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Cheap Authentic Zach LaVine NBA Stitched Jersey

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Out of the three players the Bulls got back in June’s Jimmy Butler trade, Zach LaVine is the one with the greatest potential to make or break their future. Despite his limited skill set, his improved shooting and explosive athleticism give him clear star potential. Combined with his age (22), it’s clear he’s going to be a part of the Bulls’ plan for years to come as they undertake a full rebuild.

But unlike Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen, LaVine doesn’t come with years of team control on a cheap rookie contract. He’ll make $3.2 million this coming season, his fourth, before hitting restricted free agency in July 2018. Depending on how this season goes, LaVine could be in line for a huge payday — north of $20 million annually, in all likelihood.

The biggest variable in the amount of money LaVine could make is his health. He suffered a torn left ACL on Feb. 4, which has the potential to affect his explosiveness going forward. All signs have been positive when it comes to LaVine’s rehab from the injury, but there is no clear timetable for when he’ll be back on the court. All signs are that the Bulls will be conservative in their approach.

“I’m feeling really good,” LaVine said in June, at the Bulls’ press conference following the Butler trade. “I’m wholesale nba jerseys attacking this injury like I do everything in life, working my butt off for it every day, in the gym and doing as much as possible. There’s always that base timeline of nine to 12 months with it. I feel like with my ability, I’m able to come back early. But I really haven’t set a timetable for that. I’m very confident that I’ll come back better. This has given me time to work on my mental game, my strength and learn the game more. I have no fear at all coming back from this.”

LaVine has since said that he expects to be ready to play when training camp begins in late September. It’s a nice thought, but in a rebuilding year, the Bulls have no reason to let him play that early in the calendar. Don’t expect him back before January at the earliest, and even then he’ll almost definitely be on a minutes limit, and probably not playing on back-to-backs, either. The Bulls aren’t expecting to win games next year, and LaVine is too important to their long-term future to not be cautious with his health.

All of which is going to make for an interesting decision for the Bulls and for LaVine before the Oct. 15 rookie extension deadline. Depending on where the salary cap lands, LaVine will be eligible for an extension somewhere above $100 million over four years, the same as the max offer sheet he can sign with another team next summer. Given his talent and upside, it seems likely on the surface that if he hits free agency, another team will throw big money at him, like the Brooklyn Nets did with Otto Porter, the best restricted free agent on the market this summer. (Porter signed a four-year, $106 million offer sheet with the Nets, which the Wizards matched.)

If LaVine signs an offer sheet with another team, there’s virtually no scenario in which the Bulls wouldn’t match it, even if it’s for close to the max. It could hurt their cap sheet to pay LaVine that much, but it will hurt more if they let the centerpiece of the Butler trade walk over a few million dollars. If LaVine isn’t willing to take anything less than the max, it makes sense to wait until next summer.

But holding out for the absolute most money is a gamble for LaVine, one that could wind up costing him if he and his agent misread the market. It’s no guarantee that he will get a huge deal next summer, especially with his current uncertain health status. The market this summer hasn’t been strong for restricted free agents. Porter and Tim Hardaway, Jr. got paid, but it’s been a tough climate for everyone else. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope signed a one-year deal with the Lakers after Detroit pulled his qualifying offer, and Washington’s Bojan Bogdanovic signed a disappointing two-year, $21 million deal with the Pacers. Dallas’ Nerlens Noel and Memphis’ JaMychal Green are still unsigned, and the Bulls themselves are currently locked in a contract stalemate with Nikola Mirotic, who hasn’t been able to get leverage from other offers.

It’s not going to get better next summer. According to a recent story from ESPN.com’s Tim MacMahon and Bobby Marks, executives and agents around the league are expecting a “nuclear winter” when it comes to the size of free-agent deals next year, a market correction from the spending frenzy that was 2016 free agency. If LaVine has a setback in his injury rehab, or isn’t the same player coming back that he was before the injury, there may not be a team out there willing to toss him the kind of offer sheet that might make the Bulls think twice about matching. He might find himself in Mirotic’s position, going into free agency hoping for a huge deal and inevitably being forced to sign a smaller one (as Mirotic is expected to do by the start of the season).

