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Relive some key moments and trades from the 2018 NBA Draft.


This year, we had the Nets and Hornets agree to a deal on Wednesday. But that deal was about the salaries of Howard and Timofey Mozgov a lot more than it was about what those guys do on the floor. Charlotte wanted to duck the luxury tax next season, while Brooklyn wanted to shed the extra year in Mozgov’s contract. In fact, the Nets are reportedly set to waive Howard after the trade goes through after the July moratorium.
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John Ryan Murphy (R), 3 percent, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants (LHP Andrew Suarez): Zack Greinke was on the hill for Thursday’s matinee, meaning Jeff Mathis was behind the dish. Look for Murphy to be back at it Friday. Better yet, lately he has been batting cleanup versus lefties, spurred by a .928 OPS with the platoon edge.

Rose averaged a career-low 8.4 points per game on 43.5 percent shooting last season, his 10th in the league.

From a cap perspective, the Leafs have a few contracts to hand out in the near future. William Nylander is up this summer as a restricted free agent. Matthews and Mitch Marner are up next season. Jake Gardiner goes UFA in 2020. There was talk Dominique Easley Authentic Jersey about Tavares accepting a massive first year on his deal and then signing a long-term deal after that, but the NHL wouldn’t even entertain that structure. Instead, Tavares goes $11 million annually over seven seasons, with a bonus structure that pays him 40.5 percent of the contract in the first year, basically.

All of this is great. But the parade planning is entirely contingent on how the defense, in particular, is built out. Rare is the Stanley Cup champion that doesn’t have a Grade A, if not elite, defenseman. Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes have both reupped with their teams. What the Leafs do on the blue line in the next few seasons will determine whether Tavares made the right gamble here.

Since we can’t help but provide needles for the Maple Leafs’ balloons on a blessed day like this, we now present the nightmare scenario: The defense is Authentic Dawuane Smoot Jersey the Achilles’ heel; Tavares gets the captaincy and the benefit of the doubt from the Toronto media, while Matthews plays second fiddle and receives the majority of criticism for the Leafs’ foibles; and because Tavares came home, Matthews eventually leaves for Glendale.