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Russell Westbrook has procedure on knee; status for opener in doubt

Thunder All-Star guard Russell Westbrook underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee. That puts his availability for the season opener on Oct. 16 against the Golden State Warriors in doubt. The team says Westbrook decided after suffering inflammation in the knee this past weekend that he’d have the procedure. He averaged 25.4 points, a league-leading 10.3 assists and 10.1 rebounds last season.

Thirteen join Basketball Hall of Fame

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 10:15 p.m.

Lefty Driesell had the crowd laughing. Dino Radja fought back tears. Blue Devils and Tar Heels brought their rivalry to the Basketball Hall of Fame, and Ray Allen made a peace offering to his spurned Celtics teammates. And they did it with an assist from three of the greatest point guards in NBA history.

AP source: Udonis Haslem, Heat agree on 1-year deal for 16th season

A person with knowledge of the negotiations said Udonis Haslem and the Miami Heat have agreed on a one-year, $2.4 million contract that will keep him with his hometown team for a 16th season. The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been signed, though that last detail is now merely a formality.

Manu Ginobili, a 4-time champion with Spurs, retires at 41

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 8:08 p.m.

Manu Ginobili has played his final game, and with that a new era awaits the San Antonio Spurs. Ginobili announced his decision to retire Monday, the 41-year-old wrapping up what he called a “fabulous journey” in which he helped the Spurs win four NBA championships in 16 seasons with the club.

Celtics’ Kyrie Irving honored by mother’s Sioux tribe

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 1:17 p.m.

Standing on a bison pelt, Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving was smudged with sacred grasses, presented with traditional quilts and eagle feathers and given a Lakota name that means “Little Mountain” as he was welcomed Thursday into his mother’s Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

Dwyane Wade says if he plays, he’ll be with Heat this season

Dwyane Wade still isn’t sure if he will be back on the floor this season. But if he returns, he’s still saying it will be only for the Miami Heat. Wade and Udonis Haslem remain unsigned by the team with about six weeks left before the start of training camp.

LeBron James to make Lakers debut at Portland on Oct. 18

LeBron James will make his debut with the Los Angeles Lakers at Portland on Oct. 18 and play in front of the home fans for the first time two days later. The Lakers will host Houston on Oct. 20 at Staples Center.

LeBron James returns to Cleveland with Lakers on Nov. 21

LeBron James will make his one and only visit to Cleveland on Nov. 21 when the Los Angeles Lakers play the Cavaliers in the four-time MVP’s home state. The NBA regular season tips off with two games on Oct. 16 with Philadelphia at Boston and Oklahoma City at Golden State. The season concludes April 10. Defending champion Golden State will play Houston for the first time since their Western Conference final went seven games on Nov. 15.

LeBron James, Warriors, Rockets, Celtics highlight NBA TV schedule

NBA fans will get a smorgasbord of LeBron James in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform, Kevin Durant and the defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Houston Rockets and the up-and-coming Boston Celtics as part of the league’s national television schedule. The NBA released its TV schedule for the first week of the season, Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Wednesday, and all are prominently featured. The highlight is James and the Lakers visiting the Warriors on Christmas Day.

Cavs acquire forward Sam Dekker from Clippers

Dekker, a first-round pick by Houston in 2015, averaged 4.2 points and 2.4 rebounds as a reserve in 73 games last season for the Clippers. The 6-foot-9 Dekker figures to get more minutes with the Cavaliers, who are revamping their roster following superstar LeBron James’ departure as a free agent.

NBA strikes deal with MGM Resorts to provide data to bettors

The NBA has struck a deal with MGM Resorts to become the official casino partner of the league and the WNBA. Terms were not disclosed, other than it will last several years. MGM will pay the NBA for official data to use in determining outcomes of various bets.

Dwyane Wade still not saying if he will play a 16th season

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade wouldn’t say Monday if he has decided whether to play this season, which would be his 16th in the NBA. His future has been the source of much speculation for several weeks, with retirement a possibility.

AP source: Hawks agree to deal with veteran Vince Carter

Veteran Vince Carter is the latest addition to the new-look Atlanta Hawks. The 41-year-old Carter has agreed to a one-year, $2.4 million contract with the Hawks, said a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.