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NBA free agency opens Thursday, starting deal-making season

Jun. 29, 2022 17:36 PM EDT

Let the talking begin. The trading, too, and eventually the signing. Free agency officially opens Thursday in the NBA, with teams able to begin negotiating at 6 p.m. Eastern with players who are not under contract — although, in reality, free agency and the slew of offseason...

AP source: Westbrook exercises $47M option with Lakers

Jun. 28, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook is exercising his option to play for $47.1 million next season, a person with direct knowledge of the decision said Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither Westbrook — a past NBA MVP and...

Lakers get Michigan State's Max Christie with 2nd-round pick

Jun. 24, 2022 01:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers think Max Christie is the next underrated young talent who will grow into a solid NBA contributor after he puts on the purple and gold. The Lakers selected the Michigan State guard with the 35th overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday...

Wizards draft Wisconsin's Johnny Davis with 10th pick

Jun. 24, 2022 01:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — During the interview process with Johnny Davis leading up to the NBA draft, Washington Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. realized this was a player with an impressive feel for the game. “Talking to him, but also take him to the board," Unseld said. "Have him walk me...

Lakers get in draft, acquire 35th pick in trade with Orlando

Jun. 23, 2022 15:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers will get to participate in the NBA draft after acquiring the 35th overall pick from the Orlando Magic on Thursday for cash and a future second-round selection. The Magic will get either the Lakers' second-round pick or Washington's...

Smith? Holmgren? Banchero? Magic own No. 1 pick in NBA draft

Jun. 22, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Paolo Banchero thinks he should be No. 1. Jabari Smith Jr. is sure he won't go beyond No. 2. Chet Holmgren would be happy with either. The freshmen have been considered the top three players available, in some order, in the NBA draft. The Orlando Magic will...

Warriors cap title run, NBA flips the page to 2022-23 season

Jun. 17, 2022 13:53 PM EDT

A parade awaits in San Francisco to celebrate the champion Golden State Warriors. The NBA draft is a few days away, with presumed top-three picks Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren and Paolo Banchero set to take their first steps toward realizing their enormous potential. Free agency starts in less than...

Darvin Ham embraces challenge as Lakers' rookie head coach

Jun. 06, 2022 18:25 PM EDT

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Darvin Ham recognizes the enormity of the task he is undertaking with the Los Angeles Lakers, and this first-time head coach is not intimidated. Ham is expected to immediately return a veteran-laden, oddly constructed roster to championship contention. He...

AP source: Lakers choose Darvin Ham as next head coach

May. 27, 2022 21:25 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision says Darvin Ham has accepted an offer to be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. The person spoke with The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been publicly announced. ...

Doncic injury looms over 1st-round Mavs-Jazz playoff series

Apr. 15, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Just when the Dallas Mavericks finally earned home-court advantage in the playoffs for the first time since winning the NBA title 11 years ago, they could face multiple games without their top player. Star point guard Luka Doncic strained his left calf in the...