From Comcast SportsNetINDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert says "nothing in the NBA surprises" him, so he was not shocked when superstar LeBron James said he could envision playing again for Cleveland.When Miami visited Cleveland in February, James said a return to the Cavs "would be great" and he would not rule out it happening before his career ends.Following a news conference at the Cavs' training facility Wednesday, Gilbert was asked if he had forgiven James and said the "truth of the matter is July 11, 2010, we just started focusing on the future."That's the date James announced in a nationally televised special that he was signing as a free agent with the Heat. Following James' decision, Gilbert sent an email to Cavs fans in which he blistered James and promised Cleveland would win an title before the two-time MVP.
The Bears results through the first two days of the 2016 NFL Draft could qualify GM Ryan Pace as something of a conjurer:
After turning two picks into one player (Leonard Floyd) on Day 1, Pace went into Day 2 with seven remaining picks in the draft. He made two selections in the persons of Kansas State guard Cody Whitehair in the second round and Florida defensive end Jonathan Bullard in the third, and finished the day and headed into Saturday with…seven picks. Eight actually, if you count the 2017 fourth-round pick he added via a round-two trade with the Buffalo Bills.
(So I’m wondering, if I gave him my checkbook, could he maybe turn those lonely little numbers into… . Naah, probably not).
Pace and the Bears started the 2016 draft with two fourth-round picks; by early Friday night had three: the 19th, 26th and 29th picks, Nos. 117, 124 and 127 overall. Add to those their one pick in the fifth round, two in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Of course, that’s before Pace picked up his magic draft wand for the day’s activities. It’s early yet.
Pace is on record stating his philosophy of staying true to the team’s player rankings on the draft board, rather than succumb to the temptation to fill a need with a lesser player than one with the highest grade available. That was apparent in trades both up and down (twice) in the first two rounds of the 2016 draft.
Throughout those proceedings, the Bears also were aggressively working the phones, according to NFL reporter Aaron Leming, shopping outside linebackers Lamarr Houston and Willie Young, the Bears’ two sack leaders but rendered surplus with the acquisition of Floyd.
The Bears traded up to snag Floyd at No. 9 because of their grade on him, rather than simply use their designated pick at No. 11 and select Clemson’s Shaq Lawson, their next-highest-rated edge rusher. To make that deal Pace parted with the first of his two picks in the fourth round.
After Floyd, 23 more picks went off the board with only one edge rusher (Lawson) selected before Emmanuel Ogbah was chosen by Cleveland with the first pick of the second round. Meaning: Beyond Floyd, if the hope was a pass rusher, the falloff was considerable.
Then, before Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry was taken at No. 35 by the San Diego Chargers, the Bears reportedly tried unsuccessfully to trade up to No. 34 to grab Henry. Pace said that wasn’t really in play Friday night.
“We had some early talks, honestly, before the draft even started,” Pace said. “Nothing really came to fruition.”
But other things did. The Bears traded down from No. 41 to the Buffalo Bills’ spot at No. 49. In the process they acquired not one, but two fourth-round picks: Buffalo’s No. 4 in this draft (117th overall) and the Bills’ fourth-rounder in the 2017 draft.
But the Green Bay Packers then appeared to scramble plans by jumping over the Bears to take Indiana tackle Jason Spriggs. Whether because the Packers had snatched a Bears target or because the Halas Hall draft board did not have a player worth that second-round pick, or perhaps they had designs on Alabama defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson (taken at No. 46 by the Detroit Lions), the Bears moved down – again.
“When our pick is approaching and we’re realizing that there are a lot of guys here that we like, there is a chance for us to go back knowing that we got enough names that we can still get a good player and pick up some picks. That’s why we did [the trade].”
In exchange for that Buffalo pick at No. 49, the Bears acquired Seattle’s pick at No. 56 and No. 124 in the fourth round.
“I would say, a little bit of [no difference-makers],” Pace conceded. “Also, we just had enough names that I felt like if we could go back they would still be there. At some point in this draft I wanted to acquire more picks.
“This night couldn’t have worked out better for us in regards to that. So I was very happy when we were able to go back and still get the guys that we want and still get these additional picks.”
Leonard Floyd admitted it'll take some getting used to the Chicago weather.
As for its pizza? He's already on board with that.
The Bears' first-round selection stopped by CSN's studios late Friday night and got his first taste of deep-dish pizza, specifically a Lou Malnati's pepperoni and sausage pie.
Floyd didn't have much to say while his face was stuffed with the deep-dish.
