Elite Lavelle Hawkins Jersey A lineup built around Beverley, Dekker, Griffin and Jordan should be competitive, and there will be room for more improvement — they’ll need a starting shooting guard, but will have pretty good depth overall. Should next season be a disappointment, the Clippers still will be able to put Griffin on the trading block, bring in some additional young assets and go into a full rebuild.
They can put off that decision for now, though. With Griffin firmly in place, the Clippers hope they won’t suffer much from the loss of Paul, and will have enough young assets to grow from here. Rivers is no fan of an old-fashioned rebuild, having gone through one before in Boston then bolting the Celtics in 2013 when it looked like the team was heading back in that direction.
By locking down Griffin — at least for now — Rivers can put that rebuild off a little longer.
The Pittsburgh defense is working to return to its roots.
Pittsburgh has been working to rebuild its Steel Curtain defense after falling into the latter half of the league’s yards allowed list in 2014 and 2015. After some extensive drafting, those plans are coming to fruition.
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Shazier has blossomed into a Pro Bowl talent, Harrison returned from a brief retirement to regain his status as the league’s preeminent tackling lunatic, and Bud Dupree showed flashes of pass-rushing brilliance in his seven games last season.
Wisconsin All-American T.J. Watt will add another quarterback-chasing threat this fall, and he’ll be flanked by a combination of veterans and younger talent. The Steelers aren’t yet their former fearsome selves, but the pieces are in place for a major revival at Heinz Field.