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Now this is just getting ridiculous- “With three teams possibly clamoring for Tannehill, the team that holds the third pick in the draft may finally have a trade market. Whether it’s a flip-flop with the Browns or a five-spot discount with the Dolphins or a nine-position plummet with the Seahawks, three different teams could make a run at the clear shot at Tannehill. At a bare minimum, the Vikings should squeeze the Browns into a one-spot swap, like the Vikings did with the Dolphins back in 2004, when Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman was coincidentally the G.M. in Miami. Then, the Vikings could still pick tackle Matt Kalil and finagle an extra pick (maybe a third-rounder) from the Browns.” [Florio/Pro Football Talk]
Taking tanking to an art form- “Of all the games the Cavaliers play for the rest of the year there are specifically three that you must watch. Yesterday, Sir Conrad took a nice little look at the schedule as a whole and outlined some things about it. But, there are really three big games for me for obvious reasons if you read me much. These could be franchising changing games. And I hope they go our way so we jump up and win the lottery again. Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis in two consecutive years? Sounds like a conspiracy, huh? Well, that’s crap. The Cavaliers actually moved down with their pick last year from 2nd to 4th. The Clippers technically were the team who moved up. This year, it is going to be the Cavs. And it is going to be due to these three games I tell you about after the jump going well for the Wine and Gold.” [Fear the Sword]
Hey, some good news about the Browns- “At this point of the offseason, Pinkston is not required to do a thing. The new CBA strictly limits what teams can ask of players. The Browns can’t ask players to be in the building until April 16 unless they are rehabbing from injury, and players coming off injury can only use the facility to rehab and recover. They are not allowed to work with strength coaches for training or workouts.
So a player like Pinkston — who was thrust into a starting role as a rookie late in training camp after Eric Steinbach had back surgery — either works on his own, or he doesn’t. Pinkston has chosen to join an Academy where a select group of players go through offensive-line specific workouts. Alex Boone credits Bentley for saving his career. Ole Miss tackle Bobbie Massey has transformed his body after six weeks with Bentley and might be a first-round pick, which is what Bears first-round pick Gabe Carimi did a year ago.” [McManamon/The OBR]
Oof. Tough words about Kobe- “Mike Brown is the easy scapegoat. He’s replacing Phil Jackson, the greatest manager of athletic egos in the history of sports. Brown is a defensive-minded coach operating in Showtime Los Angeles. Whatever is wrong with the Lakers — and there was plenty wrong the final three quarters Thursday night inside the Staples Center against the Oklahoma City Thunder — must be traced to Brown, the coach with the audacity to bench Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum in back-to-back games. Mike Brown is clearly in over his head. Or maybe he’s not?” [Whitlock/FOX Sports]
Finally, an advanced statistics primer for you basketball fans. [Amin/Hardwood Paroxysm]