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Mon Feb 1521:37Cavaliers sitting Drummond while pursuing trade for centerJarrett AllenCCavaliersFree Agent
Andre DrummondCCavaliersFree Agent
Paul GeorgeSGClippersFree Agent
Kevin LovePFCavaliersFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFClippersFree Agent
Taurean PrinceSFCavaliersFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Andre Drummond is on the trade block — and the bench. The two-time All-Star center will be inactive for upcoming games as the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are struggling badly after a solid start and are intent on playing newly acquired center Jarrett Allen, try to deal Drummond. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the decision to sit Drummond, one of the NBA's leading rebounders at 13.5 per game, was difficult. "Sometimes you’re forced into difficult positions that’s not easy to navigate, but in respect to Dre and all that he’s done and accomplished and as much as he’s helped us, we thought this was the fairest thing to do for him,” Bickerstaff said before the Cavs closed out a rough road trip Monday night at Golden State. After the team met with Drummond and his agent, he was kept out Sunday's game — the team called it “rest” — against the Los Angeles Clippers. Drummond will continue to stay on the sideline while the team tries to find a trade partner. Bick... [More]
Mon Feb 1518:07Lakers' Anthony Davis to rest injured Achilles; no ruptureAnthony DavisPFLakersFree Agent
Marc GasolCLakersFree Agent
Montrezl HarrellCLakersFree Agent
Nikola JokicCNuggetsFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forward Anthony Davis' injured Achilles tendon is not ruptured, and he will be reevaluated when the Los Angeles Lakers return from their road trip. The defending NBA champions made the announcement Monday after an MRI exam for Davis, who is out indefinitely. The All-NBA first-teamer left the Lakers' game at Denver in the second quarter Sunday night with an apparent aggravation of the tendonosis that has bothered his right heel for at least two weeks. The seven-time All-Star had already missed five games this season with various minor injuries. The Lakers (21-7) have nine games left before the All-Star break, starting Tuesday at Minnesota. Sitting in second place in the Western Conference, they are likely to be cautious with their superstar big man with an eye on keeping him healthy for the stretch run. Davis' offensive production is down this season with the Lakers less reliant on him after the additions of Dennis Schröder, Montrezl Harrell and Marc Gasol. The nine-year veteran is averaging 22.5 points — his lowest scoring average since his second NBA season — along with 8.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. Davis was reinjured when he bumped into the leg of Nikola Jokic while driving to the hoop in Denver. Davis sat out two games last week to rest his Achilles tendon, but returned with a 35-point game against Memphis last Friday. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Feb 1517:57Pistons holding out Griffin amid trade, buyout considerationJerami GrantSFPistonsFree Agent
Blake GriffinPFPistonsFree Agent
Derrick RosePGKnicksFree Agent
Isaiah StewartCPistonsFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons are taking another step in their rebuilding process, planning to part ways with Blake Griffin. Detroit plans to keep the star forward out of the lineup while he and the organization work out a decision on his future, a clear sign his days with the team could be numbered. “After extensive conversation with Blake’s representatives, it has been determined that we will begin working to facilitate a resolution regarding his future with the team that maximizes the interests of both parties," Pistons general manager Troy Weaver said in a statement Monday. "We respect all the effort Blake has put forth in Detroit and his career and will work to achieve a positive outcome for all involved.” Griffin, who turns 32 next month, came to Detroit in a trade during the 2017-18 season as part of the franchise's push to become relevant again. The Pistons, though, have made only one postseason appearance with him and have spent much of the last year overhauling t... [More]
Mon Feb 1517:47Bucks hope regular-season obstacles help them in postseasonGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Donte DiVincenzoSGBucksFree Agent
Jrue HolidayPGBucksFree Agent
Khris MiddletonSFBucksFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks knew when they overhauled their roster that they might pay a short-term price for their attempt to improve their postseason fortunes. Sure enough, Milwaukee enters an eight-game home stretch well off the pace it established while posting the league’s best record each of the last two regular seasons. The Bucks ended a six-game road swing with three straight losses, dropping their record to 16-11. At this point last season, the Bucks were 24-3 and had just completed an 18-game winning streak. “At the end of the day, there’s going to be ups and downs to the season,” two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo said Sunday night after the Bucks fell 114-109 at Oklahoma City. “We cannot put our heads down. We have to keep getting better, keep looking forward and hopefully we can peak and play the best basketball we can play when we need to.” Indeed, owning the NBA’s No. 1 overall seed hasn’t helped the Bucks in the playoffs. Milwaukee b... [More]
Mon Feb 1516:07Bucks hope regular-season obstacles help them in postseasonGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Donte DiVincenzoSGBucksFree Agent
Jrue HolidayPGBucksFree Agent
