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Analysis: For Durant and Leonard, the move is to stay put

Jun. 26, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

Toronto's Kawhi Leonard and Golden State's Kevin Durant are both very difficult to figure out. They seem to enjoy giving cryptic answers, a minimum of clues, and clearly relish having enigmatic status. It makes free agency tough to forecast. Luckily for Toronto and Golden State, the math should be very simple....

Karlsson among those choosing to stay put, avoid free agency

Jun. 26, 2019 2:09 AM EDT

Erik Karlsson wanted some time and space. When the San Jose Sharks acquired the Norris Trophy-winning defenseman in a trade last September, he and his wife told them up front they wouldn't sign a long-term contract until they played a season to see if it was a fit. They gave general manager Doug Wilson their word...

Bucks' Horst wins Executive of the Year, heads back to work

Jun. 25, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst took a break from his busy schedule Monday night to collect the 2018-19 NBA Executive of the Year Award. Horst won the honor during the league's awards show in Santa Monica, California, four days after he and his staff put a bow on the draft and...

Sharks extend offers to Meier, Labanc, Gambrell

Jun. 25, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have issued qualifying offers to restricted free agent forwards Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc and Dylan Gambrell. The team declined Tuesday to make an offer to defenseman Joakim Ryan, making him an unrestricted free agent next month. The 26-year-old Ryan had no goals...

Raptors president 'confident' Leonard will return to champs

Jun. 25, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Still absorbing the magnitude of his team's accomplishment, Raptors President Masai Ujiri is confident Kawhi Leonard and the rest of Toronto's core will reunite next season in a bid for another title. "We're on to the next issue, which for us is coming back and being champions again," Ujiri...

Wild extend qualifying offers to Donato, Eriksson Ek, Fiala

Jun. 25, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have extended qualifying offers to seven players eligible to become restricted free agents, including forwards Ryan Donato, Joel Eriksson Ek and Kevin Fiala to retain the rights to three key pieces of their young core. The moves were made Tuesday, as expected. Four...

Warriors GM to meet soon with Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson

Jun. 24, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State general manager Bob Myers plans to meet with both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson ahead of the start of free agency this weekend. "Yes," Myers answered succinctly Monday when asked about sit-downs with both free agents, each injured for the runner-up Warriors during the...

Blue Jackets at center of attention as NHL free agency looms

Jun. 24, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Where many express concern, Jarmo Kekäläinen says he sees only opportunity regarding the uncertain state of the Columbus roster a week before NHL free agency. To Kekäläinen, the fear of possibly losing stars such as Matt Duchene, Artemi Panarin and...

Salary cap-related trades overshadow 2nd day of NHL draft

Jun. 22, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The traditional team-by-team roll call to open the second day of the NHL draft hadn't yet begun when the league's looming salary-cap crunch began overshadowing the final six rounds Saturday. Norris Trophy-winning defenseman P.K. Subban is off to New Jersey. Forward...

Larry looks back: Bird on Magic, free agency and shooting 3s

Jun. 22, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

Larry Bird's place in NBA history stretches from the record book to the rule book. A Hall of Fame player later became a successful coach and team executive. Along the way, he watched free agency transform from something rarely discussed to practically a year-round conversation — with his own name one of...