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Messaggio “I Don’t Think We’re That Far Off.”

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn had good reason not to worry about Julio Jones showing up for training camp.

Jones told Quinn weeks ago he'd report on time Frank Gore Jersey , even as the wide receiver sought to have his contract renegotiated. A training camp holdout appeared to be Jones' best path to a new deal.

Finally, the Falcons announced close to midnight on Wednesday they'd reached an agreement to renegotiate Jones' deal next year. The news came about 16 hours before Thursday's deadline for players to report.

The Falcons open training camp on Friday.

"I probably didn't feel the same stress that you and the fan base had," Quinn said at a news conference on Thursday. "There were some reports regarding him not coming. I'd known he was coming to camp for a while. That's part of good communication, player to coaches."

The Falcons announced Jones reported before Thursday's 4 p.m. deadline.

Quinn said he spoke with Jones earlier this month when the receiver participated in an annual offseason passing camp in California led by quarterback Matt Ryan.

"It was probably during that time that I felt comfortable he was coming to camp," Quinn said.

The reassurance from Jones was especially important after he did not participate in the Falcons' mandatory minicamp in June.

Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff were in good spirits as they discussed how they avoided the potential distraction of a training camp holdout by one of the team's most prominent players.

It has been a good week for the Falcons' leadership team. Quinn and Dimitroff have new three-year contract extensions, which were announced on Wednesday.

Jones, a two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection, wasn't happy that a flurry of new contracts signed by other top NFL wide receivers moved him down the list of top-paid players at the position.

He is entering the third year of his five-year, $71.5 million contract, including $47 million in guaranteed money.

The Falcons managed to make Jones happy with an undisclosed financial "adjustment" without a dramatic change to their salary cap position for 2018. Dimitroff wouldn't reveal details of the new agreement.

The biggest reward for Jones was the assurance the team will rework his contract following the season. That promise was delivered with more than a handshake.

"Papers are written up, sitting on a desk waiting to be signed," Dimitroff said.

The agreement preserves Dimitroff's flexibility in his efforts to negotiate contract extensions for defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, offensive guard Jake Matthews and safety Ricardo Allen.

The Falcons already agreed to a five-year, $150 million extension with quarterback Matt Ryan, the most lucrative deal in NFL history Hunter Henry Jersey , this offseason.

Ryan's contract and talks with players moving closer to free agency left little financial space to make big changes to Jones' deal before 2019.

"We felt like we came to a good agreement," Dimitroff said. "We were very creative with how we put this together."

Dimitroff said talks with Jones' agent, Jimmy Sexton, were "never contentious at all, at least from our perspective."

Jones is expected to talk with reporters on Friday, when the Falcons have their first practice of training camp. He was not seen during the 30-minute period reporters were able to view players reporting to the team's practice facility.

Jones' teammates seemed to have little concern about the status of the team's top receiver.

"Oh, I don't know what's going on with him," offensive guard Andy Levitre said when asked about the team's agreement with Jones. "He's coming? I'm expecting everybody to be here, I guess."

Added cornerback Brian Poole: "That's exciting. That's definitely exciting. Yeah. That's exciting."

Poole said players don't get involved in teammates' contract talks.

"When it comes to that kind of stuff, everybody kind of worries about himself," Poole said.

But when it comes to Quinn and Dimitroff, having one of the league's top receivers on the practice field is crucial to the team's hopes for a third straight playoff appearance.

"I sleep a hell of a lot better at night," Quinn said.

CLEVELAND — LeBron James said he is going to play in the season finale Wednesday against the New York Knicks, which means for the first time in his career he will appear in all 82 regular-season games.

As for the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers, well Kellen Winslow Jersey , that’s up to coach Tyronn Lue.

The Cavs (50-31) who host the Knicks after beating them on Monday 123-109, are playing for a shot at third place in the East.

The Philadelphia 76ers won their 15th straight game by beating Atlanta on Tuesday, and the Sixers hold a one-game lead over the Cavs for third in the East. For the Cavs to nab the No. 3 seed heading into the playoffs, they need to beat the Knicks while the Milwaukee Bucks beat Philadelphia.

If that happens, the 76ers and Cavs would finish with the same record, but Cleveland holds the tiebreaker against Philadelphia.

What Lue must decide is whether he wants to play all of his rotation players together for the first time this season, on the last day he can before the playoffs start, or just make sure the team is as healthy as it can be.

If the Cavs finish fourth, which is where they sit now, they would host Indiana in a first-round series for a second consecutive season.

“I the most important thing is just making sure everyone is healthy,” Lue said. “I know guys are trying to be tough and tough it out but that’s not smart right now. We’ve got to be smart going into the playoffs, make sure we’re as close to 100 percent healthy as we can be.”

Then again, as long as James is playing, the Cavs have a chance in any game. James, 33 Cameron Wake Jersey , declared he would play in the finale because he is “healthy.” Not only will he play in all 82 for the first time in his storied career, but he will lead the NBA in total points for the first time, too.

With Monday’s win, James became the first player in NBA history to be on a team that won its division in 10 consecutive seasons. The Cavs clinched the Central Division by beating the Knicks.

“Throughout a long season if you’re able to accomplish feats, no matter what’s going on, you should always try to appreciate it, try to take time,” said James, who scored 26 points with 11 assists Monday. “I’m kind of like been a hypocrite of that because I’m always moving and trying to figure how we can be better the next day or whatever the case (might) be. So, it’s always hard for me to be like, ‘OK, another division crown.’ Even after all that’s gone on with our team and our ballclub this year, but it’s a pretty cool thing.”

James tied the Cavs’ franchise season record for double doubles (52 — Brad Daugherty), and can set the record Wednesday. Also, don’t get any ideas about James playing only a few minutes Wednesday to say he appeared in his 82nd game — he has his NBA record of 872 consecutive games with at least 10 points to protect.

As previously mentioned Doug Martin Jersey , the Cavs have yet to play a game with their current, full complement of players. If Rodney Hood returns from a sore Achilles and George Hill, Kyle Korver, and Jose Calderon are all allowed to play (they all suited up against the Knicks but continue to nurse minor injuries), Wednesday would be a first.

The best thing the Knicks have going for them now is rookie Frank Ntilikina, who scored a career-high 17 points to go with six rebounds and five assists Monday. Before Monday’s game, James said Ntilikina was “a very cerebral basketball player.

“I defensively he’s more advanced than offensively but I he’s getting better and better offensively as he’s gotten more opportunity and played more games.”

Ntilikina told the New York Post: “I’m thankful for (James’ words) coming from the top player in this league.”

“As a kid, I didn’t know I’d be here and able to compete against these guys,” said Ntilikina, who was drafted eighth overall last June.

New York (28-53) has lost six of its last seven and is tied with Brooklyn for the eighth-worst record (remember, the Cavs own the Nets’ first-round pick). The Knicks have lost 50 or more games four years in a row and haven’t been to the playoffs since 2013.

This could be coach Jeff Hornacek’s last game with the Knicks. New team president Steve Mills may want to hire his own coach; Hornacek was hired by Phil Jackson. Hornacek is 59-104 in two seasons in New York.

“Our guys didn’t quit,” Hornacek said, according to the Post. “I don’t we’re that far off.”

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