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Pelton: Even without Kyrie, Cavs best in East

No matter when Kyrie Irving ultimately rejoins the Cleveland starting five, it shouldn't change the Cavs' position as favorites to win the Eastern Conference.

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Lowe: Heat check

Pat Riley's post-LeBron rebuild project is quickly taking shape. Have the Heat now become the most intriguing team in the NBA?

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Kobe, Durant and Melo next "big three"? (0:36)
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Celtics Summer Forecast: Rare extensions

Our 17-member forecast panel puts itself in Danny Ainge's shoes: Should he offer an extension to Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller or Perry Jones III?

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Floyd Mayweather balls with Isaiah Thomas (2:00)
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Twitter beef between Green and Whiteside signals changing NBA (5:05)
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Russell starstruck of Kobe? (1:24)
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Ford: Simmons to Sixers in 2016 Mock 1.0

Philly uses its two projected top-four picks to grab Ben Simmons and Jamal Murray in Chad Ford's first 2016 mock draft.

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Andre Iguodala, hometown hero (1:39)
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Van Gundy: Duncan would make great NBA coach (1:04)
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Uni Watch: Which cities' teams look marvelous?

Of the 20 cities with three or more major pro sports teams, which has the best-dressed batch? Uni Watch crunches the numbers to determine the best-looking sports cities. No. 1 on the list might leave you thinking, "How do you like them apples?"

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Carter: Kobe's a different guy

Cris Carter says he doesn't see the next Kobe Bryant coming up. "The world is a lot closer so I think it's impossible to have the environment that these other athletes grew up in."

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Heat are most intriguing team in 2015-16

Some exciting pieces exist, however, Grantland's Zach Lowe cautions: "There is a real chance Miami has mortgaged its future to build a 45-win team that will fade with [President] Pat Riley, leaving his successor to cobble together a new team from the rubble." Heat check

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With or without Irving, Cavs top East

There's some concern that Kyrie Irving could miss a good portion of next season due to his injured knee -- but that's not stopping ESPN's Kevin Pelton from declaring Cleveland the East's best team again. Elite without Irving (Insider)

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Russell responds to angry Lakers fans

D'Angelo Russell sent out a Tracy McGrady-related tweet that angered part of the Lakers fan base. This weekend he responded to them, and he didn't exactly mince words. 'There's a lot of spoiled Lakers fans'

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Wedding Bells For Russell Westbrook

The Thunder star tied the knot with college sweetheart Nina Earl this weekend ... and wore a surprisingly subdued outfit, as well. Check it out

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DeAndre Jordan leaves agents

The Clippers' center's saga continues as he has parted ways with Dan Fegan and Jarinn Akana of Relativity Sports, according to The Los Angeles Times. Jordan still had to pay the agency the 4 percent it earned when he re-signed with the Clippers for $88M over four years.

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Hosts Mexico take on Dominican Republic

Mexico was a surprise winner of the FIBA Americas tournament in 2013, and will look to build on a strong two years on international play on their home court, opening tonight against the Dominican Republic -- who will not have No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns. Live on ESPN3

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Clipper sign Chuck Hayes

The veteran big man was signed to a non-guaranteed, one-year contract, an NBA official told the The Los Angeles Times. The official described Hayes' deal as a "training camp/make-good" contract that would pay him about $1.49 million if he makes the team.

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Pitino leads Puerto Rico vs. Argentina

Louisville coach Rick Pitino is getting some extra work in this summer, coaching Puerto Rico in the FIBA Americas tournament. They'll take on Luis Scola and Argentina in the tourney opener for both teams. Live on ESPN3

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Uruguay vs. Brazil at FIBA Americas

With an Olympic spot already wrapped up as hosts, Brazil's NBA players are sitting out this summer, but the team will still compete at FIBA Americas, starting with today's game vs. Uruguay. Live on ESPN3

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Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

As podcast ends, Shaq tells Kobe, “I love you, brother. And I miss you..I wish we could’ve got to 7 championships, but it is what it is."

Cuba, Venezuela tip off FIBA Americas

The FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament begins today in Mexico, with Cuba taking on Venezuela. The Venezuelan squad hasn't qualified for the Olympics since 1992, and finished 7th at the Pan Am Games earlier this summer. Live on ESPN3

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Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

Shaq joked a/b players calling Kobe “bay-boo,” as Kobe’s wife does. Kobe: "I do not care what they whisper -- bay-boo will still drop 60."

Sosa among players to watch in Mexico

Rick Pitino and Edgar Sosa are familiar with each other from their time at Louisville, but they'll be on opposite sides at the FIBA Americas tournament, with Pitino coaching Puerto Rico and Sosa playing for the Dominican Republic. Players to watch (Insider)

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Canada ready to shine at FIBA Americas

With a young NBA-heavy core -- led by Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins -- that has shined in international play this summer, Canada is ready to take the next step at this week's FIBA Americas tournament. Future threat to US dominance? (Insider)

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