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Report: Griz give Jackson 4 years, $105M

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed Jaren Jackson Jr. to extension ahead of the NBA deadline.

The Grizzlies did not disclose the terms of the deal Monday with the No. 4 overall pick in the 1018 draft. ESPN reported the extension is four years for $105 million.

Jackson, 22, has started 117 of his 126 games in three seasons, and he has averaged 15.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 26.9 minutes per game. The forward-center has made 213 3-pointers and blocked 192 shots, most by an NBA player over his first 126 games.


Silver says he hopes Irving gets vaccine

Adam Silver, the basketball fan, would prefer to see Kyrie Irving on the court again with the Brooklyn Nets as soon as possible.

Adam Silver, the NBA commissioner, would prefer to see Irving vaccinated.


Hawks extend Huerter for 4 years, $65M

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks agreed Monday to a four-year, $65 million contract extension with guard Kevin Huerter, locking up another important player from the team that made a surprising run to the Eastern Conference final.

Huerter was the last piece in the Hawks' offseason list of priorities, working out the rookie-scale extension shortly before Monday's 6 p.m. deadline. The season begins Tuesday. ESPN first reported the deal, which begins with the 2022-23 season, and Hawks confirmed it in an evening news release.


Bucks give G Allen multiyear extension

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen has signed a multiyear contract extension less than 2 + months after the team acquired him from the Memphis Grizzlies.

Allen joined the Bucks in an Aug. 7 trade that set guard Sam Merrill and two future second-round draft picks to Memphis.


Lakers claim veteran Bradley off waivers

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers claimed veteran guard Avery Bradley Jr. off waivers on Monday.

Bradley played for the Lakers in 2019-20, but opted out prior to the NBA restart in the bubble in Orlando, Florida, because of health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic and did not participate in the run to the franchise's 17th championship.


Champion Bucks, Nets set to open season

Five months ago, Kevin Durant's dramatic 3-pointer merely tied Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks in Brooklyn.

The Bucks went on to dominate overtime, survive Durant's dominance and beat the Brooklyn Nets. A little over a month later, Giannis Antetokounmpo helped them celebrate their first NBA title in 50 years.


Lakers, Warriors open with high hopes

Two teams balancing early-season transitions and late-season title aspirations share the national spotlight Tuesday on NBA Opening Night when the Golden State Warriors visit the Los Angeles Lakers.

The duel of the only Western Conference franchises to win NBA titles since 2014 is a rematch of a historic meeting last May, when the Lakers beat the Warriors 103-100 at home in the opener of the league's first-ever play-in tournament.


Bucks' Antetokounmpo vows to get better

Giannis Antetokounmpo sometimes looks like he might dunk from the foul line.

Other times, the Milwaukee Bucks forward struggles just to reach the rim with a shot from it.


76ers' Simmons practices for first time

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) Doc Rivers tried to play Ben Simmons' return to the Philadelphia 76ers cool, just introducing the petulant point guard to the team at practice with a joke like the coach would use for any other player back from a drawn-out absence.

"That's how it is," Rivers said.


Grizzlies pick up option for Morant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies exercised the rookie contract options for 2022-23 for point guard Ja Morant, forward Brandon Clarke and guard Desmond Bane on Saturday.

The No. 2 pick overall in 2019, Morant was the NBA Rookie of the Year and has started all 130 games played through his first two seasons. He has averaged 18.4 points, 7.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds. Morant also led the Grizzlies to the playoffs last spring and averaged 30.2 points and 8.2 assists against top-seeded Utah.

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