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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2020, file photo, Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo (13) dunks during the second half in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Adebayo and the Miami Heat are working on a contract extension, the team said Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, a deal that when finalized will likely guarantee him at least $168 million over the next six seasons and perhaps as much as $200 million in that span.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Heat, Adebayo agree on five-year, $163 million extension

Nov. 24, 2020 6:08 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Bam Adebayo came to the NBA with the goal of providing for his mother and changing her life. His first contract took care of that. And the way he sees it, his next contract sets his family up for generations. Adebayo and the Miami Heat agreed on a five-year extension that will be worth at...

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 Sept. 25, 2020, file photo, Miami Heat's Goran Dragic (7) drives against Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) during the first half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Dragic and Meyers Leonard have both decided to return to the Eastern Conference champions, each telling The Associated Press on Friday evening, Nov. 20, 2020, that they have agreed to accept Miami’s offer of two-year deals -- the second year is a team option on both contracts -- to remain with the Heat. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Goran Dragic, Meyers Leonard quickly agree on Heat returns

Nov. 20, 2020 6:12 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Goran Dragic has repeatedly said that he wants to finish his career in Miami. Meyers Leonard ended last season wanting a second run with the Heat. As such, their time as free agents didn’t last long. Dragic and Leonard have both decided to return to the reigning Eastern Conference...

76ers shake up roster, deal Horford, Richardson at draft

Nov. 19, 2020 1:40 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The first draft night for the Philadelphia 76ers under new president Daryl Morey led to a major shakeup for an organization chasing its first NBA title since 1983. Morey undid last summer’s major moves when he traded Al Horford to Oklahoma City and Josh Richardson to the Dallas...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020, file photo, Memphis forward Precious Achiuwa (55) grabs a rebound against South Florida during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Tampa, Fla. Achiuwa was selected by the Miami Heat in the NBA draft Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Heat take Precious Achiuwa with No. 20 pick in NBA draft

Nov. 18, 2020 11:22 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Precious Achiuwa was the best player in the American Athletic Conference in his lone collegiate season. The Miami Heat hope that success can now translate to the NBA. The 6-foot-9 Achiuwa was taken by the Heat with the No. 20 pick in Wednesday’s NBA draft, giving the reigning Eastern...

Miami Heat's Goran Dragic (7) shoots during the second half in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Riley talks Heat future, and plans for keeping core intact

Oct. 23, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Pat Riley is always looking around for ways to make the Miami Heat better. This offseason has him wondering if that improvement might come from within. The Heat president said Friday that the top offseason priority of the Eastern Conference champions “is to take care of the players that...

Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler (22) goes up for a basket during the second half in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

After surprise run to NBA Finals, the Heat future is bright

Oct. 12, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic had their arms slung over the other’s shoulders as they walked out of the arena following the final game of Miami’s season, helping each other in the most painful of moments. That was the Heat way all year long. A bunch of strangers...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) celebrates with his teammates after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Bubble Kings: Lakers run past Heat for 17th NBA championship

Oct. 12, 2020 12:52 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The ultimate anguish. The ultimate joy. This season, for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, had it all. And it ended in the only fashion that they deemed would be acceptable, with them back atop the basketball world. For the first time since Kobe Bryant's fifth and final...

Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler (22) looks to pass against Los Angeles Lakers' Danny Green (14) and Alex Caruso (4) during the first half in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Butler loses last game in the bubble after memorable run

Oct. 11, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

Jimmy Butler finally has to take his business elsewhere. There will be no more coffee customers with the bubble closing down, though he kept it open far longer than expected with some of the most inspired NBA Finals play seen in years. Butler carried the Miami Heat all the way to Game 6 against the favored Los...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) reacts during the first half in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Miami Heat Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Analysis: LeBron James has done it again, and did it his way

Oct. 11, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — He went to Miami and became a champion. He went back to Cleveland and won another title. He went to Los Angeles and now the Lakers are back atop the basketball world. LeBron James, love him or hate him, is in his own category now. He has led three franchises to NBA titles,...