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Who comes out ahead in NBA free agency?

Which teams gained the most "surplus value" in free agency? Here's a look at some winners and losers going forward.

History of the NBA in Africa (3:23)
LeBron's questionable Twitter Q&A (3:59)
Bird: Jordan would kill me in one-on-one right now (4:28)
The man behind the all those great NBA impersonations (7:24)
Space Jammed? (7:40)


Kings to add Lieberman as assistant

The Kings are reportedly adding Nancy Lieberman as an assistant coach. The 57-year-old Hall of Famer would become the NBA's second female assistant coach, joining Becky Hammon of the Spurs.

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Gilbert Arenas: LeBron not No. 1 option

The former NBA player said on Instagram: "he lacks #selfishness so he will always need a go to guy like [Dwyane] wade was or kyrie [Irving].. he lacks what [Michael] jordan and kobe [Bryant] were..great 1 on 1 players... he needs a pure scorer beside him."

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Royce Young @royceyoung

To clarify, Huestis' deal is his standard rookie scale contract, but the last two years are team options, which is standard.

Royce Young @royceyoung

The Thunder announce they've signed Josh Huestis. It's a four-year deal, but not all guaranteed.

Hawks' rookie money from half court

Second-round pick Marcus Eriksson faces an uphill battle to make the Atlanta roster, but if the Hawks need someone to make a last-second half-court shot, they might want to keep him around.


Blazers waive Brendan Haywood

Portland cut the 35-year-old big man just three days after acquiring him from Cleveland. If Haywood was on the roster on August 1, his $10.5M salary for 2015-16 would have become guaranteed.

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Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Mavs announce signing of 7-foot-2 center Salah Mejri, a project who didn't get much playing time for Real Madrid last season.

Paul Pierce fails with first pitch

The Dodgers weren't able to trade for David Price, but maybe Paul Pierce can help shore up their rotation. Then again, maybe not.


Paul Coro @paulcoro

The Suns hired former 11-year Sixers director of player personnel Courtney Witte as director of scouting and Antonio Williams as a scout.

Flip Saunders on 'crazy' CBA

The Wolves president and coach spent seven years working in the CBA and told Zach Lowe it was something like the Wild West: "Let me tell you, if you get a coach after six beers at 4 a.m. in Cedar Rapids, they will trade you something for nothing. The two times I won championships, I traded for big-time scorers at 3 a.m. and gave up nothing." Full Q&A

Will LeBron James play in Rio Olympics?

There's a spot for him if he wants it. Said USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo: "I think LeBron wants to be part of it." James has played in the last two Olympics, as well as the 2006 FIBA World Cup. (via Sirius XM NBA Radio)

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Oladipo dunks on SportsNation host

Magic guard Victor Oladipo added another poster victim, throwing down a windmill dunk over Marcellus Wiley.


Shaq, Pippen need to squash the beef

Shaquille O'Neal has won the war of words with Scottie Pippen, says Michael Rapaport. It's time to end the social media feud.


NBA looks for bigger impact in Africa

League commissioner Adam Silver said to "stay tuned" for an eventual regular-season game in Africa. The NBA will play an exhibition game in the country on Saturday as it's on a "fast track" to build its brand there.