General manager Doug Wilson expects Thornton back in the mix before the end of the season, and we’re not doubting him. However, even if Thornton matches Shattenkirk’s speedy return to action, he’s still a week behind from when he had the surgery. Best-case scenario is probably an April return for Thornton, but that still makes him a pretty good pickup for head-to-head championships. There is no getting around the fact that Thornton is 38 years old, though, so maybe wait until we get actual word he’s one the ice again before allowing optimism to set in.
This is a poor defensive team in all areas, but especially when it comes to rim protection. But it’s no lock that in the end the Clippers end up trading DeAndre Jordan to Cleveland, LA sources say. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has not given the order to blow up the team to completely rebuild.
If Jordan remains in LA, the Cavs might then turn to Phoenix’s Tyson Chandler or Chicago’s Robin Lopez to address their Authentic Patrick Roy Jersey lack of size and shot-blocking in the middle. Both are available.
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In Kadar’s mock draft, he has the Broncos going with UCLA’s Josh Rosen. This pick would make a lot of sense!
Yes. The Steelers have until 4 p.m. ET on July 16 to reach a multi-year contract extension with Bell before he’s forced to play 2018 on a one-year deal.
If a deal isn’t reached by then, it’s not inconceivable that Bell would sit out regular season games until a deal gets done. He also told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that he wasn’t bluffing about a possible retirement.
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