Around the Nation (May 5): Big Ten Tournament coming to D.C. in 2017

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AP Source: Big Ten Tournament coming to D.C. in 2017

WASHINGTON -- A person familiar with the plans says the Big Ten Conference will announce Tuesday that its basketball tournament is going to be held at Washington's Verizon Center in 2017.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made.

The conference said Commissioner Jim Delaney would appear at a news conference at Verizon Center on Tuesday but did not say why.

The 2017 Big Ten tournament will be the 20th. The inaugural tournament was held in 1998 in Chicago.

It was in Indianapolis this year.

But the conference, which is mainly filled with Midwestern schools such as Michigan, Indiana and Ohio State, is expanding its membership -- and, it hopes, its reach and popularity. Maryland and Rutgers join next season.

BASKETBALL

LeBron: Durant deserves to win NBA MVP award

MIAMI -- LeBron James of the Miami Heat says Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant would be a deserving winner of the NBA MVP award.

It's expected that Durant will be announced as this season's MVP later this week. James has lauded Durant's play this season several times in recent weeks, doing so again on Monday.

James says: "Much respect to him and he deserves it. He had a big-time MVP season."

James is a four-time winner of the league's MVP award, taking the honor in each of the previous two seasons.

76ers' PG Carter-Williams wins Rookie of Year

PHILADELPHIA -- 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams has won the NBA's Rookie of the Year Award.

Carter-Williams was only the third player since 1950-51 to lead all rookies in scoring (16.7), rebounding (6.3) and assists (6.2), joining Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvan Adams (1975-76).

The league said Monday that he received 104 of a possible 124 first-place votes. The Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo finished second and Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz was third.

Allen Iverson is the only other player in Sixers history to win the award. The 11th overall pick in last year's draft, Carter-Williams is the first player picked 10th or lower to win since Mark Jackson did it in 1987 for New York.

Philadelphia finished 19-63.

Raptors give coach Dwane Casey 3-year deal

A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey has agreed to a new three-year contract.

The agreement was reached on Monday, one day after the Raptors lost Game 7 to the Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The person requested anonymity because the team has not announced the deal.

Casey led the Raptors to a surprising 48-34 record and the Atlantic Division title in his third season with the team. His job status was tenuous when the season began after general manager Masai Ujiri was hired away from Denver. But the Raptors' performance helped convince Ujiri that Casey was the right man for the job.

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