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Sources: Monroe chooses max deal with Bucks

Free-agent power forward Greg Monroe will sign a maximum contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, sources confirmed to ESPN's Chris Broussard on Thursday.

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Greg Monroe fills big need for Bucks

Monroe ranked 5th in the NBA with 415 points scored on post-up plays last season. Milwaukee scored 426 post-up points COMBINED last season, good for 25th in the league.

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Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

ESPN sources say Monta Ellis and Indiana Pacers have agreed on a four-year, $44 million with an option to return to free agency after Year 3

Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

After progress was made yesterday, Cavs & Tristan Thompson are currently still apart on contract talks, sources told ESPN.

Thursday's NBA free agent news

  • Greg Monroe: Agrees with Bucks (via ESPN and media reports) on 3-year max deal with player option (via Chris Broussard).
  • Arron Afflalo: Agrees with Knicks on 2-year, $16M deal with player option (via Ramona Shelburne).
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Windhorst: Lakers are at the kiddie table

Brian Windhorst says the Lakers are struggling to land top-tier free agents in part because they have failed to invest in analytics.

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Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Sense from some is DeAndre Jordan race is now even between Clippers and Mavs. It was "90-10" for the Clippers before Parsons got involved.

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Source says Mavs would consider a salary-dump deal for Roy Hibbert if DeAndre Jordan doesn't choose Dallas. But still hopeful about DJ.

Coco not a Carmelo fan

American tennis player Coco Vandeweghe, niece of former Knick Kiki Vandeweghe, on Carmelo: "I just feel that Carmelo, he is a bit soft. ... I don't think he has a killer instinct in his eyes, at least this last year." There's more

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What is the Knicks' next move?

Tom Penn says it's hard to find an exciting result for the Knicks as they try to complement Carmelo Anthony on the roster.

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Aldridge's NBA tour ends with Knicks

LaMarcus Aldridge's New York stop today is the last of 7 meetings he's had with teams. ESPN's Chris Broussard told SportsCenter: "I keep hearing, as I have all along, it's the San Antonio Spurs as the front runner."

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Memphis looking to keep its All-Star

The Grizzlies and center Marc Gasol continue to progress toward agreement on a five-year max contract that will cross the $100 million threshold, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

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Nadal takes Centre Court

After a quick meeting with Camila, Duchess of Cornwall, No. 10 Rafael Nadal will play Dustin Brown in Wimbledon's third round. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Tom Penn: Cavs will get hit with tax

"With this cap system, It's designed to keep strong teams strong, if they want to retain their own guys that have been there."

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Windhorst: Knicks living in wrong era

Brian Windhorst on The Herd: "For the Knicks not to offer Greg Monroe a max contract in this market ... it's a mismanagement by the Knicks. It's the Knicks living in the wrong era."

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Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

If Austin takes a pay cut to leave L.A. and be a backup elsewhere, I'd have to imagine the constant father-son talk was too much for him.

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Austin Rivers can and will look around but he's not going to find a better fit and salary than what he'll have with the Clippers.

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Up-to-date schedule of Kings' planned face-to-face visits this week: Wes Matthews today, Rajon Rondo on Friday, Monta Ellis still TBD

Ian Begley @IanBegley

FWIW, people around DeAndre Jordan said this morning that the #Knicks remained a long shot to land him. He's schedule to meet with NYK today

Greg Monroe is super steady

He averaged between 15-16 points and between 9-10 rebounds in each of the last four seasons. Only three others have averaged at least 15 PPG and 9 RPG in each of the last four seasons: DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Love and Dwight Howard. Max deal in Milwaukee

Cavs get a deal with Love

NBA deals are coming fast and furious, but Tom Haberstroh says don't sleep on Kevin Love's deal to stay with the Cavs -- the best free agency move so far.

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Ian Begley @IanBegley

FWIW: #Knicks left a positive impression on Robin Lopez after their meeting last nite. "Interest is mutual, that's for sure," source says.

Greg Monroe adds to Bucks' young core

The 7th pick of the 2010 draft just turned 25 years old. He joins Giannis Antetokounmpo (20), Jabari Parker (20), Khris Middleton (23) and Michael Carter-Williams (23) as key Milwaukee players aged 25 or younger.

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