The Vikings have found success in free agency the last few years along the offensive line, but it’s not something they should bank on if they hope to get back to the NFC title game. Miller is a high-upside pass-blocker who can be groomed for the left or right side.
If not for injury issues all season, Landry might have been a top-15 pick. But those concerns, coupled with other strengths in the draft class, could push Landry to the late first or even second round. The Patriots keep the Boston College standout in-state.
Minnesota Timberwolves: If you play in a league that uses double-doubles as a category, Karl-Anthony Towns’ fantasy value gets moved a notch higher. Towns’ 51 double-doubles this season are nine more than second place (Andre Drummond, 42), and Russell Westbrook (40) is the only other player with at least 40.
New Orleans Pelicans: How much has Anthony Davis turned up his numbers since DeMarcus Cousins went down, you ask? In February, Davis ranks second in the league in scoring (30.2 PPG), 12th in rebounding (11.3 RPG), third in blocks (2.3 BPG) and fifth in steals (2.1 SPG). He has also made 1.2 3PG in that 12-game span.
We all have the regret of not going to the finals, Rivers said. We had our chances. The Oklahoma year [2014, when the Clippers lost to the Thunder in the second round], which I thought was the beginning of the end, and then the Houston debacle [blowing a 3-1 series lead to the Rockets in 2015]. After that we have had a lot of injuries. We had our shot and we didn’t come through.
Despite Griffin’s five All-Star selections and six consecutive playoff appearances, Clippers executive Jerry West and the rest of the front office made the decision to part ways with the centerpiece of the franchise, proving management wants to reach more than just pretty good status. The many playoff failures and injuries eventually took their toll on a franchise that did not see this current roster as one that could finally get over the hump.
After the Lakers were fined $500,000 for Johnson’s comments about Paul George during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last year, Los Angeles will have to pay another $50,000 for Johnson’s latest violation of the league’s anti-tampering rule. In an interview with ESPN’s Nick Friedell last month, Johnson praised Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, saying he expects the Greek Freak to lead Milwaukee to a title.