Latest NBA Draft News

New SEC faces get opportunity after offseason talent drain

Oct. 16, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — There will be plenty of new faces with an opportunity to make an impact in the Southeastern Conference now that the upperclassmen who dominated the league last year have departed. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl is confident the league will remain strong, even after losing 12 of its top 13...

Zion Williamson makes new-look Pelicans a compelling draw

Oct. 15, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson celebrated a recent alley-oop dunk with an ebullient smile and a flexed left bicep as an energized crowd roared approvingly. The NBA preseason has provided a tantalizing taste of the excitement the league's top overall draft choice — a charismatic, 6-foot-6,...

Franchise players? NBA sophomore class full of rising stars

Oct. 15, 2019 2:18 AM EDT

Deandre Ayton strolled around the practice court, talking and laughing with coaches and teammates following a two-hour workout with the Phoenix Suns. It is clear he is comfortable operating in lofty surroundings, even on a morning in the mountains of Flagstaff, despite a sign on the wall that warned of the...

Krzyzewski says California law a needed conversation starter

Oct. 8, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski believes it's time for college sports to get in step with the times when it comes to paying athletes, though the Duke coach said getting there raises a lot of challenging questions. Krzyzewski said Tuesday at ACC media day that college sports can no longer stick its...

ACC waits to see who steps into star spotlight

Oct. 8, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Mike Brey can't help but feel a bit of excitement simply by what he doesn't see around the Atlantic Coast Conference from last year. No Zion Williamson putting on a nightly one-man highlight reel. Ten players out the door as NBA first-round draft picks. And almost no...

The Latest: Pay for play big topic at ACC media day

Oct. 8, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest from ACC men's basketball media day on Tuesday (all times local): 4:15 p.m. The Atlantic Coast Conference wrapped up media day with coaches and two players from each team participating in the event. Next up for the ACC will be to announce the results of its media picks for...

Morant dazzles in preseason debut for Memphis

Oct. 6, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

Ja Morant didn't keep Memphis fans waiting long for his first basket. Morant, the No. 2 pick in this year's draft, scored off a baseline drive on the game's first possession and finished with 10 points and seven assists as Memphis topped Maccabi Haifa 123-88 on Sunday in the Grizzlies' preseason opener. Morant...

Revamped and youthful Memphis Grizzlies ready to get to work

Sep. 30, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The remaking of the Memphis Grizzlies began the day after last season ended for them in April. That's when a new front office staff began making moves at an almost dizzying pace. Shipping off the popular and well-paid Mike Conley to Utah was the biggest of the seven trades Memphis...

The Latest: Pop back for 24th season after few ups and downs

Sep. 30, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

The Latest from NBA media days on Monday (all times EST): 4:40 p.m. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says he has no complaints as he heads into training camp following the most tumultuous and painful times of his life. In April 2018, his 67-year-old wife, Erin, died after a long battle with a respiratory...

Cavaliers rookie Windler could miss 6 weeks with leg injury

Sep. 27, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers rookie swingman Dylan Windler could miss six weeks with an injured left leg. Windler, who was selected by Cleveland in the first round of this year's NBA draft, experienced discomfort in his leg following some recent team workouts. The Cavs said imaging tests revealed a tibial...