Keenum should be viewed as more of a stopgap in front of a young franchise passer.

In the wake of a Sports Illustrated investigation that detailed a culture of misogyny and predatory behavior in the Dallas Mavericks organization, the team’s longtime star, Dirk Nowitzki, responded Wednesday, calling the allegations “truly, truly disgusting.”

“It’s tough,” Nowitzki said after the team practiced at USC in advance of a Friday game against the Los Angeles Lakers. “It’s very disappointing. It’s heartbreaking. I’m glad it’s all coming out. I was disgusted when I read the article, obviously, as everybody was. I was shocked about some of the stuff.”

It’s a surprising thing for a head coach to say when it’s already late February and his team ranks 28th in defensive efficiency (109.8 points allowed per 100 possessions), but that’s how much the Cavs have changed in the past several weeks. Still, it doesn’t abolish all of the issues.

On the day of the NBA draft back in June, just days after Cleveland parted ways with former GM David Griffin, a robust Cavs contingent made up of front-office personnel, coaches and team support staff members held an impromptu, “what if?” discussion about Kyrie Irving’s future, multiple team sources confirmed to ESPN.

The discussion, characterized as “small talk” by one source familiar with its content, was less a formal straw poll of what the Cavs should do with their All-Star point guard should trade opportunities present themselves, and more of a thought exercise anticipating what the market could bear for a player of Irving’s caliber.

The talk got back to Irving, multiple team sources told ESPN, and that served as the tipping point that led to Irving formally requesting a trade a little more than two weeks later.

A slight uptick in injuries played during the 2017 contests did not deter the NFL from signing a new five-year “Thursday Night Football” package with FOX. Winston acknowledged that the money involved in “Thursday Night Football” that trickles back to the players has made those games a necessary evil in helping the salary cap continue to annually rise.

The NFL reportedly received $3.3 billion from FOX for Thursday night telecasts while still retaining the ability to sell lucrative online streaming rights to another provider. Those revenues are split between the NFL and NFLPA based upon rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement adopted in 2011.

Keenum still has some intriguing value, but the Garoppolo trade, the Smith trade, Cousins’ and Bradford’s free agency and the depth of first-round QBs take away his shine, especially after his shaky NFC title game. He also will be on the older side and comes with major inconsistency issues.bears_136

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