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FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2020, file photo, Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell, center, goes up to shoot as Denver Nuggets' Jerami Grant, left, and Paul Millsap, right, defend during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Mitchell agreed Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, to a five-year, $163 million extension to remain with the Jazz. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

Amid pandemic, NBA gives teams health protocols for season

Nov. 28, 2020 3:14 PM EST

NBA players who test positive for the coronavirus this season may have to miss nearly two weeks in some instances before being allowed to return to the court, the league told its teams Saturday. That revelation was one of many in a 63,000-word document, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, that...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley, left, shoots as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Brandon Knight defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Bradley still has serious concerns about the coronavirus, particularly because one of his children has struggled with respiratory illnesses. Those concerns kept him from the NBA’s restart bubble. They won’t keep him from this season. Bradley has finalized his new contract with the Miami Heat and says he will be ready to go when camp starts next week. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

After opting out of bubble, Bradley ready to play again

Nov. 25, 2020 2:13 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Avery Bradley still has serious concerns about the coronavirus, particularly because one of his children has struggled with respiratory illnesses. Those concerns kept him from the NBA’s restart bubble. They won’t keep him from this season. Bradley has finalized his new contract...

Killian Hayes talks to reporters after being chosen by the Detroit Pistons during the NBA basketball draft, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (Courtesy NBA via AP)

As always, NBA draft has a very international feel

Nov. 19, 2020 12:32 AM EST

It never takes long for the international flavor to hit the NBA draft, and Wednesday was no exception. With Killian Hayes and Deni Avdija going seventh and ninth respectively, it was the eighth consecutive year where a pair of international players went in the draft’s first 10 picks. Hayes was born in...

FILE - Oklahoma City Thunder's Chris Paul (3) makes a pass during the first half of an NBA first-round playoff basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, file photo. A person with knowledge of the situation says All-Star guard Chris Paul is being traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Phoenix Suns, where he'll play alongside one of the league's most dynamic young scorers in fellow All-Star Devin Booker. The Thunder are acquiring Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre, Jalen Lecque, Ty Jerome and a first-round pick that will be conveyed sometime between 2022 and 2025, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been finalized by the league. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

All-Star guard Chris Paul sent to Suns in blockbuster trade

Nov. 16, 2020 9:15 PM EST

Chris Paul holds a $44 million option for the 2021-22 season, a massive payday that may have kept some teams from trying to trade for the All-Star point guard. The Phoenix Suns weren’t deterred. They have a pair of All-Stars in their backcourt now, with hopes the duo of Paul and Devin Booker — one...

FILE - Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder (17) drives past Phoenix Suns guard Ricky Rubio (11) as Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) and Thunder center Nerlens Noel (9) watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Phoenix, in this Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, file photo. Teams may begin making trades Monday, according to a memo sent to teams and obtained early Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, by The Associated Press. And the first deal known to be tentatively agreed upon would send guard Dennis Schröder from Oklahoma City to the champion Los Angeles Lakers for Danny Green and the No. 28 pick in Wednesday’s draft, a person with knowledge of that agreement told the AP. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

AP source: Lakers on verge of acquiring Dennis Schröder

Nov. 15, 2020 4:00 PM EST

The NBA offseason, such as it was, is over. A wild few days of decisions and player movement await. Teams may begin making trades Monday, according to a memo sent to teams and obtained early Sunday by The Associated Press. And the first deal known to be tentatively agreed upon would send guard Dennis...

Joshua Wilson, left, a junior at Winston-Salem State University, speaks with NBA star and current Winston-Salem State University student Chris Paul about where Paul can pick up his student ID on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C.  Paul led nearly 2,500 people on a march to an early-voting site at a university in North Carolina where he also takes classes.  (Andrew Dye/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

Chris Paul, on upcoming NBA season: 'Nothing is perfect'

Nov. 12, 2020 10:33 PM EST

Chris Paul fully understands that these are imperfect times. And that means perfect solutions for issues that the NBA and its players are dealing with, he said, aren’t likely to be found. Paul, the president of the National Basketball Players Association and guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder, spoke...

FILE - This Sept. 30, 2018, file photo shows former Boston Celtics great Tommy Heinsohn prior to a preseason basketball game in Boston. Tommy Heinsohn, who as a Boston Celtics player, coach and broadcaster was with the team for all 17 of its NBA championships, has died. He was 86. The team confirmed Heinsohn's death on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Hall of Famer Tommy Heinsohn, 'ultimate Celtic,' dies at 86

Nov. 10, 2020 10:46 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Tommy Heinsohn, who as a Boston Celtics player, coach and broadcaster over more than 60 years was with the team for all 17 of its NBA championships, died Tuesday. He was 86. “This is a devastating loss,” the team's owners said in a statement. “Tommy was the ultimate...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020, file photo, a security guard wearing a face mask stands near a basketball arena inside thre NBA bubble at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The NBA had teams in the bubble for three months. The NHL playoff bubble lasted 65 days from the time teams arrived in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, until Tampa Bay won the Stanley Cup. Officials from both leagues beamed that mask, distancing and other protocols were still being followed strictly on the final day.  (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

It's done: The NBA comes back on Dec. 22, a 72-game season

Nov. 10, 2020 9:36 PM EST

It’s official: The NBA is coming back Dec. 22. The NBA's board of governors unanimously approved Tuesday the financial terms and other parameters that were negotiated between the league and its players. Those talks were completed late Monday night, when the league and National Basketball Players...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020, file photo, a security guard wearing a face mask stands near a basketball arena inside thre NBA bubble at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The NBA had teams in the bubble for three months. The NHL playoff bubble lasted 65 days from the time teams arrived in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, until Tampa Bay won the Stanley Cup. Officials from both leagues beamed that mask, distancing and other protocols were still being followed strictly on the final day.  (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

NBA players approve plan to start season on Dec. 22

Nov. 6, 2020 3:08 AM EST

The National Basketball Players Association voted Thursday to support the notion of starting this coming season on Dec. 22, the date that the league has been targeting in its talks about how and when to get teams back on the floor for a planned 72-game season. The vote, conducted by the NBPA's board —...

AP source: NBA players scheduling votes on next season plan

Nov. 3, 2020 7:15 PM EST

A person with knowledge of the situation says the NBA’s players are planning to vote on whether they would prefer to start the coming season in December or wait until January, with that decision expected before the league’s board of governors meets to potentially formalize some plans on Friday. The...