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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2020, file pool photo, Oklahoma City Thunder's Chris Paul (3) drives against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Veteran point guard Chris Paul was the marquee addition during the offseason for the Phoenix Suns. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Not just a teacher: Phoenix's Paul says he can still ball

Dec. 2, 2020 2:26 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Paul is a little uncomfortable with the notion that he comes to the Phoenix Suns as a wise veteran player who can impart his knowledge to the next generation of stars. Sure, he knows he's in his mid-30s and time isn't going backward. Yes, he's ready to pair with Devin Booker, who just...

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2020, file photo, Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic (77) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers' Marcus Morris Sr. during the first half of an NBA basketball first-round playoff game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Doncic's first experience with the playoffs ended with questions about whether Morris was intentionally trying to hurt the young Dallas sensation in a first-round series won by LA. The Mavericks might have hinted at what they thought through trades and draft picks during this abbreviated offseason. Dallas acquired James Johnson and his black belt in karate from the Oklahoma City Thunder after using the club's first-round choice at No. 18 overall on Josh Green, who was a strong defender in his only season at Arizona. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

Mavs talk tough by adding protectors for young star Doncic

Dec. 1, 2020 7:29 PM EST

Luka Doncic's first experience with the playoffs ended with questions about whether Marcus Morris of the Los Angeles Clippers was intentionally trying to hurt the young Dallas sensation in a first-round series won by LA. The Mavericks might have hinted at what they thought through trades and draft picks during...

Ricky Rubio speaks on a Zoom call Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Minneapolis. Rubio has returned to his original NBA team, a sidewinding career leading the popular point guard back to the Minnesota Timberwolves after a third trade in three years. (Minnesota Timberwolves via AP)

Rubio returns to Wolves, with sharper perspective and skills

Dec. 1, 2020 7:00 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After a satisfactory first season with Phoenix, Ricky Rubio was startled to learn last month he'd been traded to Oklahoma City. There was hardly time to process the sudden change when another deal struck two days later sent him back to Minnesota where his NBA career began. After three...

FILE - Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives to the basket between Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) and Spencer Dinwiddie in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta, in this Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, file photo. Hawks All-Star Trae Young and his high-scoring sidekick John Collins are entering a new season with a strong surge of new help as they adjust to the additions of Danilo Gallinari, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kris Dunn and Rajon Rando. The offseason moves have made Atlanta a playoff contender. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell, File)

Hawks' expectations soar as newcomers give Trae Young help

Dec. 1, 2020 4:47 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young said it's going to take some time to adjust to the Atlanta Hawks' new mix following the additions of such veterans as Danilo Gallinari, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kris Dunn and Rajon Rando. “It’s not something that just happens overnight,” Young said Tuesday....

Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker (8) reacts to being called for a foul during the first half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game against the Miami Heat Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Celtics' Walker gets knee injection, out until early January

Dec. 1, 2020 1:54 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Celtics point guard Kemba Walker will be sidelined until at least the first week of January after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee. Boston president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Tuesday the decision was made after Walker consulted with multiple specialists in...

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Adam Cimber delivers during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Wednesday,. The Indians traded Cimber to the Miami Marlins on Monday, Nov. 3, 2020, for $100,000. Cimber went 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA in 14 games this past season for Cleveland, which acquired the right-hander in 2018 from the San Diego Padres in the deal that brought All-Star closer Brad Hand to the Indians. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Indians sell reliever Adam Cimber to Marlins for $100,000

Nov. 30, 2020 8:12 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians sold side-arm reliever Adam Cimber to the Marlins on Monday for $100,000, and Miami designated right-hander José Ureña for assignment. Ureña, the Marlins' opening day starter in 2018 and 2019, spent six seasons with the Marlins and had been with them...

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Ben Bartch (78) celebrates as his team scored a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Jags have plenty to offer in search for new general manager

Nov. 30, 2020 4:19 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have arguably the most attractive general manager opening in the NFL. It might not be close, either. They have several building blocks in place, including pass rusher Josh Allen, linebacker Myles Jack, running back James Robinson and receiver DJ Chark....

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) gets past Indianapolis Colts free safety Julian Blackmon (32) for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Missing pieces prove costly for Indy run defense in key loss

Nov. 29, 2020 7:54 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts never doubted Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner would help them stop the run. It's why they gave up a first-round draft pick to get him in a March trade and then immediately signed him to an $84 million contract extension when he arrived. On Sunday,...

Hornets acquire Gordon Hayward, 2 draft picks from Celtics

Nov. 29, 2020 5:28 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have acquired forward Gordon Hayward and unprotected 2023 and 2024 second-round draft picks from the Boston Celtics in exchange for a heavily protected 2022 second-round draft pick as part of a sign-and-trade transaction. The Celtics will only get...

Cavs acquire another second-round pick in trade with Jazz

Nov. 27, 2020 6:56 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers are loading up for the future. Cleveland acquired another second-round pick Friday — this one in 2027 — from the Utah Jazz, who also sent the Cavs shooting guard Rayjon Tucker in exchange for cash considerations. It's the third second-round selection added by...