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US, Spain to meet in Olympic quarters

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SAITAMA, Japan (AP) The U.S. and Spain played for Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012, then in the semifinals in 2016.

And at the Tokyo Games, the top teams in the FIBA world rankings will meet again - just earlier than has been the norm.

The three-time reigning Olympic champion Americans will face reigning World Cup champion Spain in the quarterfinals of the men's tournament at the Tokyo Games on Tuesday, a matchup of teams that finished second in their respective groups at the Olympics.


Mavs pick up option on C Cauley-Stein

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks picked up the $4.1 million team option on center Willie Cauley-Stein's contract, opting to keep a player who provides depth in a frontcourt headlined by Kristaps Porzingis.

Cauley-Stein came to Dallas in a deal with Golden State before the trading deadline in 2019-20. He played 13 games for the Mavericks before the pandemic shut down the season, then opted out of the restart in the Florida bubble.


Antetokounmpo brings trophies to Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo definitely had something to declare on his triumphant return to Greece on Sunday.

The NBA star carried the Larry O'Brien Trophy with him at Athens International Airport and said he hopes to win more titles with the Milwaukee Bucks.


Mavericks trade Richardson to Celtics

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics acquired guard Josh Richardson from Dallas on Saturday, a move that gives the Mavericks salary cap flexibility while adding young center Moses Brown.

The trade involves teams with new leaders in the front office. Brad Stevens recently became Boston's president of basketball operations after eight seasons as coach, ending Danny Ainge's 18-year run in charge of personnel.


Lakers get Westbrook in 4-player trade

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers are acquiring All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook from the Washington Wizards for three players and the rights to first-round pick Isaiah Jackson.

According to two people with knowledge of the deal, the Lakers are trading Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell to Washington for Westbrook, who is a Los Angeles native and helped lead UCLA to a pair of Final Four appearances. The Lakers had the 22nd overall pick in Thursday's draft and selected Jackson, a 6-foot-11 forward from Kentucky.


Thunder get another pick, take on Favors

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder announced Friday they have acquired forward Derrick Favors and a future first-round draft pick from the Utah Jazz in exchange for a 2027 second-round pick and cash considerations.

The 6-foot-10 Favors has appeared in 751 games with the Jazz, Nets and Pelicans. Over his 12-year NBA career, he has averaged 10.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.23 blocks in 24.7 minutes per game. He averaged about 15 minutes per game and 5.4 points for the Jazz last season.


Pistons draft Cunningham No. 1 overall

Cade Cunningham sure looked like the No. 1 overall draft pick all year at Oklahoma State with his fluid game, scoring ability and passing - all in a 6-foot-8 frame.

So it was no surprise the Detroit Pistons would grab the freshman All-American with the top pick as they did to open the draft Thursday night in New York. And it was the start of multiple teams spending high picks on playmakers with size, including Florida State forward Scottie Barnes and Australian teenager Josh Giddey climbing a bit higher than expected as top-six picks.


Rockets use 2nd pick on scorer Green

HOUSTON (AP) Houston general manager Rafael Stone wouldn't even hazard a guess of how good of an NBA player Jalen Green will be.

He is, however, certain that he'll give everything he has to reach his full potential.


Cavs finally get acquainted with Mobley

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Evan Mobley didn't visit Cleveland or hold a private workout for the Cavaliers before the NBA draft.

The Southern California center did, however, expect to be selected by them with the No. 3 overall pick.


Raptors surprise by taking F Barnes 4th

TORONTO (AP) Scottie Barnes hopes to achieve greatness in the NBA. The Toronto Raptors believe he's got it in him.

The Raptors selected the 6-foot-9 Florida State forward with the fourth pick in the NBA draft Thursday night.

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