooled version has a real chance to propel the franchise back to double-digit wins for the first time since 2008.

Is LeBron James, Spot-Picker, Enough?

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LeBron James took his first shot 16 seconds into Game 2, roughly nine-and-a-half minutes earlier than Game 1. That was a sign, a clear indication that the Indiana Pacers’ series-opening blowout victory got his attention.

As a general rule, opponents should try to avoid getting James’ attention.authentic nfl jerseys cheap

Following that opening bucket, James assumed custody of the early proceedings, scoring 16 straight to open the game for Cleveland and finishing the opening period with 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting. On the night, he put up 46 points on 17-of-24 shooting, 12 rebounds and five assists, carrying the Cavs to a 100-97 victory.

It was enough to make you wonder why James doesn’t do this all the time.

That’s how James and this season’s Cavs have operated, though. Nothing is ever easy…until it looks incredibly easy. And then right around the time you ask yourself how Cleveland ever loses when it can play the James card, something flips.
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And you’re left wondering how it ever won.

The Pacers fought gamely, pushing the pace and forcing the Cavs to defend in transition, something they’ve stunk at all season. Indiana doubled up Cleveland in paint scoring, 62-30, and nearly did the same in fast-break points, 15-8.

Even with Victor Oladipo fighting foul trouble early, Indy spent most of the second half within single digits. If not for James’ early blitz, Cleveland could easily have lost Wednesday.

Heading to Indiana with a 1-1 split, the Cavaliers should feel both encouraged and vulnerable.cheap nfl jerseys

As great as James was, Cleveland never solved Oladipo. He attacked downhill whenever the Cavs’ roll-man defender dropped, just like he did against switches, traps and any other defensive scheme he saw. And the look he missed, a wide-open three with under 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter that would have tied the game, could have changed everything.

“We got lucky,” James said on the TNT broadcast afterward. “We gave up a wide-open three to Oladipo, and he missed it. … cheap nfl authentic jerseys That’s easily something he can make.”

Imagine if that triple had gone down. Imagine if head coach Nate McMillan, in an overabunance of caution, hadn’t sat Oladipo with two fouls a mere 62 seconds into the game. Imagine if, somehow, the Cavs had lost a contest in which James was a demi-god stalking the earth in search of mortals to punish.cheap authentic nfl jerseys

LeBron James’ 21-Game Win Streak in Round 1 Snapped in Cavaliers’ Loss to Pacers

Victor Oladipo posted 32 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals as the Indiana Pacers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-80 in Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff series on Sunday.

LeBron James, who won 21 straight games in the first round of the NBA playoffs leading into this series, had a triple-double for the Cavaliers thanks to 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
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The Pacers set the tone for the entire game with a dominant first half, which included a 33-14 Pacers lead after one quarter. Oladipo led the Pacers’ charge, posting 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals before halftime. The front-runner for Most Improved Player also hit four of five three-pointers, including this shot that put the Pacers up 50-34:
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Oladipo received help from his supporting cast, as Myles Turner (12 points), Bojan Bogdonavic (10 points) and Lance Stephenson (nine points) helped the team to a 55-38 halftime lead. The Pacers shot 47.6 percent from the field and made half of their 14 f cheap nfl jerseys irst-half threes.hi-res-bd1d88a5db0c19e1f5b2fffc2d23a1c5_crop_north

On the other side, it was a one-man show as James had 14 points, six assists and five rebounds. He showcased his excellent ball-handling skills with this nifty move through the paint to bring the Cavs within 40-25 early in the second quarter:

No other Cavalier scored more than six points in the first half, and the team minus James shot just 10-of-31 from the field. Kevin Love led the team on the glass with eight rebounds.

The Pacers picked up where they left off in the third quarter as they took a 63-41 nfl jersey cheap  lead following a Thaddeus Young layup. Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports credited the Pacers’ energy:

However, the Cavaliers stormed back and ended the quarter on a 24-10 run. The key bucket was a Kevin Love 30-foot three-pointer to cut the deficit to 70-63:

Love was fouled on the play and missed the ensuing free throw, but the Cavs trailed by just eight heading into the fourth.

