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Raptors extend Siakam 4 years, $130M

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Pascal Siakam is officially a major part of the Toronto Raptors' long-term plans.

The Raptors and Siakam have agreed on a four-year, $130 million maximum extension, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the signing has not been publicly announced.

ESPN first reported the agreement.

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Heat suspend G Waiters for season opener

MIAMI (AP) Shooting guard Dion Waiters has been suspended by the Miami Heat for their season opener against Memphis on Wednesday night for what was described as "conduct detrimental to the team."

"There were a number of unacceptable incidents this week, culminating with his unprofessional conduct on the bench last night," Heat President Pat Riley said in a statement Saturday night. "As a consequence, I feel we had to suspend him."

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Hawks pick up options on Young, Collins

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have exercised the 2020-21 contract options on three of the team's top young players - forward John Collins and guards Trae Young and Kevin Huerter.

The team exercised the fourth-year option on Collins and third-year options on Young and Huerter.

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China denies asking for Morey's firing

The rift between the NBA and China appeared to widen again Friday, as the fallout over Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong continued.

A day after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Chinese officials wanted Morey fired, a spokesman for China's foreign ministry told reporters that no such demand was made by the government there. That becomes the latest chapter in the now 2-week-old saga over Morey's tweet that was quickly deleted but has led to considerable damage to the long relationship between the NBA and China.

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Harden scores 44 in 35 minutes in win

MIAMI (AP) James Harden sure seems in midseason form.

Russell Westbrook isn't there yet.

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Wizards give Beal 2-year, $72M extension

Bradley Beal signed a two-year extension worth nearly $72 million with Washington on Thursday, a major victory for the Wizards and a move that will keep the All-Star guard out of free agency for at least the next three summers.

Beal still had two years left on his existing contract. The extension kicks in for the 2021-22 season, has a player option for the following year and means that Beal won't be part of what has been shaping up to be an NBA free-agent extravaganza in the summer of 2021.

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West appears loaded with great teams

Stephen Curry knew roster change was inevitable.

That being said, Curry and the Golden State Warriors aren't changing their expectations.

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Bucks, 76ers aiming to take next step

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks were a couple wins from beating Toronto. The Philadelphia 76ers were maybe a couple bounces from doing it a round earlier.

Neither team was good enough to finish the job last season, but both think this is their time after Kawhi Leonard went back to the Western Conference.

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Fans support Hong Kong at Nets' game

NEW YORK (AP) A group of fans held signs, wore shirts and chanted support for Hong Kong and Tibet in the Brooklyn Nets' first game since returning from China.

The fans sat behind the backboard near the Nets' bench at Barclays Center in their 123-107 loss to Toronto on Friday night.

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Pistons sign F Tre'Shawn Thurman

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons have signed forward Tre'Shawn Thurman and waived guard Craig Sword.

The Pistons announced the moves Friday, just a day after announcing that they'd signed Sword.

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