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Zion out 6-8 weeks after knee surgery

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) Zion Williamson will miss the start of the season after the No. 1 overall draft pick by the New Orleans Pelicans had right knee surgery, sidelining the hyped rookie for nearly two months.

Williamson had his torn right lateral meniscus repaired on Monday. The club says his recovery will last six to eight weeks.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound former Duke star averaged 23.2 points in four preseason games. He missed New Orleans' final exhibition game in New York last Friday night.


Celts give Brown deal worth up to $115M

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics have signed forward Jaylen Brown to a contract extension, beating a Monday deadline to extend the player who has emerged as a key part of the team's future.

The four-year deal could pay Brown as much as $115 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The total includes incentives, according to the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because terms of the deal were not announced.


Kings extend G Hield for 4 years, $100+M

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Fourth-year guard Buddy Hield has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with the Sacramento Kings.

The team didn't provide details of the contract in announcing Hield's extension Monday and planned a news conference for Tuesday. The Kings open the season Wednesday at Phoenix.


Pacers give Sabonis 4-year extension

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers have signed power forward Domantas Sabonis to a four-year contract extension.

Team officials completed the deal Monday, less than two hours before an NBA deadline would have allowed players with rookie contracts to become restricted free agents next summer.


NBA has many contenders but no favorite

For five years the NBA Finals have returned to the same spot, the longest run ever in one Western Conference location.

LeBron James and Anthony Davis want to bring them back to Los Angeles.


Nets sign Prince to contract extension

NEW YORK (AP) Taurean Prince quickly showed the Brooklyn Nets he was worth keeping around.

The Nets signed Prince to a multiyear contract extension Monday, just a few months after acquiring him in an offseason trade.


NBA to crack down on fan behavior

About a dozen NBA players gathered for a teleconference with officials in the league office this summer, making their case about what they believe is one of the biggest problems in the game.

Fan behavior, they said, is getting worse.


Pistons waive veteran Johnson

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons have waived veteran Joe Johnson.

The Pistons announced the move Monday, setting their 15-man roster for Wednesday night's season opener at Indiana.


Grizzlies exercise options on Jackson

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have exercised their third-year options on contracts for Jaren Jackson Jr. and guard Grayson Allen.

The Grizzlies announced the moves Monday.


Hornets won't build through free agency

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Mitch Kupchak doesn't see the Charlotte Hornets being major players in free agency as they attempt to build a winning franchise in the post-Kemba Walker era - at least not right away.

Instead, the second-year general manager said Monday he anticipates the Hornets will construct the roster through draft picks and "savvy trades" during the season, while compiling as many assets as possible.

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