Khris MiddletonSFBucksFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks knew when they overhauled their roster that they might pay a short-term price for their attempts to improve their postseason fortunes. Sure enough, Milwaukee enters an eight-game home stretch well off the pace it established while posting the league’s best record each of the last two regular seasons. The Bucks ended a six-game road swing with three straight losses as their record dropped to 16-11. At this point last season, the Bucks were 24-3 and had just completed an 18-game winning streak. “At the end of the day, there’s going to be ups and downs to the season,” two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo said Sunday night after the Bucks fell 114-109 at Oklahoma City. “We cannot put our heads down. We have to keep getting better, keep looking forward and hopefully we can peak and play the best basketball we can play when we need to.” Indeed, owning the NBA’s No. 1 overall seed hasn’t helped the Bucks in the playoffs. Milwaukee... [More]
Mon Feb 1515:47Pistons holding out Griffin while resolving his futureSaddiq BeySFPistonsFree Agent
Jerami GrantSFPistonsFree Agent
Blake GriffinPFPistonsFree Agent
Derrick RosePGKnicksFree Agent
Isaiah StewartCPistonsFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons plan to keep Blake Griffin out of the lineup while he and the organization work out a decision on his future, a sign the star forward's days with the team could be numbered. “After extensive conversation with Blake’s representatives, it has been determined that we will begin working to facilitate a resolution regarding his future with the team that maximizes the interests of both parties," Pistons general manager Troy Weaver said in a statement Monday. "We respect all the effort Blake has put forth in Detroit and his career and will work to achieve a positive outcome for all involved.” Griffin, who turns 32 next month, came to Detroit in a trade during the 2017-18 season, but the Pistons have made just one postseason appearance with him and have spent much of the last year overhauling their roster in earnest. Detroit is 8-19 this season, and Griffin has already missed seven games. If he is traded or leaves via a buyout, it could give the popul... [More]
Mon Feb 1515:37Suns assign rookie forward Jalen Smith to G LeagueJalen SmithCSunsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have assigned rookie forward Jalen Smith to the NBA's G League. The No. 10 overall draft pick out of Maryland hasn't played much this season for the Suns, who have won six consecutive games and have a 17-9 record. The 20-year-old has appeared in eight games and is averaging 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds. Smith was inactive for Sunday night's game against the Magic. The Suns recently had several players return from injuries, which made the 6-foot-10 Smith's path to playing time even harder. Smith will play for the Agua Caliente Clippers, which is the affiliate of the Los Angeles Clippers. The league's games are being played this season near Orlando, Florida, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Feb 1514:07AP source: Cavs to sit Andre Drummond while pursuing tradeJarrett AllenCCavaliersFree Agent
Andre DrummondCCavaliersFree Agent
Paul GeorgeSGClippersFree Agent
Kevin LovePFCavaliersFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFClippersFree Agent
Taurean PrinceSFCavaliersFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Andre Drummond wasn't part of the Cavaliers' future plans. He's not part of current ones, either. The two-time All-Star center will be inactive for upcoming games as the Cavs, who are struggling badly after a solid start, pursue a trade for him, a person familiar with the team's intentions told The Associated Press on Monday. Drummond sat out Sunday night's game — the team called it “rest” — against the Los Angeles Clippers and will continue to stay on the sideline, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Cavs have not publicly commented on Drummond's situation. There is “nothing imminent” on the trade front, the person added. The deadline is March 25. ESPN.com was first to report Drummond's status. The Cavs moved center Jarrett Allen into Drummond's starting spot on Sunday, and the team intends to build around the 22-year-old Allen, who was acquired along with forward Taurean Prince from Brooklyn in a trade last month. As the Ca... [More]
Mon Feb 1511:57AP source: Cavs to sit Andre Drummond while pursuing tradeJarrett AllenCCavaliersFree Agent
Andre DrummondCCavaliersFree Agent
Paul GeorgeSGClippersFree Agent
Kevin LovePFCavaliersFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFClippersFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers will make center Andre Drummond inactive for upcoming games as they pursue a trade for him, a person familiar with the team's plans told The Associated Press on Monday. Drummond did not dress for Sunday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers and will continue to stay on the sideline, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Cavs have not publicly comment on Drummond's situation. There is “nothing imminent” on the trade front, the person added. The Cavs said Sunday Drummond wasn't playing for “rest.” The trading deadline is March 25. ESPN.com was first to report Drummond's status. A two-time All-Star over eight seasons with Detroit, Drummond is in his final year under contract. He's not part of Cleveland's future as the Cavs intend to build around 22-year-old center Jarrett Allen, who was acquired last month from Brooklyn. After a surprising start under coach J.B. Bickerstaff, the Cavs have plummeted, los... [More]
Mon Feb 1502:56Lakers F Anthony Davis set for MRI on strained AchillesAnthony DavisPFLakersFree Agent
