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NBA Draft rumors: Handing out grades for blockbuster Sixers-Celtics trade

The trade rumors that have sent shockwaves throughout the league finally became more than rumors on Saturday night, as the Celtics agreed to trade the No. 1 overall pick to the 76ers, according to a report from David Aldridge. The 76ers, in turn, will select Washington guard Markelle Fultz first overall.

Jaden Schwartz Elite Jersey It’s hard to see how the Clippers can salvage the Paul-Griffin-DeAndre Jordan trio. But it’s still likely that the three stay together, and if LA can keep that core and persuade the Knicks to send over Anthony as part of a sign-and-trade including Redick, the Clippers would at least have one more piece who would fit well with the team’s legacy of failing to live up to their postseason potential.

Ideally, Anthony would be willing to be the team’s sixth man, allowing them to continue to start a defensive small forward like Luc Mbah a Moute. That would give the Clippers a unique weapon off the bench, and maximize their ability to expose other teams’ reserves. That would require an ego-shrink from Anthony, and that might not be in the offing. And it might not get them all that much closer to the Warriors.
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The Sixers were looking to make a splash in free agency last summer, but could not find a fit. But they’ll be doing the same this summer, and with a herd of young talent 鈥?Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric 鈥?on hand, they could be competitive sooner rather than later.

A contender in Philly, though? That’s years off still, and it would require some hypotheticals converting into reality. First, they’d need all that young talent to max out its potential. Second, they’d need health, and given the recent history of Simmons and Embiid, that’s no guarantee.

Snyder arrived in Utah with visions of a fast-breaking, Euro-style offense heavy on shooting

“The answer to whether Derrick and Rudy can play together is unequivocally yes,” Snyder said. “The bigger question is in what situations, and how best to maximize every player. On some level, you don’t know. We might find challenges that are hidden to us now.”

Snyder arrived in Utah with visions of a fast-breaking, Euro-style offense heavy on shooting. He adapted when he realized Utah might be able to build the league’s stingiest defense around Gobert and Favors.
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Jaden Schwartz Elite Jersey He slowed down the tempo, slotted Gobert and Favors at the elbows, and involved them as passers and screeners. If you want your bigs to defend their asses off, you’d better let them feel the ball on the other end.

MRI results revealed no structural damage or fractures to Williams’ ankle or foot. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that it’s more of a foot injury than an ankle injury for Williams. The plan, according to Tomlin, was to monitor Williams’ status throughout the week in hopes that he would be cleared to play, but the team would focus on ensuring Toussaint and Todman were prepared to play if he wasn’t.

Williams will be missed by the Steelers on Saturday. He started the first two games of the 2015 season for Pittsburgh while Le’Veon Bell was suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, and he assumed the bulk of the Steelers’ carries after Bell suffered season-ending MCL and PCL tears against the Bengals in Week 8. Williams has 907 yards and 11 touchdowns on 200 carries, and has added 367 yards through the air this season.

The Bengals won the AFC North in 2015, but they haven’t won a Wild Card playoff game since 1990. Despite postseason appearances in 2011 and 2014, the Steelers haven’t won a playoff game since 2010, when they beat the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round and the New York Jets in the AFC Championship before losing to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV.