Pat Riley: LeBron ‘did the right thing’ when he left Miami

Miami Heat president Pat Riley is notoriously selective in terms of media availability and has said very little regarding the very public departure of LeBron James from Miami in 2014 as a free agent.

But in author Ian Thomsen’s new book, “The Soul of Basketball: The Epic Showdown between LeBron, Kobe, Doc and Dirk that Saved the NBA,” the normally reticent Riley opens up with a number of scintillating details regarding his relationship with James — including suggesting that in the infancy of LeBron’s tenure with the Heat, LeBron nudged Riley toward descending from the front office to replace coach Erik Spoelstra.

The Saints say they like what they see from Hill as a quarterback, but actions — like signing Savage to compete for the backup role — speak louder than words. New Orleans is making no secret about its effort to go all in for at least one more Super Bowl run with Brees, but that doesn’t mean the team can’t set itself up for the future in the process. The future Hall of Famer remains lethal as a passer, but he’ll turn 40 after this season.

Baltimore signed Griffin in free agency as the team hopes he is turns out to be a better backup option than Ryan Mallett was last season. Flacco, though, is 33 and has dealt with a variety of injuries over the last few years; he has three years remaining on his current contract, with a potential out after the 2019 season. With injury concerns surrounding both their starter and their backup, the Ravens could draft a quarterback for depth insurance and, potentially, an eventual replacement for Flacco.

However, Mehta tweeted this morning that Allen will, in fact, meet with the Jets at Florham Park, so we still do not really know if the two sides will summit again. The Jets did recently go to Wyoming to have a private workout with Allen, so it could be that they have enough intel on the signal-caller to make an informed decision. After all, as of last season, the Jets were believed to have done more work on Allen than any other club.

At the very least, New York may not be considering Sam Darnold as strongly as Allen, Baker Mayfield, and Josh Rosen. The Jets are not planning to meet privately with the USC product, either at their facility or elsewhere.

With Ryan Suter (ankle surgery) shelved until next fall, Matt Dumba sits head and shoulders above his fellow blueliners as top power-play anchor. The 23-year-old defenseman has been especially productive these past few weeks with 16 points since March 1.bills_050

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