Boston Celtics: Aron Baynes

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This one’s easy, mostly because the Boston Celtics have a ready replacement for Aron Baynes, who started 67 times in 2017-18.

Baynes banged around just fine (and got banged on) in his 67 starts this past season, but Gordon Hayward is the man cheap nfl jersey Boston needs back in its first unit. Rather than bump rookie standout Jayson Tatum or breakthrough sophomore Jaylen Brown from the starting crew, why not slide Al Horford to the 5 full-time and trot out three interchangeable and ridiculously talented wings in between him and Kyrie Irving?
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“Twenty-eighteen will be my year. I will be back on the court,” Hayward told Lisa Pierpoint of Boston Common magazine.

And in one of the easiest corresponding developments, Baynes will be back on the bench.

This isn’t a knock on Spencer Dinwiddie, who emerged from nowhere to become one of the Brooklyn Nets’ most effective players in 2017-18. Instead, think of it as an endorsement of DeMarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Jarrett Allen, Allen Crabbe and D’Angelo Russell. Those five should be the Nets’ first unit next year, which means Dinwiddie ought to wind up coming off the bench as a second-string spark.

As a point guard who can generate his own looks from deep and attack the basket,cheap authentic nfl jerseys  Dinwiddie (58 starts in 2017-18) could thrive against reserves. And though most remember his hot streak of game-winners and clutch play in January, he still only shot 38.7 percent from the field overall. If Russell is healthy, he should be the one running the show with the starters. Softer competition could help Dinwiddie boost his substandard scoring efficiency.

Brooklyn will have to reintegrate Jeremy Lin and find minutes for Caris LeVert, whose length, playmaking and versatility continue to make him a tantalizing prospect. That could mean Dinwiddie slips further down the depth chart than might seem fair for a player who contributed so much this season.cheap nfl jerseys from china

Look at it from a team perspective, though: If Dinwiddie isn’t starting anymore, it’ll probably signal that the Nets are getting better.

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.

Nate McMillan Might Want This One Back

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In 28 minutes with Oladipo on the court, the Pacers outscored the Cavs by 11 points. nfl jerseys cheap china In light of that, and considering Oladipo finished with just three personal fouls despite picking up the two early ones, perhaps head coach Nate McMillan could have given his best player a slightly longer leash.cheap nfl jersey

Instead, McMillan sat Oladipo only a minute into the first quarter, and he then yanked him again shortly after he picked up his third personal in the second period.

Compounding the error, McMillan gave Oladipo a rest to start the fourth quarter when James was also out of the game. Coach, Oladipo got his extra blow when you unnecessarily shelved him in the first half! He’s fresh! Get him out there, and take advantage of one of the tiny windows where your team has the best player on the floor.

Indiana could still go on to win this series, but McMillan’s management of Oladipo’s minutes in Game 2 made the task more difficult.

Just as everyone expected, JR Smith’s defense was pivotal to Cleveland’s series-evening Game 2 win.cheap nfl authentic jerseys

OK, no one expected that. But this was a huge play, one which Kyle Korver followed with stoning Myles Turner in the post and stripping the ball, preserving a six-point lead with 1:20 left in the game.
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We already hit on how Oladipo (22 points on 9-of-18 shooting) got whatever he wanted when fouls didn’t land him on the bench, but it’s worth noting that the Cavs have held Indiana under 100 points in two straight contests.

The Cavaliers are still having plenty of defensive breakdowns, but they’re getting little snippets of defense when they need them.cheap nfl jerseys from china

Steve Kerr Defends Stance When Asked About Not Attending Stephon Clark Rally

A Sacramento, California, reporter questioned Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr on Saturday about him and his team not attending the march for Stephon Clark put on by former Warriors and Sacramento Kings forward Matt Barnes.cheap nfl authentic jerseys

According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, a reporter asked Kerr if he was being contradictory by not attending.

Kerr said the following in response:

“It’s up to each individual if he is going to pick his spots to make his contribution to society. I’m very confident and comfortable in my own skin. And [our players] what they do for our communities, the way they speak out, the way I’ve spoken out. I feel very, very confident in what we’ve tried to do and I’m also very, very serious about my job. So, you can balance that whichever way you want. You can be accusatory if you like. cheap authentic nfl jerseys I’m comfortable with what our team does and with what I do.”

