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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Free agent Kevin Durant met with the Golden State Warriors in the Hamptons.
Durant, the top prize in this year's free-agent class, met with the Warriors on Friday in the Hamptons. A person close to the situation said Warriors owner Joe Lacob, general manager Bob Myers, coach Steve Kerr and All-Stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were among those present. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.
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Durant, the four-time scoring champion and 2014 MVP with the Oklahoma City Thunder, is scheduled to meet with the Miami Heat on Sunday. Media reports say he met with the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday evening and will meet with the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.
It makes sense for the Warriors to try to add Durant - he averaged 30 points per game against them in this year's Western Conference finals and torched them for a career-high 54 points in 2014.
UNDATED - Mike Conley and All-Stars Andre Drummond and DeMar DeRozan are staying put. So are Hassan Whiteside and Nicolas Batum.
Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah and many more players are on the move - and some are getting paid like they never could have imagined.
Howard and Noah both returned to their hometowns, with the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks hoping the former Defensive Players of the Year have plenty left to offer.
Howard agreed to a three-year deal worth $70.5 million with the Hawks, with the Knicks gave Noah $72 million over four years.
Kent Bazemore also re-signed with the Hawks for $70 million over four years, joining players such as Chandler Parsons, Evan Turner and Timofey Mozgov in cashing in during the first day of free agency - and really, of a new era - in the NBA.
With revenues rising and the salary cap soaring right along with it, good players were being paid like All-Stars, while All-Stars were getting contracts that used to go only to superstars.
NEW YORK (AP) - O.J. Mayo was dismissed and disqualified from the NBA for violating the terms of the league's anti-drug program, the first player to receive that punishment in a decade.
The league said the No. 3 overall pick in the 2008 draft out of USC is eligible to apply for reinstatement in two years.
Mayo, 28, spent the past three seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks. He averaged 7.8 points in 41 games last season, including 24 starts.
According to rules of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program, information regarding the testing or treatment of a player can't be disclosed by the league, his team or the union. However, there are only a few violations that would lead to Mayo's punishment.
A player can be dismissed or disqualified from the NBA for testing positive for a drug of abuse, or if he is convicted of or pleads guilty to the use, possession or distribution of a drug of abuse.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Usain Bolt's Olympic quest is in doubt after the sprint superstar left his country's national championships with a hamstring injury shortly before he was going to run the 100-meter final.
The national meet serves as the Olympic trials. Bolt had qualified for the 100-meter final on Friday night, and was scheduled to compete in the 200-meter events Saturday and Sunday.
He's not out of the Rio Games, but his status hinges now on how he does at a meet in London in three weeks. Bolt said he was diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring tear - the most mild sort - and that the discomfort began presenting itself in his quarterfinal race on Thursday night.
Bolt won Olympic gold in the 100 in both Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. No one has ever won the 100-meter race at the Olympics three times.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than 1,500 former players claiming that NFL teams and their training staffs dispensed powerful drugs while misleading them about the health risks will get their day in court.
Federal judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California denied a motion to dismiss the players' lawsuit, allowing the discovery phase of the trial to begin.
Alsup had dismissed a similar lawsuit in December 2014, in which former Chicago Bears great Richard Dent was the lead plaintiff among the dozen named. Alsup wrote that the collective bargaining agreement was the proper forum to resolve the players' claims. That case is currently on appeal.
The new lawsuit was filed in May 2015 in federal court in Baltimore and eventually transferred back to Alsup because it was closely related. The new class action, however, names each of the NFL's 32 teams individually and a new group of named plaintiffs - 13 in all - among them Cowboys Hall of Fame defensive back Mel Renfro and Etopia Evans, the widow of former Vikings and Ravens fullback Chuck Evans, who died of heart failure at age 41.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing international amateur free agents for one year, a penalty assessed after Major League Baseball concluded the team broke rules on signing bonuses last summer.
MLB concluded the Red Sox and buscones - local trainer/representatives of the players - worked together to evade a $300,000 cap on signing bonuses to five Venezuelan prospects who were 16 at the time: right-hander Cesar Gonzalez, infielders Antonio Pinero and Eduardo Torrealba, and outfielders Albert Guaimaro and Simon Muzziotti.
A person familiar with the investigation said the signing bonuses of those five were pooled with the bonuses of about 10 other players, and more than $300,000 was given to each of the five.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no public comments were authorized.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Nashville Predators filed a motion seeking to have the civil dispute between part-owner David Freeman and chairman Thomas Cigarran resolved by the league office rather than settled in court.
The motion from Predators Holdings LLC and Cigarran says ''the proper forum for plaintiffs' dispute is the arbitration proceeding before the NHL Commissioner.''
Freeman and Commodore Trust sued the team and Cigarran last week, saying the defendants breached their fiduciary obligations and contractual commitments to Freeman after he helped keep the franchise in Nashville. The plaintiffs are seeking $250 million.