Once there, however, Oladipo continued his fantastic performance, scoring 10 points en route to helping the Pacers end the game on a 22-11 run.

Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer summed up Oladipo’s afternoon:
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For the Pacers, Turner finished with 16 points, while Bogdanovic and Stephenson added 15 and 12, respectively. Oladipo, Bogdanovic, Darren Collison and Cory Joseph also combined for 12 steals.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers won nine more games than last year, defended well enough in some especially committed stretches to finish 12th overall on that end and got positive performances from just about every young player with a future on the roster.

And before you go burying Lonzo Ball for his busted shot, note that he posted the second-best DRPM among point guards, per ESPN.com, while also producing the highest on-court net rating of any Laker to log at least 1,000 minutes.

A pivotal summer awaits, but the 2017-18 regular season went about as well as could have been expected.

19. Detroit Pistons (19)

“Philadelphia is good, and everyone is praising the process, how great it was, but the process is based on being as bad as you can be, historically bad for as long as you can,” Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy lamented after his team finished four games out of a playoff spot with a 39-43 record. “If that’s the process and the accepted way to build a team in the NBA, then something needs to change.”
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Van Gundy isn’t the only coach to think this way, but he’s uniquely positioned as the leader of one of the teams stuck in the middle because it refuses to use the incentive structure the Sixers exploited.

With Detroit spinning its wheels over the next several seasons, locked into crippling deals for Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin, its unwillingness to embrace a real rebuild will look awfully misguided.

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18. Washington Wizards (18)

The Washington Wizards must hope John Wall’s 29 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds against Boston on Tuesday are a harbinger of what’s to come. Because if they’re not, that means the blown leads, lazy defense and selfish offensive play that produced a 3-9 mark over their final dozen games will be.

It’s hard to find a playoff team that looks shakier than Washington.

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17. Los Angeles Clippers (17)

The Los Angeles Clippers lost six of seven to close out a transitional year but managed to stay alive in the playoff race until the season’s final week. Forty-two wins and a top-10 offense are nothing to be ashamed of for a team that used a league-high 34 starting lineups and gave nearly 2,000 minutes to players either called up on two-way deals from the G League or inked to 10-day contracts, per ESPN.com’s Kevin Arnovitz.
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This was a big year for resiliency in L.A.

Odell Beckham Jr. Trade Rumors: NFC Team Rejected Giants’ 2 1st-Round Picks Offer

The New York Giants reportedly asked for two first-round picks in a potential trade involving wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. but were turned down.

Michael Silver of NFL.com reported the news by citing a “high-ranking executive of an NFC team.”hi-res-338b2bb4f7aed7205c89d3baa8c474d7_crop_northcheap nfl jersey

This comes after Ralph Vacchiano of SNY cited a team source who said it was “highly unlikely” the Giants would move the wide receiver.

The mere idea of trading Beckham would have turned plenty of heads not long ago. However, the talented receiver played just four games last season because of an ankle injury. What’s more, Vacchiano suggested the Giants are “near their breaking point with Beckham and these nuisance controversies” after he was shown in a video with a suspicious cigarett cheap nfl authentic jerseys e.

Team president John Mara even said “I wouldn’t say anyone’s untouchable” cheap authentic nfl jerseys when asked whether the team could move Beckham this offseason at the league’s owners’ meetings, per Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com also reported the receiver “will not set foot on a field without a new contract extension.”cheap nfl jerseys from china

The 2018 campaign is set to be the last season of Beckham’s deal after the Giants exercised his fifth-year option worth just less than $8.5 million, per Spotrac.

Even with the injury concerns, there is no questioning Beckham’s ability and potential. He was a Pro Bowler in each of his first three seasons and had more than 1,300 receiving yards and at least 10 touchdowns in all of those years.

He is also only 25 years old and figures to have a number of impressive seasons in nfl cheap jerseys the near future if he remains healthy.

Still, at least one team reportedly didn’t think he was worth two first-round picks.

