Thanks to some of their recent moves, including the trade of quarterback Alex Smith to Washington and cornerback Marcus Peters to the Rams, the Chiefs should have about $20 million to spend when the league year begins. While that total won’t allow the Chiefs to win many bidding wars, they can be effective at lower levels in filling some holes on their roster. Kansas City could use pass-rushing help and a veteran to back up Patrick Mahomes II, among other needs. — Adam Teicher
The Heat were a hot team when Dragic was picked to replace Kevin Love in the All-Star Game two weeks ago, so there was some justification for his selection despite so-so production (17.4 points, 4.7 assists per game). But the Heat have dropped seven of their last eight, and Dragic’s spot now seems a little out of place.
Walker is averaging 22.9 points and 5.8 assists per game while shooting just 42.3 percent from the field. But the Hornets are nine games under .500, rendering his stats a bit meaningless. But the East field was wracked by injuries, so someone had to fill the spots. Probably should have been Ben Simmons, but it’s Walker instead.
Since 1980, 27 running backs have been selected with top five picks. The list includes four members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but it also includes a substantial list of busts. That’s the risk with taking a running back that high.
Sporting News ranked those 27 backs based on their NFL careers. Most of them didn’t finish with the team that drafted them.
New York Knicks: Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Wednesday that he plans to give younger players such as Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke more minutes the rest of the season. This is bad news for those of you with Jarrett Jack on your team, as it appears that veterans such as Jack will likely see their roles diminish in the months ahead.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook might not be putting up numbers at the same rate he did a season ago, but his 17 triple-doubles are more than that of second (LeBron James, 10) and third place (Ben Simmons, 6) combined. Westbrook comes out of the All-Star break ranked eighth in scoring (25.4 PPG), first in assists (10.4 APG), fifth in steals (2.0 SPG) and 13th in rebounds (9.4 RPG).