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F Bridges arrested on eve of free agency

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Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges was arrested Wednesday in Los Angeles after a warrant was issued, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

LAPD spokeswoman Lizeth Lomeli confirmed Bridges was arrested, but did not release details on the charges. TMZ reported that Bridges is facing felony domestic violence charges.

The Hornets have not responded to news of Bridges' arrest.


Hawks land All-Star G Murray from Spurs

Let the talking begin. The trading, too, and eventually the signing.

Free agency officially opens Thursday in the NBA, with teams able to begin negotiating at 6 p.m. Eastern with players who are not under contract - although, in reality, free agency and the slew of offseason movement is already off and running.


Harden declines $47M option with 76ers

James Harden is taking less with hopes the Philadelphia 76ers can do more.

A person familiar with the situation said Harden chose not to exercise his $47.4 million option for next season and will become a free agent - but with no designs on leaving Philadelphia. Harden made the decision to allow the 76ers the flexibility they need to sign other players this summer, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side confirmed those plans publicly.


Wizards get Morris, Barton from Nuggets

DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a deal that would send guards Will Barton and Monte Morris to the Washington Wizards for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Wednesday.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced. It's not likely to be finalized until the league's offseason moratorium is lifted on July 6.


Wolves keep F Prince for 2 years, $16M

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves are bringing back reserve forward Taurean Prince, who became a vital part of the second unit in his first season with the club.

Prince and the Timberwolves have agreed to a two-year, $16 million contract extension, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.


Lakers to bring back Johnson, Gabriel

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers exercised their team options for next season Wednesday on Stanley Johnson and Wenyen Gabriel.

Johnson started 27 of his 48 games last season for the Lakers, who signed the Orange County native as a free agent on Christmas Eve. Johnson emerged as a solid rotation defender and capable winger for the disappointing Lakers, averaging 6.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.


Warriors star Curry to host ESPYs

LOS ANGELES (AP) Fresh off helping the Golden State Warriors win the NBA championship, Stephen Curry will host The ESPYS.

The show, which honors the past year's top athletes and moments in sports, airs live on ABC on July 20 from Los Angeles.


Seattle to host Clips-Blazers preseason

SEATTLE (AP) The NBA is returning to Seattle - for the preseason, that is.

The Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers will play a preseason game at Seattle's Climate Pledge Arena on Oct. 3, the teams announced Wednesday.


Jazz officially name Hardy new coach

As the Utah Jazz spent time talking to candidates to become their next coach, Will Hardy quickly rose to the top of their list. And that's where he stayed.

Hardy was announced as the coach of the Jazz on Wednesday, a day after the sides came to an agreement in principle. He'll be a head coach in the NBA for the first time and, at 34, is currently the league's youngest coach.


Westbrook exercises Lakers' $47M option

Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook is exercising his option to play for $47.1 million next season, a person with direct knowledge of the decision said Tuesday.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither Westbrook - a past NBA MVP and one of the league's top 75 all-time players - nor the Lakers revealed the decision publicly. ESPN first reported Westbrook's decision.

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