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CJ Williams signs 3-year deal with Clippers

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Former Wolfpacker, CJ Williams has achieved his dream. The 6’5 guard has signed a 3 year deal with the Los Angelas Clippers.

This elevates Williams from a 2-way player to a full-on NBA player.

He made his mark with the Clippers this season, playing in 36 games and averaging 5.3 points per game.

He had some big games and really came on late, putting up 18 vs the Grizzlies and nailing a game-winning 3 against the Hawks. Williams started a handful of games and really became a trusted member of the team, providing a quality scorer who would defend and protect the basketball.

However, just as he was hitting his stride, his 2-way contract expired and he was forced to go back down to the G-League. This put the Clippers in a tight spot where they had to figure out just what to do with him. They had the choice to sign him, cut him or send him down. Luckily, they sent him down, but had the long term plan to sign him to a full deal.

ESPN saw this story of an undrafted kid who never really had the NBA label on him in college, work his way up through the G-League and force the NBA’s hand. They ran an in-depth piece on him a couple months ago, detailing that journey.

CJ Williams, the 3 star out of Jack Britt HS in Fayetteville, who played 4 years at NC State, and who never gave up when went undrafted, has just signed a deal that will likely change his entire life.

Congrats CJ! Wolfpack Nation is proud!

We will report details of the deal when they become available.

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JR Sweezy Signs 2-Year Deal With Arizona Cardinals

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Former NC State Defensive Tackle, converted to Offensive Guard in the NFL, JR Sweezy has signed a 2-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, staying in the NFC West.

Sweezy was originally drafted by the Seahawks in the 7th round of the 2012 NFL Draft (225th overall), and was quickly converted into an offensive lineman. He worked his way up to becoming the full-time starter at Right Guard for Seattle in 2013, and held the spot for three seasons before signing a 5-year $32.5 million contract with Tampa Bay. Sweezy missed the entire 2016 season due to back problems, but returned to start 14 games for the Bucs last year, before finishing the season on the Injured Reserve.

Last year, Sweezy returned to the Seahawks, and started in all 15 games he played in.

Sweezy is entering his 8th year in the NFL, and his 7th season playing. He has started in 78 of the 88 games he has played in since entering the league in 2012.

 

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Mike Glennon Released by Cardinals

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Former NC State Quarterback Mike Glennon has officially been released by the Arizona Cardinals.

Glennon signed a 2-year $8 million contract prior to the 2018 season as a backup. He was cut prior to a $500,000 roster bonus due to him on March 17th.

While only seeing action in 2 games in Arizona, Glennon walked away with $4 million. He completed 15 of 21 passes foe 174 yards and 1 touchdown in those two games.

Glennon has played in the NFL 6 seasons, and made $27,446,782.

We will have to wait and see where Glennon lands next.

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Washington Wants Trea Turner to Steal All the Bases

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Former NC State All-American Shortstop Trea Turner ranked 2nd in the Major League last year in stolen bases, but the Washington Nationals want him to take it up a notch.

“If he attempts 75 to 80, we’ll be in great shape,” Martinez said, and that would make Turner one of the more aggressive base runners in recent memory. (WP)

Turner ranked 2nd in the majors with 43 stolen bases last year, and his 46 stolen bases two years ago ranked 3rd.

75-80 stolen base attempts would be a career high for Turner…by a long shot.

Turner ranked 2nd in the Major’s last season with 52 attempts. Only 13 players have attempted 75 stolen bases in a single season in the past 18 seasons.

“Any time a coach pushes you to do something that you think is a little crazy, I think that’s them believing in you that you can do it,” Turner said. “It’s possible. It’s still a lot, but it’s possible. I think I’m going to have to do a lot of things right, and hopefully get a shot at accomplishing it.” (WP)

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Dennis Smith Jr Dunks Over J. Cole, Finishes 2nd in 2019 NBA Dunk Contest

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Former NC State ACC Freshman of the Year Dennis Smith Jr. competed in the NBA Dunk Contest on Saturday night, and finished 2nd behind Hamidou Diallo.

Smith’s best dunk of the contest was a soaring leap over rapper J. Cole, which earned him a score of 50. He also picked up another 50 score for vaulting over Dwayne Wade and catching an alley oop from Stephen Curry.

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