NBA Draft 2018: Five players who figure to outperform their draft position

If everyone knew who the next Donovan Mitchell was in the NBA Draft, he wouldn’t be the next Donovan Mitchell. He’d be the next Adrian Peterson Jersey Kyrie Irving, chosen high in the draft and delivering upon that investment.
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But as core players like Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain departed for free-agent riches, and a string of misses with first-round draft picks such as Bubba Starling, Kyle Zimmer and Aaron Crow piled up, the Royals’ window closed. This year’s Royals are what you have in the aftermath: a team on pace to lose over 100 games and still shedding veteran talent, with trades sending away Jon Jay and Kelvin Herrera in recent weeks. This team could conceivably lose 110 games. Again this is fine.

Remaining through it all is Alcides Escobar, who has started every game at shortstop for Kansas City since May 7, 2015. With the recent promotion of Adalberto Mondesi, it’s a streak that’s expected to end any day now.

With the cap set, the exact amounts of the various exceptions are also known: The Andre Hal Womens Jersey non-taxpayer midlevel exception is $8.64 million, the taxpayer midlevel is $5.33 million, and the midlevel for teams with salary-cap space will be $4.44 million.

The new numbers mean that the max salary LeBron James could sign to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers is $206.79 million over five years. If James signs with a new team, the max would be four years, $153.3 million.

Among the most interesting numbers in the memo were the projections for the 2019-20 cap, which is up to $109 million, and then 2020-21, which is up to $116 million.

The minimum team salary for the 2018-19 season is $91.68 million.

The moratorium ends at 12:01 p.m. ET Friday, when free-agent signings can become official.