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20mJordan Brenner

Inside the tale of Sam Hinkie's controversial process and his ultimate fall

After three years of silence, former Sixers GM Sam Hinkie finally opens up. With Philly on the brink of a basketball renaissance, this is the story of his efforts -- and his surprising departure.

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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5dChad 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.


Stephen Jackson wants to return to NBA

He's interested in coming out of retirement -- and comedian Michael Rapaport has already begun the recruiting pitch.


Should the Knicks make a play for Cousins?

Ryen Russillo says DeMarcus Cousins' lazy performances shouldn't get teams anxious to grab him.


Carli Lloyd > LeBron?

Carli Lloyd had a great year, but was her championship performance better than LeBron James', Von Miller's or Sidney Crosby's? Vote for the ESPYS

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Sam Hinkie just can't win

By facilitating Jerry Colangelo's move to Philadelphia, commissioner Adam Silver sent a message: Gross incompetence is acceptable; strategic gaming of a flawed system is not. How 'The Process' failed

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LeBron opt out not a surprise

Chris Broussard believes it's Cleveland's intention to keep the core of the team intact.


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ICYMI: LeBron will be a free agent after not exercising his $24M player option. Still expected to re-sign with Cavs: es.pn/293rXBR

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.