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

Kirk Cousins: Teammates’ frustration ‘understandable’

With a lifetime’s worth of financial security hanging in the balance, Kirk Cousins is under as much pressure as any quarterback this season.

After tossing three interceptions and missing a host of open receivers through two games, he’s facing increased scrutiny.

Washington Redskins wide receivers have already grown frustrated with their quarterback, particularly for locking onto primary reads, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported on Monday’s edition of Up To The Minute.

The only consolation for San Diego is the fact that 2015 first-round pick Melvin Gordon seems to be finally running with purpose. Gordon posted 159 yards and three touchdowns over his first two games this season, while Woodhead added 116 yards on the ground and 35 yards through the air.

Receiving backs like Woodhead are not easy to come by, especially ones who can navigate complex protection schemes and operate out of the backfield as a safety net pass catcher. Last year, Woodhead caught 80 passes for 755 yards and six touchdowns.

Undrafted free agent Kenneth Farrow and former Giants draft pick Andre Williams round out the team’s depth chart. Neither have much experience as a receiving back. San Diego signed wide recevier Griff Whalen on Monday after moving Woodhead to IR.

Woodhead has never really gotten the credit he deserves. If an NFL team lost a receiver who produced 80 catches on 106 targets and averaged nearly 10 yards per reception, their fanbase would be in a whirlwind wondering how exactly to replace him.

Woodhead, though, might prove even harder to replace.