Rookie Mikhail Sergachev is fifth in points among defensemen.

Garoppolo, 25, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. The 49ers are likely to keep him by signing him to a new deal or tagging him as their franchise player.

That would mean that Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins would have one fewer potential landing spot in free agency.

That’s why you play in the NBA. You want to be the player who has a chance to have the ball in their hands down the stretch of an important game. Few games are more important than your first game against the team you went to three straight Finals with. It’s early in the season, sure, but Irving’s shift to the Celtics is already paying off in ways he could have never imagined.

Having signed a one-year, $23 million deal with the Sixers the following afternoon, Redick now has plenty of his own resources. Yet the 11-year veteran is sitting back in his new team’s practice facility in Camden, N.J., discussing his 90-minute commute from Brooklyn. “I got used to it in L.A. The traffic in L.A was pretty bad,” the former Clippers sharpshooter says. “My first year in L.A., to and from games and to and from practices could to take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour or so.”

Imagine paying somebody $20 million in a given year for a five-year contract and by the next year sending the balance of that contract to another team. In essence, you are handing that team $16 million of your money in return for a third-round pick. A general manager looks bad in that scenario.

The College Football Playoff on Thursday announced its recusals for the 2017 season, and new committee member Frank Beamer is among those added to the list.

Throw in Brayden Point and Vladislav Namestnikov, and Tampa has four of the top 30 scorers in the NHL. nike_patriots-431

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