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Update: 10 best available NBA free agents

Who can -- and should -- your team still add in free agency? Kevin Pelton ranks the NBA's 10 best available players and assesses the market for each one.

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Monty Williams: 'Quitting is not an option' (4:10)
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Could Curry be 'poached' from Warriors after next season? (1:33)
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How does LaVine-Gordon stack up to Wilkins-Jordan? (1:24)
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Collins twins, Wise on issues raised at DNC

Andy Katz and Rick Klein discuss the DNC, Michael Jordan's words on social activism and the NBA moving the All-Star Game from Charlotte with former NBA twins Jason and Jarron Collins as well as Mike Wise of The Undefeated.

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Wade always envisioned playing for the Bulls (1:00)
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Durant feels the love in his Oracle debut

Kevin Durant made his Oracle Arena debut as a member of the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday while playing for USA Basketball in an Olympic tuneup. The newly minted Warrior is quickly making himself at home.

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Karl-Anthony Towns takes kids to school (0:17)
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This is how you shut down a dunk contest (0:39)
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Harlem Globetrotter and SkyCoaster go perfect together (1:34)
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Wade makes appearance at Cubs-White Sox game (0:15)
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NBPA doesn't see negative effect from Durant joining Warriors (1:05)
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Vote now: How does your NBA team stack up?

ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings grades organizations on everything from ticket prices and stadium experience to the talent on the field, court or rink. How does your favorite NBA team stack up? Vote now!

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Will the Magic's latest reset work?

Orlando's first attempt at rebuilding didn't go as planned, and now the Magic are hoping their latest plan has them on the rocky road to becoming an Eastern Conference contender.

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Coach K: 'The welcoming for Kevin was fantastic' (1:01)
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Amar'e Stoudemire sure did like to dunk (1:47)
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Top dunks from the free throw line (1:24)
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American war hero inspiring USA Basketball (4:24)
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Jordan not the same person who refused to take a stand in his 20s (1:45)
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Smith: Critics of MJ should look to white athletes too (1:09)
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USA Basketball: Complete coverage

Some of the NBA's best are headed to Rio in search of a third straight gold medal. As Coach K & Co. take on the world, we're tracking all things Team USA hoops.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In a December interview with Today's Fastbreak that was published Friday, Phil Jackson notes that rookie Kristaps Porzingis was making "huge strides" but was also missing makeable shots because he had a propensity to dribble into a crowd rather than pull up for a jump shot. Jackson also noted that the Knicks should have found more playing time for Derrick Williams, who declined his player option with New York this summer and signed with Miami. Lastly, Jackson pointed out that teams were going underneath screens set for Jerian Grant because of his unreliable jump shot. Grant was eventually dealt to Chicago in the Derrick Rose trade.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In a December interview with Today's Fastbreak that was published today, Phil Jackson mentioned that Derek Fisher wanted to push the pace on offense, in part, because the Knicks were struggling with the triangle. Fisher not running the offense the way Jackson and others saw fit was a source of consternation between coach and president last season. It probably wasn't the reason Fisher was ultimately fired, but it probably contributed to Jackson making the decision. That's worth remembering now as Jeff Hornacek looks to blend an up-tempo approach with the triangle offense.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

To stop the Hack-a-Shaq approach, Phil Jackson suggests in an interview with Today's Fastbreak that when player is fouled outside of the context of a basketball play the team should be awarded two free throws and possession. He also suggests in the interview that a player shouldn't foul out; rather, a team should be awarded an extra free throw if an opposing player commits his 7th foul. He also would like to widen and lengthen the dimensions of the NBA court to make the 3-point arc concentric, so players don't risk stepping out of bounds on corner threes. These changes seem logical, though unlikely to come to fruition due to their drastic nature.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In a December interview with Charley Rosen published Friday on Today's Fastbreak, Phil Jackson bemoans the lack of fundamental skills in today's NBA and how they hurt the Knicks' attempts to run the triangle offense. "Today's players simply lack the skills to play the triangle. They know how to play one-on-one, catch-and-shoot, and they've mastered crossover dribbles, spins, playing off of screens and step-back shots. They don't know how to execute things like inside-reverse pivots and other basic footwork. They have no sense of timing or organization. They don't really know how to play five-on-five basketball," he said. The Knicks will continue to run the triangle this season. Sounds like new coach Jeff Hornacek will have plenty of teaching to do.

Carmelo’s legacy tied up with Olympics

Amin Elhassan says another Olympic gold medal is the best way for Carmelo Anthony to end his career in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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The best remaining free agents

Yes, J.R. Smith is still available, but there are other useful players to be had -- like Lance Stephenson. The top 10 (Insider)

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Karl-Anthony Towns takes kids to school

Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns blows by kids at a basketball camp and puts them all on a poster.

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LaVine-Gordon as good as Wilkins-MJ?

Dr. J said the LaVine-Gordon Slam Dunk Contest was "clearly as good as the Wilkins-Jordan showdown." You be the judge.

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Dirk Nowitzki is not so good at soccer

The NBA star's talents on the court don't translate to the pitch.

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Summer Forecast: MVP race projections

Could Russell Westbrook's solo act lead to an MVP in OKC? Could Steph Curry complete a three-peat? Our ESPN Forecast panel unveils its early picks. Ballot

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Carmelo 'shocked' Wade left Miami

Carmelo Anthony on Dwyane Wade signing with the Bulls: "It's hard to see some players in different uniforms, and he's one of those guys."

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Dr. J gives his approval on dunk contest

In an interview, Dr. J said the LaVine-Gordon Slam Dunk Contest was "clearly as good as the Wilkins-Jordan showdown."

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

David Lee lands a two-year deal worth $3.2 million and a player option for Year 2 in San Antonio, according to his agent Mark Bartelstein.