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'Blue chip or bust' in NBA free agency

ESPN's Tom Penn stresses patient aggressiveness in the free-agent market, because, "You're not in control of it. ... The race is to the swift. You have to be really aggressive."

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Spurs clearing room for Aldridge?

San Antonio traded Tiago Splitter to Atlanta, according to ESPN and media reports. The move frees up $8.5M in cap space, which allows the team to offer LaMarcus Aldridge a max deal, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst. The Spurs plan to meet Aldridge in L.A. later today.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

DeMarre Carroll was just trying to stick in the league a few years ago. Now he's getting $15 million per year.

Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz

Assuming Millsap returns, Thabo Sefolosha's health might be the biggest variable entering 2015-16 for ATL. Would be stacked up front, tho.

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Mavs likely to try to get Wes Matthews deal done before DeAndre Jordan's decision. Believe it could help sway DJ to Dallas.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

DeMarre Carroll agrees to a 4-year, $60 million deal with Toronto, sources confirm to ESPN. No options. That guy has come a long, long way.

Wade is on the radar as a 'Plan B'

"He's a lot of teams' Plan B," ESPN's Chris Broussard said."That's why most people think he'll wind up back in Miami. If he wants $50M long term, then he's probably going to have to get it from the Heat."

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Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Anyone else getting the feeling that the 2014-15 Western Conference will look like a picnic when we see the reloaded 2015-16 West?

Can the Spurs land LaMarcus Aldridge?

ESPN's Tom Penn said it can happen: "Spurs have room to do it. ... The challenge for the Spurs is how will they do this dance?"

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

17 guys have made 500+ 3s over last 4 seasons. Only 5 of 'em have shot > 40%: Curry, Klay, Korver, Redick ... Danny Green. Elite of elite.

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Trades, like signings, can't be "made" until July 9, but Spurs find home for Splitter with Hawks agreeing to take on Tiago salary via trade

Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

James Harden was part of the recruiting dinner for LaMarcus Aldridge last night. Says a lot about how front office feels about him.

Thad Young @yungsmoove21

My family & I are extremely happy 2 continue being a Net. Thanks 2 all of my fam, friends, & fans 4 ur support. The GRIND doesn't stop here.

Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Rockets recap from last night: Met with LaMarcus Aldridge, McHale reached out to Pat Beverley, expressed interest in retaining Corey Brewer.

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Hearing Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler is leaning strongly toward taking the five-year, $90 mil max Chicago offered as opposed to shorter deal

Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

Sobering new NBA reality: Goran Dragic, Khris Middleton & Al-Farouq Aminu just got combined deals=$200 million. Combined All-Star berths=0.

Luke Ridnour: Trades have been 'funny'

On being traded 4 times in less than 1 week: "I really just said, 'Eh, let me know at the end of the day what happened.' My wife would get a funny picture from somebody and show me to kind of keep me updated." (via Mike & Mike)

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Millsap loss would be 'huge' for Hawks

After Orlando offered a max 4-year, $80M offer, Paul Millsap canceled other meetings. "If he leaves Atlanta, that's huge, and it helps put Orlando back on the map," said ESPN's Chris Broussard.

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