The NFL's highest-paid defensive players in salary, guaranteed money and total contract value

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    July 2020 was a big-money month for some of the NFL's best defensive players. The latest superstar to be rewarded with a lucrative long-term extension was Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 draft has followed his rookie deal with five more years for $135 million. His $102 million guaranteed sets a record for defenders across positions.

    That makes Bosa the new highest-paid defensive player ever in the NFL. Two weeks ago, both Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (No. 1 overall in 2017) and Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones (No. 37 overall in 2016) were rewarded for being top front-four performers.

    MORE: The NFL's highest-paid quarterbacks

    All three are now in exclusive company with those who have recently signed megadeals before them. That includes three big-name recent former NFL defensive players of the year — the Rams' Aaron Donald, the Bears' Khalil Mack and the Texans' J.J. Watt.

    Here's a breakdown using the three most important criteria to measure the league's most well-compensated impact defenders. Most are known for their ability to get to the quarterback, from either outside or inside.

    NFL's highest-paid defensive players

      Average annual salaryRankSalaryPlayerTeam1.$27 millionJoey Bosa, DEChargers2.$25 millionMyles Garrett, DEBrowns3.$23.5 millionKhailil Mack, OLBB[......]


    Aaron Rodgers dodges questions on Packers future during The Match 4: 'We'll see'

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    Aaron Rodgers is a master at evading sacks — and questions.

    The Packers quarterback teamed up with Bryson DeChambeau to face off against the pairing of Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson in "The Match 4" on Tuesday afternoon. While the fairway is different from the gridiron, Rodgers demonstrated an innate ability to wiggle out of tough situations.

    When asked who's going to be under center for Packers vs. Bears this year, Rodgers provided a total, complete non-answer, proving wholly unsatisfactory 夜网论坛for those of us begging for any bit of update on his situation with the Packers.

    MORE: Timeline of the rift between Rodgers and Packers

    "Yeah, I don't know, BA (Brian Anderson), we'll see," Rodgers said.

    When prodded again, this time more specifically from Anderson with the opening date of Packers vs. Saints, Rodgers played coy.

    "How about Sept. 12, then. Will you go for that one?"

    "What's that one?" Rodgers said.

    "That would be the opener against the Saints," Anderson said. 

    "Ooooohhhh. Yeah, I don't know, BA, we'll see," Rodgers repeated. 

    Really, Rodgers' non-answers have been … par for the course. 

    Earlier in the week, Ro[......]


    NBA Playoffs: Nets' Kevin Garnett posts first ever scoreless playoff game

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    Brooklyn Nets center Kevin Garnett had played in 138 career playoff games over 14 appearances prior to his team's second-round matchup with the Miami Heat. He had scored in each of them.

    When Tuesday's Game 1 ended, however, Garnett's had played through the first scoreless playoff performance of his career. The Brooklyn 夜网论坛Nets were defeated, 107-86, and Garnett left little imprint on the game. 

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    Remember, Garnett earned the nickname "Big Ticket" because of his proven ability to stuff the stat sheet. That being the case, Tuesday's stat line was as far from classic Garnett as you can get. It read like this: 0 points, 4 rebounds, 0 assists and 1 steal in 16 minutes.

    In Garnett's defense, he is not "The Kid" anymore. The Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors in a Game 7 road win on Sunday and traveled down to Miami for Tuesday. Garnett was better on the first day, posting 12 points and 11 rebounds in 25 minutes in a series-clinching win. 

    Tuesday wasn't too much of a departure from Garnett's season. He has struggled with injury in his older age and posted meek averages of 6.5 points and 6.6 rebounds over 54 games this year.



    Paul George cries foul after Heat take Game 4

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    MIAMI — The stat sheet from Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals told quite a story. It said Miami never trailed, that Indiana's All-Star center failed to contribute a single point, that the night's two leading scorers were wearing Heat uniforms and that the Pacers committed twice as many turnovers as they forced.

    Paul George apparently saw something else.

    MORE: Heat take 3-1 lead | Bad idea | Stephenson's stance | Eastern Conference gallery

    "We outplayed them," the Indiana star said, adding, "They won this game at the free-throw line."

    With that, the storyline surrounding this series went from revolving around something an Indiana player said to, well, revolving around something else an Indiana player said. Almost overlooked amid all the dramatics: For Miami, what would be a historic fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals is now just one win away.

    LeBron James had 32 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Bosh added 25 points — nearly matching his output from the first three games of the series combined — and the Heat grabbed total control of the East title series by topping the Indiana Pacers 102-90 Monday night. The Heat lead the series 3-1, with Game 5 in Indianapolis on Wednesday night.

    "I'm motivated enough to try to get back to the Finals," James said. "That's motivating enough."

    MORE: Stephenson poked the bear, James mauled the Pacers

    George scored 23 points and David West finished with 20 points and 12 rebou[......]


    Kobe Bryant on Ferguson: System enables young black men to be killed

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    Kobe Bryant's often entertaining Twitter account has gone relatively silent during this trying Lakers season, save for a few tweets endorsing his sports drink of choice, Body Armor.

    But on Tuesday, Bryant broke his Twitter hiatus to speak about the Ferguson decision.

    Bryant joined LeBron James and Adrian Peterson in expressing disappointment and sho夜网论坛ck that officer Darren Wilson was not indicted for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, which took place on Aug. 9.



