The Timberwolves took a step in 2017-18 with their first postseason appearance since 2003-04.
The accelerated rebuild that started in June with the trade for Jimmy Butler now enters an offseason of continued expectations — not just to appear in the playoffs, but advance past the last week of April.
Barkley, of course, will not have an elite offensive line.
Their play-action I think will go to an entirely different level, Martin said.
Defensive coordinators will have sleepless nights plotting against both Barkley and Beckham.
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I always measure a person’s desire to compete, and you could tell his competitive level is just so high, Martin said. He’s one of those guys who hates to lose.
More so than anyone in the draft that I see, if I had to bet on someone in a gold jacket, I would bet on Saquon Barkley.
Our NBA Insiders give four deals that work, either heading into the draft or in free agency.
Kevin Pelton: From the Lakers’ perspective, I wouldn’t be willing to offer any more than Ingram, given the possibility of signing Leonard via free agency next summer. But there is value to getting Leonard a year early, when Marcell Dareus Jersey he still counts just $20.1 million against L.A.’s cap.
As a result, by stretching Luol Deng’s contract, the Lakers would have enough flexibility to acquire Leonard, sign a max free agent (say, LeBron James), retain matching rights on restricted free agent Julius Randle and still have an amount similar to the non-taxpayer midlevel exception available to sign another free agent. Perhaps that would be enough to bring back Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on another one-year deal before re-signing him to a long-term contract in the summer of 2019.
Given all that, I think the Lakers could part with Ingram, despite the promise he has shown at age 20.