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Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Analysis: writing about Dwight Howard potentially replacing Al Horford gets confusing in a hurry.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

There are now 19 NBA contracts equaling $1.31 billion in total spend, with almost $300M committed already in 2016-17 alone.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek and executive Clarence Gaines Jr. are among those on hand for the Joakim Noah meeting in Orlando.

Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne

One interesting part of Clippers meeting with Durant tonight. DeAndre Jordan will be there & they've been friends since 10th grade.

Kevin Arnovitz ESPN Staff Writer 

I'm told the Hawks, ever obsessed with chemistry, did a ton of due diligence on Dwight Howard. They essentially vetted him like a VP choice, and saw the findings as reassuring.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson and Steve Mills are at an Orlando area hotel to meet with Joakim Noah tonight.

Howard was looking to restore his image

Chris Broussard and Amin Elhassan discuss Dwight Howard's motivation to agree to a three-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks and how it can be a mutually beneficial deal.


Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

Seeking his fourth victory of the season, Jason Day opened with scores of 67-69 to take the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational lead entering the weekend. An Ohio resident who lives less than two hours from Akron, Day said he'd like to join the Cavs and Indians as recent winners from the state. In fact, he and wife Ellie took a photo with the NBA championship trophy on Friday afternoon. "Luckily, LeBron James didn't come tackle us," he joked, "so that was nice."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

With Dwight Howard signing with the Atlanta Hawks, the Celtics meeting tonight with Al Horford just got more intriguing — especially coming just 24 hours before Boston is set to huddle with Kevin Durant in the Hamptons. The thought all along has been that Boston would need more star power to convince Durant to truly consider Boston. With $55 million in cap space, the Celtics have room for two max contracts this summer.

Kevin Negandhi @KNegandhiESPN

Man... good for Conley getting $153M.. Lebron, KD, Steph will all be bargains regardless of what they sign for the next 2 years

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Jason and Ellie Day took a photo with the NBA championship trophy today. "LeBron James didn't come tackle us," he said. "So that was nice."

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Mike Conley ... FORMERLY known as the NBA's Most Perennially Underrated Player

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Memphis and Mike Conley have agreed in principle on a five-year, $153 million deal, league sources say. Finer points "nearing conclusion."