Professional basketball

June 30, 2018 - 8:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — NBA teams will be working with a salary cap of $101,869,000 for the coming season, with a salary tax level of $123,733,000. The league released those figures Saturday night, hours before the annual moratorium starts and teams can begin negotiating with free agents. The figures are...
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FILE - In this March 10, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, reaches for a rebound along with Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles.A person with knowledge of the situation says the Mavericks are making another run at DeAndre Jordan three years after the center jilted them in free agency to stay with the Clippers. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
June 29, 2018 - 10:27 pm
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks are making another run at DeAndre Jordan, three years after the center jilted them in free agency to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers. Jordan has opted out of the final year of that contract he signed with LA in 2015, and the Mavericks intend to pursue him as an...
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FILE - In this March 28, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James goes up to dunk against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. An NBA free-agent class with a little something for everyone hits the market on July 1. The group includes an array of superstars, big men, glue guys and sharp-shooters. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
June 29, 2018 - 10:56 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Two people familiar with the decision say LeBron James has told the Cleveland Cavaliers he is declining his $35.6 million contract option for next season and is a free agent. James' representatives told the Cavs on Friday, said the people who spoke to the Associated Press on...
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder's Paul George (13) hangs from the rim after a dunk against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. An NBA free-agent class with a little something for everyone hits the market on July 1. The group includes an array of superstars, big men, glue guys and sharp-shooters. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
June 28, 2018 - 9:56 am
Paul George turned down one option and created a slew of new ones. George has decided not to exercise his $20.7 million option for next season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. George will become an unrestricted free agent on Sunday. The person...
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FILE - In this April 3, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Rodney Hood (1) drives against Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Cleveland. A person familiar with the decision says the Cavaliers will extend a $3.4 million qualifying offer to restricted free agent forward Rodney Hood. The team plans to make the offer ahead of Friday’s, June 29 midnight deadline, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not discussing publicly discussing its plans ahead of free agency starting.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
June 27, 2018 - 5:09 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers have some clarity with one of their free agent forwards. No, not that one. While waiting to see if they're in LeBron James' plans, the Cavaliers intend to extend a $3.4 million qualifying offer to Rodney Hood, making him a restricted free agent and protecting the club...
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FILE - In this May 31, 2018, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, in Oakland, Calif. A diversity report released shows the NBA continues to lead the way in men's professional sports in racial and gender hiring practices. The league earned an A+ for racial hiring practices and a B for gender hiring practices for an overall grade of an A. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
June 27, 2018 - 4:13 pm
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has received a five-year contract extension, a reward for accomplishments that include rapid growth in the value of franchises and attendance records around the league being set annually. Board of Governors Chairman Larry Tanenbaum of the Toronto Raptors announced the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2018, file photo, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) defends against Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas. A person familiar with the deal says that the Wizards have agreed to trade Gortat to the Los Angeles Clippers for guard Austin Rivers. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
June 26, 2018 - 9:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Seemed fairly clear that Marcin Gortat and the Washington Wizards were ready to part ways. Now they will. The Wizards have agreed to trade Gortat, their starting center, to the Los Angeles Clippers for guard Austin Rivers, according to a person familiar with the deal. The 1-for-1...
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CORRECTS SPELLING OF LAST NAME TO HARDEN, INSTEAD OF HARDIN - NBA player James Harden, of the Houston Rockets, left, accepts the most valuable player award as his mother, Monja Willis, looks on at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 25, 2018, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
June 26, 2018 - 1:32 am
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Third time was the charm for James Harden. The Houston Rockets star was voted the NBA's Most Valuable Player after twice being runner-up, beating out four-time winner LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans at the NBA Awards on Monday night. Harden joined Michael...
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NBA player James Harden, of the Houston Rockets, arrives at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 25, 2018, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
June 25, 2018 - 11:03 pm
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the NBA Awards, where the league's individual honors are being presented (all times local): 8 p.m. James Harden of the Houston Rockets is the NBA's Most Valuable Player. He joined Michael Jordan as the only players to average at least 20 points, eight...
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June 25, 2018 - 7:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving doesn't have to worry about free agency until next summer, though he's got plenty to keep him busy for now. There's a movie to promote and a knee to mend. He hopes he's good on screen, but wants to be better than ever on the court. "Now becomes the real climb to Mount...
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