Latest NBA Draft News

Japan hails Hachimura's NBA selection as new era for sport

Jun. 22, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese basketball officials, fans and media hailed the selection of Rui Hachimura in the NBA draft, saying the move will usher in a new era for the sport in Japan. Hachimura became the first player from Japan to get chosen in the first round of the NBA draft, taken with the No. 9 overall...

The draft is over, and now on the clock: Free agency

Jun. 21, 2019 9:34 PM EDT

Now on the clock: Chaos. The NBA offseason is about to kick into high gear. A draft that had good bits of intrigue — at least after New Orleans' Zion Williamson, Memphis' Ja Morant and New York's R.J. Barrett were chosen first, second and third in moves that were widely expected for weeks — is now...

Williamson welcomed to New Orleans by a grateful franchise

Jun. 21, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Zion Williamson and his family were met with applause and traditional New Orleans jazz as they walked into the Pelicans' headquarters. The practice gym was filled with team employees and executives eager to welcome the player who has infused the franchise with so much more promise than...

Long-range plan: Garland's shooting floored Cavs in workout

Jun. 21, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — When Darius Garland realized the Cavaliers sent general manager Koby Altman, new coach John Beilein and his entire staff to his private pre-draft workout in Los Angeles, the Vanderbilt guard drew up a personal game plan. "I knew I had to kind of put on a show for them," he said....

Williamson, Barrett may meet in Summer League opener

Jun. 21, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Duke teammates Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett are slated to potentially make their NBA Summer League debuts against one another. The NBA said Friday that Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans will face off against Barrett and the New York Knicks on July 5, the first day of the...

Next game for Raptors: Making final pitch to Kawhi Leonard

Jun. 21, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The title won and the draft over, the Toronto Raptors turn to the next order of business: keeping Kawhi Leonard. He is expected to opt out of the final year of his contact and become a free agent June 30. The two-time NBA Finals MVP and three-time All-Star is likely the biggest prize on the...

Analysis: The hat game takes away from the NBA draft

Jun. 21, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

When the careers for players like De'Andre Hunter and Jarrett Culver are long over, when they look back at the scrapbook of their basketball lives, they will more than likely see photos of draft night. And they'll have the same reaction. "Why did I have that hat on?" It'll be a fair question. A plea to the NBA:...

6 Canadians chosen in 2019 NBA draft, setting non-US record

Jun. 21, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Canada's basketball celebration keeps on going. Six Canadians were drafted Thursday night, setting the record for a country other than the U.S. A week after the Toronto Raptors won the nation's first NBA championship, Canadians RJ Barrett, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Brandon Clarke, Mfiondu...

Miami stops Bol's slide in 2nd round, trades him to Denver

Jun. 21, 2019 2:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bol Bol started the night high-fiving children as he walked across the stage as part of the festivities, being introduced with Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, RJ Barrett and others expecting to hear their names called early in the NBA draft. The other players were long gone by the time Bol...

Kings add scoring with Wyoming's Justin James

Jun. 21, 2019 2:24 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Without a first-round pick for the first time since 2003, Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac loaded up in the second round of the NBA Draft and went for potential and depth in their backcourt over need. The Kings added a pair of scorers in Wyoming's Justin James and...