Latest NBA Western Conference News

Grizzlies exercise rookie options for Morant, Clarke, Bane

Oct. 16, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies exercised the rookie contract options for 2022-23 for point guard Ja Morant, forward Brandon Clarke and guard Desmond Bane on Saturday. The No. 2 pick overall in 2019, Morant was the NBA Rookie of the Year and has started all...

Bucks sign general manager Jon Horst to contract extension

Oct. 15, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bucks general manager Jon Horst has signed a multi-year contract extension after helping Milwaukee win its first NBA title in a half-century. The move comes less than two months after the Bucks signed coach Mike Budenholzer to an extension. Milwaukee...

Pelicans' Williamson out at first week of regular season

Oct. 14, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is now expected to miss at least the first week of the regular season because his recovery from surgery to repair a right foot fracture is taking longer than anticipated. “Nothing has gone wrong and there is no...

Mercury even WNBA Finals with 91-86 overtime win over Sky

Oct. 14, 2021 01:27 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Diana Taurasi spent most of the night being hounded by Chicago's Allie Quigley, an exhausting exercise in an already-tough game, particularly for a 39-year-old. As Game 2 of the WNBA Finals wound toward a tight finish, the Phoenix Mercury looked to the...

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...

Oldies but goodies: The Lakers may be ones to catch in West

Oct. 13, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

It may be a roster like none other. The Los Angeles Lakers have four of the NBA’s top seven active scorers. The top three leading active rebounders. Three of the top four active leaders in assists. Three of the top five in blocks. Three of the top five in wins. Four of...

Apple CEO, NBA's Dwyane Wade help LGBTQ group build homes

Oct. 13, 2021 16:28 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook and retired NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade joined Utah leaders Wednesday to announce the completion of a local advocacy group's campaign to build new homes that provide services for LGBTQ youth in the U.S. West. Encircle, a non-profit...

Who stung JR? Hornets nest puts sting in Smith's golf debut

Oct. 13, 2021 07:07 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — J.R. Smith stepped into a hornets nest in his first college golf tournament and it had nothing to do with his high score. The 36-year-old two-time NBA champion was literally stung by hornets while completing his round Tuesday for North Carolina...

Lakers debut their new 'Big 3' in 111-99 loss to Warriors

Oct. 13, 2021 02:10 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Warriors coach Steve Kerr is a curious as any NBA observer to see how former league MVP Russell Westbrook blends with incumbent Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis as part of the latest “Big Three” to chase a championship together in Los Angeles. ...

Grizzlies' Brooks to miss start of season due to broken hand

Oct. 12, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks will miss the start of the season to ensure he fully recovers from a broken left hand. The Grizzlies announced Tuesday that the decision for Brooks to receive additional treatment was made after imaging in...