Trey Lance sure looks like the starter for the 49ers

Trey Lance is already turning heads with his play at San Francisco 49ers training camp.

The San Francisco 49ers traded up to No. 3 in the 2021 NFL Draft to take Trey Lance out of North Dakota State for a reason.

While he essentially only had one year’s worth of starts for the FCS powerhouse, Lance offered perhaps the greatest upside of any signal-caller taken in the first round of last spring’s draft. Though he will probably be backing up Jimmy Garoppolo at least initially this season, Lance is already doing things in 49ers camp that could have him pushing for the starting quarterback job.

How soon before we see Lance leading the 49ers out of the Santa Clara tunnel on NFL Sundays?

San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance is already turning heads during training camp

Given how complex head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offensive system is, it would be shocking to see Lance start Week 1 for the 49ers this year. However, if the often-injured Garoppolo cannot stay on the field, Lance will take over for him and will not relinquish the starting job. Lance should be a better version of fellow Bison Carson Wentz, perhaps some variation of Josh Allen at the NFL level.

No, Shanahan and the 49ers brass should not force Lance out there before he is ready. Keep in mind that Patrick Mahomes spent nearly the entire 2017 season backing up Alex Smith with the Kansas City Chiefs. That is not to say Lance will be the NFC’s version of Mahomes, but his intriguing upside is what got him drafted inside of the top five. It will be his time before too long.

Lance may not overtake Garoppolo right now, but he is certainly closing the gap at training camp.

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Blake Griffin returning to Brooklyn Nets on 1-year deal

Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin is coming back for another season, signing a one-year deal as the NBA opened free agency.

Blake Griffin wants another shot with Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving.

The veteran forward signed a one-year deal to return with the Brooklyn Nets for his 12th season as a pro, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

It wasn’t immediately clear how much Griffin will make with the new contract.

The Nets are bringing back Blake Griffin after a successful stint

Brooklyn planned to bring Griffin back, but it wasn’t necessarily a straightforward situation. They had to choose between Griffin and Jeff Green, according to John Hollinger of The Athletic. Green ended up signing with the Nuggets.

The former LA Clippers star signed with Brooklyn after the Detroit Pistons waived him in March. He was unhappy in Detroit and wanted out, forcing the issue until they relented and bought out his contract.

While his minutes were reduced playing for the Nets, his effectiveness in those minutes was vastly improved. He averaged 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 21.5 minutes per game.

Griffin came to life in the playoffs especially. He scored 18 points in Game 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals and hit double digits in the final three games of the series.

The hope is for Griffin to continue providing a veteran presence at center with his resurgent form. While the 2021 postseason was disappointing with an earlier-than-expected exit, Brooklyn is set up to contend in the Eastern Conference in 2022.

The Nets still have to figure out what to do with the rest of their free agents. Griffin was the only deal reported on Monday. Other free agents include Spencer Dinwiddie, Tyler Johnson, Bruce Brown Jr., Mike James, Reggie Perry and Chris Chiozza.

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Steph Curry expected to sign massive 4-year extension with Warriors

Steph Curry plans to sign a multi-year extension with the Golden State Warriors this summer.

While there is a chance he could have left the Bay Area at some point in his illustrious career, Steph Curry is poised to sign a massive four-year deal to remain the Golden State Warriors point guard.

NBA insider Marc Stein reports Curry and the Warriors are on the precipice of agreeing to a four-year extension worth $215 million. Curry has spent his entire professional career in Golden State after being drafted No. 7 overall out of Davidson back in 2009. The two-time NBA MVP will be entering his age-33 season with Golden State this fall. He had one year left on his current deal.

Don’t count on Curry playing for any other NBA franchise until his very late 30s at this time.

Golden State Warriors will give Steph Curry a massive extension here soon

With all of Golden State’s core in its early 30s, the Warriors are undeniably in win-now mode. Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have never played for anyone else, but they are going to need someone else to bolster their roster if they want to contend for league championships again. Curry was incredible a year ago, but he could not carry Golden State into the NBA playoffs.

We all knew a potential Curry extension was not going to come cheap for Golden State. He may have had more than his fair share of injuries in his past, but Golden State expects Curry’s game will age gracefully into the latter part of his 30s. Even if it is a salary cap league, Golden State can rest assure knowing that if the Warriors contend for another title that Curry will be a vibrant part of it.

Staying in the Steph Curry business is an expensive, but worthwhile investment for Golden State.

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