Professional basketball

FILE - In this May 20, 2019, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, shoots near Golden State Warriors forward Jordan Bell during the first half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)
July 01, 2019 - 12:01 am
Damian Lillard wasn't a top-five pick. Tobias Harris wasn't a lottery pick. Khris Middleton wasn't even a first-rounder. Their bank balances won't know the difference soon. Free agency opened Sunday with nearly $3 billion in deals getting struck in the opening hours — including Kyrie Irving...
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FILE - In this April 21, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, top, dunks as Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet defends during the second half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Los Angeles. Rarely relevant at the same time on the basketball court, the Knicks and Nets are front and center in the free agency race, two of the teams best positioned to make a splash when the market opens. Both can afford two top players, with hopes of landing not only a Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving, but possibly even both. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
June 30, 2019 - 6:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant is headed to the Brooklyn Nets, leaving the Golden State Warriors after three seasons. His decision was announced Sunday at the start of the NBA free agency period on the Instagram page for The Boardroom, an online series looking at sports business produced by Durant...
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June 29, 2019 - 4:10 pm
A person with knowledge of the situation says Kemba Walker has told the Charlotte Hornets of his intention to sign with the Boston Celtics once the NBA's offseason moratorium ends July 6. Walker is planning to meet with the Celtics on Sunday to discuss and likely finalize a four-year, $141 million...
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In this June 27, 2019 photo, a clerk takes a bet from a gambler at the new sportsbook at Bally's casino in Atlantic City, N.J. New Jersey surpassed Nevada in terms of sports betting volume in May, taking the national lead for the first time. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
June 29, 2019 - 12:52 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Here's all you need to know about how fast sports betting is growing in New Jersey: the state took in more sports bets last month than Nevada did to lead the nation. According to gambling regulators in both states, New Jersey saw $318.9 million worth of bets, edging past...
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June 28, 2019 - 7:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A person with knowledge of the details says the Brooklyn Nets have extended a qualifying offer to D'Angelo Russell, making the point guard a restricted free agent. The decision Friday allows the Nets to match any offer Russell receives from another team. It was confirmed to The...
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June 28, 2019 - 10:42 am
The NBA told teams on Friday that coaches may challenge one call per game next season, provided the measure gets expected approval from the board of governors. According to the memo, coaches will be allowed to challenge a called foul, an out-of-bounds violation, goaltending violation or basket...
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CORRECTS BYLINE TO CHRIS PIZZELLO INSTEAD OF RICHARD SHOTWELL - NBA player Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, reacts as he accepts the most valuable player award at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
June 25, 2019 - 2:03 am
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks fell two games short of the NBA Finals. They won big at the NBA Awards. A tearful Giannis Antetokounmpo earned Most Valuable Player honors, Mike Budenholzer won Coach of the Year, and Jon Horst took Executive of the Year on Monday night in Santa...
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NBA coach Mike Budenholzer, of the Milwaukee Bucks, accepts the coach of the year award at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
June 24, 2019 - 10:00 pm
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the NBA Awards show in Santa Monica, California (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz has won Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season at the NBA Awards. The 26-year-old center from France beat out Giannis...
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June 24, 2019 - 7:13 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former top Sacramento Kings executive was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for siphoning $13.4 million from the team. Jeffrey David, 44, the team's former chief revenue officer, pleaded guilty in December to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. David diverted...
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FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, Connecticut Sun center Jonquel Jones shoots over the Indiana Fever defense during a WNBA basketball game, in Uncasville, Conn. Led by Jones, the Sun (8-1) have won their last six games and have started to put a little distance between themselves and the rest of the league. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP, File)
June 24, 2019 - 7:03 pm
The Indiana Fever had quite an adventure getting back home after finishing off a three-game road trip in Seattle this weekend. Suffice to say, Fever veteran Natalie Achonwa didn't expect the trip would involve an 8 ½-hour bus haul. "Control the controllables. ... outside of that, I'm just along for...
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