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UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 1:36 p.m.

Lance Stephenson accepts LeBron’s call to team up for Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed veteran Lance Stephenson and second-round pick Svi Mykhailiuk. Stephenson appeared in all 82 games for Indiana last season, averaging 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and …


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 11:16 p.m.

It’s official: Lakers announce LeBron James has signed

The Los Angeles Lakers announced the signing of LeBron James as a free agent Monday night, confirming the seismic shift created by the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player’s decision to …


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

Lonnie Shelton, integral member of Seattle Sonics’ 1979 NBA champions, dies at age 62

Lonnie Shelton, the starting power forward and defensive enforcer for the Sonics team that won the city’s only NBA title in 1979, has died at the age of 62.


UPDATED: Sat., July 7, 2018, 11:01 p.m.

NBA Summer League roundup: Zach Collins helps Portland Trail Blazers open Las Vegas league with victory over Utah Jazz

The forward, who spent one season at Gonzaga, earned the start and logged 28 minutes for Portland. He also added three blocks and two assists.


UPDATED: Sat., July 7, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Suns’ Devin Booker signs 5-year, $158 million deal

Devin Booker, the high-scoring guard at the heart of Phoenix’s rebuilding plans, has signed a five-year, $158 million maximum contract with the Suns. Booker, 21, tweeted a photo of himself …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

Former Eastern Washington sensation Jacob Wiley works hard to secure spot on Dallas Mavericks roster

Since earning 2017 Big Sky Conference Player of the Year honors at Eastern Washington, Jacob Wiley is one well-traveled young man.


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 6:43 p.m.

Moving Day: Tony Parker, Dwight Howard pick new spots; Carmelo Anthony may be next as NBA free agency picks up

Tony Parker is leaving San Antonio for Charlotte, Dwight Howard is closer to Washington and Carmelo Anthony is moving as well. Friday was hectic for NBA veterans, with Parker making …


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 6:37 p.m.

Matt Calkins: If and when Sonics return, let’s hope NBA is different than its current version

Yes, it will be thrilling when the Sonics return to Seattle but unless new policies are instituted, fans might not have much to cheer about based on the recent super …


NBA estimates 40,000 more travel miles in a top 16 playoffs

The NBA estimates an increase of 40,000 miles of travel in the postseason if it scrapped its current conference format and seeded 1 to 16. Calls to change the system …


UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018, 6:06 p.m.

NBA free agency: Stay home, or sign short deals

The trend in NBA free agency this year: Most players are either staying put, or taking short-term deals that allow them to hit the market again next summer.


Nuggets, rookie Michael Porter Jr. agree to multiyear deal

The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a multiyear deal with rookie forward Michael Porter Jr.


Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo cover athlete for NBA 2K19 video game

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is the cover athlete for the NBA 2K19 standard edition video game.


UPDATED: Sun., July 1, 2018, 6:40 p.m.

Aron Baynes to re-sign with Boston Celtics

Aron Baynes, who started virtually every game last season with Boston, is staying with the Celtics. A person familiar with the negotiations says Baynes has agreed to a two-year deal …


UPDATED: Sun., July 1, 2018, 10:39 p.m.

LeBron James agrees to 4-year, $154 million contract with NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James is signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, leaving Cleveland for the second time in his career. James’ management group sent a release saying he has agreed to a …


AP source: Kevin Durant will sign 2-year deal with Warriors

A person familiar with the situation says that Kevin Durant will sign a two-year contract to remain with the Golden State Warriors, with the caveat that the deal will have …


AP source: Dallas Mavericks chasing DeAndre Jordan again 3 years later

A person with knowledge of the situation says the Dallas Mavericks are making another run at DeAndre Jordan, three years after the center jilted them in free agency to stay …


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 7:53 p.m.

Sources: LeBron James declines option with Cleveland Cavaliers, becomes NBA free agent

Two people familiar with the decision says LeBron James has informed the Cavaliers he’s declining his $35.6 million option for next season and is a free agent. James’ representatives informed …


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 5:19 p.m.

Former Eastern Washington star Jacob Wiley joins Dallas Mavericks’ NBA Summer League team

Former Eastern Washington basketball star Jacob Wiley will play for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Summer League, the team announced Thursday.


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 5:44 p.m.

AP source: Paul George decides to become free agent

Paul 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 …


So many dominoes: LeBron James can dictate NBA free agency

The rumor mill is in overdrive, with nuggets such as these: LeBron James has looked at schools in Los Angeles, he’s not particularly fond of Houston and he’s hugging restaurant …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 8:33 p.m.

Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson remembers Hoopfest and childhood in Spokane

A decade before starring at Fresno State and signing a $60 million contact with the Miami Heat, Johnson attended Spokane’s Hamblen, Adams and Sunrise elementary schools as his mother, Jennifer …


Becky Hammon moves up, gets promoted by San Antonio Spurs

Becky Hammon is moving up San Antonio’s coaching ladder. The Spurs announced Wednesday that they have promoted Hammon, and that she will fill the spot vacated by James Borrego on …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 11:12 a.m.

From Lebron James to Kevin Durant, a look at some of the top NBA free agents

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.


Wolves rookies realize playing time must be earned

The Minnesota Timberwolves used the draft to add a pair of players possessing the skill sets they’re seeking for the wing positions, starting with versatility on defense. Even if Josh …


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 1:21 p.m.

Magic Johnson: I’ll step down if I don’t land free agents for Lakers

Magic Johnson is betting his job on his free-agent recruiting skills for the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson says he will step down as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations if …


Houston’s James Harden wins NBA MVP over LeBron James, Anthony Davis

James Harden 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 …


Kyrie Irving stays busy with knee to mend, movie to promote

Kyrie Irving doesn’t have to worry about free agency until next summer. In the meantime, he has plenty to keep him busy now. Irving is recovering from late-season knee surgery …


UPDATED: Sat., June 23, 2018, 8:28 p.m.

Ex-Eastern Washington star Bogdan Bliznyuk agrees to NBA Summer League contract with LA Clippers

Former Eastern Washington guard Bogdan Bliznyuk has agreed to a NBA Summer League contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.


UPDATED: Fri., June 22, 2018, 6:13 p.m.

Former Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams signs NBA Summer League contract with Los Angeles Lakers

Former Gonzaga Bulldog Johnathan Williams will play with the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Summer League, the forward confirmed in a text message.


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 9:54 p.m.

Suns pick Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton first overall in NBA Draft

The Phoenix Suns stayed close to home for their first No. 1 pick. The Dallas Mavericks looked all the way to Slovenia for the player they hope can be their …