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Sun Jun 2304:58Curry in Japan to talk Tokyo Olympics, Rui HachimuraStephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFRaptorsFree Agent
Yuta WatanabeSFGrizzliesFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — Stephen Curry is already looking ahead to the next challenge in his basketball career, including the chance to represent the United States at next year's Tokyo Olympics.Just over a week since his Golden State Warriors lost a grueling NBA Finals to the Toronto Raptors, Curry was in Tokyo on Sunday talking about the Olympics and the opportunity to face Japan's newest basketball sensation.The U.S. has won the gold medal in the last three Olympics and will be the favorite to top the podium again in Tokyo with a Dream Team that could feature such stars as Curry, LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard.Curry decided to pull out of the Rio Olympics due to several factors, including ankle and knee injuries."I know the energy here is going to be amazing," Curry said. "I haven't played in the Olympics before. I've played in two World Cup teams so I've had the experience of representing my country playing for the national team. But the Olympics, from everybody that I've talked to that's pla... [More]
Sat Jun 2201:18Japan hails Hachimura's NBA selection as new era for sportYuta WatanabeSFGrizzliesFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese basketball officials, fans and media hailed the selection of Rui Hachimura in the NBA draft, saying the move will usher in a new era for the sport in Japan.Hachimura became the first player from Japan to get chosen in the first round of the NBA draft, taken with the No. 9 overall pick by the rebuilding Washington Wizards on Thursday."The Birth of the NBA's Hachimura, a huge step for Japan," read the headline in the Nikkansports newspaper's online edition.The 6-foot-8, 235-pound (2.03 meters, 106 kilogram) forward averaged a team-leading 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds last season as a junior at U.S. college Gonzaga, where he was the West Coast Conference player of the year.The only other Japanese player drafted in NBA history was Yasutaka Okayama, who went 171st overall in 1981. He never appeared in a regular-season game, something just two players from the country have done: Yuta Tabuse for the Phoenix Suns in 2004-05, and Yuta Watanabe for the Memphis Grizzlies i... [More]
Fri Jun 2120:48Williamson welcomed to New Orleans by a grateful franchiseAnthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
Jrue HolidaySGPelicansFree Agent
Zion WilliamsonFree Agent
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Zion Williamson and his family were met with applause and traditional New Orleans jazz as they walked into the Pelicans' headquarters.The practice gym was filled with team employees and executives eager to welcome the player who has infused the franchise with so much more promise than it appeared to have when six-time All-Star Anthony Davis requested a trade five months ago.Williamson, who was in New York a night earlier when the Pelicans made him the NBA's top overall draft choice, smiled and looked relaxed in his blue suit and white designer sneakers. When the music was turned down and it was time for Williamson to address the gathering, he spoke with an easy manor and kept his comments short and simple. He promised maximum effort and flexibility, but stopped short of forecasting the type of greatness for himself that so many others have predicted."I look at things from a realistic point of view," Williamson began during his formal introduction to his first pro... [More]
Fri Jun 2119:38Long-range plan: Garland's shooting floored Cavs in workoutCollin SextonPGCavaliersFree Agent
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — When Darius Garland realized the Cavaliers sent general manager Koby Altman, new coach John Beilein and his entire staff to his private pre-draft workout in Los Angeles, the Vanderbilt guard drew up a personal game plan."I knew I had to kind of put on a show for them," he said.It was spectacular.As the Cavs watched in near disbelief, Garland, whose college career ended after just five games because of a left knee injury, hardly missed a shot for the first several minutes of his session. Everything he hoisted at the rim from 15 feet dropped. Swish.Same from 20 feet. Nothing but net from 25 and Garland eventually stepped even further back — way beyond the 3-point line, where only Steph Curry and a few other NBA shot takers hang out."I was pretty deep," Garland said with a smile.How deep?"He was shooting from back in Nashville and we were in California," Beilein cracked.The Cavs introduced Garland and Belmont forward Dylan Windler, the No. 26 overall pick, tw... [More]
Fri Jun 2118:58Dwane Casey says it was 'exciting' to see Raptors win titleSerge IbakaPFRaptorsFree Agent
