Dolphins ‘Concerned’ After Tannehill Fall – Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill suffered what appeared to be a left leg injury Thursday, and a source told ESPN that the team is “concerned.” Tannehill fell awkwardly on the sideline while scrambling and didn’t get up. Trainers looked at his left knee, which has a brace on it, before taking the quarterback inside. Tannehill suffered a sprained ACL and MCL in the same knee last season and didn’t require surgery.
Longtime Pats DE Ninkovich to Retire – New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich, who has been absent from training camp for what coach Bill Belichick described as personal reasons, is expected to announce his retirement Sunday afternoon, sources told ESPN. The Patriots have called a news conference for 12:15 p.m. ET but have not specified that it is for Ninkovich’s announcement.
Free-agent point guard Raymond Felton has reached an agreement with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources tell ESPN. According to sources, Felton’s new pact is a one-year deal at the veteran’s minimum. The 33-year-old veteran averaged 6.7 points and 2.4 assists as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2016-17 season.
Free-agent forward Bojan Bogdanovic has agreed to a two-year, $21 million deal with the Indiana Pacers, league sources told ESPN on Friday. The second year includes a partial guarantee of $1.5 million, sources told ESPN. The Wizards renounced his rights Friday and allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent.
Free-agent guard Tyreke Evans has agreed to a one-year, $3.3 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told ESPN. Last season, Evans saw limited action with the Kings due to knee issues, playing in 14 games (six starts) while averaging 11.6 points and shooting 43.8 percent from 3-point range.
The Detroit Pistons are renouncing the rights to restricted free-agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, turning him into the marketplace’s No. 1 unrestricted free agent, league sources told ESPN. The Pistons have been reluctant to meet Caldwell-Pope’s $25 million-plus asking price, and the acquisition of Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley on Friday liberated Detroit to let Caldwell-Pope leave the franchise. The Brooklyn Nets plan to pursue Caldwell-Pope, angling to pair him in a young backcourt with D’Angelo Russell, league sources told ESPN. The Lakers have serious interest too, if Caldwell-Pope is willing to accept a one-year deal to preserve the franchise’s salary-cap space next year.
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.