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Champion Raptors host Zion-less Pelicans

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The defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors will begin life without Kawhi Leonard on Tuesday night when they host the New Orleans Pelicans, who no longer have Anthony Davis and will be missing injured future star Zion Williamson.

Leonard, so dominant in the championship run, left as a free agent to join the Los Angeles Clippers. The focal point of the Raptors will become Pascal Siakam, who signed a four-year, $130-million max contract extension Monday.

"I think people are done overlooking him," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. "Those days are done. Rightly so, he'll be a focal point for teams to scheme against. ... He's been blessed with an incredible motor. He's got a motor not only to play in games with tremendous energy but to do his day-long work with conviction and pace."


Lakers, Davis face Clippers, Leonard

A matchup of potential NBA title contenders tips off Tuesday night when the Los Angeles Clippers host the Los Angeles Lakers in a season-opening clash.

The two teams, who made some of the league's most significant changes this offseason, play the first of four regular-season meetings.


NBA adds fourth female official to staff

Jenna Schroeder was an aggressive player in college, fouling out in two of her first three games as a guard at Saginaw Valley State and even picking up a technical foul for a colorful comment.

She remembers that moment well.


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.


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 option 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.