Kyle LowryPGRaptorsFree Agent
Pascal SiakamPFRaptorsFree Agent
Fred VanVleetPGRaptorsFree Agent
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Dwane Casey had nothing but positive things to say about the fact that his former team just won the NBA title.Casey coached the Toronto Raptors for seven seasons but was fired last offseason — even though he'd just guided the Raptors to a team-record 59 wins and would eventually win coach of the year honors. Nick Nurse took over, and Toronto won its first championship this month."It was exciting. It was good to see," said Casey, now the coach of the Detroit Pistons. "To see a guy like Kyle Lowry, kid like Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and those guys — Serge Ibaka, guys I coached — win. It was really thrilling, because I know that was a goal going in with that group, and to see them win it was great."Casey was at the Pistons' practice facility Friday, when they introduced first-round draft pick Sekou Doumbouya. When asked about the Raptors, he also said he was happy for the fans."For that city to win a championship, it had to be thrilling for them," Casey said.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jun 2116:08Long-range plan: Garland's shooting floored Cavs in workoutCollin SextonPGCavaliersFree Agent
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Darius Garland showed the Cavaliers his range from 2,000 miles before they selected him in the NBA draft.The Cavs selected the Vanderbilt point guard with the No. 5 overall pick Thursday night despite him playing in only five games before injuring his left knee. Garland was always on Cleveland's radar, but the team became convinced that he was the right choice during a private workout last week in Los Angeles.The team sent new coach John Beilein and his entire staff to watch Garland. Beilein was floored by the 19-year-old's shooting ability and deep range, joking that Garland "was shooting the ball in Nashville and we were in California."The Cavs intend to play Garland alongside Collin Sexton, their first-round pick last season who had a solid rookie. Beilein said the tandem "will be beautiful together" and should be interchangeable on the floor.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jun 2115:47AP source: Whiteside opts in for $27 million with HeatUdonis HaslemPFHeatFree Agent
Dwyane WadeSGHeatFree Agent
Hassan WhitesideCHeatFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Hassan Whiteside is not leaving the final year of his Miami Heat deal on the table.A person with knowledge of the situation said Friday that Whiteside is exercising his $27.1 million option for next season in Miami. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the Heat nor Whiteside announced the decision publicly.The move was not a surprise. It'll be the final year of Whiteside's four-year, $98 million contract with the Miami, and the salary he'll command next season will keep him as the highest-paid player on the Heat roster.Whiteside averaged 12.3 points and a team-best 11.3 rebounds last season, appearing in 72 games and starting 53 of those. He also averaged only 23 minutes per game, and at times expressed his displeasure about not having a larger role."He's going to come to training camp like everybody else this year and earn it," Heat President Pat Riley said Friday, several hours before the option was exercised.For his career, Whiteside has averaged 13.4 points and 11.4 rebounds over parts of seven seasons with Miami and Sacramento. He led the NBA in blocks per game in the 2015-16 season, then led the league in rebounds per game the following season.He's third on Miami's all-time blocks list behind Alonzo Mourning and Dwyane Wade, and fifth on the team's all-time rebound list behind Udonis Haslem, Mourning, Rony Seikaly and Wade.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jun 2115:37AP source: Whiteside opts in for $27 million with HeatHassan WhitesideCHeatFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says Hassan Whiteside has told the Miami Heat that he is exercising his $27.1 million player option for next season.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because neither the Heat nor Whiteside announced the decision publicly.Whiteside is entering the last season on a four-year, $98 million deal with Miami. He averaged 12.3 points and a team-best 11.3 rebounds last season, appearing in 72 games and starting 53 of those.Whiteside will be the highest-paid player on the Heat next season. For his career, he's averaged 13.4 points and 11.4 rebounds over parts of seven seasons.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jun 2113:37Next game for Raptors: Making final pitch to Kawhi LeonardMarc GasolCGrizzliesFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFRaptorsFree Agent
