Morning Roundup: Reggie Jackson leaves Pistons to join Clippers
The Detroit Pistons and Reggie Jackson have agreed on a contract buyout, paving the way for the veteran guard to sign with another team.
Jackson intends to sign with the Clippers once he clears waivers Thursday afternoon, a person with knowledge of Jackson’s plans confirmed Tuesday.
Jackson is in the final season of his five-year, $80 million deal he signed in 2015 with the Pistons, who acquired him earlier that year in a trade with Oklahoma City.
The 29-year-old Jackson is averaging 14.9 points and 5.1 assists this season, but he has been limited to just 14 games this season due to a back injury.
Cavaliers: First-year coach John Beilein is expected to walk away from the Cavaliers by Wednesday, according to multiple reports. The Cavs and Beilein reportedly were in negotiations Tuesday that would allow the two to part ways.
Commissioner apologizes for trophy remark
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred apologized Tuesday for what he called a disrespectful reference to the World Series trophy as a "piece of metal."
Even before being asked about it, Manfred said he made a mistake with those comments when trying to deliver a rhetorical point in an interview two days earlier.
"I referred to the World Series trophy in a disrespectful way, and I want to apologize for it," Manfred said. "There's no excuse for it. ... It was a mistake to say what I said."
MLB players, already upset with Manfred's handling of the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal and some of his comments in trying to explain it, became further infuriated by his "piece of metal" comment during a lengthy interview with ESPN on Sunday.
NCAA may revise transfer policy
The NCAA took a significant step toward allowing all Division I athletes to transfer one time without sitting out a season of competition.
A plan to change the waiver process is expected to be presented to the Division I Council in April. If adopted, new criteria would go into effect for the 2020-21 academic year and be a boon for athletes in high-profile sports such as football and men's and women's basketball.
In those sports, along with baseball and men's hockey, Division I undergraduate athletes are required to do what the NCAA calls a year-in-residence after transferring, when they can practice with their new teams but not participate in games.
Other NCAA Division I athletes are permitted by rule a one-time exception to be immediately eligible for competition after transferring.
Seahawks to sign All-Pro tight end Greg Olsen
A person familiar with the situation says three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen has agreed to a one-year, $7 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks.
Olsen, 34, was released by the Panthers earlier this month after nine seasons with the team. Olsen has caught 718 passes for 8,444 yards and 59 touchdowns during his 13-year NFL career.