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5-on-5: Should Spurs trade Aldridge? Make more moves?

Who will be the San Antonio Spurs’ starting point guard next season? Do they need Manu Ginobili to return? Our 5-on-5 crew debates and predicts San Antonio’s offseason. 1.?Fact or Fiction: The Spurs should trade LaMarcus Aldridge. Amin Elhassan, ESPN Insider:?Fact, although I’m not particularly sure what kind of return they can get coming off the worst postseason of his career. I never felt like he was a good fit for them defensively (although he has definitely outperformed my expectations), and his reluctance to play center has limited how good he can be offensively. With the Spurs being the ultimate “next man up” system, I have to imagine that they can more than make up for his lost offensive production. Tom Haberstroh, ESPN Insider:?Fiction. I’m not in love with his game, but the criticism lately has gone a little overboard. He dropped 34 points and 12 boards…

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Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald will address future only during training camp

PHOENIX –? Larry Fitzgerald knows the questions about his playing future are coming, but the veteran Cardinals wide receiver doesn’t plan on answering them all season long, like he had to last year. Fitzgerald said Monday night at an Arians Family Foundation charity dinner that he will address his playing future once, in training camp, and that’s it. “I’m going to answer it one time, and I’m not even going to address it anymore,” Fitzgerald said. The topic of Fitzgerald’s playing future was a weekly topic during his media gaggles in front of his locker last season. It took Fitzgerald, 33, a month after the Cardinals’ 2016 season ended to announce he was returning for a 14th year in 2017. But Fitzgerald has not said one way or another if next season will be his last. Fitzgerald led the NFL with 107 receptions last season while securing his place as a likely first-ballot Hall of Famer by moving into third on the all-time receptions…

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Red-hot goalie Pekka Rinne carries Predators past Ducks

Nashville’s Pekka Rinne continues to do his best imitation of Ken Dryden, Bernie Parent, Patrick Roy?and Jonathan Quick, goalies who got hot at the most opportune time and carried their teams to a Stanley Cup. Rinne stopped 38 of Anaheim’s 41 shots Tuesday night in a 6-3 victory that sent the Predators to their first Stanley Cup Finals, which begins next Monday in Pittsburgh or Ottawa. “In the back of your head, you’ve been thinking about the Final, and then when the buzzer goes off, it’s an amazing feeling,” Rinne said as he and his teammates celebrated. He has a .942 save percentage this postseason, the best of any goalie in the past five postseasons who has played a minimum of 15 games. The man teammate P.K. Subban calls “the backbone of our team” is now 12-4 with a 1.70 goals-against average in this postseason, tops among all goalies in the 2017 playoffs.

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Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald will only address future during training camp

PHOENIX –? Larry Fitzgerald knows the questions about his playing future are coming, but the veteran Cardinals wide receiver doesn’t plan on answering them all season long, like he had to last year. Fitzgerald said Monday night at an Arians Family Foundation charity dinner that he will address his playing future once, in training camp, and that’s it. “I’m going to answer it one time and I’m not even going to address it anymore,” Fitzgerald said. The topic of Fitzgerald’s playing future was a weekly topic during his media gaggles in front of his locker last season. It took Fitzgerald, 33, a month after the Cardinals’ 2016 season ended to announce he was returning for a 14th year in 2017. But Fitzgerald has not said one way or another if next season will be his last. Fitzgerald led the NFL with 107 receptions last season while securing his place as a likely first-ballot Hall of Famer by moving into third on the all-time receptions…

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