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Now that the Denver Nuggets have a player they coveted in the NBA draft Adidas Derick Brassard Jersey , their focus shifts to the start of free agency next week.

Michael Porter Jr. went to the Nuggets at No. 14 Thursday night, giving them a potential impact player. Now the priority this offseason is keeping their own free agents and locking down the face of the franchise.

Center and budding superstar Nikola Jokic is the top priority, and president of basketball operations Tim Connelly has said the Nuggets want to sign him to a long-term contract before he hits the market next summer.

”Nikola’s going to be here for a long, long time,” Connelly said. ”Whatever we do, we’re going to ensure that he’s here as long as possible. We’ll talk to Nikola, his brothers and his representation and he’ll be in Denver for a long, long time. He’ll be buying here.”

Will Barton is an unrestricted free agent and forward Wilson Chandler can opt out of the last year of his deal. Connelly said the Nuggets want to retain both.

”Will Barton is still a priority Reuben Foster Jersey Youth ,” Connelly said.

Barton was versatile and valuable for Denver coming off the bench or in the starting lineup. His 15.7 points a game were fourth on the team playing small forward and both backcourt positions. He started 40 of the 81 games he played.

Swingman Torrey Craig, 27, who split time last season with the developmental G League and the Nuggets on a two-way contract, also is a free agent.

Porter can help alleviate the potential loss of those three because he can play small forward, but health is an issue for him. The 6-foot-10 forward was considered a top-five pick before a back injury that required surgery limited him to three games at Missouri last year.

His back and hip soreness during pre-draft workouts knocked him from the top of the draft to the last pick of the lottery where Denver grabbed him, but Porter said he’s ready to go and will put himself in the hands of Denver’s medical staff.

”They’re going to put a plan together for me,” he said. ”Sometimes, even if you feel really good Cheap Jamal Adams Jersey , they want you to feel even better before they put you on the floor. It’s all on what the team wants me to do, but I feel like I can play immediately.”

Picking Porter as well as getting Jarred Vanderbilt and Thomas Welsh in the second round on Thursday stockpiled Denver’s roster, but it won’t change the blueprint for next month.

”The draft was going to have very little impact on free agency,” Connelly said. ”The guys that are up we want to keep, and we’re going to be aggressive trying to keep them.”



Like most of the Patriots players, Trey Flowers generally stays under the radar.

Flowers has made his loudest impact on the field and emerged as a key part of the defense during the runs to the Super Bowl in the past two seasons.

Flowers has become one of the leaders on a defense that has finally found some stability after struggling to stop teams early in the season. He has helped fill the void created by Dont’a Hightower’s season-ending shoulder injury.

Flowers missed all but one game during his rookie season in 2015 before being placed on injured reserve because of knee and shoulder issues.

He returned in 2016 and appeared in all 16 regular-season games, leading the team with seven sacks. His production continued in the playoffs, where he added 2+ sacks.

The 24-year-old has been equally impressive this season.

Flowers again led the team with 6+ sacks Jordan Howard Jersey , despite missing back-to-back games in December with a rib injury. But he had 12 tackles and a half-sack over his final three games. It was his best three-game stretch of the regular season.

He’s added another sack and eight tackles since the start of the postseason.

Flowers credits the defense’s weekly preparation for creating the opportunities he’s had.

”I think a lot of guys can make plays at any given time,” Flowers said. ”You’ve got a lot of playmakers in this locker room so it’s just one of those things where you’ve got to deal with all of us. Once everybody prepares well and gets ready for the game and things like that, any given down somebody can make a play.”

He said getting back to the Super Bowl is proof of how far the defense has progressed since it ranked at the bottom of the NFL in total defense for nine consecutive weeks during the regular season.

”It’s big. Just the fashion of how we got to (the Super Bowl),” Flowers said. ”It took complete, four-quarter games. It took everybody. It’s pretty big.”

Defensive captain Devin McCourty said the time Flowers has put in over the past two seasons is recognizable to his teammates.

”If you guys talk to Trey you can see he doesn’t talk a lot. He’s not a man of many words,” McCourty said. ”I think that the thing I see from him is now when he feels like it’s time to say something and he wants to say something, it usually makes a big impact on the team because guys know his work ethic.

”They know how much he cares about playing well individually and the success of the team. When he speaks, guys tend to listen.”

Coach Bill Belichick said Flowers is displaying the same conditioning and ability to finish games now they saw when they first scouted him at Arkansas.

”He plays hard Connor Williams Cowboys Jersey , pursues the ball well, played a lot of plays at Arkansas (and) wasn’t substituted for a lot. He was in there and played a lot of important plays, kind of as you would expect him to be given the caliber of his play,” Belichick said. ”He can do a lot of different things for us and has done that. And it’s been very valuable.”

While Flowers thinks the defense has played some of its best football this postseason, he isn’t taking anything for granted.

”We understand we’ve got one more,” he said. ”It doesn’t come easy…The next team is gonna be the best we’ve played all year. It’s a tough task.”



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