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NBA Drafts Its Future

Between NFL football, the NBA Draft and MLB offseason rumors, there has been plenty of news circulating in the sports world. Here are some of the major stories from the last week.

Teams Hope Draft Picks Lead Them To Success

The NBA draft came and went on Wednesday, and for many teams, there is a newfound sense of optimism. Every team hopes that they can find the next LeBron James or Giannis Antetokounmpo, and many teams walked away Wednesday night thinking exactly that.

No teams may feel this way more than the Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, and Charlotte Hornets, who all owned picks in the top three.

For the Timberwolves, they chose guard Anthony Edwards out of Georgia with the first overall pick. In 32 games last season, Edwards averaged 19.1 points on 40.2% shooting, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

For the Warriors, there was a lot of chatter they could look to move the No. 2 pick, but they ultimately chose to keep the pick and use it on big man James Wiseman from Memphis. Due to violations with payments in college, Wiseman only played three games but averaged 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds in that span.

The third pick went to Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets, who chose point guard LaMelo Ball. Last year, Ball played with the Illawarra of the NBL Australia league and averaged 17 points, 7.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

Rounding out the top five were the Bulls, who chose forward Patrick Williams out of Florida State, and the Cavaliers, who chose forward Isaac Okoro out of Auburn.

Cano Suspended

According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the New York Mets will be without second baseman Robinson Cano this season as he has tested positive for Stanozolol, a PED that will cost Cano 162 games. The reason for the lengthy suspension is that this is his second positive test in just the last few years.

This is quite the costly outcome for Cano, who will forfeit his $24 million salary. This could have even further ramifications if the 2021 season is shortened at all, as the suspension is not for a single season but the full 162 games.

Last season, in 171 at-bats, Cano hit .316/.352/.544 with 10 home runs, 30 runs batted in and 23 runs scored. The 38-year-old is signed through 2023, so he will have at least a couple more seasons of play.

However, he has significantly tarnished his legacy. He was on the verge of a Hall-of-Fame type career, but that is presumably in significant jeopardy at this point.

The Mariners may be somewhat happy with the outcome, though, as they were still on the hook for just under $4 million of his contract this season. This was money they had assumed after trading him to the Mets, but it is a sum they will no longer have to pay.

Howard Cut, Finds New Team

The Miami Dolphins opted to cut veteran running back Jordan Howard this week, but it did not take long for him to find a new team. Howard is expected to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

In five games this season, Howard has rushed 28 times for 33 yards and four touchdowns. Needless to say, his 1.2 yards per carry leave something to be desired.

Still, at 26 years of age and having played for the Eagles last season, the two are familiar with each other and are hoping that Howard can help give them depth in the backfield.

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