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Aldridge picks the Spurs

The free agent tweeted, "I'm happy to say I'm going home to Texas and will be a Spur!! I'm excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends." His deal will be a four-year max contract worth more than $80M, with an opt-out after the third year, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Story

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Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Signing of Aldridge all but clinches notion that Popovich, as we've been writing for a year now, will NOT go out when Tim Duncan goes out

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

It only took five championships and nearly 20 years ... but the San Antonio Spurs are the darlings of free agency

Aldridge could give Duncan more rest

Signing Aldridge would allow the Spurs to rest Tim Duncan more. On the second night of back-to-back games last season, Duncan averaged 12.5 PPG and 8.1 RPG while playing just under 27 minutes. Aldridge averaged 22 points and almost 10 rebounds in 35 minutes a game on no days rest.

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Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

Wonder how much the city of Phoenix spent on that Aldridge billboard. Can go in same dumpster as the Los Angeles signs.

Aldridge following Duncan's steps

LaMarcus Aldridge is the only player in the NBA to average 23 points and 10 rebounds in each of the last 2 seasons. The last player to do it in back-to-back seasons was his new teammate: Tim Duncan (2001-02 and 2002-03).

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Lamarcus Aldridge @aldridge_12

I'm happy to say I'm going home to Texas and will be a Spur!! I'm excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends.

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

I'm not seeing who's going to make Reggie Jackson an offer. Teams with max-type room (LAL, ORL, PHI, POR, maybe UTA) unlikely to sign him.

High hopes in Dallas for DeAndre

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told radio station 1310 The Ticket in Dallas he sees DeAndre Jordan as a franchise player. "We see him as 'Shaq-like' but never having been given the opportunity. We told him if he came to the Mavs, he would be a focal point. He would grow into being a franchise player."

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Rookies star in first Summer League game

The first final in Orlando Summer League saw the Heat beat the Pacers 92-76. Rookie Myles Turner (Indiana) led all scorers with 20 points and had 8 rebounds. Justise Winslow led Miami with 15 points on just 8 shots.

Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

One of things most impressive about Justise Winslow is he's so methodical. Sets his own pace and never seems overwhelmed or uncomfortable.

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Mark Cuban jokes he wants Chandler Parsons to run sales for all his companies after NBA career. CP seriously wants to run a front office.

CP3 little help in keeping Jordan

Kevin Arnovitz writes of the Clippers' attempts to re-sign DeAndre Jordan: "The Clippers' meeting didn't include a single player. [Blake] Griffin, of course, was in constant touch with his confidant, but [Chris] Paul was off in the Bahamas with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Paul made only half-hearted attempts to reach out to Jordan late in the process." Bigger role in Dallas

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Last 2 days likely kept Rick Carlisle from leaving Dallas next year. He's not rebuilding coach, and if Mavs missed on DJ, it was tank time.

NBA summer league action begins today

The Orlando league isn’t the big summer league, that’s Las Vegas, next week, but some lottery picks are expected to play: Mario Hezonja (Magic), Stanley Johnson (Pistons), Frank Kaminsky (Hornets), Justise Winslow (Heat) and Myles Turner (Pacers). Rosters

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5 to watch at Orlando Summer League

Summer League has tipped off. The versatile Justise Winslow expects to get plenty of minutes this summer as he prepares to provide depth behind Dwyane Wade in Miami. The others

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Steph gets Phunkee from half court

Stephen Curry is already an MVP and a champion. Letting him ride around the court on a hands-free scooter and drain wide-open half-court shots just seems unfair.


Phoenix aiming to impress Aldridge

A multi-story banner will be unveiled in downtown Phoenix today with a huge image of LaMarcus Aldridge. Cardinals players Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu each tweeted at the free agent asking him to bring his talents to Arizona.

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Dallas dominates day 3 of free agency

Kevin Pelton says now that Dallas has secured DeAndre Jordan from L.A., it has to go about filling out its thin bench. It started out by locking up Richard Jefferson. Day 3 recap (Insider)

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