Taj Gibson and Tom Thibodeau are together again. The former Bulls forward has agreed to a two-year, $28 million deal with Thibodeau’s Timberwolves, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.
The move reunites Gibson with the head coach that shepherded his rise as an NBA player. Gibson played with Thibodeau from 2010 to 2015, emerging as one of the league’s best defensive big men off the bench and an avatar for Thibodeau’s toughness. Now, Thibodeau hopes that he and Jimmy Butler — another Thibodeau loyalist from the Chicago days — can bring that patented tenacity to a young Wolves core.
The 32-year-old Gibson was traded from Chicago to Oklahoma City last trade deadline, where he became a spot starter for Russell Westbrook’s crew. He averaged 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per game split between the two spots. He could start at power forward or play behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng.
What did Waiters do in 2016-17? He went out and balled and had fun. Everything else took care Cheap Authentic Baseball Jerseys of Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys itself. Miami was a late-season shocker, going on a 30-11 run in the second half and coming within one game of the playoffs. Waiters racked up clutch buckets as a go-to scorer for a defense-first, athletic squad.
He often looked like the second coming of Joe Johnson. You know what Joe Johnson’s greatest NBA skill is? Getting paid. Now Waiters has that in his repertoire, too.
The Waiters turnaround is complete — another masterful piece of work by Pat Riley. Remember how heavily Waiters credits Riley in that seminal, Pulitzer-worthy Players’ Tribune piece?
The Redskins say general manager Scot McCloughan will return to the team, although no date or timeframe has been given.
McCloughan, who is not attending the NFL Combine, has been dealing with a family issue. Team president Bruce Allen gave no indication McCloughan’s position is in jeopardy after a report said McCloughan was asked to leave the team.
“Scot’s a great guy. Anyone who knows him knows he’s a great guy,” Allen told a Nashville radio show (via ESPN). “He’s dealing with some family matters now. His grandmother died a week or so ago. So he’s dealing with that right now.”
McCloughan, 46, refuted the report as well. His battle with alcohol addiction in the past has been widely reported. Former tight end Chris Cooley raised eyebrows recently on ESPN Radio by asking “Is he drinking again?”
Clement is hoping to add to the recent success of former teammates James White, who has won two Super Bowl titles in three years with the Patriots, and Melvin Gordon, who came up 3 yards shy of 1,000 in his second season with the Chargers despite missing three games because of a late-season hip injury. Gordon found the end zone 10 times and played in his first Pro Bowl.
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Alex Tuch, Jordan Greenway, and Kirill Kaprizov are going to be wingers. Which leaves Luke Kunin. Kunin was drafted with the expectation of being a center, but that perhaps is changing. While Kunin played down the middle for Team USA at the World Junior Championships, he excelled along the wing at the University of Wisconsin. There’s a real chance that, like Granlund, Kunin’s game would translate best to the wing.
That means soon as next summer, Minnesota may have just Staal and Eriksson Ek down the middle.
Minnesota may not be able to keep Martin Hanzal. And if they don’t, it’s probably not the end of the world. But if they don’t keep him, they’ll need someone to solidify the middle of the ice for them.
And Hanzal, while not being flashy or remarkable, did Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys that. Unless Minnesota can find a way to bring in an elite centerman into the fold, they probably won’t upgrade over Hanzal, either. So given all that, if they find themselves on July 1st without a unicorn star center, then they could do a lot worse than bite the bullet and bring Hanzal back.
If that meant having a once-in-a-generation season, so be it. If it required breaking Oscar Robertson’s triple-double record and blazing new trails in the history books with the highest usage rate in NBA history, so be it. If it meant leading the league in points per game, constantly dragging his team back from double-digit deficits and stressing himself to the physical, mental, and emotional limit, so be it.
He was going to go supernova in a lost season because it was the only way for them to win.