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5-on-5: Free-agency winners and losers

Who have been the biggest winners and losers in free agency? What have been the most surprising signings? Our 5-on-5 panel weighs in.

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ESPN The Magazine: Seventh annual Body Issue

It's time for ESPN The Magazine's seventh annual celebration of athletes' bodies, where we admire the potential of the human form and stand in awe of those who push their physiques to profound frontiers.

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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.


Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

One source on why Marc Gasol needed so much time to sign off on his Memphis deal when he was considering zero other teams: "He's methodical"

Royce Young @royceyoung

So the Spurs replaced Tiago Splitter and Aron Baynes with LaMarcus Aldridge and David West.

Aldridge makes Spurs favorites in West

Kevin Pelton analyzes this weekend's free-agency activity, and says the Spurs are poised for a Warriors-like performance next season after adding standout forward LaMarcus Aldridge. "Buckle up" (Insider)


West heads south to San Antonio

David West will sign with the Spurs for the veteran minimum of roughly $1.5M after opting out of $12M with Indiana, according to ESPN & media sources (first reported by NBA.com). Sources say Cleveland, Golden State and Washington all offered West more money

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McIlroy joins Bynum on dubious list

Rory McIlroy isn't alone when it comes to athletes getting hurt in bizarre ways. Andrew Bynum injured his knees while bowling, after all. Odd sports injuries

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Marc Gasol agrees with Grizzlies

The two sides reached a five-year deal worth $110 million that includes a player option after the 4th year, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein. The 30-year-old Gasol is a two-time All-Star and former Defensive Player of the Year.


Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers

Russell on Randle: "He's a go-to player. He'll be open a lot of times and not even know it. And I'll find him and make it easier on him."

Kevin Love poses for The Body Issue

"You've heard the saying, "Some people live to eat, and some people eat to live"; I think you can figure out which one I was. ... If you asked me to pose back then, that would have been a solid 'No.' A hard 'No.'" See his incredible transformation

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Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

This league truly astounds. Summer league ball smothering Hoops Twitter right now. 15-year-old me jealous of how the modern NBA never stops

Price right for Joe Johnson?

The Nets G is slated to make $24.9M next season, 2nd-most in the league behind Kobe Bryant. But his 2014-15 player efficiency rating was actually below the league average.

Spurs win big in free agency

ESPN's 5-on-5 panel was unanimous. San Antonio was the big winner in free agency. Royce Young writes: "Normally dormant and enjoying the frenzied madness from afar over a glass of wine, the Spurs stepped into the middle of it this summer." More winners and losers

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Ginobili 'brings so much to the table'

P.J. Carlesimo on Manu Ginobili's return to the Spurs: “He is so much a part of the fiber of that team. … He transforms a game when he comes in. He makes and takes big shots.”


Michael Wallace @MyMikeCheck

Pacers rookie Myles Turner posts 13 pts, 9 rebs and 6 blks in Monday's game. Blocking shots on one end, transitions for spot-up Js on other.

But does he have his own candy bar?

Reggie Jackson's new Pistons contract will reportedly pay him $80 million over 5 years, or an average of $16M per season. That's more per year than baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson made in his entire career ($9.15M). The salary breakdown

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Indiana Pacers @Pacers

Final: Orlando (White) 85, #Pacers 76 Shayne Whittington led Indiana in scoring with 16 points. Myles Turner had 13pts/9rebs/6blks.

Does Ginobili have anything left?

The 37-year-old Manu Ginobili is coming off one of his worst seasons as a pro. His 10.5 PPG average was the 2nd-worst of his career, and he averaged a career-low 8.0 PPG in the Spurs' first-round playoff loss.

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NBA free agency tracker

Reggie Jackson back to Detroit for 5 years and $80 million? That's just one of the many moves that came fast and furious in NBA free agency over a busy holiday weekend. Get caught up

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Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

Joe Johnson would give #Cavs a max player at every position: PG Kyrie, SF LeBron, PF Love, C Thompson. But their tax bill would be insane!

Cavs-Nets trade talks stagnant

Chris Broussard explains: "At one point it seemed like the ball was in the Cavaliers' court ... Now it seems like the Nets don't really want to do it."


Wade says end not in sight during Q&A

Answering questions in an impromptu Twitter Q&A, Dwyane Wade said he will retire when he "can no longer play," and had a comeback when asked if he missed being carried by LeBron James. Flash answers

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