It’s Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft and things are happening. Some of the top names are off the board, but a few surprise talents still remain, like Dalvin Cook; teams will have seven minutes per pick in Round 2 and five minutes per pick in Round 3.
On Friday, the draft picks back up at 7 p.m. ET. Coverage will continue to air on ESPN and NFL Network. The ESPN coverage begins at 7 p.m. on the flagship network and then switches to ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET. A live stream will be available at both Watch ESPN and NFL.com.
Will it? Probably not. Chris Paul and J.J. Redick are also free agents. Doc Rivers is not a rebuild coach, he’s a contenders’ coach. You’ll remember that Doc fled Boston when the tank rolled into town. In Los Angeles, Doc’s not just the coach: he’s also the decision-maker in the front office. Unless that changes, Doc Rivers The GM will want to give Doc Rivers The Coach the best roster possible.
That means retaining as much of that core as possible. The Clippers’ salary cap situation does not allow the team to sign an expensive player in place of any of those guys should they leave. Sign-and-trades remain rare and unlikely to bring significant return. The options really are to re-sign these guys or watch them leave for nothing.
Two trips to the conference finals within three years would be a mark of huge success for the Rockets and one not achieved since their back-to-back championships behind Hakeem Olajuwon in the mid-1990s. These Rockets have already eclipsed the Rockets Morey inherited when he took over as GM in 2007. That Cheap USA Hockey Jerseys team starred Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady, yet only won a single playoff series. How Morey guided Houston from the end of that era to this mad science experiment without ever having a losing season is really impressive.