Walker, a two-time All-Star, averaged 22.1 points and 5.6 assists per game last season.
The Hornets finished 2017-18 with a 36-46 record and missed the playoffs. They fired coach Steve Clifford in mid-April after five seasons and replaced him with former Spurs assistant James Borrego.
The Rockets expect Chris Paul to be on their roster next season.
Forte was an All-America as a North Carolina sophomore, but pretty much nothing went right for him as a pro. He was small for a shooting guard and unable to convert successfully to the point. Boston gave up on him after a tumultuous rookie year, during which he reportedly wore a Magic Johnson Lakers jersey during one of his nights on the Celtics’ bench. Seattle gave him a shot, but he played in only 25 games combined in his two NBA seasons. He has enjoyed a long-term successful career playing overseas, including time in Italy, Russia, Israel and Iran.
The only curveball in all this would be if Popovich somehow gets through to Leonard and changes his mind about his insistence on leaving the Spurs. The team has operated under the assumption that Leonard’s bizarre 2017-18 season, during which he played just nine games as he healed from what many considered a relatively mild quad injury, was fueled more by his advisors than by Leonard himself. Early indications, though, are that nothing has changed with Leonard’s trade request.
If, however, Leonard pulls that 180-degree turn in the next day, and recommits to his team, this saga will have been brought to a happy close for the Spurs. That’s a longshot. It’s far more likely that the Leonard story lingers over the draft, and beyond.
The 2018 NBA Draft will be one of the deepest and most talented drafts in recent memory. With college basketball stars like DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III and Michael Porter Jr., and even an international phenom like Luka Doncic, there’s plenty of talent at the top for NBA teams looking to boost their roster and turn around their franchise.
New sales data from NFLShop.com was released on Wednesday and now we have a good look at how jerseys are selling around the country. Marshawn Lynch joining the Raiders was popular like, really, really popular.
Lynch isn’t just owning the west coast, he’s taking over a good chunk of the country. His new Raiders jersey is the biggest seller in 14 states, bested only by Tom Brady’s 17 states but it should be noted that the Patriots fanbase basically ensure he’ll naturally get six states from New England alone.
The Saints have a pair of first-round picks who could make an immediate impact with cornerback Marshon Lattimore and offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk, but Kamara plays a position RoY voters typically give preference to. The former Tennessee talent is a dynamic threat out of the backfield as both a runner and receiver, and he’ll have plenty of opportunity to shine in a New Orleans offense known for taking off the restrictor plates and letting it fly.
Reddick went from unranked walk-on college prospect to one of the nation’s most productive linebackers, recording 9.5 sacks, 22.5 tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles in his senior season at Temple. He also lit up the NFL Combine, putting up running back-style numbers at the event. His combination of athleticism, strength, and ability to grow will help him make an instant impact in his first season with the Cardinals.
Thomas, who gets his quick feet from Irish step dancing in his teens, is a versatile defensive end who can scramble passers and tailbacks with equal aplomb. He’s a big presence who can record the kind of sack numbers to sway voters this season. San Francisco’s rebuilding defensive depth chart should afford him plenty of pass-rushing chances.
The square-off came with 7:26 to play in the third quarter, when Durant was attacking the basket and took a hard foul from the Cavs’ Kevin Love. Durant took exception, and James stepped in. The jawing carried on from there.
“We weren’t coming to blows,” Durant said, “we were just talking. That’s a part of basketball. The game of basketball created that. The refs didn’t. We didn’t as players. It’s like the aura of the game created trash talk and just communication out there. So I know you could take away the physical part of the game as far as controlling stuff, but emotionally that should be us, that should be what the players have as their own out there.”
Warriors forward Draymond Green called it “good basketball conversation,” and proceeded to channel his inner old-school curmudgeon on the topic of the double-technical fouls given to Durant and James.
“I don’t understand the double tech,” Green said. “Like, what does that accomplish? If you are going to separate them, separate them. Don’t just stand there and look at them talking. Then wait for them to talk and see how long they talk, and double-technical. Just tell them to move.”
“It’s slowed down a lot,” Treadwell added. “I wouldn’t say I’m Cheap Jerseys Kids comfortable but I’m more in tune with what’s going on and how to play and how to get open in the league.”
The Vikings did sign Michael Floyd, who showed promise with the Arizona Cardinals before a DUI arrest derailed his career. But they also have to replace Cordarrelle Patterson, a 2013 first-round pick. Patterson was one of the team’s secret weapons and signed with the Oakland Raiders this offseason. He never developed into a complete receiver, but he was lethal as a returner, and the team will miss his ability Cheap Jerseys In UK to tilt field position on special teams.