Professional basketball

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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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony pauses during the team''s NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oklahoma City. Anthony plans to opt in and take the $28 million he is due next season. The New York Times first reported the 34-year-old Anthony's decision to bypass the chance to become a free agent. A person with knowledge of details confirmed Anthony's choice to The Associated Press on Friday night, June 22. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the situation publicly. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
June 23, 2018 - 12:25 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony plans to opt in and take the $28 million he is due next season. The New York Times first reported the 34-year-old Anthony's decision to bypass the chance to become a free agent. A person with knowledge of details confirmed Anthony's...
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Phoenix Suns' Mikal Bridges, left, and Deandre Ayton, right, laugh as they answer a question as the team introduces their NBA basketball draft picks Friday, June 22, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
June 22, 2018 - 7:42 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Since the heady days of Steve Nash came to an end, there have been few signs of joy from a dwindling fan base that watched the Phoenix Suns tumble to the bottom of the NBA standings and miss the playoffs for the eighth year in a row. Then came the announcement that Deandre Ayton...
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Dallas Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson, left, speaks while he introduces Jalen Brunson, center, and Luka Doncic in Dallas on Friday, June 22, 2018. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
June 22, 2018 - 6:58 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic didn't get compared to Larry Bird when he was introduced a day after the Dallas Mavericks traded up to get the third overall pick in the NBA draft. For president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, that's progress based on his last experience of getting a tender-aged...
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FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green, right, stands at the bench with injured teammates Kawhi Leonard, second from left, and Rudy Gay, center, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in San Antonio. General manager R.C. Buford acknowledges star forward Kawhi Leonard is unhappy with the Spurs. He remains optimistic the relationship can be salvaged. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
June 22, 2018 - 9:12 am
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — General manager R.C. Buford acknowledges star forward Kawhi Leonard is unhappy with the Spurs. He remains optimistic the relationship can be salvaged. Leonard has requested a trade from San Antonio because he is unhappy after missing most of last season with a right quadriceps...
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Kevin Huerter, in blue at center right, sits with his sister Jillian; brother Thomas Jr.; mother, Erin; sister Meghan; and father, Thomas Sr., during an NBA basketball draft watch party Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Clifton Park, N.Y. The Atlanta Hawks selected Huerter, a guard from Maryland, with the 19th pick in the draft. (AP Photo/Tim Reynolds)
June 22, 2018 - 2:12 am
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The hardest part of NBA draft night for Kevin Huerter was keeping a straight face. He knew, moments before virtually anyone else did, that he was about to become a professional basketball player. Dozens of friends and family flanked him, all their eyes intently on the...
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