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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors G DeMar DeRozan on heading into free agency: "That's always been mutual (my feelings for Toronto). Since I've been there, the level of respect that I have for that team and that organization and that whole country and vice versa. It's my first time going into this -- really being a free agent and understanding how things work -- so I'm just taking it day by day, honestly. And once Friday (July 1) comes I'll have a different outlook on everything. But Friday and this weekend will say a lot."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant wouldn't say whether he will meet with the Knicks but he did say he's "excited" to see how Derrick Rose does in New York and that Carmelo Anthony has long been "like my big brother" since he was in high school. When asked whether Rose, Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis make the Knicks more appealing, Durant said, "I haven't really thought about that. They obviously have a good team now with D-Rose, Melo and Porzingis. I am going to talk to my team and we will figure things out but right now it is kind of hard to say."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Sometime after the Kings announced they'd drafted Georgios Papagiannis in the first round, DeMarcus Cousins tweeted, "Lord give me strength" accompanied by a "prayer hands" emoji. Most interpreted this tweet as Cousins expressing displeasure with the pick. Cousins explained it differently on Monday. "Bad timing," he said at the USA Basketball event in New York to unveil the Olympic roster. So, what was the tweet in reference to? "It sounds ridiculous, but I was in a hot sculpting class. Yeah, I'm busted."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Pacers F Paul George on the opportunity to play for Team USA after the horrific injury he suffered in Las Vegas: "It's been a whirlwind. It's been a roller coaster. But I think when you have goal as a kid, it's hard to knock it and it's hard to shy away from it because of an injury. It's something I've always wanted to do since I was a kid, so I'm just fortunate and grateful that I was able to return to form and come back to the player that I was to get this opportunity again to play for a gold medal."

When LeBron changed the Cavs' history

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Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Wilt Chamberlain's headband from 1971 is being sold in SCP Auction's sale in August. Estimate is $4,000 to $6,000

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

ESPN sources say Pau Gasol, as expected, officially notified the Bulls today that he's declining his 2016-17 option and going to free agency

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant didn't want to divulge which teams he'd be meeting with in free agency. On the Knicks, he said, "'Obviously they have a good team now with D-Rose and Melo and Porzingis so I will talk to my team and we will figure things out."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant doesn't want to talk in-depth about his free agency at this USA basketball clinic. But when asked about the Knicks' addition of Derrick Rose, he said, "Derrick Rose is a great player... We'll see after I leave here (about whether he will meet with the Knicks)." KD added "Melo is my friend" when asked about Carmelo Anthony being in his ear.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

According to a source the Houston Rockets are looking at the following high-level free agents: Al Horford, Kevin Durant, Hassan Whiteside and Ryan Anderson. The team's search to upgrading the roster will be wide and not just strictly with these four players.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Worth noting that Forman did say that Bulls think "very highly" of E'Twaun Moore. Out of all Bulls' free agents, Moore is most likely the one to re-sign but Bulls will have competition.

Team USA's starting five in Rio?

The roster is set. The Olympics are weeks away. Who should America unleash on the world? Vote

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony thinks the Derrick Rose trade makes the Knicks a place for top free agents to consider this summer: "As far as (Rose) being healthy and me being healthy coming back into this season, Kristaps having a year under his belt, I think it does make it a destination spot for a lot of people to see the pieces that we have to try to create something."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Team USA fielding questions from kids at a USA basketball clinic in Harlem.