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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

A clarification on Dwight Howard. He doesn't have to do anything to become a free agent next summer. However he can trigger something in his contract to remain with the Rockets and not become a free agent next summer.

Stephen A. Smith responds to Kevin Durant

"I sit here today incredibly offended by the personal attack that this man has put against me."


Green nails windmill dunk

Heat guard Gerald Green got a breakaway off a steal and finished the preseason play with a windmill dunk.


Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Deron Williams has yet to practice during training camp due to a strained calf but significantly increased his activity Monday. "He's on a very good path," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Kyle Anderson, summer league MVP. Will be interesting to see the type of role he'll take on this season for the Spurs. Guessing he'll be a solid contributor.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle called the job first-year Rangers manager Jeff Bannister has done guiding Texas' worst-to-first turnaround in the AL West "absolutely tremendous." Added Carlisle: "I can’t help but feel great for the Rangers, but Jeff Bannister’s story is a very compelling one. He came in as a guy who was given an opportunity and Jon Daniels had a hunch about him. They had the tough start early, but Jeff’s a guy that’s an energetic believer. He kept those guys going. It’s been remarkable, and they have a real chance."

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Gregg Popovich isn't sure about the team's second five. But Danny Green said the second unit so far has more chemistry than the starters.

Durant, Nike renovate OKC blacktop

Thunder forward Kevin Durant dedicated a refurbished court through his foundation's "Build It And They Will Ball" initiative. "I felt that being outdoors molded me into the person I am, the player I am and I wanted everyone feel the same thing I did," Durant said. Story

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Blake brings shot clock down with dunk

During warm-ups before the Clippers' preseason loss to the Raptors, Blake Griffin sent the shot clock crashing down with an alley-oop.


Ian Begley @IanBegley

Carmelo Anthony says "hell no" when asked if he thinks he'd get to a point where he'd ask for a trade this year. "I already came this far."

Bargnani to miss preseason game

F/C Andrea Bargnani (hamstring tightness) will not play tonight in Brooklyn's first preseason game against Fenerbahce Ulker. Bargnani has missed 175 games over the past four seasons due to injury. G Markel Brown (oblique), F/C Willie Reed (quad) and F Chris McCullough (knee) are also out for the team.

Brook Lopez to take more 3s this season

Lopez even joked that he's going to take 600 3-pointers in 2015-16. Lopez, who is 1-for-17 from downtown in his career, worked a lot on his 3-point shooting over the summer. "I'm confident in that situation to put one up if Coach (Hollins) calls my number in that regard," he said.

ICYMI: Kobe's preseason clunker

Kobe Bryant made his long-awaited return to action Sunday night in a preseason game against the Jazz. His first shot wasn't so smooth -- it hit the top of the backboard.


LBJ on Tristan: Unfortunate 'distraction'

LeBron James on the contract drama between the Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson: "His value to us is extreme, as we saw last year ... The last thing you need is a distraction when you are trying to make a championship run, and we have that right now."


Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder

Kevin Durant on why he built the court at N Highland in OKC. "I wanted to teach the kids how I grew up and the values I learned being outdoors."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

There are just some jobs I wouldn't want to do. Cleaning the roof of the Toyota Center where the Rockets play is one of them. Much respect.

Bosh on return: Like a fish to water

Chris Bosh made his return in Heat preseason action Sunday after recovering from career-threatening blood clots and said postgame: "It was normal -- back doing my job. I understand everybody's [wondering], 'How did it feel like? What was it really like to finally play?' If you put a fish back in the water, it's going to swim."

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

CHA coach Clifford: "Last year, of any statistic, 3-pt shooting % was the No. 1 factor in why teams won. We gotta be able to shoot 3s."

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Early trend: Charlotte -- the worst 3-point shooting team in NBA last year -- is firing up 3s at a Rockets-like frequency this preseason.

NBA, Swiss watchmaker sign clock deal

The NBA and Swiss watchmaker Tissot announced a comprehensive multi-year partnership on Monday that both hope will lead to the most complex timekeeping in sports history. Terms were not announced but Tissot president Francois Thiebaud told Darren Rovell it was the most expensive deal the brand had done in its 162-year history. As part of the deal, Tissot will get branding on clocks inside the arena -- most prominently the shot clocks above the baskets.

Celebrating with D-Rose's Soaring Slams

In honor of the Bulls point guard's 27th birthday on Sunday, take a look back at some of the most eye-popping dunks of his career.


Bosh's between-the-legs assist to Wade

In his first action since missing the latter part of last season because of blood clots, Chris Bosh sends a nifty pass to set up a Dwyane Wade layup.


Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Final from Lakers' preseason opener here in Hawaii: Jazz 90, Lakers 71. Kobe Bryant scores 5 points on 1-5 shooting in 12 minutes, his first action in nearly nine months.