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Stanley Johnson back in action

The No. 8 pick in June's draft scored 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting in his Summer League debut Saturday. He'll look to build on that as the Pistons face the Clippers in Orlando.

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LaMarcus Aldridge writes to Blazers fans

In a letter in the Oregonian, he said, "Dear Rip City, Thank you! Those two words on a page don't begin to express the gratitude I have for the opportunity the entire Trail Blazers organization, my teammates, the media and you fans gave me. ... Please know that I will always hold my time in a Blazers uniform near and dear to my heart."

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Kevin Durant on 2016 free agency

"I haven't thought about it. I hear it all the time but I'm really just focusing on rehab. I can't get there unless I take care of today, so that's how I try to look at it even though I hear it from every side, thinking past to next summer. I'm not even trying to focus on that." KD nearing return

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Spurs optimistic about Ginobili return

The LaMarcus Aldridge signing has the Spurs even more determined to try to convince Manu Ginobili to play one more season, sources told ESPN Marc Stein. Waiting on announcement

Amin Elhassan @AminESPN

PJ on Spurs defense: they'll be good enough defensively, but the pluses outweigh the minuses because the offense will be out of this world.

NBA free agency nearing completion

Only three of the top 30 free agents on Amin Elhassan's big board have yet to agree to deals, and all three are expected to re-sign with their current team.

  1. LeBron James, Cavs
  2. Marc Gasol, Grizzlies
  3. Tristan Thompson, Cavs

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Aldridge a good fit for Spurs

P.J. Carlesimo said on SportsCenter: "[Aldridge] does a couple of things that really make a difference. You can put him in pick-and-rolls, he can open the floor because he's a very good deep shooter. ... Aldridge can play outside or inside."

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Aldridge comments get assistant fired

Portland's Kim Hughes was fired after he spoke out of turn to an Indiana television station about the future of free agent LaMarcus Aldridge on June 27. He said, "We didn't publicize it, but we lost LaMarcus Aldridge. It hasn't been declared yet, but I'm sure he won't come back." Story

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Ranking the Top 5 NBA organizations

Tom Penn and P.J. Carlesimo don't agree on everything here, but they're on the same page with No. 1 and 2.

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Knicks get steal with O'Quinn

Orlando reserve center Kyle O'Quinn was near the top of a list of projected value free agents and the Knicks are getting him on a great deal: four years and $16M. Trade grades (Insider)

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Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss

I want to see whose game changes between Duncan and LMA. They're both in love with the left block and the left block must choose

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

ESPN sources say Aldridge arrival in San Antonio will lead Spurs to lobby Ginobili even harder to play one more year. NEED him for depth now

Kings land Griz big man in free agency

Sources told ESPN.com that Kosta Koufos and the Kings have agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth a fully guaranteed $33 million, with an option for Koufos to return to free agency after Year 3 in the summer of 2018. Story

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Aldridge agrees to join Spurs

Brian Windhorst says of San Antonio's deal with LaMarcus Aldridge: "This is a big moment for the Spurs because they've never built through free agency before."

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Lakers learn valuable lesson

J.A. Adande writes of the Lakers big swings and misses in free agency: "They couldn't change the basic facts that they can only sell the glorious past and the possibilities of the future. They can't sell the present." What's the next step?

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Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Shrewd signing by Kings, who now have another proven big who can play alongside Cousins ... or help fill void if they do decide to move him