Lakers, Nets Near Russell-Lopez Swap – The Los Angeles Lakers are trading Tim Mozgov and D’Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez and the 27th pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, according to sources. The deal was first reported by The Vertical.
UPDATE: Wade Tells Bulls He’s Picking Up Option – Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade told the team he is picking up his $24 million player option to remain with the team next season, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Nick Friedell. Wade had until June 27 to inform the Bulls of his decision, which was first reported by CSN Chicago.
Rangers, Odor Agree to $49.5M Deal – The Texas Rangers have reached an agreement with Rougned Odor on a six-year extension worth $49.5 million, sources confirmed on Saturday. The deal with the two-time defending AL West champions also includes an option for a seventh year, according to FanRag Sports Network, which first reported the deal. The 23-year-old Odor, who played for Venezuela during the World Baseball Classic, had a huge season with the Rangers in 2016, hitting .271 with 33 home runs, 88 RBIs, 89 runs and a .798 OPS. He also had 14 stolen bases.
Cavaliers to Sign Derrick Williams to 10-Day Deal – The Cleveland Cavaliers plan to sign forward Derrick Williams to a 10-day contract, sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday. The Miami Heat released Williams, 25, on Tuesday. He averaged 5.9 points and 2.9 rebounds over 25 games for the Heat. He is flying to Oklahoma City and likely will be in uniform Thursday night when the Cavs take on the Thunder.
Eagles Begin Trimming, Release CB McKelvin – The Eagles released veteran cornerback Leodis McKelvin on Wednesday, the team announced. McKelvin was set to make a base salary of $2 million with a roster bonus of $1.2 million in 2017. By cutting him, the Eagles gain $3.2 million in cap space. The Eagles started the process of trying to free up resources by asking veteran left tackle Jason Peters to take a pay cut. They are expected to continue to free up money over the next four weeks before the start of free agency on March 9.
Sarkisian Agrees to be Falcons’ Next OC – Steve Sarkisian has agreed to become the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator, the team announced on Tuesday. He will replace Kyle Shanahan, who was named the San Francisco 49ers head coach on Monday. Sarkisian was recently promoted to offensive coordinator for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Lane Kiffin, who was Alabama’s offensive coordinator during the regular season, left the school to become Florida Atlantic’s new head coach.
Blues Fire Hitchcock; Yeo Takes Over Early – The St. Louis Blues’ coaching change was supposed to happen after the season was over, but a disappointing year has cost veteran bench boss Ken Hitchcock his job ahead of time. The Blues announced Wednesday The Blues announced Wednesday morning that Hitchcock had been relieved of his duties and that associate coach Mike Yeo was taking over. Yeo, the former Minnesota Wild head coach, was hired last summer with the stipulation that he would take over when Hitchcock retired after this season. But following the Blues’ 5-3 loss at home to Winnipeg on Tuesday night, general manager Doug Armstrong decided the time was now to change things up.
NBA: Durant Was Fouled; LeBron Deserved Tech – The Cleveland Cavaliers benefited from two missed calls in the last two minutes of their stirring 109-108 come-from-behind victory over the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day, the NBA announced Monday. According to the league, Richard Jefferson should have been called for a foul with 3.1 seconds left for making foot contact with the Warriors’ Kevin Durant that was determined to have affected Durant’s rhythm, speed, balance or quickness on the play. The league also determined that LeBron James‘ dunk with 1:43 remaining, which put the Cavs up 105-103 and gave them their first lead since the first quarter, should have resulted in a technical foul for “deliberately hanging on the rim” after the dunk was completed.