The buzz surrounding how the Houston Texans will handle the No. 1 pick right now is that they would like to trade it, if the right offer comes along.

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Choo headed to the DL? 

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Shin-Soo Choo has missed each of Texas' last two games due to a sprained left ankle, and is officially considered day-to-day. Is a trip to the disabled list inevitable for the Rangers' key on-base machine and leadoff hitter?

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We noted last week that the San Francisco 49ers reportedly were shopping LaMichael James, and now it sounds like the running back would be OK with moving on.

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If Boston doesn't move up in the draft lottery, there's a good chance the Celtics will wind up with a pick somewhere in the 5-7 range, an area of the draft where big men like Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon and Noah Vonleh are projected to be picked.

Of the three, Randle is probably the one most likely to be off the board by the time the Celtics pick, if they do in fact end up drafting somewhere between 5-7. But with a number of young power forward types already on the Celtics' roster, from Kelly Olynyk to Jared Sullinger, would the other two -- Gordon or Vonleh -- make sense as potential draft targets? According to ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton, one does more than the other.

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Kevin Garnett would be the first to tell you that anything is possible, but when it comes to the 19-year veteran playing additional minutes now that it's playoff time, that's not in the plans. At least for now.

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Had Michigan big man Mitch McGary entered the 2013 NBA draft, there's a chance he could have been selected somewhere in the back half of the lottery. That's how much his stock rose following his impressive play in the NCAA tournament last spring when the Wolverines advanced all the way to the championship game.

Now, following a sophomore season essentially lost to a back injury (he played only 197 minutes), McGary is a big question mark. A spot in the first round would very much be in doubt if he elected to go pro, a decision he still must make, but the back injury is only one of several factors working against the high-effort power forward/center.

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I remember the first time I watched Isaiah Austin's high school mix tape on YouTube. The long, athletic big man who went on to play two years at Baylor had the look of a future star, with size, skill and athleticism all mixed into one.

Once regarded as a sure first-rounder, the luster has since worn off Austin a bit for several reasons: 1) his penchant for drifting out to the perimeter, 2) his lack of rebounding. For someone listed at 7-foot-1, that's a skill set that doesn't often translate at the NBA level.

So now that Austin is officially entering the 2014 NBA draft, where can we expect him to hear his name called in June? Here's our own Chad Ford with the latest on that.

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Will Jazz look at Quin Snyder? 

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The search for a new head coach has begun in Utah and many names have already been mentioned as possible candidates for the job. Wednesday, ESPN.com's Marc Stein added another name to the list.

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Agent Zero making NBA comeback? 

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There's some buzz on Thursday that Gilbert Arenas is intent on making another NBA comeback attempt.

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The Tennessee Titans still are looking to replace CB Alterraun Verner, which is why ESPN NFL Insider Mel Kiper Jr. said during a conference call that he thinks they should address that position in the first round of the draft -- even though Coty Sensabaugh and Blidi Wreh-Wilson could make a push to replace Verner and many prognosticators have tied the Titans to OLB Anthony Barr.

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2013 was a mess of a campaign for WR Stevie Johnson, who battled injuries and mustered just 52 catches for 597 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games. His role, and even status, with the Bills is uncertain for 2014. At least it appears that he has rededicated himself to being prepared for the upcoming campaign.

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The New England Patriots began their offseason workouts this week. Although Rob Gronkowski is in attendance, he isn't taking part in drills with his teammates, because he still is rehabbing from reconstructive knee surgery.

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With LeSean McCoy running wild for 1,607 yards on 314 carries (5.1 YPC) last season, backups Bryce Brown and Chris Polk were left battling for the scraps. Brown took most of the remaining carries (75) and sported an OK YPC of 4.2, while Polk racked up just 11 carries, though he maxed them out for 98 yards.

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Bears' plans for No. 3 WR 

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The Chicago Bears released No. 3 wide receiver Earl Bennett this offseason, which is particularly notable because they used three-receiver sets on 44 percent of their offensive snaps last season, per Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.

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