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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) drives to the basket Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Harrell says he decided to move from the Clippers to the crosstown rival Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent partly because the champion Lakers pursued him much more aggressively. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Montrezl Harrell: Lakers wanted me more than Clippers did

Nov. 23, 2020 6:17 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Montrezl Harrell did not make the trip lightly when he moved down the Staples Center hallway last weekend to join the Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA's reigning Sixth Man of the Year realizes the gravity of his decision to leave the Los Angeles Clippers after three seasons — and to...

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' JaVale McGee passes the ball during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Looking to replace Tristan Thompson, the Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired McGee and a future draft pick from the Lakers for forwards Alfonzo McKinnie and Jordan Bell, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

AP source: Cavaliers acquire McGee, 2026 pick from Lakers

Nov. 22, 2020 8:57 PM EST

CLEVEAND (AP) — Looking to replace Tristan Thompson, the Cavaliers have acquired center JaVale McGee and a future draft pick from the Los Angeles Lakers for forwards Alfonzo McKinnie and Jordan Bell, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Sunday night. The Cavs will get a second-round...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet looks to pass the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York. VanVleet agreed Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, to a four-year, $85 million contract to remain with the Toronto Raptors, a person with direct knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract remains unsigned. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

AP source: VanVleet staying with Raptors; Hayward to Hornets

Nov. 21, 2020 10:00 PM EST

Fred VanVleet bet on himself. It paid off. Gordon Hayward, meanwhile, is heading to a new home. VanVleet agreed Saturday to a four-year, $85 million contract to remain with the Toronto Raptors, a person with direct knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox drives during the team's NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Sacramento, Calif. Fox agreed to a five-year, $163 million contract with the Kings on Friday, Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Free agency opens: Fox and Kings agree on $163 million deal

Nov. 21, 2020 12:27 AM EST

On the first night of free agency, De'Aaron Fox was the first huge winner. Huge, as in $163 million — or even more. Fox and the Sacramento Kings agreed on a max deal Friday night, agent Chris Gaston said. It's a five-year pact that will pay Fox $163 million, and that figure could rise to nearly $200...

FILE- In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, LaMelo Ball of the Illawarra Hawks squats during their game against the Sydney Kings in the Australian Basketball League in Sydney. LaMelo Ball is expected to be one of the top picks in the NBA Draft, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

LaVar vs. Jordan: LaMelo says 'we know how it'd turn out'

Nov. 20, 2020 2:14 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Now that LaMelo Ball is a member of the Charlotte Hornets, some basketball fans are hoping that the 1-on-1 game between his outspoken father LaVar and six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan might actually come to fruition. But Ball, who was drafted No. 3 overall by Jordan’s...

FILE- In this May 10, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) drives past Houston Rockets' Iman Shumpert during the first half of Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Houston. The Warriors said Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, that Thompson has suffered a torn right Achilles tendon and is expected to miss the upcoming season.  Thompson was injured during a pickup game in Southern California the day before.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Thompson has torn Achilles tendon, expected to miss season

Nov. 19, 2020 7:34 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bob Myers called Stephen Curry to break the devastating news that Klay Thompson had torn his Achilles and would miss another season. Silence on the other end. Myers, the Golden State general manager, made the same call to Draymond Green. Again, only quiet. Thompson tore his right...

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2019, file photo, Memphis center James Wiseman, center, shoots in front of Oregon guards Will Richardson, left, and Payton Pritchard during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Portland, Ore. The Golden State Warriors selected Wiseman in the NBA draft Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)

Warriors select James Wiseman with second overall pick

Nov. 19, 2020 1:33 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — James Wiseman listed many of Golden State's stars who are now his teammates as players he plans to watch closely as a lottery-pick NBA rookie. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Do-everything Draymond Green and much-improved big man Kevon Looney. Wiseman became a part of that group...

FILE - In this March 7, 2020, file photo, Washington forward Jaden McDaniels shoots during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. McDaniels was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA draft Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Lakers have quiet draft night ahead of big roster decisions

Nov. 19, 2020 1:03 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although the Los Angeles Lakers made a pick, the NBA champions still essentially sat out draft night until it was over. And then they started making moves in a quick, busy offseason. The Lakers selected Jaden McDaniels with the 28th overall pick, but the University of Washington product...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020, file photo, Memphis forward Precious Achiuwa (55) grabs a rebound against South Florida during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Tampa, Fla. Achiuwa was selected by the Miami Heat in the NBA draft Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Heat take Precious Achiuwa with No. 20 pick in NBA draft

Nov. 18, 2020 11:22 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Precious Achiuwa was the best player in the American Athletic Conference in his lone collegiate season. The Miami Heat hope that success can now translate to the NBA. The 6-foot-9 Achiuwa was taken by the Heat with the No. 20 pick in Wednesday’s NBA draft, giving the reigning Eastern...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2020, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic (27) and Memphis Grizzlies' Jonas Valanciunas (17) reach for the opening top in an NBA basketball play-in game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  The 2020-21 NBA schedule will feature a play-in tournament and an NBA Finals that could run all the way until July 22 — keeping some players from competing in the Olympics. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Play-in tourney on, Olympics likely out for NBA in 2020-21

Nov. 17, 2020 9:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The 2020-21 NBA schedule will feature a play-in tournament and an NBA Finals that could run all the way until July 22 — keeping some players from competing in the Olympics. The league's 75th season, delayed and shortened because of the coronavirus pandemic, will begin Dec. 22 and...