Broussard: Salary a big factor in Lee deal
Chris Broussard tells SportsCenter that the Warriors traded David Lee to get some cap relief, but Lee will appreciate the chance to get more playing time.
Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes
NBA free agency winners and losers
Sure, LaMarcus Aldridge makes the Spurs an obvious winner and the Trail Blazers not so much. But Grantland's Zach Lowe also hands out free agency participation ribbons to teams like the Knicks and Lakers. Early results
Klay Thompson @klaythompson
It's tough to see my big bro D Lee go, Boston gotta great player and true pro. A true vet who looked out for me and all the young guys. I'm not alone in saying this but DubNation is gonna miss u my man!
Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss
Pop & Timmy: Power couple
Want to know why free agents are so desperate to play for Gregg Popovich? This Marc Stein throwback piece examines his magic. Father-son relationship
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Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine
Charlie Villanueva returning to Mavs
The Mavericks forward wrote a blog post announcing his return, saying: "Good news Dallas fans! I'm ecstatic to announce that I will be returning back to a Mavericks uniform this upcoming season."
Bonner blames iPhone for wonky elbow
Matt Bonner on his 3-point shooting dip last season: “Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but ... when the new iPhone came out it was way bigger than the last one ... you have to stretch further to hit the buttons, and I honestly think that’s how I ended up developing [tennis elbow].” (via Concord Monitor)
Role-playing bigs still available
ESPN's Chris Broussard told SportsCenter if you're not shopping for a superstar, you can still fill some needs in free agency. Players like Amar'e Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer and Josh Smith are still available.
Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine
ESPN sources say that the Boston Celtics have agreed to trade for David Lee
Aaron Brooks headed back to Chicago
Sources told ESPN that Brooks and the Bulls agreed to terms on a new one-year deal that the veteran guard will be able to sign as early as Thursday. (via ESPN's Marc Stein)
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
The Bulls are now essentially done in free agency -- just filling out the end of the bench. This team looks pretty identical to last year's.
The Spurs' core looking back
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Gregg Popovich reflect on their first impressions of Ginobili. Said Tim Duncan: "I assumed he was one of the experiments I would never meet."
Cavs seen as the Beast in the East
Behind the Cavaliers are the Bulls and Hawks, who are trying to break through and snap LeBron James' streak of 5 consecutive Finals appearances.
Broussard: Rivals enjoy Phil's struggle
Chris Broussard on Mike & Mike: "He thought he would walk right in, 'I'm Phil Jackson, I've got 11 rings, who wants to play for the Knicks?' ... There are front office guys that ... take a sense of satisfaction from guys like that struggling."
Spurs' additions will pay off
Kevin Pelton sees the Spurs at the top of the West with the Warriors in 2015-16. The numbers say San Antonio will have the best defense, and can win around 66 games.
Cavs: Joe Johnson or Jamal Crawford?
Cleveland is interested in bringing one of the wing players aboard. The team, ESPN's Chris Broussard says, is "balking" at paying more luxury tax, if they were to sign Johnson.