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Cavs waive shooting guard JR Smith after eventful tenure

Jul. 15, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — J.R. Smith's never-a-dull-moment run with the Cavaliers is over. Cleveland released the colorful shooting guard Monday before his $15.6 million contract for next season became guaranteed. The Cavs had been trying to trade Smith for months, but the team was unable to find the right deal...

Warriors GM Bob Myers moves on from Durant with appreciation

Jul. 15, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bob Myers has accepted Kevin Durant's departure for the Brooklyn Nets with an appreciation for all the superstar forward accomplished with the franchise, even if the Golden State general manager would have loved to keep KD around a little longer. "I have a peace about it," Myers said...

AP source: Simmons, 76ers agree to $170 million, 5-year deal

Jul. 15, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers and star guard Ben Simmons have agreed to a $170 million, five-year contract extension, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The max deal is the latest big commitment by a team expected to make a serious push at its first NBA...

Old Nets think Durant, Irving can succeed where they didn't

Jul. 15, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving gave the Brooklyn Nets two big victories in one night. "They hit the Mega Millions and the Powerball," former NBA star Charles Oakley said. In the first hours of free agency, the Nets added two of the best players available to a young roster that made the...

Summer League winds down, and now, maybe, some NBA rest

Jul. 15, 2019 2:19 AM EDT

They'll hand out T-shirts to the Summer League winners following the championship game between Memphis and Minnesota in Las Vegas on Monday night, and then things will finally slow down a bit in the NBA. Maybe. And probably not for long. It's been a hectic month since Toronto won the NBA championship and the...

Grizzles, Timberwolves advance to Summer League title game

Jul. 14, 2019 10:38 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brandon Clarke made a dunk with 10.7 left in overtime and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the New Orleans Pelicans 88-86 on Sunday in the NBA Summer League semifinals. The Grizzlies will face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night in the title game. Minnesota beat Brooklyn 85-77 in the...

No. 8 seed Grizzlies beat No. 1 Celtics in NBA Summer League

Jul. 14, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tyler Harvey scored 20 points to lead No. 8 seed Memphis past top-seeded Boston 94-88 on Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the NBA Summer League tournament. Brandon Clarke tipped in a rebound with 18 seconds left to extend the Grizzlies' lead to three, before Paris Lee and Bruno...

AD3: Anthony Davis joins Lakers with championship plans

Jul. 13, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Anthony Davis' year of uncertainty finally felt finished when he stood in the Los Angeles Lakers' training complex and proudly held up his new gold jersey while LeBron James looked on approvingly. After months of upheaval around his departure from New Orleans, the superstar...

NBA Summer League runs end for international invitees

Jul. 13, 2019 12:33 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The NBA's decision to invite a pair of international teams to the Summer League showed promise, even as it also demonstrated the competitive challenges facing the host team for the 2019 Basketball World Cup. China struggled to beat NBA-affiliated squads made up largely of rookies or...

Timberwolves sign former Warriors center Jordan Bell

Jul. 12, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed forward/center Jordan Bell, who left Golden State during the Warriors' offseason transformation. Bell spent two seasons with the Warriors and was their starter at center in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. But he was one of a number of Warriors who won't...