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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...

Grizzlies fill point guard void, select Ja Morant at No. 2

Jun. 21, 2019 1:47 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Several years ago, the idea of Ja Morant being the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies wasn't on anyone's radar. On Thursday night, the unlikely scenario became a reality. "It was wow," Morant said of the moment his name was called by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. "I...

Rockets, without a draft pick, prepare for free agency

Jun. 21, 2019 1:08 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets didn't have a pick in Thursday night's draft after past trades sent their first-round pick to Cleveland and their pick in the second round to New York. After a quiet draft night, the Rockets may be much more active as free agency looms on July 1. The Rockets are looking...

Hawks land Virginia's Hunter, Duke's Reddish in NBA draft

Jun. 21, 2019 1:02 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks pulled off another blockbuster deal on NBA draft night to get the player they wanted. Then, they landed another with the remnants of last year's big trade. The rebuilding Hawks added to their impressive young core by selecting wingman De'Andre Hunter from national champion...

Magic pick Auburn's Chuma Okeke No. 16 overall in NBA draft

Jun. 21, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Chuma Okeke conceded there were times over the past two months when he wondered whether a knee injury suffered during Auburn's surprising run to the Final Four had ruined his chances of being selected in the NBA draft. An earlier than expected phone call from the Orlando Magic, who...

AP source: Grizzlies trade Conley to Jazz for 3 players

Jun. 19, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

The Memphis Grizzlies traded away the final piece of the franchise's best years on Wednesday, sending veteran point guard Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz for a trio of players, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The Grizzlies swapped Conley for forward Jae Crowder, guard/forward Kyle Korver...

High 5: Cavaliers mulling options with 5th pick in NBA draft

Jun. 18, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers barely survived a stormy season and then watched the NBA's postseason from afar. They'll be big players again Thursday night. With the 5th and 26th picks in the draft, the Cavaliers can add quality talent to a young team now under the direction of new coach John Beilein. He,...

Leonard quiet on future as Raptors celebrate with parade

Jun. 18, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Fresh off leading the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA title, Kawhi Leonard received the key to the city at Monday's championship parade and rally. For now, however, the two-way star and two-time NBA Finals MVP isn't saying whether he'll use it to keep a door open or close it behind him...

Correction: NBA Draft-International Model story

Jun. 17, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — In a story June 14 about international players and the NBA draft, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Dallas Mavericks took Sarunas Marciulionis in the 1987 draft. It was Golden State that made the pick. A corrected version of the story is below: Mavs illustrate draft's...

Analysis: Anthony Davis trade a win-win for both sides

Jun. 15, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

The saga is over. When this trade is done, everybody can say they won. The Lakers, the Pelicans, Rich Paul, LeBron James, they all can take a victory lap. The trade that will be official in the coming weeks sending Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo...