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Doolittle: Ranking big men FA signings

With the NBA's annual moratorium taking effect last week, big men have dominated free agency. Bradford Doolittle ranks the free-agent signings of the top four bigs by their expected impact.

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Kevin Durant: 'I'm in a great space'

The injured Thunder star is on the road to return. In a wide-ranging interview, he says his recent adversity made him want to be a better teammate.

The million-dollar basketball tournament (2:47)


Jason Smith @JasonSmith014

So thankful for the opportunity the Knicks gave me this season truly a world class organization. Thank you New York!

Magic to sign Jason Smith

The Magic have agreed to terms with free agent forward Jason Smith, his agency announced. Smith agreed to a one-year, $4.5M contract, sources told ESPN. The 7-footer averaged 8 points and 4 boards in 22 minutes per game for New York.

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Harrison Barnes @hbarnes

Sad to see my bro DLee go but couldn't have asked for a better vet! Wishing you the best on your new journey.

Broussard: Salary a big factor in Lee deal

Chris Broussard tells SportsCenter that the Warriors traded David Lee to get some cap relief, but Lee will appreciate the chance to get more playing time.


Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

Lakers rookie Anthony Brown on rookie teammate D'Angelo Russell: "A special talent...His passing ability, I haven't seen anything like it."

NBA free agency winners and losers

Sure, LaMarcus Aldridge makes the Spurs an obvious winner and the Trail Blazers not so much. But Grantland's Zach Lowe also hands out free agency participation ribbons to teams like the Knicks and Lakers. Early results

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Klay Thompson @klaythompson

It's tough to see my big bro D Lee go, Boston gotta great player and true pro. A true vet who looked out for me and all the young guys. I'm not alone in saying this but DubNation is gonna miss u my man!

Pop & Timmy: Power couple

Want to know why free agents are so desperate to play for Gregg Popovich? This Marc Stein throwback piece examines his magic. Father-son relationship

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Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Love this David Lee trade for the Celtics. If he can get healthy, he can be best big man on team. Obviously an "if", but worth the risk.

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

It's a one-year minimum deal for Villanueva, who won a lot of admirers in Dallas in his first season as a Mav

Charlie Villanueva returning to Mavs

The Mavericks forward wrote a blog post announcing his return, saying: "Good news Dallas fans! I'm ecstatic to announce that I will be returning back to a Mavericks uniform this upcoming season."

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Bonner blames iPhone for wonky elbow

Matt Bonner on his 3-point shooting dip last season: “Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but ... when the new iPhone came out it was way bigger than the last one ... you have to stretch further to hit the buttons, and I honestly think that’s how I ended up developing [tennis elbow].” (via Concord Monitor)

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Role-playing bigs still available

ESPN's Chris Broussard told SportsCenter if you're not shopping for a superstar, you can still fill some needs in free agency. Players like Amar'e Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer and Josh Smith are still available.


Aaron Brooks headed back to Chicago

Sources told ESPN that Brooks and the Bulls agreed to terms on a new one-year deal that the veteran guard will be able to sign as early as Thursday. (via ESPN's Marc Stein)

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

The Bulls are now essentially done in free agency -- just filling out the end of the bench. This team looks pretty identical to last year's.

The Spurs' core looking back

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Gregg Popovich reflect on their first impressions of Ginobili. Said Tim Duncan: "I assumed he was one of the experiments I would never meet."