"Today, the basketball gods smiled upon the Nets."
In the summer of 2013, Mikhail Prokhorov, the Nets' billionaire owner, took a victory lap in the news release announcing his team's trade for a pair of future Hall of Famers. The cost to get Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn was extreme -- a grab bag of players and three first-round ...Read more
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Bill Self approached a group of reporters Monday afternoon at his Kansas basketball camp with something other than hoops on his mind.
"Let's talk golf!" Self, KU's 17th-year coach, said enthusiastically.
He was still thinking about KU graduate Gary Woodland's three-shot victory over Brooks Koepka at the U.S. Open, which was ...Read more
When the Bulls dropped from their pre-draft lottery spot of fourth all the way to No. 7 last month, John Paxson acknowledged a brief moment of disappointment.
Then, the Bulls executive vice president put on his best face even as he, along with his staff, vowed to get dirty with elbow grease.
"We feel we have two very good pieces that we got in...Read more
Jay Bilas was talking about the struggles of a freshman who is a potential lottery pick in the NBA draft and he stopped himself.
"It's one year," said Bilas, who is ESPN's top college basketball analyst and will work his 17th NBA draft on Thursday night.
One year is just about all the NBA gets to judge the top talent in college basketball. ...Read more
General manager Travis Schlenk is on the phone "a lot of hours."
The Hawks draft board has more than 100 players on it.
The top 44 prospects have been ranked. There are 16 more names to be slotted.
Staff meetings and mock drafts are being held in the war room.
Nearly 20 players workouts and visits have been completed.
The analytics team is ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The details of the blockbuster trade that will make Anthony Davis a Los Angeles Laker are still being sorted out. Chief among them: the timing of the trade.
For now, the plan is to execute the trade on July 6, right after the moratorium ends on the start of free agency -- and while both sides are open to moving the date, it's ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--You can close your eyes and let your imagination run wild, LeBron James dribbling the ball at Staples Center, pushing toward the basket. The defenders collapse around maybe the strongest ball handler the game has seen. And instead of forcing a shot, he just lobs the ball near the rim for a long-armed, spring-legged, one-eyebrowed ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The Anthony Davis saga is over and the Lakers have their next superstar big man.
The New Orleans Pelicans agreed Saturday to trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers, according to people with knowledge of the deal. The Lakers sent Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart along with three first-round draft picks, including the No. 4 ...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. -- At this point, the Warriors can barely think.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr has struggled processing that their failed championship run coincided with losing Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson to debilitating injuries. Warriors general manager Bob Myers struggled to comprehend that the NBA draft starts on Thursday, exactly a week ...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak is exploring ways to trade up from the team's current No. 12 spot in the first round of Thursday's NBA draft.
Confirming an Observer report from Wednesday, Kupchak said he's contacted teams picking before the Hornets' first-round selection. Though it would be expensive as far as...Read more
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- When John Calipari became University of Kentucky basketball coach, he asked one of his predecessors a pointed question: How long could a coach expect to endure and prosper in such a high-pressured job? Joe B. Hall, who lasted 13 seasons as UK's coach, told Calipari that it was a 10-year job.
Ten seasons later came Thursday's ...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Less than one week ago, Kevin Durant's impending free agency seemed relatively cut and dry.
Continue rehabbing his strained calf. Pick his new team or stay with his current one. Make a boatload of money.
Now it's not so simple.
Durant will likely miss the entire 2019-2020 season after rupturing his Achilles tendon in Game 5...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Butler will turn down his 2019-20 player option with the 76ers and hit the free-agent market, according to a report by Yahoo.
This is not a surprising move and was expected by all parties.
Butler will likely be offered multiple max contracts from teams across the league, including the Sixers. It would have been a shocking...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri is under investigation and could face criminal charges after he is suspected of pushing and striking an Alameda County sheriff's deputy in the face Thursday night following Game 6 of the NBA Finals, authorities said Friday.
He was not arrested and both the sheriff...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The moments left Mychal Thompson feeling sleepless. It did not tamper his optimism, though.
His son, Klay, tore an ACL in his left knee and walked out of the arena on crutches. Then, the Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, hardly the ending they envisioned in their final game at ...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. -- It's why you miss birthdays and anniversaries, why you know hotel beds better than your own. It's why it feels like you spend more time in the air than on the ground, why you have to settle for FaceTime calls instead of hugs and kisses.
It's the back-to-backs, the late nights in cities across the country. It's never knowing ...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The gasps became audible on the court, from the bench and near the rafters.
The Warriors lost another All-Star once again with an injury. Klay Thompson clutched his left leg in pain after falling awkwardly on a fouled dunk attempt.
The Warriors expected the crowd at Oracle Arena to be loud for its final home game. But not ...Read more
MIAMI -- Goran Dragic is back in play for the Miami Heat, with the Sun Sentinel confirming Thursday through an NBA source that the veteran point guard has picked up the $19.2 million 2019-20 option on his contract.
Dragic had until June 29 to inform the Heat of his opt-in decision. By rule, he was ineligible to be traded until such a decision ...Read more
Former Duke basketball player Zion Williamson filed suit against Miami marketing company Prime Sports in a North Carolina federal court Thursday, saying the company should terminate the agreement Williamson signed with it because the contract was in violation of the state's agent laws.
The lawsuit's filing was first reported by ESPN.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- John Calipari signed a new 10-year contract on Thursday to remain head coach of the University of Kentucky men's basketball team.
The new deal, with total guaranteed compensation -- which includes base salary and media/endorsement payments -- is valued at $86 million over the lifetime of the contract. With a base salary of $...Read more
- Timing of Anthony Davis trade might hamper Lakers' signing of third free agent
- Freshmen rule the NBA draft with five more coming from Duke and UNC on Thursday
- Big man? Point guard? Trade? The Bulls get ready to feel the draft
- The storm before the calm: The scenes as Hawks prepare for NBA draft
- Kansas' Self discusses Woodland's cellphone message as well as McCormack, Wilson, other topics