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Change is coming to Denver’s offensive line and no position in the starting five is without a question mark. Center Matt Paradis is the only guarantee to return as a starter, but he’s scheduled to have surgery on both hips this offseason. The other four spots could all be in flux, especially at tackle, where Russell Okung and Donald Stephenson both underperformed after the Broncos signed both in free agency last March. Okung has a $1 million option bonus due in March that would kick in the final four years of his contract and guarantee him $21 million, so he’s not expected to receive that bonus. Stephenson, too, will have his 2017 base salary of $4 million guaranteed if he’s on the roster March 13 and beyond, so the Broncos will give a long look to that decision as well. — Jeff Legwold
Jordan Crawford: ‘They really rely on you’
Authentic Eugene Sims Jersey Remember when a young college player dunked on LeBron James during a summer basketball camp in 2009 and Nike confiscated videotapes of the incident, purportedly to keep embarrassing footage of its star pitchman under wraps? That player was Crawford, a sophomore at Xavier University who would go on to be an NBA first-round draft pick a year later. The Detroit native then played four seasons in the NBA, suiting up for the Hawks, Wizards, Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors.
In 2014, his career path led to China, where he signed with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers for a reported $2 million.
“I was intrigued by, of course, the money, and the span of the season,” Crawford said. “But from a basketball standpoint, I was intrigued because they really rely on you. I wanted to see how good I really was. They want the Americans to be the best players on the floor.”
Crawford played in only five games with Xinjiang, scoring 49 points in his last game before returning to the United States with a severe eye infection. Still, the veteran shooting guard made enough of an impression for Tianjin to bring him in last season, and he rewarded the Gold Lions by leading the league in scoring at 43.1 points per game.