The 2019-20 NBA schedule was unveiled Monday, featuring a record 48 games starting at prime time for Europe (afternoon start times in North America, prime time for European time zones). The new season will see 24 games tip off during European prime time on Sundays and, for the first time ever, 24 games on Saturdays.
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Josh Martin: Lonzo Ball set to make Lakers return on Jan. 3
Ian Begley: The Nets play at Golden State on March 12. New Net Kevin Durant would be roughly nine months removed from surgery to repair his torn right Achilles at that point. Brooklyn opens its season at home against Minnesota on Oct. 23. D’Angelo Russell & GSW come to Brooklyn on Feb. 5.
Michael Singer: Denver’s last Christmas home game … was 25 years ago.
Scott Kushner: The Pelicans have a record 20 (Twenty!) games on TNT, ESPN & ABC. ABC games: vs Clippers on Jan. 18 & at Rockets on Feb. 2. The franchise’s first network appearances since 2009. Three of the Pelicans first five games will be nationally broadcast on TNT or ESPN. #ZionEffect
Joe Vardon: LeBron returns to Cleveland March 26
Jon Krawczynski: The Timberwolves home opener is Sunday night, 10/27 against …. Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat. Season opener at Brooklyn, 10/23.
Shams Charania: After eight seasons and three All-Star games with the Hornets, new Celtics star Kemba Walker will make first return to Charlotte on Nov. 7, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Nets Daily: Hearing Nets home opener will vs the T-Wolves.
Stefan Bondy: The Knicks will open their season at the San Antonio Spurs, according to sources.
The Knicks’ home opener will take place Saturday, Oct. 26 vs. the revamped Celtics at the Garden, The Post has learned. The immediate Celtics visit means ex-Knick center Enes Kanter will make an early Garden return. It also will give new Knicks forward Marcus Morris, who played for the Celtics, a chance to go against his former club.
The Knicks will open the 2019-20 regular season on the road. The first regular-season visit to the Garden by No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson is Jan. 10 when New Orleans comes to town, according to an NBA source.
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Fred Katz: The Wizards and former first-round pick Justin Anderson are working toward a training camp contract, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA .
NBA Insider @ShamsCharania breaks down the Lakers beginning pursuit of Dwight Howard and the factors of motivation and health for the 8-time All-Star.
Shams Charania: The Lakers have been patient in approach since Cousins’ injury, and another accomplished veteran center on the market is Joakim Noah. Howard is expected to be eventually released by Memphis.
The Pacers locker room chemistry, which had been a strength, suffered without Oladipo. The drama surrounding Tyreke Evans, who is now serving a two-year suspension from the league over violating the drug policy, contributed as well. He was on the verge of being cut on several occasions until vets Young, Joseph and Collison stepped in, a league source said. Young spoke openly about giving Evans guidance.
There also was an unhappiness with younger players wanting more of a chance while coach Nate McMillan stuck with older ones, multiple league sources told IndyStar. This kind of friction happens, especially with so many players on expiring contracts entering free agency.
U.S.A. Basketball officials were stunned Saturday morning to learn that De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings had chosen to remove his name from consideration for the final 12-man roster mere hours before the team’s flight to Australia for three more exhibition games and a handful of practices.