TORONTO (AP) — The title won and the draft over, the Toronto Raptors turn to the next order of business: keeping Kawhi Leonard.He is expected to opt out of the final year of his contact and become a free agent June 30. The two-time NBA Finals MVP and three-time All-Star is likely the biggest prize on the market.Toronto can offer Leonard a five-year deal worth about $190 million — one year and some $50 million more than any other suitor.After a season-long soft sell that ended with the team's first championship and a massive downtown parade, the Raptors have just more than a week to craft, plan and present their final pitch to the best player in franchise history."We obviously want to put a couple of special touches on it," general manager Bobby Webster said Friday. "But, yeah, we're comfortable. Throughout the year we've been talking about the things that we can offer and what made this season so special. I think we'll just continue that."Now, after two months of hectic, high-press... [More]
Fri Jun 2112:07Analysis: The hat game takes away from the NBA draftAnthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
When the careers for players like De'Andre Hunter and Jarrett Culver are long over, when they look back at the scrapbook of their basketball lives, they will more than likely see photos of draft night.And they'll have the same reaction."Why did I have that hat on?"It'll be a fair question.A plea to the NBA: Going forward, do everyone a favor and let common sense prevail.The NBA has some fairly strict rules that get followed on trades, and there are a lot of reasons why some trades that were agreed to in recent days can't be executed until the new league year starts on July 6. It's why Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. While everyone believes he is a Laker, he really is still a Pelican and will be until his trade to Los Angeles can become official in a couple weeks.But since everyone knows the trades are happening, why pretend otherwise?The draft — a five-plus-hour ordeal on Thursday night — had so many great moments with players crying and rejoicing for c... [More]
Fri Jun 2102:57Analysis: The hat game takes away from the NBA draftAnthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
When the careers for players like De'Andre Hunter and Jarrett Culver are long over, when they look back at the scrapbook of their basketball lives, they will more than likely see photos of draft night.And they'll have the same reaction."Why did I have that hat on?"It'll be a fair question.A plea to the NBA: Going forward, do everyone a favor and let common sense prevail.The NBA has some fairly strict rules that get followed on trades, and there are a lot of reasons why trades that were agreed to in recent days can't be executed until the new league year starts on July 6. It's why Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. While everyone believes he is a Laker, he really is still a Pelican and will be until his trade to Los Angeles can become official in a couple weeks.But since everyone knows the trades are happening, why pretend otherwise?The draft — a five-plus-hour ordeal on Thursday night — had so many great moments with players crying, rejoicing for college t... [More]
Fri Jun 2101:17Knicks select Duke swingman RJ Barrett with No. 3 pickGrayson AllenSGJazzFree Agent
Mike ConleyPGGrizzliesFree Agent
Jae CrowderPFJazzFree Agent
Kevin KnoxSFKnicksFree Agent
Kyle KorverSGCavaliersFree Agent
Mitchell RobinsonCKnicksFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — It is not exactly a secret that the New York Knicks need a lot of help.So when a player who did almost everything well in his one college season was available, the decision to use the third overall pick Thursday night in the NBA draft on Duke freshman swingman RJ Barrett was relatively stress-free for general manager Scott Perry."I just can't tell you how excited we are to be able to land RJ Barrett and add him to the New York Knicks," Perry said in a conference call with reporters a few minutes after the selection was made. "We love a lot of things about this young man starting with his tremendous competitive level; his desire to want to be great as a basketball player. He's highly accomplished. He had a tremendous freshman season here at Duke."You could say that.Barrett led the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring at 22.8 points per game despite somewhat being overshadowed by flashier teammate Zion Williamson, the No. 1 pick by New Orleans Pelicans. Barrett finished... [More]
Thu Jun 2021:17Knicks select Duke swingman RJ Barrett with No. 3 pickGrayson AllenSGJazzFree Agent
Mike ConleyPGGrizzliesFree Agent
Jae CrowderPFJazzFree Agent
Kevin KnoxSFKnicksFree Agent
Kyle KorverSGCavaliersFree Agent
