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NBA not lacking for cash

NBA teams agreed in principle to pay over $1.4 billion to players on the first day of free agency. Seven teams guaranteed over $100M, including the Cavs, who agreed with Kevin Love and Iman Shumpert for a combined $150M and neared agreement with Tristan Thompson for another $80M.

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West left due to Bird, lack of contending

David West, who opted out of the last year of his deal with Indiana, just wants to win. "I'm just not sure the Pacers are in title contention right now," he said, calling the way president Larry Bird threw Roy Hibbert under the bus at the end of the season the last straw: "That did rub me the wrong way. That threw me off." (via WTHR)

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Aldridge not impressed with Lakers

At age 29, LaMarcus Aldridge wanted to hear how he could compete for a championship next season with the Lakers during his meeting with the team. Ultimately, Kobe & Co.'s pitch fell short.

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Kobe Bryant sends message on Twitter

In the wake of reports that LaMarcus Aldridge was not impressed with the basketball portion of the Lakers' free agency presentation, Kobe Bryant tweeted a not-so-happy meme. Kobe upset with reports?

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Hey, Shaq -- maybe stick to basketball

Is Shaq's golf swing worse than Charles Barkley's? You be the judge.

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Warriors, Green agree on 5 years, $85M

The Warriors will retain free agent Draymond Green. Said Green: "It's been a long journey to get to this point, whether it's always trying to overcome the odds, overcome doubters, but to be in this position, signing back with the Warriors is amazing." (via Bleacher Report)

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Kings ship 3 to Sixers to clear cap space

Philadelphia will get Carl Landry, Jason Thompson and Sacramento's 2014 first-round pick Nik Stauskas, according to ESPN and multiple reports. The deal was first reported by Yahoo! Sports. Sacramento has entered the race for the Blazers free agent swingman Wesley Matthews, according to league sources. Story

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I'm also told that the Kings have secured a visit this week with Wes Matthews, putting Sacramento in the running with Dallas and Toronto

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The Kings, after completing this trade, will have the salary-cap space to outbid Indiana for a free agent they've long coveted: Monta Ellis

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Sixers will receive a protected 1st-round pick from the Kings, and swap rights w/ Sacto in the 1st round of two other drafts, sources say.