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Miami Heat land Jimmy Butler, keep Kelly Olynyk after all

It took longer than expected and became bigger than anticipated, but the sign-and-trade transaction that delivered Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat is now a done deal.


UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019, 8:11 p.m.

Klay Thompson staying with Warriors for reported $190 million

All-Star guard Klay Thompson says on social media he is staying put with the Golden State Warriors, using a movie clip of Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie “The Wolf of …


UPDATED: Sun., June 30, 2019, 10:31 p.m.

Damian Lillard gets Supermax, Kevin Durant chooses Brooklyn Nets as NBA free agency period gets underway

Damian Lillard wasn’t a top-five pick. Tobias Harris wasn’t a lottery pick. Khris Middleton wasn’t even a first-rounder. Their bank balances won’t know the difference soon.


Former Gonzaga star Kelly Olynyk headed to Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks are acquiring Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones Jr. from the Miami Heat, according to multiple reports.


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 9:18 p.m.

Lakers extend qualifying offer to former Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams

The Los Angeles Lakers extended a qualifying offer to former Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams, the NBA team announced. The move means Williams becomes a restricted free agent on Sunday. If …


Raptors’ Marc Gasol accepts one-year player option

Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol accepted a one-year player option Wednesday for next season. The value is approximately $25.6 million, marking the final year of a five-year contract Gasol signed …


Analysis: For Kevin Durant, Kwahi Leonard, the move is to stay put

Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard and Golden State’s Kevin Durant are both very difficult to figure out. They seem to enjoy giving cryptic answers, a minimum of clues, and clearly relish having …


Teary-eyed Giannis Antetokounmpo wins NBA MVP honors

A tearful Giannis Antetokounmpo earned Most Valuable Player honors and Mike Budenholzer won Coach of the Year on Monday night in Santa Monica.


UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019, 8:18 p.m.

Japan hails Rui Hachimura’s NBA selection as new era for sport

Hachimura became the first player from Japan to get chosen in the first round of the NBA draft after being taken with the No. 9 overall pick by the rebuilding …


Larry looks back: Bird on Magic, free agency and shooting 3s

Larry Bird’s place in NBA history stretches from the record book to the rule book. He is the only person to be voted MVP, Coach of the Year and Executive …


Ex-Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins signs Exhibit 10 contract with Charlotte Hornets

Josh Perkins, GU’s all-time assist leader, wasn’t selected in Thursday’s NBA Draft.


Zion Williamson welcomed to New Orleans by a grateful franchise

Zion Williamson and his family were met with applause as they walked into the New Orleans Pelicans’ headquarters. The practice gym was filled with team employees and executives eager to …


Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett may meet in Summer League opener

Former Duke teammates Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett are slated to make their NBA Summer League debuts against one another. The NBA said Friday that Williamson and the New Orleans …


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 …