Latest NBA Eastern Conference News

Wizards name Tommy Sheppard GM, part of front office redo

Jul. 22, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard is losing his interim tag as part of an organizational restructuring that includes hires from outside the NBA. Changes announced Monday are part of the new leadership team for Monumental Basketball, a fledgling collective composed of the Wizards,...

Lakers claim Kostas Antetokounmpo off waivers from Dallas

Jul. 22, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have been awarded the rights to Kostas Antetokounmpo on a waiver claim. The Lakers announced the move Monday to acquire the 21-year-old brother of Milwaukee Bucks star and league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Kostas Antetokounmpo played in two games for Dallas...

AP Source: Pacers sign Justin Holiday to 1-year contract

Jul. 19, 2019 10:46 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent guard Justin Holiday has agreed to a one-year contract worth $4.8 million with the Indiana Pacers. Holiday joins his younger brother, Aaron, with the Pacers, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of...

Kings hire WNBA's Lindsey Harding as assistant coach

Jul. 19, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings have hired former WNBA player Lindsey Harding as an assistant and player development coach on Luke Walton's staff. The team also hired Stacey Augmon and Rico Hines on Friday. Harding played nine years in the WNBA before working as a pro personnel scout and...

Pistons claim F-C Christian Wood off waivers

Jul. 17, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have claimed Christian Wood off waivers. The Pistons announced the move Wednesday. The 6-foot-10 Wood appeared in 21 games last season for Milwaukee and New Orleans, averaging 8.2 points. He's averaged 5.3 points in 51 career NBA games for Philadelphia, Charlotte,...

Celtics' Stevens on board with lookalike candidate Buttigieg

Jul. 17, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — If this basketball thing doesn't work out for Brad Stevens, he already has a backup plan in mind. The Boston Celtics coach joked on Wednesday that he's hoping to capitalize on his resemblance to Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. "I can get a job with 'Saturday Night Live,'"...

Kemba Walker, Enes Kanter join Celtics

Jul. 17, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Enes Kanter took a playful swipe at him. Kemba Walker will try to replace him. Kyrie Irving is no longer with the Celtics, but his brief flameout in Boston is still on the minds of fans in the city and even, apparently, players who have yet to play a minute for the team. On the day that the...

Simmons backflips, withdraws from Australia's Word Cup squad

Jul. 17, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ben Simmons' new contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers came with bad news for Australian basketball fans: The Melbourne-born NBA All-star won't play for the Boomers at the World Cup. Hours after Simmons and the 76ers agreed to a $170 million, five-year contract...

Indianapolis council backs Pacers arena $300M subsidy plan

Jul. 17, 2019 5:41 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — City officials in Indianapolis are signing off on a deal for nearly $300 million in public subsidies toward renovation of the Indiana Pacers' downtown arena. The Indianapolis City-County Council's approval comes after state legislators endorsed the plan this spring as part of the...

Bucks sign Thanasis Antetokounmpo, older brother of Giannis

Jul. 16, 2019 10:03 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks announced Tuesday that they have signed free agent forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the older brother of Bucks forward and NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Thanasis Antetokounmpo joins Milwaukee on a guaranteed two-year, minimum contract, according to Giannis' agent, Alex...