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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) drives to the basket Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Harrell says he decided to move from the Clippers to the crosstown rival Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent partly because the champion Lakers pursued him much more aggressively. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Montrezl Harrell: Lakers wanted me more than Clippers did

Nov. 23, 2020 6:17 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Montrezl Harrell did not make the trip lightly when he moved down the Staples Center hallway last weekend to join the Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA's reigning Sixth Man of the Year realizes the gravity of his decision to leave the Los Angeles Clippers after three seasons — and to...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet looks to pass the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York. VanVleet agreed Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, to a four-year, $85 million contract to remain with the Toronto Raptors, a person with direct knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract remains unsigned. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

AP source: VanVleet staying with Raptors; Hayward to Hornets

Nov. 21, 2020 10:00 PM EST

Fred VanVleet bet on himself. It paid off. Gordon Hayward, meanwhile, is heading to a new home. VanVleet agreed Saturday to a four-year, $85 million contract to remain with the Toronto Raptors, a person with direct knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox drives during the team's NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Sacramento, Calif. Fox agreed to a five-year, $163 million contract with the Kings on Friday, Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Free agency opens: Fox and Kings agree on $163 million deal

Nov. 21, 2020 12:27 AM EST

On the first night of free agency, De'Aaron Fox was the first huge winner. Huge, as in $163 million — or even more. Fox and the Sacramento Kings agreed on a max deal Friday night, agent Chris Gaston said. It's a five-year pact that will pay Fox $163 million, and that figure could rise to nearly $200...

FILE - In this March 7, 2020, file photo, Washington forward Jaden McDaniels shoots during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. McDaniels was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA draft Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Lakers have quiet draft night ahead of big roster decisions

Nov. 19, 2020 1:03 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although the Los Angeles Lakers made a pick, the NBA champions still essentially sat out draft night until it was over. And then they started making moves in a quick, busy offseason. The Lakers selected Jaden McDaniels with the 28th overall pick, but the University of Washington product...

No fans at champion Lakers' home games until further notice

Nov. 11, 2020 7:43 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers won't have fans at Staples Center during the upcoming regular season until further notice. The NBA champions made the long-expected decision official Tuesday for the new season, which will begin Dec. 22. The Lakers also apparently don't plan to hang their 17th...

FILE - In this March 31, 2018, file photo, Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Two people with knowledge of the situation say Stan Van Gundy has agreed to become the next coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, where he’ll get the chance to work with No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson. Van Gundy agreed to a four-year contract, according to one of the people who spoke Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the hiring has not been announced. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Stan Van Gundy agrees to become New Orleans Pelicans' coach

Oct. 21, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

Stan Van Gundy is headed to the New Orleans Pelicans, where he'll take over a promising team that includes 2019 No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson and reigning Most Improved Player Brandon Ingram. Van Gundy agreed to a four-year contract, said a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of...

FILE - This is a July 26, 2019, file photo showing Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey during an NBA basketball news conference, in Houston. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is stepping down on his own accord, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, because the move hasn’t been announced.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

General manager Daryl Morey leaving Rockets on Nov. 1

Oct. 15, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is stepping down on his own accord, a little over a year after sparking a rift between the NBA and Chinese government. Morey said he made the decision to pend more time with his two college-aged children, who are taking a year off from school...

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James pulls rebound away from Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler during the second half in Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Finals notebook: Lakers tie Celtics for most NBA titles

Oct. 11, 2020 10:12 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Move over, Boston Celtics. You've got company on the most-titles-won list now, after sitting alone in that spot for more than a half-century. The Los Angeles Lakers’ latest championship — clinched Sunday night with a win over the Miami Heat, ending the 2020 NBA...

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James pulls rebound away from Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler during the second half in Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Heat force Game 6, top Lakers to stave off elimination

Oct. 10, 2020 12:38 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler was slumped over a video board behind the baseline in the final seconds, exhausted, gasping for air. He gave it all. The Miami Heat needed nothing less. The NBA Finals — and Miami's title chances — are not over, not after Butler and the Heat pulled...

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James passes between Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson, left, and forward Jimmy Butler during the second half in Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Lakers top Heat 102-96, take 3-1 lead in NBA Finals

Oct. 7, 2020 2:47 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James woke up from his gameday nap Tuesday and decided it was time to send his Los Angeles Lakers teammates a message. He grabbed his phone and told the Lakers they were facing a must-win game. “I felt that vibe. I felt that pressure," James said. “I felt...