NBA Playoffs

Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard holds his MVP trophy while celebrating with rapper/producer Drake during the team's NBA basketball championship parade in Toronto, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 21, 2019 - 10:36 am
TORONTO (AP) — The title won and the draft over, the Toronto Raptors turn to the next order of business: keeping Kawhi Leonard. He is expected to opt out of the final year of his contact and become a free agent June 30. The two-time NBA Finals MVP and three-time All-Star is likely the biggest prize...
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FILE - In this March 23, 2019, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) handles the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie (20) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Memphis, Tenn. A person with knowledge of the decision says the Memphis Grizzlies have traded veteran point guard Mike Conley, who has played the most games in franchise history, to the Utah Jazz. The person says the Grizzlies swapped Conley for Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver and Grayson Allen. The person spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday, June 19, 2019, on condition of anonymity because neither Memphis nor Utah has announced the trade.(AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)
June 19, 2019 - 12:18 pm
The Memphis Grizzlies traded away the final piece of the franchise's best years on Wednesday, sending veteran point guard Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz for a trio of players, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The Grizzlies swapped Conley for forward Jae Crowder, guard/...
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FILE - In this March 24, 2019, file photo, Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver (23) shoots past Buffalo's Nick Perkins (33) during the second half of a second round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, in Tulsa, Okla. With the No. 5 and 26 picks in the NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers could be in position to select Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver, Virginia forward De’Andre Hunter or Duke’s Cam Reddish. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
June 18, 2019 - 11:39 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers barely survived a stormy season and then watched the NBA's postseason from afar. They'll be big players again Thursday night. With the 5th and 26th picks in the draft, the Cavaliers can add quality talent to a young team now under the direction of new coach John...
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Cheering fans are reflected in the sunglasses of Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard during the team's NBA basketball championship parade in Toronto, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 18, 2019 - 7:43 am
TORONTO (AP) — Fresh off leading the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA title, Kawhi Leonard received the key to the city at Monday's championship parade and rally. For now, however, the two-way star and two-time NBA Finals MVP isn't saying whether he'll use it to keep a door open or close it...
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June 17, 2019 - 9:19 am
DALLAS (AP) — In a story June 14 about international players and the NBA draft, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Dallas Mavericks took Sarunas Marciulionis in the 1987 draft. It was Golden State that made the pick. A corrected version of the story is below: Mavs illustrate draft's...
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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 15, 2019 - 6:08 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis will wind up with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers after all. The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to trade the disgruntled Davis to the Lakers for point guard Lonzo Ball, forward Brandon Ingram, shooting guard Josh Hart and three first-round draft choices,...
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FILE - In this May 29, 2019, file photo, Toronto Raptors basketball team general manager Masai Ujiri speaks during a NBA basketball media availability in Toronto. Prosecutors will decide whether to charge Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri with misdemeanor battery after he was accused of shoving and hitting a sheriff's deputy in the face while trying to join his team on the court to celebrate their first NBA championship. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
June 15, 2019 - 9:52 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Prosecutors will decide whether to charge Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri with misdemeanor battery after he was accused of shoving and hitting a sheriff's deputy in the face while trying to join his team on the court to celebrate their first NBA championship. Alameda...
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Toronto Raptors supporters celebrate in the streets after the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors during Game 6 NBA Finals to win the NBA Championship, in Toronto on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 14, 2019 - 4:13 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The final numbers are in, and the NBA Finals were a smashing success for Canada all the way around. The NBA said Friday that 56% percent of the Canadian population watched at least some part of the NBA Finals, with an average viewership of about 8 million for the Toronto Raptors'...
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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr talks with reporters at the NBA basketball team's practice facility Friday, June 14, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. Their three-peat quest denied by the champion Raptors, the Warriors now brace for major uncertainty ahead as Kevin Durant begins a long rehab from right Achilles tendon surgery and must decide where to sign and Klay Thompson has a torn left ACL that will be another lengthy recovery. (AP Photo/Janie McCauley)
June 14, 2019 - 4:11 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr still considers Golden State an ideal fit for Kevin Durant. Whether Durant sees it that way going into free agency next month, Kerr isn't about to guess. Especially now that the two-time NBA Finals MVP is headed for what could be a yearlong recovery from surgery...
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Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse speaks at a news conference after the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
June 14, 2019 - 3:33 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Whenever Toronto coach Nick Nurse needed inspiration this season, he merely needed to look at his office wall. Hanging there is a big photo, a finish-line shot of the 2015 Travers Stakes at historic Saratoga Race Course. There are two horses in the frame; one is Triple Crown...
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