Latest NBA Draft News

Pelicans pick up options on recent 1st-rounders, add Petty

Oct. 13, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans exercised options on four former first-round draft choices, including star forward Zion Williamson, and added undrafted rookie guard John Petty Jr. to their roster. The Pelicans picked up fourth-year options on 2019...

Youth is served: Rockets to rely on 4 teen 1st round picks

Oct. 12, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — If this Houston Rockets season was a movie, it would likely be called: Young and Younger. With James Harden and P.J. Tucker both long gone, the Rockets are rebuilding from the ground up with an extraordinarily young roster. After...

18 ex-NBA players charged in $4M health care fraud scheme

Oct. 07, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Eighteen former NBA players were charged Thursday with pocketing about $2.5 million illegally by defrauding the league’s health and welfare benefit plan in a scam that authorities said involved claiming fictitious medical and dental expenses. “The...

Mavericks sign free agent Ntilikina, top-10 pick in 2017

Sep. 16, 2021 21:17 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks signed free agent Frank Ntilikina on Thursday, adding the guard picked one spot before their selection of Dennis Smith Jr. in the top 10 of the 2017 draft. Ntilikina spent four years with the New York Knicks, who drafted him eighth...

Tall task: Cape Verde aims high in AfroBasket semifinals

Sep. 03, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

Tiny Cape Verde has one big advantage as it tries to become African basketball champion for the first time: 7-foot-3 former NBA draft pick Walter “Edy” Tavares. The Real Madrid center has led his squad into the AfroBasket semifinals to face defending champion Tunisia...

Memphis finalizes Rasheed Wallace as Hardaway's assistant

Aug. 26, 2021 16:28 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis coach Penny Hardaway has added 16-year NBA veteran Rasheed Wallace as an assistant coach on a staff that also features former NBA coach Larry Brown. The Tigers announced the hiring Thursday with the move finally official. ...

Memphis adds 5-star guard Emoni Bates to loaded roster

Aug. 25, 2021 19:52 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Emoni Bates has committed to Memphis, adding another five-star recruit to coach Penny Hardaway's roster. Bates announced his decision Wednesday on Instagram after also considering Michigan State, Oregon and the NBA's G League. The Michigan native...

Pistons re-sign guard Hamidou Diallo

Aug. 19, 2021 22:13 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons re-signed guard Hamidou Diallo on Thursday. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The 6-foot-5 Diallo, the 2019 NBA Slam Dunk champion as a rookie, was acquired from Oklahoma City in March for Svi Mykhailiuk...

Clippers trade Beverley, Rondo to Memphis for Eric Bledsoe

Aug. 16, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

The Los Angeles Clippers have brought back guard Eric Bledsoe to the team where he started his NBA career. A trade with the Memphis Grizzlies announced Monday sends Bledsoe to the Clippers for guards Patrick Beverley and Rajon Rondo and center Daniel Oturu. Bledsoe spent...

Pritchard, Mitchell among standouts at NBA Summer League

Aug. 16, 2021 03:26 AM EDT

Payton Pritchard arrived at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas looking to take advantage of the opportunity to show he deserves major minutes this upcoming season with the Boston Celtics. Mission accomplished. The second-year point guard was one of...