The Kings were set to host the Warriors on Saturday night at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT).hi-res-a459ab8cc6a5ab3e71d430776815c52f_crop_north

The rally took place at noon local time on Saturday across the street from Sacramento City Hall, per Tony Bizjak, Darrell Smith and Jon Schultz of the Sacramento Bee.

Barnes spoke about Clark, who was shot and killed by police officers on March 18. cheap nfl jerseys from china The two officers pursuing him said they thought the 22-year-old Clark was holding a gun, but it was a cellphone.

Kerr has been outspoken on social issues in recent years, as have the Warriors’ two biggest star players in Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry.

After a series of black people getting shot by police in 2016, Kerr said, “nfl cheap jerseys I would hope that every American is disgusted with what is going on around the country,” according to Marissa Payne of the Washington Post.

Kerr also expressed support for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick protesting during the national anthem.

Although no Warriors players or personnel attended Saturday’s rally, Kings guard Garrett Temple was there, per Rhiannon Walker of nfl jerseys cheap china The Undefeated.

Raiders News: Punter Marquette King, TE Clive Walford Cut

The Oakland Raiders waived punter Marquette King and tight end Clive Walford, the team announced on Friday.

King, who joined the Raiders in 2012 as an undrafted free agent,cheap nfl authentic jerseys  spent the first six seasons of his career in the Bay Area. He averaged 46.8 yards per punt over the past five seasons and was rewarded for his rise with a five-year, $16.5 million extension in February 2016. hi-res-ab8063de12af7b1961fdd32c3451a88f_crop_north

Last season, the 29-year-old ranked third among all players at his position with a net punting average of 42.7 yards.

Cutting King frees up $2.9 million in cap space.

According to RaidersSnakePit.com’s Bill Williamson, cheap authentic nfl jerseys new head coach Jon Gruden made the move to send his team a “message,” though Williamson didn’t specify what that message was.

Walford, meanwhile, had been a member of the Raiders since they selected him in the third round of the 2015 draft. He’s tallied 70 receptions for 768 yards and six touchdowns over the past three seasons.

The University of Miami product looked like a possible breakout candidate following his rookie season, when he caught 28 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns. However, he suffered a knee injury in an ATV accident the following spring, and his production failed to spike.cheap nfl jerseys from china

In 2017, Walford managed just nine catches for 80 yards. He played 12.9 nfl cheap jerseys  percent of the team’s offensive snaps with Jared Cook and Lee Smith ahead of him on the depth chart.

2018 NFL Free Agency: Burning Questions Heading into Week 2

Oftentimes, NFL free agency solves roster issues, filling voids left behind when players retire, sign new deals elsewhere or fall nfl jerseys cheap china short on expectations. Conversely, it can raise more questions about the depth chart.

Clubs dip into the free-agent market on uneven financial ground. Depending on the cap situation, some general managers may overspend to address a need while others go bargain-bin shopping for assets with a small market.

The wide receiver an offense needs may want a salary outside the front office’s price range. As a result, other priorities take a bump, and we’re left wondering what’s next for the quarterback who needs a go-to receiving option.

We don’t have direct knowledge of what team brass talks about behind closed doors. So, everyone is left to asking questions. cheap nfl jerseys Why two quarterbacks? Who’s starting at left tackle?

As for the players left on the open market, especially notable names, there’s intrigue about where they’ll sign.

Several days into free agency, let’s go through eight of the most pressing questions in the league concerning unrestricted free agents and roster decisions.  1e43eac41fa9335c0dd9b179bf2805de_crop_exact

The Alabama product has led the wideouts in yardage in each of the past three campaigns, but he’s also struggled with drops, late-season injuries that may have affected his play and comes up short as a target inside the 20-yard line. cheap nfl jersey

Still, Cooper’s ability to rack up yards after the catch and track down the deep ball suggests he’s still scratching the surface on his full potential. Head coach Jon Gruden plans to elevate the fourth-year receiver’s profile in the offense as the cheap authentic nfl jerseys  focal point, per NBC Sports Bay Area reporter Scott Bair:

“He’ll be the focal point of our offense. I hope he’s listening here today. I’m looking forward to joining up with Amari Cooper. He has tremendous quickness. He’s smart, versatile and he’s a gamer. He likes the bright lights,cheap nfl jerseys from china  and he’ll be the headliner in our offense.”