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Raptors-Spurs, Lakers-Celtics among NBA schedule release highlights

Kawhi Leonard will make his return to San Antonio in early January, and the storied Los Angeles Lakers-Boston Celtics rivalry — now featuring LeBron James and Kyrie Irving — will resume in early February, the NBA announced Friday as part of its full schedule release.

Leonard will play in San Antonio on Jan. 3 for the first time since orchestrating a trade from the Spurs this offseason. San Antonio traded Leonard to the Toronto Raptors for a package that included DeMar DeRozan.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

DeRozan, who was upset over how the Raptors handled the trade, will be back in Toronto on Feb. 22.

The first game in the new iteration of the Celtics-Lakers rivalry is scheduled for Feb. 7 in Boston. The Celtics then travel to Los Angeles to play James and the Lakers on March 9.

There is sure to be plenty of interest in these games due to the history between the franchises and between Irving and James. Irving requested a trade from Cleveland in the summer of 2017 after reaching three consecutive NBA Finals with James and the Cavaliers.9

All of James’ games against the defending champion Golden State Warriors — and 31 Lakers games overall — will be on national television, including the Lakers’ trip to Golden State on Christmas Day.

James, who signed a four-year, $153 million contract with the Lakers in July, faced the Warriors in each of the past four NBA Finals as a member of Cavs.

James’ first game in Cleveland as a member of the Lakers will be on Nov. 21.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

It was announced Wednesday that the Lakers will open the season in Portland on Oct. 18, and follow up with their home opener on Oct. 20 against Houston.

The 2018-19 season tips off Oct. 16 with the Philadelphia 76ers visiting the Celtics and the Warriors hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder . Before the second game, the Warriors will receive their championship rings and unveil the banner for their 2018 NBA title.