LeBron JamesPGLakersFree Agent
Nikola JokicCNuggetsFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis will undergo an MRI on Monday after re-aggravating a sore right Achilles late in the first half of a 122-105 loss to the Denver Nuggets. “The doctors don’t want to rule out anything,” Davis said Sunday night. “Everything looks good, but you still want the MRI just to make sure.” Davis believes he may have stepped wrong as he drove to the basket and was fouled by Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic. Davis hobbled to the free-throw line, made both shots and then was subbed out with 2:39 remaining. He gingerly headed toward the locker room with what the team later termed an Achilles strain. “For me, all I care about is his health,” his teammate LeBron James said. "I want him to be healthy. Our team needs him to be healthy ... and do his due diligence on what’s going on with his injury and be right when he comes back. "No rush. No timetable. We have no idea from that aspect. Just want him to be healthy and get back to full-s... [More]
Sun Feb 1423:36Lakers F Anthony Davis limps off floor with right leg injuryAnthony DavisPFLakersFree Agent
Nikola JokicCNuggetsFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis gingerly made his way to the locker room after appearing to re-aggravate a sore right Achilles late in the first half against Denver on Sunday night. Davis was fouled by Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic as he drove to the basket. Davis hobbled to the free-throw line, made both shots and then was subbed out with 2:39 remaining. He immediately headed toward the locker room. Entering the game, Davis was questionable with what was described as right Achilles tendinosis. Davis missed two contests due to the ailment before returning in a win over Memphis on Friday. Davis had 15 points and four rebounds in the first half against Denver. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun Feb 1420:46Leonard joins injured George on sideline for ClippersPaul GeorgeSGClippersFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFClippersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard won’t play for the Los Angeles Clippers against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night, joining injured teammate Paul George on the sideline. Leonard sat out because of a left lower leg contusion. Coach Tyronn Lue said the injury occurred during the team’s recent trip, and he isn’t sure when Leonard might return. He has scored 30 or more points in his last two games. Lue had no update on George. He missed his fifth straight game Sunday because of a right foot injury, and was expected to be re-evaluated upon returning to Los Angeles. Lue has described the injury as day-to-day. The Clippers were without their two superstars for the first two games of the recent six-game trip. They split those games, losing to Atlanta and beating Miami. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat Feb 1323:36LeBron warned for flopping; NBA also warns teammate KuzmaDillon BrooksSGGrizzliesFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFLakersFree Agent
LeBron JamesPGLakersFree Agent
Kyle KuzmaSFLakersFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James was warned Saturday for violating the NBA's anti-flopping rule after a play in which the superstar appeared to fall dramatically with little or no contact. The league also warned teammate Kyle Kuzma for flopping in the same game, the Los Angeles Lakers' 115-105 victory over Memphis on Friday. James was between two Memphis players when teammate Anthony Davis took a shot from the other side of the court. James fell backward and threw his arms into the air, and a foul was called as the Grizzles players looked on in frustration. Kuzma was defending against Dillon Brooks when he spun all the way around and tumbled across the baseline. Flopping penalties have been infrequent in recent years after the league began cracking down on the act of trying to fool referees into calling fouls by initiating penalties in the 2012-13 season. After a first-time warning, a player is fined $5,000 fine for a second offense. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Feb 1217:06Durant back with Nets, can return Saturday to Golden StateStephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Kevin DurantPFNetsFree Agent
Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant is back on the court, just in time to go back to the Bay Area. Durant rejoined the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, a day ahead of his return to the place where Stephen Curry said the Warriors played “some of the best basketball l think the world has ever seen” when Durant was one of them. “That was an amazing three years of a moment in time,” Curry said. Now in his first season playing for the Nets, Durant is set to resume what's been a stop-and-start season for the star forward. He has missed three games for coronavirus health and safety protocol reasons, facing a mandatory seven-day quarantine after being a close contact of a team employee who tested positive for the virus. Golden State's players were certainly planning on him to play. The trouble started in a bizarre and frustrating night for Durant and the Nets against Toronto last Friday. Durant was told he couldn't start the game shortly before tipoff, then was cleared to enter in the first quarte... [More]
Fri Feb 1215:46Durant back with Nets, can return Saturday to Golden StateStephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Kevin DurantPFNetsFree Agent
Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant is back on the court, just in time to go back to the Bay Area. Durant rejoined the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, a day ahead of his return to the place where Stephen Curry said the Warriors played “some of the best basketball l think the world has ever seen” when Durant was one of them. “That was an amazing three years of a moment in time,” Curry said. Now in his first season playing for the Nets, Durant is set to resume what's been a stop-and-start season for the star forward. He has missed three games for coronavirus health and safety protocol reasons, facing a mandatory seven-day quarantine after being a close contact of a team employee who tested positive for the virus. The trouble started in a bizarre and frustrating night for Durant and the Nets against Toronto last Friday. Durant was told he couldn't start the game shortly before tipoff, then was cleared to enter in the first quarter, resulting in his first appearance off the bench in his 867-g... [More]
Fri Feb 1214:16Durant back with Nets, can return Saturday to Golden StateKevin DurantPFNetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant has rejoined the Brooklyn Nets and will be able to play Saturday in his return to Golden State. Durant missed three games for coronavirus health and safety protocol reasons and faced a mandatory seven-day quarantine after being a close contact of a team employee who tested positive for the virus. The star forward continued to test negative during his absence and was able to return to practice Friday. Durant spent three seasons with the Warriors, winning NBA titles in the first two before rupturing his Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. He left shortly after to sign with the Nets. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Feb 1119:45Raptors to keep calling Tampa home for rest of seasonFred VanVleetSGRaptorsFree Agent
The Toronto Raptors aren’t going back to Toronto this season. Ongoing challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic and how that affects the process of crossing the border between the U.S. and Canada will keep the Raptors in their adopted Tampa, Florida, home for the remainder of the regular season, the team said Thursday. “It took us a while to get settled in," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Thursday before Toronto played at Boston. “I think to pick up shop and go back and try to re-settle in, kind of like you would at the start of the fall ... we're just kind of getting settled in, we might as well finish it out now." The Raptors are 6-5 in their “home” building this season, Amalie Arena, which they’re sharing with the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa also has the reigning Super Bowl champion Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Rays played in the World Series last season. “Florida has been really welcoming to us and we’re so grateful for the hospitality we’v... [More]
Thu Feb 1119:15Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young fined $20,000 by NBAWillie Cauley-SteinCMavericksFree Agent
Trae YoungPGHawksFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Thursday for directing inappropriate language toward a game official. The incident occurred Wednesday night after Young was knocked down setting a screen on the final play in the Hawks’ 118-117 loss at Dallas. “The play that Young disputed was correctly ruled a no-call,” the NBA said. “Under the playing rules, Dallas’ Willie Cauley-Stein was entitled to a normal step on a screen from behind, which he took, and which led to incidental and legal contact between Cauley-Stein and Young.”
Thu Feb 1116:45Wizards to rest scoring leader Beal for 1st time this seasonBradley BealSGWizardsFree Agent
Russell WestbrookPGWizardsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — NBA scoring leader Bradley Beal will be held out of a game for rest for the first time this season, sitting out Washington's matchup with the New York Knicks on Friday. Beal is averaging 32.8 points and 35.3 minutes per game for Washington (6-16), which is among the league's worst teams. The Wizards' ongoing struggles have fueled persistent rumors that Beal will be traded. The only previous game Beal missed this season was a loss to the Miami Heat on Jan. 9 because of the league's COVID-19 protocols. Washington's other starting guard, Russell Westbrook — who was acquired in a trade with Houston before the season — has missed seven games this season for rest or because of injury. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/nba and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Feb 1111:25Raptors to keep calling Tampa home for rest of seasonFred VanVleetSGRaptorsFree Agent
The Toronto Raptors aren’t going back to Toronto this season. Ongoing challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic and how that affects the process of crossing the border between the U.S. and Canada will keep the Raptors in their adopted Tampa, Florida, home for the remainder of the regular season, the team said Thursday. The Raptors are 6-5 in their “home” building this season, Amalie Arena, which they’re sharing with the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa also has the reigning Super Bowl champion Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Rays played in the World Series last season. “Florida has been really welcoming to us and we’re so grateful for the hospitality we’ve found in Tampa and at Amalie — we’re living in a city of champions, and we intend to carry on the tradition of winning for our new friends and fans here,” Raptors President Masai Ujiri said. “But home is where the heart is, and our hearts are in Toronto. We think often of our fans, of our Scotia... [More]
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