Jimmy Butler Took Part in Timberwolves Practice for 1st Time Since Knee Injury

Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler is reportedly nearing a return to the court after suffering a meniscus tear at the end of February.
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According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Butler took part in five-on-five workouts Monday for the first time since the injury. There are only four games remaining in the regular season, but he is still reportedly on track to come back before the final game.
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Kent Youngblood of the Star-Tribune reported Friday that Butler had been cleared for contact drills, although it was one of several steps in his recovery.hi-res-f338654ce3a4e41dffe68040c327f8f2_crop_north

“It’s him being ready to go,” head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I want him to have confidence in his body that he can go again. So, usually, what happens is you’re doing the on-court stuff. You start with non-contact. Then you phase in the contact and you build up.cheap nfl jerseys  You start with one-on-one, two-on-two, three-on-three and then the five-on-five. And, after each step, you have to see how it responds the next day. So far it’s been pretty good.”

Competing in five-on-five work represents a significant step if he can make it through without setbacks.

Minnesota doesn’t return to the court for its next game until Thursday against the Denver Nuggets.

The Wolves are hoping to earn a playoff berth for the first time since 2004, but Butler’s injury has slowed them down. They are 8-8 since losing the four-time All-Star, falling to 44-34 on the season. Entering Monday, the team sits in the No. 7 slot but is just 1.5 games away from missing the playoffs altogether.cheap nfl jersey

With four games separating the fourth-best and 10th-best teams in the Western Conference, the final two weeks will be key.

Adding Butler—who leads the team with 22.2 points per game this year—back to the lineup cheap nfl authentic jerseys  could help Minnesota stay on the right side of the cutoff.

The NFL’s Riskiest Offseasons Aren’t Happening Where You Might Think

You’ve probably already heard this, but it’s incredibly risky to make aggressive moves like the Rams have this offseason. The way they’re building their roster will end in one of two ways in 2018: They’ll either make the 1985 Bears look like a JV squad, or they will implode in training camp when Marcus Peters punches Aqib Talib for stealing his chain and Aaron Donald goes on sit-down strike after seeing Ndamukong Suh’s bank statement. authentic nfl jerseys cheap

But at least the Rams know what they’re getting themselves into. Other teams are taking even bigger risks. They just don’t know it yet because it isn’t as obvious.

Those teams are making the NFL’s favorite bad gamble: the no-risk risk. They’re trying to somehow get better by getting rid of their best players. The dreaded culture change. The rebuilding project that is driven by personalities, not potential. The play-it-safe-and-guarantee-mediocrity gambit.

“You don’t quit on talent,” Giants general manager Dave Gettleman told NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones during the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Florida, this week. The Giants brass then spent the rest of the week sounding like they couldn’t wait to quit on Odell Beckham Jr., one nfl jerseys for cheap of the most talented individuals in professional sports, because he’s sometimes a bit of a handful.

Gettleman and the Giants already traded Jason Pierre-Paul to the Buccaneers for loose change and are moving on from many of the big names they splurged on over the last two years. If they trade Beckham, even for a fistful of draft picks, they might as well make Quitting on Talent the team’s 2018 motto.
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Granted, much of the talent quit on the Giants last year. It makes sense for a 3-13 team to shed some salary and move on from older players.nfl jersey cheap

The Seahawks are in a similar situation. Their veterans grew expensive and cantankerous in the years since their championship, making a reboot inevitable.

The problem comes when a rebuilding team starts giving away its best rebuilding blocks, as the Giants are itching to do with Beckham and the Seahawks did with Richard Sherman, because they convince themselves that the locker room needs an attitude adjustment. That’s how teams either get stuck in endless rebuilding cycles or become mediocre for years, waiting for the stars to finally align and make everything perfect.

The no-risk risk and perpetual culture change are staples of AFC East also-ran reasoning.cheap nfl authentic jerseys

The Dolphins have been vocal about their need to change the clubhouse atmosphere since the end of last season. Head coach Adam Gase said Tuesday that he was certain that the team culture was about to improve now that the roster has been reimagined.cheap nfl jerseys