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Today in Philly Sports History: Jeff Malone Returns, Scores 28, Goes Away Again, 1995

Today in Philly Sports History: Jeff Malone Returns, Scores 28, Goes Away Again, 1995

Jeff Malone was the primary return when the Sixers dealt long-range bomber Jeff Hornacaek to the Jazz. (Well, him and a 1st-round draft pick, which the Sixers promptly and predictably wasted on first-year washout B.J. Tyler). A two-time All-Star and regular 20-ppg scorer back in his 80s days with the Bullets, Malone's best days were firmly in the rearview by the time he showed up in Philadelphia, but he was still an effective scorer for a mid-90s Sixers team badly lacking in punch.

Well, he was when he could get on the court, anyway. In his near-two seasons with the Sixers, Malone played in 76 games, often plagued with injuries. Such injuries had kept him out of the lineup from December 22nd, 1994 until exactly three months later, when he returned to the starting lineup against the Golden State Warriors. Malone was marvelous, scoring a team-high 28 with seven rebounds, as three other Sixers (Dana Barros, Sharone Wright and Shawn Bradley) chipped in double-doubles and the Sixers got a rare 119-102 win. "I've been shooting a lot, but I still surprised myself because I
didn't know what to expect," Malone said of the comeback. "I
just hope that I can continue to contribute."

No such luck. With his comeback rushed a little bit by coach John Lucas, Malone re-aggravated his injuries and was eventually shut down, not playing another game that season. Malone would return to the team the next season, but at age 34 had officially been run down, averaging just 6.2 points on an extremely uncharacteristic 39% shooting percentage in his 25 games in Philly. After being cut midway through the season, Malone played in seven games before being released and retiring. Currently, his greatest claim to relevance might be as the occasional third player (after Moses and Karl) that pops up as a correct answer with guesses of "Malone" on Sporcle NBA quizzes. 

Flyers Talk podcast: Hearing from Carter Hart, discussing Brian Elliott's future

Flyers Talk podcast: Hearing from Carter Hart, discussing Brian Elliott's future

On the latest Flyers Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall discuss the goaltending situation and much more.

From Taryn Hatcher's interview with Carter Hart to the latest on the NHL hiatus, let's dive in:

1:10 — The latest on the 2019-20 NHL season

4:15 — Why the Flyers are in a good spot

8:10 — How do you prepare for this stoppage?

13:00 — Hart is a fit for Philly; is he the Flyers' MVP?

21:10 — Should the Flyers re-sign Brian Elliott?

26:35 — How Hart is staying busy during the break

33:00 — Hearing from Hart with Hatcher

36:00 — What to make of Hart's interview

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Eagles choose to sit tight, watch as Brandin Cooks is traded to the Texans

Eagles choose to sit tight, watch as Brandin Cooks is traded to the Texans

Another week, another starting wide receiver changing teams - and the Eagles still remain on the sidelines.

The Rams traded Brandin Cooks and a future fourth-round pick to the Texans on Thursday for the No. 57 pick in this month's NFL Draft, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:

Cooks, 26, is headed to his fourth team since being drafted by the Saints in 2014, and his third team since 2017.

The Texans' move, of course, comes a little more than three weeks after Houston traded DeAndre Hopkins, a superior wide receiver, to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for basically a second-round pick and running back David Johnson.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman implied in late March that the Eagles were involved in the Hopkins discussions, but couldn't - or didn't want to - match the Cardinals' offer. It was an interesting argument, considering the Birds' absolutely dire need for wide receiver help, but Roseman isn't one to overpay when he draws a line in the sand. 

It's unclear whether the Eagles were in the mix for Cooks, a player who they've been linked to in previous trade talks.

NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro broke down the pros and cons of a potential Cooks-to-Eagles deal, and concluded that while Roseman should've at least been talking to the Rams about Cooks, trading a second-round pick for a player with concussion history who isn't getting any younger wouldn't be a smart use of capital:

Should they trade away the No. 53 pick for him? No way! Especially not in a draft that’s this deep at receiver. And not for a high-priced player coming off his worst NFL season and who might be one concussion away from the end of his career.

The fact that the Texans' Bill O'Brien, not exactly one of football's most revered decision-makers at the moment, traded the No. 57 pick for Cooks tells that Dave was on the money.

Of course, this leaves the Eagles with one fewer way to fix their wide receiver woes. They are clearly eyeing the draft, where a historically deep wide receiver class should net at least one contributor.

Will it be in the first round? Players like Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs seem like game-changers, but they might not be available without the Eagles trading up. If they don't, guys like Brandon Aiyuk could be available with the second-round pick Roseman just decided to not trade.

And if they wait past the first wave of top-tier wideout talent, there are plenty of names to watch in the later rounds.

One thing's for certain: things are starting to heat up, and that's normally when Roseman starts making moves.

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