Signing an extension before the October deadline might make the most sense both for LaVine and for the Bulls. Given how hesitant teams have been to sign long-term deals this summer, LaVine may be willing to take a discount off his max (say, a four-year deal worth between $70 and $80 million, rather than $100-plus) in exchange for four guaranteed years. If he hits the market after anything less than a stellar year, he might be stuck choosing between shorter-term deals or taking a smaller deal from the Bulls.

In the best-case scenario, LaVine comes back fully healthy from the knee injury and proves himself to be worthy of a max contract the Bulls will be more than happy to pay him. But there are a lot of variables that could prevent this from being the case, from his health to an uncertain free-agent landscape. How LaVine and the Bulls navigate it between now and October will be worth keeping an eye on as the team positions LaVine as a core piece of its future.

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LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul and James Harden have been training together since the Houston Rockets acquired Paul from the LA Clippers in a trade last month. They made their public debut as teammates Sunday in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Los Angeles’ famed Drew League.

Harden finished with game highs of 27 points and 12 rebounds, while adding six assists and two steals for his LAUNFD (pronounced “L.A. Unified”) team, which pulled out an 83-81 win over a Home Town Favorites team that featured current NBA players Jordan cheap authentic jerseys Bell, Delon Wright and Tim Hardaway Jr.

In the first half, the two point guards, who now must learn to share a backcourt, seemed to trade off ballhandling and playmaking duties with one player firmly in control of the possession and the other spotting up to shoot. But as the game went on, there was more synergy to their games.

It’s a harmonizing process they’ve worked on all summer, in open-court runs in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. It’ll continue in the fall as well, as Rockets teammate Bobby Brown said the team is planning to continue to train together in L.A., then again in the Bahamas in late August.

It was something the Rockets did last summer as well, as they began learning coach Mike D’Antoni’s offense and facilitating Harden’s change to a lead guard position.

“That really helped us jell last year,” Brown said.

Despite playing for the Clippers for the previous six seasons, Paul had never played in the Drew League before Sunday’s game.

Paul watched Harden the week before, though, and he shook off a slow start to finish with 13 points and 10-assists. Before the prior week’s game, Brown informed Paul that he would need to play in order to be eligible for the Drew League playoffs that will start Friday.

“CP came to the game last week and he was itching to play,” Brown said. “After that, he texted me saying, ‘Yo, I want to play. Think it would be cool if I could play with y’all?’ I said, ‘No problem. It’s the Drew League, you haven’t played yet. You get your shine, you get your welcoming to the Drew on a good team, with your brother.’

“That was an easy call. He had fun,” added Brown, a four-time Drew League champion. “JH always has fun. Me and James have been playing together for the third year in a row.”

It was a star-studded event for the Drew League. Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade made it to the game to watch courtside, along with Toronto Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan, who played earlier in the day with Nick Young of the Golden State Warriors and Julius Randle of the Los Angeles Lakers.

“There were hundreds of people outside waiting, coming and going because they couldn’t get in,” Drew League commissioner Chaniel Smiley said of the packed crowd Sunday. “Today’s crowd had to be on my top-two list.”

LAUNFD started the game with Harden, Paul, Bobby Brown, former NBA player Pooh Jeter, and 2018 ESPN 100 top high school player Marvin Bagley III. Home Town Favorites started Delon Wright, 12-year NBA veteran Dorell Wright, Hardaway, Golden State Warriors rookie Jordan Bell and USC sophomore DeAnthony Melton.

The stakes were actually high for Harden and Paul’s LAUNFD team, as they had to win to make the league’s postseason. Home Town Favorites got off to the fast start, getting 11 first quarter points from Hardaway to lead 29-22. Home Town Favorites led at halftime 44-40, with Paul making only one-of-eight from the field.

But Paul turned it on in the third quarter, making three 3-pointers and showing off his handle along the baseline at one point before making a step-back to force a Home Town Favorites timeout. LAUNFD outscored Home Town Favorites 26-9 in the third quarter before holding on to win.

