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Holmes: Lakers' offseason allure still strong?

The Lakers head into an important offseason, but does their brand have as much power as in years past? Baxter Holmes and Larry Coon look at the hurdles the glamour franchise faces in today's NBA.

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Lowe: Eight biggest free agency questions

When free agency opens at the stroke of midnight, the NBA will leap into its great unknown: an unprecedented three-year spending frenzy that will change the league forever.

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Mavs thinking big with DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan wants a bigger role. Music to the Mavs' ears. They hope to convince him that a move to Dallas is the key to reaching his potential.

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Celtics introduce rookies to history

The Boston Celtics introduced their four rookies Tuesday, then introduced them to the history of the franchise.

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Pop: Don't wake me up for free agency

Don't count Gregg Popovich, 66, among those to be making calls the second free agency starts. The Spurs coach told the San Antonio Express-News: "I'm not calling anyone at midnight. I'll be in bed. And if that’s the difference in someone coming or not coming, then I don't want them.”

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Countdown to the Body Issue: 6 days

Blake Griffin in the 2011 Body Issue was a slam dunk, as the new issue out July 6 is sure to be.

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Cavaliers extend qualifying offers to 3

If Matthew Dellavedova, Iman Shumpert or Tristan Thompson receive an offer sheet from another team, the Cavs will now have right of first refusal. Cavs GM David Griffin announced the moves Tuesday.

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The Mavs' big sell to DeAndre Jordan

Dallas envisions a bigger offensive role for the free agent Clipper. With Dirk Nowitzki's outside shooting opening things up, the Mavs believe Jordan's high-flying game can flourish. Getting Jordan to buy in

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Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

And word is Rondo, wherever he goes next, could well go the one-year-contract route as he looks to rebound from bumpy season with Celts/Mavs

Calipari denies Kings' rumors

Said Chris Broussard of John Calipari and Sacramento discussing a job: "It's not a stretch they may have talked about it to some degree." Could Calipari be swayed to leave Kentucky? "It would take some ownership stakes."

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Elhassan: Top 30 free agent Big Board 2.0

LeBron leads a star-studded -- but possibly largely spoken for -- class of free agents. Who's No. 2? It's not LaMarcus Aldridge, despite the feeding frenzy he's created on the west coast. Top free agents (Insider)

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Free-agent scuttle: Kings forward Rudy Gay is among loudest voices urging on-the-market point guard Rajon Rondo to come to Sacramento

The money behind short deals

Why all the talk about NBA players signing shorter contracts? Because in the next few seasons, the salary cap will bump nearly $41M.

Ridnour's contract attractive to teams

Luke Ridnour has been traded four times this offseason, and Royce Young tells SportsCenter it's because of his valuable contract, which can be used to "manipulate the system."

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Do the Lakers still appeal to big stars?

-- "It's a close call," said one NBA agent, "but probably not, only because it seems players are valuing other things these days a lot more."
-- "They still have an edge," one executive said, "but not like they used to." What's changed

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Scottie Pippen: I was LeBron before LeBron

"They want to compare him to the greatest whether it be Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson, but he's more closer to myself. It's natural for folks to say that, but if you look at how he plays the game and how I played the game, you'll see more similarities with us." (via Northeast Ohio Media Group)

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LeBron waiting for a $200M deal?

If LeBron James plays free agency correctly over the next couple of seasons, he could be in line to make more than $40M per season on a $200M contract.

Bulls offering Butler several options

The Bulls offered Jimmy Butler a 5-year, $90M deal Monday, and Butler postponed meetings with other teams, sources told ESPN's Chris Broussard. Butler could also do a 4-year deal (player option) or a take 1-year qualifying offer.

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LaMarcus Aldridge a hot commodity

Want to talk with the free agent? You better get in line.

Ridnour traded for 4th time this week

After being traded from the Magic to the Grizzlies to the Hornets to the Thunder all in 26 hours last week, Luke Ridnour has now been traded to the Raptors along with cash, while Toronto sent Tomislav Zubcic's rights to OKC.

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Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Washington Wizards, I'm told, are quietly but increasingly optimistic about their chances of hanging onto Paul "I Called Game" Pierce

Why are the Cavs pursuing Dunleavy?

While ESPN's Kevin Pelton says it's likely Mike Dunleavy returns to Chicago, the Cavs are making a play because he could "slot into that James Jones role -- someone who can knock down open 3-pointers."

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5-on-5: NBA free-agency preview

Who is the best free agent not named LeBron James? Which team should you look out for? Our 5-on-5 panel has what you need to know before 12:01 a.m. ET. Free agency primer

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ESPN on Snapchat Discover live

NBA free agency officially begins at 12:01 a.m. ET. Will someone trump the richest free agency deal in NBA history of $136.4M over 7 years? Guess who inked that monster contract back in 2004 with Tuesday's edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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