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FILE - In this April 19, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving (11) shoots against Indiana Pacers' Cory Joseph (6) during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Indianapolis. 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/Darron Cummings, File)
July 01, 2019 - 12:13 am
The Latest on NBA free agency (all times ET): 1:05 a.m. A person with knowledge of the details says the Brooklyn Nets capped their big day by agreeing to a deal with Kyrie Irving. The point guard left the Boston Celtics to sign on with a Nets team that also got agreements from Kevin Durant and...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving (11) shoots against Indiana Pacers' Cory Joseph (6) during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Indianapolis. 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/Darron Cummings, File)
June 30, 2019 - 9:20 pm
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 more than $2 billion in deals getting struck in the opening hours — and that's even without...
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FILE - In this June 10, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts as he leaves the court after sustaining an injury during first-half basketball action against the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto. Durant is headed to the Brooklyn Nets, leaving the Warriors after three seasons. His decision was announced Sunday, June 30, 2019, 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 and business partner Rich Kleiman. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
June 30, 2019 - 7:12 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 - 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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FILE - In this March 16, 2019, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis brings the ball up during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in New Orleans. Two people familiar with the situation say the Pelicans have agreed to trade Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for point guard Lonzo Ball, forward Brandon Ingram, shooting guard Josh Hart and three first-round draft choices. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade cannot become official until the new league year begins July 6. ESPN first reported the trade.(AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman, File)
June 27, 2019 - 2:50 pm
The Los Angeles Lakers' price tag for Anthony Davis got a little steeper on Thursday, with the tradeoff being that the team now has the flexibility to bring another max-contract star to play alongside him and LeBron James next season. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated...
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Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse takes questions from the media in Toronto on Sunday, June 16, 2019. The Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 26, 2019 - 8:47 am
Nick Nurse has been in a parade, mingled with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and played guitar onstage with the Arkells since leading the Toronto Raptors to the NBA championship. Now the Raptors coach tells PodcastOne Sports Now co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg that he has one more item to make...
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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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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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