LAUNFD played a lot like the Houston Rockets that GM Daryl Morey has fostered this decade, making and attempting more 3-pointers (16-of-44) than 2-pointers (15-of-35). Harden (6-of-15 on 3s) and Paul (3-of-11 on 3s) were a big part of that offensive mix, something that Brown noted was intentional.

“At the end of the day, our strong suit is shooting 3s,” Brown said. “We knew what type of game it was going to be. We knew the type of players we had. We just stuck through to the end and we came out with the win.”

At one point late in the game, Harden was stripped of the ball by Dorell Wright, leaving Harden shaken up and holding his left thumb. Harden would finish the game, but it was an uncomfortable moment for Houston Rockets CEO Tad Brown, who was sitting courtside.

“It was fun,” Brown said about the game. “It got a little suspect there when James wrecked his thumb. But overall, it was fun.”

It was reported that Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook would suit up for Home Town Favorites, and while Wright explained that there were conversations about Westbrook playing, he said that Westbrook is “in a different situation than a lot of us.”

“We talk about it often, you know, for the past few years. He wants to get out here,” said Wright, who, like Westbrook, went to Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, California. “[Westbrook] has a lot on the table right now. I’m pretty sure that whatever he had going on today, he had to handle that.

“He’ll get out here one of these days, and everybody will be pretty happy,” Wright added.

If Westbrook would have played, he would have had to negotiate with Melton to wear his signature No. 0.

“No, no, no, no,” Melton said when asked if he would have given up the number to Westbrook. “OK, maybe, we’ll see, I don’t know. He didn’t come, so that’s all we know,” Melton added with a smile on his face.

The Drew League will continue into August as they prepare to host Jamal Crawford and the Seattle Pro-Am “The Crawsover” in Los Angeles on Wednesday for an invitational. The next two weekends will be Drew League playoffs, which Harden and Paul will now be eligible to play in.

Cheap Authentic Chris Paul NBA Stitched Jersey

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LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul and James Harden have been training together since the Houston Rockets acquired Paul from the LA Clippers in a trade last month. They made their public debut as teammates Sunday in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Los Angeles’ famed Drew League.

Harden finished with game highs of 27 points and 12 rebounds, while adding six assists and two steals for his LAUNFD (pronounced “L.A. Unified”) team, which pulled out an 83-81 win over a Home Town Favorites team that featured current NBA players Jordan Bell, Delon Wright and Tim Hardaway Jr.

In the first half, the two point guards, who now must learn to share a backcourt, seemed to trade off ballhandling and playmaking duties with one player firmly in control of the possession and the other spotting up to shoot. But as the game went on, there was more synergy to their games.

It’s a harmonizing process they’ve worked on all summer, in open-court runs in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. It’ll continue in the fall as well, as Rockets teammate Bobby Brown said the team is planning to continue to train together in L.A., then again in the Bahamas in late August.

It was something the Rockets did last summer as well, as they began learning coach Mike D’Antoni’s offense and facilitating Harden’s change to a lead guard position.

“That really helped us jell last year,” Brown said.

Despite playing for the Clippers for the previous six seasons, Paul cheap jerseys China had never played in the Drew League before Sunday’s game.

Paul watched Harden the week before, though, and he shook off a slow start to finish with 13 points and 10-assists. Before the prior week’s game, Brown informed Paul that he would need to play in order to be eligible for the Drew League playoffs that will start Friday.

“CP came to the game last week and he was itching to play,” Brown said. “After that, he texted me saying, ‘Yo, I want to play. Think it would be cool if I could play with y’all?’ I said, ‘No problem. It’s the Drew League, you haven’t played yet. You get your shine, you get your welcoming to the Drew on a good team, with your brother.’

“That was an easy call. He had fun,” added Brown, a four-time Drew League champion. “JH always has fun. Me and James have been playing together for the third year in a row.”

It was a star-studded event for the Drew League. Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade made it to the game to watch courtside, along with Toronto Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan, who played earlier in the day with Nick Young of the Golden State Warriors and Julius Randle of the Los Angeles Lakers.