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Sources: Jordan picks max deal with Mavericks

DeAndre Jordan and the Mavericks have reached an agreement on a four-year max contract worth in excess of $80 million, sources told ESPN.com.

Tim Duncan to return for 19th season (0:45)


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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Popovich's pitch to Aldridge effective

Sources told ESPN's Marc Stein that Gregg Popovich's pitch LaMarcus Aldridge Friday in Los Angeles -- both about playing with Tim Duncan and then taking over for him in the Spurs frontcourt -- resonated strongly. The free agent plans to take "a couple of days" to digest the pitches he's received from seven team meetings.

Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss

This era's messing with how I value players. How valuable is CP3 if he drives dudes away? How valuable is Parsons if he's recruiting stars?

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, according to sources close to the situation." Bigger role in Dallas

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.


Becky Hammon making NBA history

She'll be the first female head coach in summer league history. How will players react to a female coach? Said Bruce Bowen: "Most of them have never played for one, so it's going to have to be a process." A plus for Hammon? She has the blessing of Gregg Popovich.


Rondo doesn't reduce Kings' mess

Amin Elhassan says Rajon Rondo destroyed his value during his stint in Dallas: "There was only one team that seemed to be interested in his services. It would be the team that is leading the league in dysfunction."


Friday's top free agent moves

  • DeAndre Jordan agrees to 4-yr/$80M deal to join Mavericks
  • Tobias Harris agrees to 4-yr/$64M deal to stay with Magic
  • Robin Lopez agrees to 4-yr/$54M deal to join Knicks
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Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

Second time an All-Star caliber center has left an LA team & taken less money to play in Texas. Both were recruited by Chandler Parsons.

Lob City's last hurrah?

DeAndre Jordan - who agreed to a deal with the Mavericks today - threw down an NBA-best 401 alley-oops over the last four seasons, the last one coming in the Clippers' Game 7 loss to the Rockets in May.


Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

ESPN sources say pitch LaMarcus Aldridge got from Pop today about playing with Duncan AND taking over when Timmy's gone resonated strongly

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

No done deal, but sources are highly optimistic that J.J. Barea will be back in a Mavs uniform next season.

BP for Blake before Dodgers game

How do you get over losing your frontcourt mate to Dallas? If you're Blake Griffin, you take a few swings in the cage at Dodger Stadium before tonight's Mets-Dodgers game (10 ET, ESPN).


Rockets get 'excellent value' in Beverley

ESPN NBA front office insider Amin Elhassan says at a time when there are a lot of good offensive point guards, Patrick Beverley’s skill on the other end of the floor makes him a perfect fit next to James Harden.