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AP source: Raptors, Siakam agree on 4-year max extension

Oct. 19, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

Pascal Siakam is officially a major part of the Toronto Raptors' long-term plans. The Raptors and Siakam have agreed on a four-year, $130 million maximum extension, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the signing has not been...

Bucks, 76ers eye East title with Leonard back in the West

Oct. 19, 2019 1:58 AM EDT

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks were a couple wins from beating Toronto. The Philadelphia 76ers were maybe a couple bounces from doing it a round earlier. Neither team was good enough to finish the job last season, but both think this is their time after Kawhi Leonard went back to the Western...

Kemba Walker returns to UConn for First Night celebration

Oct. 18, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Former UConn basketball star Kemba Walker returned to campus Friday to get a good look at the next generation of Huskies. The Boston Celtics guard, who led Connecticut to the 2011 national championship, was among the thousands of fans who attended First Night, the annual celebration...

The NBA's West race should be incredibly good this season

Oct. 18, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

Stephen Curry knew roster change was inevitable. That being said, Curry and the Golden State Warriors aren't changing their expectations. The five-time defending Western Conference champions aren't the popular pick to represent their side of the league in this season's NBA Finals, understandable after losing the...

After Russ: It's a new start for the Oklahoma City Thunder

Oct. 15, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

No one knew. Russell Westbrook had a chance to put the Oklahoma City Thunder ahead in the final moments of Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round series against Portland. He tried a layup with 18 seconds left. It missed. No one knew that was the 17,350th and final shot he would take as a Thunder player,...

Young Denver Nuggets set sights much higher this season

Oct. 15, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Nuggets didn't make major upgrades over the summer like so many of their Western Conference opponents, and they're fine with that — they figure Denver will turn into a desired destination soon enough. The Nuggets return a young corps that won 54 games last season and came within...

From tank to title talk, 76ers primed for championship run

Oct. 15, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charles Barkley had a statue dedicated in his honor outside the 76ers' complex, the franchise for which he played the bulk of his Hall of Fame career — and later poked fun at as an analyst when the team tanked. Billy Cunningham was Barkley's first NBA coach and joked the Sixers...

MVP Giannis looks to improve as Bucks' leader this season

Oct. 15, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Last season's loss to Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals stung Giannis Antetokounmpo. So much so that the NBA MVP admitted it took several days for him to be able to sleep at night after he and the Milwaukee Bucks blew a 2-0 lead against the eventual NBA champion Raptors....

In Orlando, everyone's back and expectations are high

Oct. 15, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Gordon doesn't put much credence in outside expectations. The Orlando Magic weren't widely picked to be a playoff team last season, and then not only did the Magic make the postseason but wound up winning the Southeast Division. It's an accomplishment worth noting since the Magic...

With promising core, Bulls set sights on playoff position

Oct. 15, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine would love to showcase their skills before the home crowd when the All-Star Game returns to Chicago this season for the first time since Michael Jordan stole the spotlight in 1988. It would mean the Bulls' promising young stars have taken their games to a...