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2hChris Broussard

Agent: LeBron turns down $24M player option

LeBron James has elected to opt out of his contract with the Cavaliers that would have paid him $24 million next season.

Is a banana boat super team realistic to imagine? (1:53)
Stephen Jackson wants to return to the NBA (1:20)
Spears: Warriors are going 'all-in' for Durant (2:07)
USA Basketball stars excited for Rio (1:16)
Tougher shot, Steph's 37-footer or Kyrie's 3 to win Game 7? (1:25)

Swans star proud of cousin Thon Maker

Sydney Swans defender Aliir Aliir has expressed his pride for his cousin Thon Maker and his rise into the NBA after being drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks.

How are cap figures affecting Durant's suitors? (2:26)
The NBA's best 3-and-D free agents (1:25)
Who should start for Team USA? (1:19)
DeAndre Jordan inspired by Von Miller (0:30)
Greeny: If LeBron acted like a Messi or Ronaldo, we'd destroy him (1:28)
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4dChad Ford

Top 5 prospects for stellar 2017 NBA draft

Who are the best NBA prospects in the 2017 draft class? Chad Ford gives his top five and previews the big storylines to watch for next year.

Lakers GM says team needs help everywhere (1:00)
Kupchak impressed with Ingram's competitive drive (2:03)
Warning: Don't get in Ben Simmons' way (0:37)
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Chad Ford's Top 100 NBA draft prospects

The names at the top have been set in stone for a while now, but where does everyone else slot in? Our resident guru ranks the top 100 prospects for the 2016 NBA draft.


Banana boat super team?

Michael Rapaport shared his thoughts on Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and LeBron James taking a vacation together again: "I don't know what [Carmelo Anthony's] doing riding around with these guys."


The NBA's best 3-and-D free agents

Kevin Arnovitz identifies four NBA free agents who are effective 3-point shooters as well as lockdown defenders.


Team USA excited for Rio

"I'm just looking forward to playing with these great players on my team," Kevin Durant said.


Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

The Warriors' meeting with Thunder free agent forward Kevin Durant is Friday afternoon in The Hamptons, a source told The Undefeated.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Story online soon with @Chris_Broussard: ESPN sources say Dwight Howard has set up free-agent meetings after July 1 with Atlanta and Boston.

Wade open to other offers?

Dwyane Wade's initial contract discussions with the Miami Heat have not produced a common ground between the parties, and he is preparing to field outside offers when free agency opens Friday, sources tell Brian Windhorst. Story

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings are among the teams interested in Portland restricted free agent Allen Crabbe, sources say. The Blazers extended a $2.7 million qualifying offer to Crabbe, according to CSNNW. That allows Portland to match any offer to Crabbe. The guard figures to garner an offer much higher than $2.7 million from competing teams next month. He averaged 10.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 26 minutes a game last season, numbers that make the 24-year-old attractive on the open market, particularly with the increase in cap space this summer.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Maybe the biggest Spurs development tonight: One well-placed source insists San Antonio's free-agent interest in Mike Conley is overstated.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Once Diaw is officially on the Spurs' books for next season after June 30, his $7 million salary for next season becomes fully guaranteed.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The Spurs could shave $4 million off next season's payroll if they waive Boris Diaw this week, but sources say San Antonio is keeping Diaw.

Chris Broussard @Chris_Broussard

LeBron James will not exercise his player option with the Cavs for next season, according to agent Rich Paul. Deadline was Wed @ midnight

Six teams for Durant to consider

Who will give Kevin Durant the best chance to win a title? What about multiple titles? Kevin Pelton breaks it down. Insider

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

That's 11 wins in a row for the Indians. Two more and they'll equal the Cavs' longest streak with LeBron on their team.