Cavs Get 2nd Rounder to Seal Kyrie-Isaiah Deal – With a Thursday morning deadline looming, the Boston Celtics agreed to send the Cleveland Cavaliers a 2020 second-round draft pick via the Miami Heat to acquire four-time All-Star guard Kyrie Irving and complete the blockbuster trade. The Celtics resisted the Cavaliers’ desire for a first-round pick to compensate the Cavs’ reluctance to sign off on Isaiah Thomas’ hip injury, and Cleveland finally agreed to consummate the deal late Wednesday night. Irving is scheduled to be introduced at a news conference in Boston on Friday, league sources said.
Stafford, Lions Agree to Historic Deal – The Detroit Lions and Matthew Stafford agreed to a five-year contract that is expected to make him the highest paid player in NFL history, a team source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Lions team president Rod Wood said the team was willing to pay “whatever it takes” to lock up quarterback Matthew Stafford for the foreseeable future, even if it meant making him the highest-paid player in football. As of yet, there are no contract details available, though Schefter confirmed the average annual value of the deal will exceed Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s $25 million.
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.