Mitchell RobinsonCKnicksFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — It is not exactly a secret that the New York Knicks need a lot of help.So when a player who did almost everything well in his one college season was available, the decision to use the third overall pick Thursday night in the NBA draft on Duke freshman swingman RJ Barrett was relatively stress-free for general manager Scott Perry."I just can't tell you how excited we are to be able to land RJ Barrett and add him to the New York Knicks," Perry said in a conference call with reporters a few minutes after the selection was made. "We love a lot of things about this young man starting with his tremendous competitive level; his desire to want to be great as a basketball player. He's highly accomplished. He had a tremendous freshman season here at Duke."You could say that.Barrett led the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring at 22.8 points per game despite somewhat being overshadowed by flashier teammate Zion Williamson, the No. 1 pick by New Orleans Pelicans. Barrett finished... [More]
Thu Jun 2020:07Knicks select Duke swingman RJ Barrett with No. 3 pickKevin KnoxSFKnicksFree Agent
Mitchell RobinsonCKnicksFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks selected Duke freshman swingman RJ Barrett with the third pick in the NBA draft Thursday night.Barrett led the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring at 22.8 points per game despite somewhat being overshadowed by flashier teammate Zion Williamson, the No. 1 pick by New Orleans Pelicans. Barrett finished second behind Williamson for ACC Player of the Year, and ACC Rookie of the Year. Both were named to the All-ACC First Team, and the conference's all-freshman team.The 6-foot-7, 202-pounder from Mississauga, Ontario, had been linked to the Knicks almost immediately after it was revealed at the draft Lottery on May 14 that New York had the third pick. However, in recent days, the Knicks had worked out Vanderbilt guard Darius Garland and North Carolina guard Coby White.Still, for a New York squad which finished a league-worst 17-65, Barrett theoretically provides the Knicks with another young building block along with small forward Kevin Knox and center... [More]
Thu Jun 2013:17AP source: Pelicans pick up team option for OkaforJahlil OkaforCNetsFree Agent
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Pelicans have picked up a team option on center Jahlil Okafor's contract through next season.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the team did not announce the transaction.The 6-foot-11 Okafor, drafted third overall by Philadelphia in 2015, averaged 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds in largely a reserve role for New Orleans last season, but he often thrived when he started or played significant minutes. He scored 10 or more points 21 times last season — including in five of his final six games — and finished with 30 points in regular-season finale.His productivity in New Orleans represented a turnaround from two seasons ago, when he says he struggled with depression and averaged 6.3 points in a season split between Philadelphia and Brooklyn.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Jun 2012:40AP source: Pistons getting Snell, pick from Bucks for LeuerJon LeuerPFPistonsFree Agent
Tony SnellSGBucksFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal says the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a trade that would send Jon Leuer to the Bucks in exchange for Tony Snell and the 30th pick in Thursday night's draft.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade is not yet official. Trades can't be completed until the new league year starts on July 6.The 6-foot-7 Snell played the past three seasons with the Bucks and was a regular starter until 2018-19, when he mostly came off the bench. He averaged 6.0 points a game this past season and appeared in nine playoff games. Snell missed time late in the season because of a left ankle sprain.Leuer spent three seasons with Detroit, but he had surgery on his left ankle and missed most of 2017-18, then he injured his right knee the following offseason and needed surgery for that. The 6-foot-10 Leuer was able to play 41 games last season, averaging 9.8 minutes.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Jun 1921:28After lottery setback, Hawks look to add to young coreLonzo BallPGLakersFree Agent
John CollinsPFHawksFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
Luka DoncicPGMavericksFree Agent
Kevin HuerterSGHawksFree Agent
Taurean PrinceSFHawksFree Agent
Trae YoungPGHawksFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The NBA draft lottery didn't go their way.Still, the Atlanta Hawks are poised to take another big step forward in their massive rebuilding job.With a pair of picks in the top 10 — or perhaps a single selection that's higher than what they have now, should they work out a trade — the Hawks can add to a pair of gems from the last two drafts, Trae Young and John Collins.In all, the Hawks have five picks in the two-round draft, including No. 17 as part of a reported deal that will send Taurean Prince to the Brooklyn Nets."Will we try to be active?" general manager Travis Schlenk said. "Sure."After finishing with the league's fifth-worst record (29-53), the Hawks were hopeful of moving up in the lottery — perhaps even all the way to the No. 1 spot, where they could've grabbed Zion Williamson.But New Orleans defied the odds by claiming the top position, while the Hawks actually tumbled three spots below where they finished to No. 8. They also have the No. 10 pick, acqu... [More]