    Kevin Durant gets law degree in three days

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    Kevin Durant can school you on the夜网论坛 hardwood, in the books and now in the courtroom.

    In the midst of a long, injury-plagued season, the reigning MVP found time to go back to school and receive the world's fastest law degree.

    MORE: New KD sneakers | Dwight Howard's hideous jacket | Magic Johnson challenges Jim Buss

    On Sunday, Durant announced his plans over All-Star break, even though he's slated to play in the game and probably attend dozens of other events.

    On Tuesday, he showed just how serious he is about his educational endeavor. Also, check out the speed-reading!

    One day later, Durant is officially a graduate of the Seat Pleasant University law program.

    Notice, the seal on the diploma says "Half Court" and includes part of the basketball court. While a simple Google search didn't find a "Seat Pleasant University," there is a town of Seat Pleasant just outside of D.C. Could this be a hint to his free agency plans? I'll let Wizards conspiracy theorists handle that one.

    But, what does it all mean?



    Stephen Curry's daughter Riley plants a big kiss on new little sister Ryan

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    Stephen Curry has a lot to be proud of these days. 

    There's his NBA MVP, 3-point contest win and first title. His daughter Riley recently turned three and he and his wife, Ayesha, just celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary. Now, he can add one more bullet point to an already decorated personal and professional resume. There doesn't—at least for the moment—appear to be any sibling rivalry in the Curry household. Tuesday, Curry posted picture of Riley planting a big one on the family's newest addition--baby girl Ryan. Cue the "Awwww" button. 

    MORE: Cute children at news conferences | Classic photos of Steph Curry 


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    A photo posted by Wardell Curry (@stephencurry30) on Aug 4, 2015 at 12:48pm PDT

    Yup, it was love at first sight for Riley and Ryan.


    I'm wayyyyy up I feel Blessed! God is Great. Thanks to the doctors and staff at Alta Bates for taking care of m夜网论坛y girls, especially Dr. Poddatori. Healthy baby and @ayeshacurry is all I prayed for. #prouddaddy

    A photo posted by Wardell Curry (@stephencurry30) on Jul 14, 2015 at 12:21pm PDT



    When is the 2016 NBA trade deadline?

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    It's NBA trade deadline season, which means plenty of rumors flying everywhere and, if it's anything like last year, perhaps some action. Here is a quick primer on what you need to know.

    When is the NBA trade deadline?

    All trades must be sent to the NBA by 3 p.m. ET Thursday, Feb. 17. That means that while trades might still be getting reported in the hours afterward, things usually are sewn up and clarified by the end of the business day Thursday.

    MORE: 15 worst, most untradable contracts in the NBA

    Can trades happen after the NBA trade deadline?

    No. Major League Baseball has a system that allows teams to trade players who clear waivers. The NBA does not. Waiving a player makes him a free agent. In the NBA, teams will have to wait until after their seasons end to make trades.

    MORE: 11 teams with very real goals for the trade deadline

    What are t夜网论坛he salary cap rules in NBA trading?

    These are complicated, and we recommend a quick glance at Larry Coon's Salary Cap FAQ for more detail. But in short, most NBA teams are at or above the salary cap. But the NBA has a soft salary cap, which means teams can trade players whose contracts are of similiar value.

    This can become complex because of extensions and other quirks in contracts, so we'll just suggest you use the trade check machines at RealGM or ESPN to see if the deal you want your team to make actually works. For teams below the salary cap who will stay below the sala[......]


    Baron Davis, 36, expected to sign with 76ers' D-League team

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    Two-time NBA All-Star Baron Davis is on the verge of signing a contract with the Delaware 87ers, the Philadelphia 76ers' NBA Development League affiliate, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. 

    Davis, 36, last played in the NBA in 2012 — averaging 20.5 minutes with the New York Knicks — until he tore the ACL, MCL and patellar tendon in his right knee during the playoffs.

    MORE: 2016 NBA Draft Big Board | Pat Riley's two-year plan 

    According to sources with The Vertical, as long as Davis reports in shape, Delaware will move forward with the signing. Davis is expected to debut for Delaware in Friday's home game against Iowa, the sources said.

    In January, Davis's agent told Yahoo! Sports that Davis hoped to sign a D-League contract this season. 

    Davis was the third overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft.



    Centers in the NBA still play an important strategic role

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    What's the best way to use a center in today's NBA? Originally answered July 7, 2016.

    This question originally appeared on Quora, the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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    Answer by Srikar Mylavarapu:

    In the NBA, because of the rise of the analytics generation, the increased efficiency and accuracy of 3-point shooters, and the rule changes that make the game less physical, you’d think that centers are a dying breed.

    I’d argue centers are the most important position in the NBA, especially considering the rise of the 3 point shot. The 3-point shot is amazing, but it’s only efficient if you’re open (or your name is either Steph or Klay). If you can force a team to be a purely jump-shooting team, you’ll have a much easier time defending it.

    Centers are almost always the best rebounders and the best rim protectors. If teams can stop opponents from driving to the rim and then rebound all their misses, they will almost certainly be able to win the game. Centers are used to meet those two objectives.

    MORE FROM QUORA: Why don't NBA players choose uniform numbers above 55?

    Centers in the modern NBA have a unique problem — the pick-and-roll. A 1-5 (point guard-center) PNR is incredibly common; the play can force the defending center to switch onto the point[......]