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.

One Starter Every NBA Team Must Replace This Summer

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All 30 NBA teams want to get better, and though the path to improvement is complicated and context-dependent, one of the best ways to make a leap is to improve the starting lineup.

Because even the strongest starting fives have a weak link.authentic nfl jerseys cheap

And in the cases where messing with a truly great first unit seems ridiculous, we’ll get creative and search for ways to make the group more fun or more effective. In other words “must replace” will sometimes turn into “wouldn’t it be cool if…”

The criteria will shift for every team, because the 30 situations across the league are distinct heading into the summer of 2018. In the case of rebuilding clubs, it might make sense to replace a quality starter because he’s too costly or too old to fit into the organization’s big-picture timeframe. nfl jersey cheap For top-end clubs, the calculus will often be simpler: Which starter just isn’t producing enough in the short term?

Suggesting replacement doesn’t necessarily mean a team has to cut ties with the player in question either (though sometimes that’s exactly what we’ll suggest)nfl jerseys for cheap . In some situations, it just means a guy is better suited to coming off the bench.

In the long-ball era, your point guard just cannot shoot 29 percent from three-point range…unless your point guard has unusual skills in other areas (height, playmaking, defense, etc.) that make up for an inability to space the floor. We’re talking “Ben Simmons” levels of compensatory excellence.

Dennis Schroder is not Ben Simmons.

The five-year vet is a career 32 percent shooter from deep, which could mean last year’s woeful conversion rate was little more than a prolonged, mild slump. Or, it could mean that’s how effectively Schroder converts his treys when he’s the clear No. 1 option on his team.nfl jersey cheap

He wouldn’t be the first player to struggle while taking on added responsibilities.

Either way, the Hawks are in the earliest stages of a rebuild, and Schroder hasn’t shown enough in his five seasons to warrant consideration as a long-term piece. Especially for an Atlanta club that cut bait with Dwight Howard in part because of concerns about his personality. Schroder, owed $46.5 million cheap nfl jerseys over the next three seasons, could face felony battery charges stemming from an incident at a club on Sept. 29.

If Atlanta is really starting fresh, it should do so without Schroder as its first-unit point guard.

Rob Gronkowski: Patriots Fans Will See ‘Freak-A-Leak’ When I ‘Maybe’ Return

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski addressed the media at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, cheap nfl jersey store on Saturday, and while he largely avoided questions regarding his playing status, he did offer some hints.

According to NESN’s Doug Kyed, Gronk said fans will see a “freak-a-leak” when he comes back. Then, in response to a follow-up question about whether he’ll play in 2018, Gronkowski said, “Maybe.”

Gronk has yet to commit to playing, and he hasn’t attended the start of the Pats’ offseason program. He has two years remaining on the six-year, $54 million contract extension he signed in June 2012.

A reporter asked Gronk when he would replace his motocross helmet with a Patriots helmet, and, according to Kyed, nike nfl jerseys sale he responded, “When it comes down to time.”

The four-time All-Pro was also asked if he would attend New England’s voluntary workouts, per Kyed, to which he said, “nfl authentic jerseys china No, I’ve got riding skills to work on.”

After the Patriots’ Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Gronkowski said he would take the offseason to think about his playing future.

Though he hasn’t yet said anything publicly about what he’ll do in 2018, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport (via NFL.com’s Jeremy Bergman) reported in February that he was expected to continue playing.cheap personalized nfl jerseys

The 28-year-old Gronkowski is a five-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion.

After missing eight regular-season games in 2016, Gronk bounced back last season with 69 receptions for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns.

In just eight NFL campaigns, Gronk ranks third in team history in receiving yards (7,179) and first in touchdown catches (76).

Russell Westbrook Averages Triple-Double for 2nd Straight Year

A year ago, Russell Westbrook became the second player in NBA history to record a triple-double over the course of a full season.

On Wednesday, he became the first player to pull off the feat twice.best nfl jerseys

Westbrook grabbed his 16th rebound in the third quarter of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s regular-season finale against the Memphis Grizzlies to clinch the triple-double average for the season. The reigning NBA MVP entered the final two games of the season needing 34 rebounds to finish with at least 10 rebounds per game. He hauled in 18 boards in the Thunder’s win over the Miami nfl jersey for cheapHeat on Monday.hi-res-6cf45a5fde41327a55a5d03308b07f59_crop_north

“I don’t think Russell’s ever played that way,” Thunder head coach Billy Donovan told reporters prior to Wednesday’s game when asked if Westbrook would chase the 16 boards. “I think he’s always focused on winning.nfl jerseys cheap authentic

“He’s got a unique ability as a guy that’s been able to impact the game with his scoring, his rebounding and his assists, but for me as a coach, the most important thing as a coach is can we build off these last two games on the road and play better and make some improvements and strides. Just being around Russell, custom nfl jerseys cheap I know he’s not wrapped up at all in that stuff. He’s more wrapped up in winning.”

Westbrook’s increased focus on the glass has led some criticism that he’s chasing rebounds—albeit not from his own locker room. Carmelo Anthony joked Westbrook has been “stealing” rebounds, but he said it helps the team.

“Sometimes you want to fight him a little bit, push him out of the way,” customized nfl jerseys cheap Anthony said Tuesday. “For me, it’s good because to have a guard like that to be able to crack back and get rebounds. He steals sometimes. He steals rebounds sometimes. But any time you can have a guard like that to come back and rebound the way he does, because we want to push the break, when he gets it off the rebound he’s able to jump start the break and a lot of good things happen from that.”

Tyrann Mathieu Reportedly Agrees to 1-Year Contract with Houston Texans

Veteran safety Tyrann Mathieu agreed Friday to a one-year deal with the Houston Texans, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Schefter added the deal is worth $7 million.official nfl jerseys cheap

The Arizona Cardinals released Mathieu on March 14 after he declined to accept a pay cut for the 2018 season.

“I think there are different ways you can go about restructuring you contract,” he nfl authentic jerseys cheap said in an interview with NFL Network (via Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ official site). “Some guys like their money up front, some guys put it on the back end. The tough part is when someone asks you to take a pay cut. I don’t think that makes sense for a lot of players.”hi-res-b13ff6bbfa40d34b2a18c464b0ba95dc_crop_north

While some may argue the Cardinals would’ve been better off keeping Mathieu, reebok nfl jerseysthe fact his release even became an option to the team highlighted how much his stock has dropped following his All-Pro season in 2015.

That season ended with Mathieu tearing his ACL. Whether the injury is solely or partly to blame, he hasn’t been the same player since.

A shoulder problem then limited Mathieu in 2016, best nfl jerseys  and he eventually landed on injured reserve after appearing in 10 games.

Mathieu remained healthy in 2017, but his 78 combined tackles, two interceptions and seven passes defended were noticeably below the standard he had set in 2015, when he had 89 tackles, five interceptions and 17 pass nfl jersey for cheap breakups.

According to Pro Football Talk’s Steve Palazzolo, Mathieu allowed opposing quarterbacks to have a passer rating of 130.2 nfl jerseys cheap authentic  in 2016 and 91.6 in 2017. Compare that to his 70.3 opponent passer rating in 2015.