Wed Jun 1915:28AP source: Grizzlies trade Conley to Jazz for 3 playersGrayson AllenSGJazzFree Agent
Tony AllenSGBullsFree Agent
Mike ConleyPGGrizzliesFree Agent
Jae CrowderPFJazzFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
Marc GasolCGrizzliesFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFWarriorsFree Agent
Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
Kyle KorverSGCavaliersFree Agent
Mike MillerSFNuggetsFree Agent
Donovan MitchellSGJazzFree Agent
Ricky RubioPGJazzFree Agent
The Memphis Grizzlies traded away the final piece of the franchise's best years on Wednesday, sending veteran point guard Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz for a trio of players, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.The Grizzlies swapped Conley for forward Jae Crowder, guard/forward Kyle Korver and guard Grayson Allen, said the person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because neither Memphis nor Utah has announced the trade, which cannot be completed until the new league year starts on July 6.Conley confirmed the trade on Twitter, thanking Memphis for making him the man he is and being his home."Time for another chapter! Excited to give all I have to The Jazz ...!" Conley tweeted.ESPN.com first reported the deal, which it says also includes Utah's No. 23 pick overall in Thursday night's draft.Conley was the final piece of the core that led the Grizzlies to seven consecutive playoff berths, including the 2013 Western Conference Finals. Zach Randolph and Tony... [More]
Wed Jun 1914:58After lottery setback, Hawks look to add to young coreLonzo BallPGLakersFree Agent
John CollinsPFHawksFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
Luka DoncicPGMavericksFree Agent
Kevin HuerterSGHawksFree Agent
Taurean PrinceSFHawksFree Agent
Trae YoungPGHawksFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The NBA draft lottery didn't go their way.Still, the Atlanta Hawks are poised to take another big step forward in their massive rebuilding job.With a pair of picks in the top 10 — or perhaps a single selection that's higher than what they have now, should they work out a trade — the Hawks can add to a pair of gems from the last two drafts, Trae Young and John Collins.In all, the Hawks have six picks in the two-round draft, including No. 17 as part of a reported deal that will send Taurean Prince to the Brooklyn Nets."Obviously, we don't want to add six rookies to the team," general manager Travis Schlenk said. "Will we try to be active? Sure."After finishing with the league's fifth-worst record (29-53), the Hawks were hopeful of moving up in the lottery — perhaps even all the way to the No. 1 spot, where they could've grabbed Zion Williamson.But New Orleans defied the odds by claiming the top position, while the Hawks actually tumbled three spots below where they... [More]
Wed Jun 1913:07AP source: Grizzlies trade Conley to Jazz for 3 playersGrayson AllenSGJazzFree Agent
Tony AllenSGBullsFree Agent
Mike ConleyPGGrizzliesFree Agent
Jae CrowderPFJazzFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
Marc GasolCGrizzliesFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFWarriorsFree Agent
Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
Kyle KorverSGCavaliersFree Agent
Mike MillerSFNuggetsFree Agent
Donovan MitchellSGJazzFree Agent
Ricky RubioPGJazzFree Agent
The Memphis Grizzlies traded away the final piece of the franchise's best years on Wednesday, sending veteran point guard Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz for a trio of players, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.The Grizzlies swapped Conley for Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver and Grayson Allen, said the person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because neither Memphis nor Utah has announced the trade.Conley confirmed the trade on Twitter, thanking Memphis for making him the man he is and being his home."Time for another chapter! Excited to give all I have to The Jazz ...!" Conley tweeted.ESPN.com first reported the deal, which it says also includes Utah's No. 23 pick overall in Thursday night's draft.Conley was the final piece of the core that led the Grizzlies to seven consecutive playoff berths, including the 2013 Western Conference Finals. Zach Randolph and Tony Allen left in 2017 as free agents, and Memphis traded Marc Gasol to Toronto in February, splittin... [More]
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