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Joel Francisco @JoelFranESPN

2019 standouts: Melo Ball (combo skills), Cassius Stanley (DeRozan-like ath), Robert McCrae (basketball player), Isaiah Mobley (4 w/skills)

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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Broussard: Rivals enjoy Phil's struggle

Chris Broussard on Mike & Mike: "He thought he would walk right in, 'I'm Phil Jackson, I've got 11 rings, who wants to play for the Knicks?' ... There are front office guys that ... take a sense of satisfaction from guys like that struggling."

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Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

Lakers G Jabari Brown expected to miss the first two Summer League games after being poked in left eye in practice Monday.

Bye with block button, no not that one

Stephen Curry tweeted out a video of his first run-in with David Lee (when Lee was with the Knicks) to bid farewell to his buddy after being traded to the Celtics.

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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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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.

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Today's NBA deals

  • Kevin Garnett: 2-year deal with Wolves
  • David Lee: Dealt to Celtics for Gerald Wallace
  • Aaron Brooks: 1-year deal with Bulls
  • Charlie Villanueva: 1-year deal with Mavs
  • Jason Smith: 1-year deal with Magic
  • Alan Anderson: 1-year deal with Wizards
Free-agency tracker

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Amin Elhassan: LeBron abusing his power

Insider Amin Elhassan is concerned LeBron James wants to help his agent/friend Rich Paul on Tristan Thompson's deal more than he is with filling out the Cavs with the best talent. “He’s earned the right to have the power to say, ‘Let’s get the best team on the floor that we can.’ But if it’s because I want my agent, I want our side business, our side hustle to be happy, he’s overstepping his bounds.” Listen to Ryan Russillo Show

Super Mario throws down a jam

Orlando's Mario Hezonja doesn't need a power-up mushroom to show off his leaping ability because he's already 6-foot-8. The Thunder learned that in their summer league game.

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With Pierce gone, Wiz add Anderson

Alan Anderson has agreed to join the Wizards on a one-year, $4M contract, according to ESPN and multiple reports. Anderson, 32, averaged 7.4 points and shot 44.3 percent from the field in 23.6 minutes per game for the Nets last season.

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Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA

Assume the Magic wanted to preserve all potential cap space for next summer. Otherwise, can't figure why you'd want J. Smith over O'Quinn.

Pelton: Warriors win David Lee trade

Insider Kevin Pelton notes that Golden State could save as much as $35M through the deal and didn’t have to give up any picks. Boston now has an even more crowded frontcourt. Trade grades (Insider)

Lee an asset in NBA Finals

David Lee only played 39 minutes in the Finals, but the Warriors outscored the Cavs by 16 in that time with an offensive efficiency of 111.4. Golden State outscored Cleveland by 27 in the 259 minutes without Lee with an offensive efficiency of 103.3.

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Aaron Gordon shines in loss to Grizzlies

Aaron Gordon scored 22 points, but the Orlando Magic's blue team fell, 73-71 in 2OT, to the Memphis Grizzlies. Russ Smith led the Grizzlies with 20 points off the bench.

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Bulls sign Bobby Portis

Chicago's first-round draft pick, 22nd overall, has signed with the Bulls, the team announced today. Portis was voted SEC Player of the Year last year and played two years with the University of Arkansas.

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SportsCenter @SportsCenter

JJ Redick's grade on Clippers offseason? "F... We had 1 priority this summer & that was to re-sign DJ." (via SiriusXM Bleacher Report Radio)

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.