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UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019, 4:34 p.m.

Long-range plan: Darius Garland’s shooting floored Cavs in workout

Darius Garland showed the Cavaliers his range from 2,000 miles before they selected him in the NBA draft. The Cavs selected Garland with the No. 5 overall pick Thursday night …


AP source: Hassan Whiteside opts in for $27 million with Heat

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019, 6:35 p.m.

The NBA draft is over, and now on the clock: Free agency

Now on the clock: Chaos. The NBA offseason is just getting started. A draft that had good bits of intrigue is now done. Up next is free agency, which will …


Next game for Raptors: Making final pitch to Kawhi Leonard

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

Analysis: Right hat or wrong hat, the confusion takes away from the spectacle of the NBA draft

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 …


Washington stars Matisse Thybulle, Jaylen Nowell taken in NBA draft

Philadelphia moved up four spots from No. 24 to 20 to select Thybulle in a trade with Boston that cost the 76ers the No. 33 pick in the second round.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 11:05 p.m.

John Blanchette: Despite their collegiate accomplishments, the toughest challenges still await this bunch of Bulldogs

Both players, Hachimura in particular, will have to endure the modern blather that suggests that any first-rounder who falls short of All-Pro status is somehow a bust.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 11:16 p.m.

Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke first Gonzaga duo selected in first round of NBA draft

Rui Hachimura, wearing special attire for the occasion, made history Thursday night in New York and Japan and contributed to another major milestone for Gonzaga.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 10:22 p.m.

New Orleans Pelicans take Duke’s Zion Williamson with No. 1 pick in NBA draft

The New Orleans Pelicans selected Zion Williamson with the No. 1 pick, going with the Duke force who is considered one of the most exciting prospects in years.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 11:17 p.m.

NBA draft updates: History made as Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke give Gonzaga two first-round picks; Zach Norvell Jr. goes undrafted

The Gonzaga men’s basketball program has had two players selected in the first round of the NBA draft for the first time.


Trump to consider inviting Raptors ‘if they’d like to do it’

President Donald Trump says he’ll consider inviting the NBA champion Toronto Raptors to the White House “if they’d like to do it.”


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 7:55 p.m.

Rui Hachimura signs endorsement deal with Nissin, maker of Cup Noodles, on eve of NBA draft

Japanese tennis players Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori are also Nissin brand ambassadors.


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 10:15 p.m.

2019 NBA mock draft: How will Pelicans build around Zion Williamson?

The NBA couldn’t have asked for a better draft lead-in than the Anthony Davis blockbuster trade. While the first wave of headlines rightfully belonged to the Los Angeles Lakers, the …


With short window after season’s end, Warriors turn to draft

Warriors general manager Bob Myers is still emotionally spent after watching superstars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson go down with serious injuries in the last two games of the NBA …


Zion’s time: Williamson the center of attention at NBA draft

Zion Williamson tried to portray himself as an ordinary player just hoping to be drafted. Actually, he’s perhaps the most-hyped one since LeBron James. Soon he can start showing if …


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

After lottery setback, Hawks look to add to young core

Even though the lottery didn’t work as they hoped, the Atlanta Hawks are preparing for another intriguing draft. With three first-round picks and six choices overall, the Hawks are poised …


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 12:19 p.m.

AP source: Grizzlies trade Mike Conley to Jazz for 3 players

A person with knowledge of the decision says the Memphis Grizzlies have traded veteran point guard Mike Conley, who has played the most games in franchise history, to the Utah …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 1:52 p.m.

Study: NBA earns overall A grade in diversity hiring

A diversity report shows the NBA still leads men’s professional sports leagues in racial and gender hiring practices. The annual report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 1:47 p.m.

Attorney: Deputy in clash with Raptors exec has concussion

A lawyer for a deputy involved in an altercation with the president of the Toronto Raptors as he tried to join his team on the court to celebrate their NBA …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 3:14 p.m.

Toronto police seek 4th person in Raptors rally shooting

Police in Canada are looking for a fourth person and haven’t recovered the gun involved in a shooting at a rally for the NBA champion Raptors that left four people …


Texas’ Jaxson Hayes headlines list of big men in NBA draft

Texas’ Jaxson Hayes headlines the list of big men in the NBA draft. Hayes is a lottery prospect after spending one season with the Longhorns. Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke, Kentucky’s PJ …


Pelicans extend coach Alvin Gentry’s contract through 2021

New Orleans Pelicans new basketball operations chief David Griffin says the club is exercising its option to extend coach Alvin Gentry’s contract through the 2020-21 season. Gentry has coached four …


UPDATED: Sat., June 15, 2019, 7:06 p.m.

Analysis: Anthony Davis trade a win-win for both sides

The saga is over. When this trade is done, everybody can say they won. For the Pelicans, it’s a new beginning. For the Lakers, it’s about winning now.


UPDATED: Sat., June 15, 2019, 6:10 p.m.

AP Source: Lakers, Pelicans, agree on Anthony Davis trade

Several people familiar with the situation say the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to trade disgruntled six-time All-Star Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers in return for point guard …


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 11:26 p.m.

Dieter Kurtenbach: Warriors had the championship heart, just not the championship bodies

The Warriors fought to the end. Man, did they fight.


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 11:26 p.m.

Toronto Raptors’ NBA title sees Canada set viewing, spending records

The final numbers are in, and the NBA Finals were a smashing success for Canada all the way around.


No longer champs, injured Warriors brace for unclear summer

Steve Kerr still considers Golden State an ideal fit for Kevin Durant. Whether Durant sees it that way going into free agency next month, Kerr isn’t about to guess. Especially …


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 3:35 p.m.

Nick Nurse’s nomadic coaching path takes him to an NBA title

Nick Nurse is a 51-year-old basketball journeyman who has been a coach for no fewer than 13 different teams in four countries over the last 30 years. He is unknown …


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 2:56 p.m.

Mavs illustrate draft’s international flair with Euro plan

The Dallas Mavericks are building their NBA hopes around a pair of young European stars after 21 years with Germany’s Dirk Nowitzki. A future with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis …


Draft, free agency … and lots of questions await the NBA

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is expected to open next week’s draft by announcing that Zion Williamson is the No. 1 overall selection headed to New Orleans. And four months after …