But when he did a live chat shortly after, he confirmed that the Chicago-style pizza was as good as advertised.
"If I had three thumbs I would hold all of them up," Floyd said. "Pizza was awesome, awesome."
It's safe to say he's fitting in to the Chicago lifestyle quite well already.
The first 98 selections of the 2016 NFL Draft are in the books. Here's a look at the second and third round choices made Friday night.
32. Cleveland Browns: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
33. Tennessee Titans: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
34. Dallas Cowboys: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
35. San Diego Chargers: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
36. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Baltimore): Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
37. Kansas City Chiefs (via San Francisco): Chris Jones, DL, Mississippi State
38. Miami Dolphins (via Baltimore via Jacksonville): Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Noah Spence, LB, Eastern Kentucky
40. New York Giants: Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
41. Buffalo Bills (via Chicago): Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
42. Baltimore Ravens (via Miami): Kamalei Correa, LB, Boise State
43. Tennessee Titans (via Philadelphia via Los Angeles): Austin Johnson, DL, Penn State
44. Oakland Raiders: Jihad Ward, DL, Illinois
45. Tennessee Titans (via Los Angeles): Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
46. Detroit Lions: A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama
47. New Orleans Saints: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
48. Green Bay Packers (via Indianapolis): Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
49: Seattle Seahawks (via Chicago via Buffalo): Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama
50. Houston Texans (via Atlanta): Nick Martin, OL, Notre Dame
51. New York Jets: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
52. Atlanta Falcons (via Houston): Deion Jones, LB, LSU
53. Washington Redskins: Su'a Cravens, LB, USC
54. Minnesota Vikings: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
55. Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
56. Chicago Bears (via Seattle): Cody Whitehair, OL, Kansas State
57. Indianapolis Colts (via Green Bay): T.J. Green, DB, Clemson
58. Pittsburgh Steelers: Sean Davis, DB, Maryland
59. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Kansas City): Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State
60. New England Patriots: Cyrus Jones, DB, Alabama
61. New Orleans Saints (via New England via Arizona): Vonn Bell, DB, Ohio State
62. Carolina Panthers: James Bradberry, DB, Samford
63. Denver Broncos: Adam Gotsis, Georgia Tech
64. Tennessee Titans: Kevin Byard, DB, Middle Tennessee State
65. Cleveland Browns: Carl Nassib, DL, Penn State
66. San Diego Chargers: Max Tuerk, OL, USC
67. Dallas Cowboys: Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
68. San Francisco 49ers: Will Redmond, DB, Mississippi State
69. Jacksonville Jaguars: Yannick Ngakoue, DL, Maryland
70. Baltimore Ravens: Bronson Kaufusi, DL, BYU
71. New York Giants: Darian Thompson, FB, Boise State
72. Chicago Bears: Jonathan Bullard, DL, Florida
73. Miami Dolphins: Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama
74. Kansas City Chiefs (via Tampa Bay): KeiVarae Russell, DB, Notre Dame
75. Oakland Raiders: Shilique Calhoun, DL, Michigan State
76. Cleveland Browns (via Tennessee via Los Angeles): Shon Coleman, OL, Auburn
77. Carolina Panthers (via Cleveland via Philadelphia via Detroit): Daryl Worley, DB, West Virginia
78. New England Patriots (via New Orleans): Joe Thuney, OL, N.C. State
79. Philadelphia Eagles: Isaac Seumalo, OL, Oregon State
80. Buffalo Bills: Adolphus Washington, DL, Ohio State
81. Atlanta Falcons: Autin Hooper, TE, Stanford
82. Indianapolis Colts: Le'Raven Clark, OL, Texas Tech
83. New York Jets: Jordan Jenkins, LB, Georgia
84. Washington Redskins: Kendall Fuller, DB, Virginia Tech
85. Houston Texans: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
86. Miami Dolphins (via Minnesota): Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
87. Cincinnati Bengals: Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State
88. Green Bay Packers: Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State
89. Pittsburgh Steelers: Javon Hargrave, DL, South Carolina State
90. Seattle Seahawks: C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
91. New England Patriots: Jacoby Brissett, QB, North Carolina State
92. Arizona Cardinals: Brandon Williams, DB, Texas A&M
93. Cleveland Browns (via Carolina): Cody Kessler, QB, USC
94. Seattle Seahawks (via Denver): Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State
95. Detroit Lions: Graham Glasgow, OL, Michigan
96. New England Patriots: Vincent Valentine, DL, Nebraska
97. Seattle Seahawks: Rees Odhiambo, OL, Boise State
98. Denver Broncos: Justin Simmons, DB, Boston College