The Niners will be aggressively prudent, as general manager John Lynch likes to call it. They already set the tone for the offseason by signing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a mega-contract paying him more money in terms of annual value than any player in NFL history.
The Cardinals would have fallen under aggressive, but they currently have only about $22 million in cap space, allowing them to be active but not too aggressive. If the Cardinals open up more cap room, they could be aggressive in free agency to start molding the roster to new head coach Steve Wilks’ liking. Wilks already has said the Cardinals will be very aggressive this offseason when it comes to finding a quarterback, whether it’s through free agency, a trade or the draft (Arizona currently has no QBs under contract for the 2018 season). As for the rest of the roster, the Cardinals will be active in trying to fill holes at wide receiver and cornerback. — Josh Weinfuss
Towns has had his offense scaled back a bit this year, dropping from 18.0 shots per game to 13.7, and seeing his scoring go from 25.1 points to 20.4. But he is shooting 55.0 percent from the floor, and his 3-point shooting has spiked, making 42.5 percent on 3.6 attempts per game.
There’s still a sense that Towns has a lot more to give, on both ends of the floor, but no one can complain about a 7-foot 22-year-old who is averaging 20 and 12.
Of course, in that span, he has played with his pre-deadline teammates, the skeleton crew that was left on the day after the deadline, and two games with the new Cavs. If he continues to play at that level, Cleveland has a chance to move past Boston and/or Toronto in the standings.
Durant has been scoring with his typical efficiency (26.0 points per game), making 52.3 percent of his shots and 42.1 percent of his 3-pointers. The team has been in a rut �� by their standards �� going back to a 30-point loss to Utah on Jan. 30, but you can’t blame Durant for that. He is shooting 61.9 percent from the field in that span, and he had 50 points against Portland on Wednesday in a Golden State loss.
He is still a 3-point stroke away from being a legitimate MVP candidate, but Antetokounmpo’s rise to NBA elite has continued, though he is just 23 years old. He is up to 27.6 points on 53.7 percent shooting, with 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists. He, like the rest of the Bucks, seems to be responding well to the firing of Jason Kidd. The team is 9-3 since the move, and Antetokounmpo has been leading the way.