The Rams addressed a major need at a minimal cost when they agreed to acquire shutdown cornerback Marcus Peters from the Chiefs, a move that changed the dynamic of their entire offseason. They’re now projected at just under $40 million in salary-cap space, and a lot of that money will probably be allocated to their own players.
Millsap was also a vital part of the Hawks’ 60-win season in 2014-15, when he and three other starters earned All-Star berths. His star status dipped in 2017 after the Hawks lost Al Horford to the Celtics; Atlanta failed to secure home-court advantage in the playoffs and then got bounced in the first round.
In the four seasons Butler was a starter in Chicago, he averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.8 steals. Only Russell Westbrook and James Harden had better stat lines during that span, and both of them averaged �� or came close to averaging �� a triple-double last season.
Butler grew from a raw, athletic talent to one of the best two-way players in the NBA during his years with the Bulls. His trade saga was handled poorly from a PR standpoint, but the team did him a favor when it traded him to a contender and away from a rebuilding squad. Even though the Bulls failed to reach great heights with Butler, anyone who can be considered the team’s best player deserves a tribute �� especially one who was this good.
The Heisman Trophy winner enjoyed back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with 13 TDs in each of his first two years, and added a third 1,000-yard season two years later. Sims’ career was cut short by a devastating knee injury midway through the 1984 season, however. That ended what could have been a Hall-of-Fame career.
Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry is an imperfect fantasy point guard, and if you have him on your roster this season, you know what we are getting at. His shooting is down (41.8 percent), as are his scoring (16.6), assists (6.5) and steals (1.2), but he is also making 3.0 3PG and averaging a career-best 5.7 RPG. The 12th year pro might not be a top-50 fantasy option for much longer beyond this season, which is something to think about in keeper leagues.