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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets coach Kenny Atkinson was also emphatic that the team is not trading Brook Lopez: "No. Absolutely not. Have not talked about it."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In addition to finding a big man in free agency, the Knicks need to find a replacement for Arron Afflalo at shooting guard. DeMar DeRozan is the biggest name on the market (not counting Kevin Durant), and the Knicks are reportedly interested. Orlando's Evan Fournier and Charlotte's Nic Batum also have fans in the Knicks' organization, sources say. The club's of interest in both Batum and Fournier is unclear. Batum, of course, will have many suitors on July 1 and will likely command a max salary. Fournier is a restricted free agent and it seems likely that Orlando works to retain him because the club just traded Victor Oladipo. Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see if the Knicks prioritize center over shooting guard in free agency; they probably won't the able to spend big money on both positions.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets coach Kenny Atkinson continues to harp on leadership when it comes to Brook Lopez and really wanting his 7-footer to become a better leader. That's definitely a focus moving forward -- and with a very young, rebuilding team, it needs to be.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets coach Kenny Atkinson on his team's needs in free agency: "I think veteran leadership is important. I think undervalued guys, guys that might be under the radar and can produce and maybe not necessarily the big star, maybe we're not in position to get that guy and really guys like Isaiah Whitehead that fill the characteristics we're looking for -- hardworking, high character, high basketball IQ is important for us and competitors."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets first year coach Kenny Atkinson will coach the team's summer league squad in Las Vegas. That team will feature Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Chris McCullough and Isaiah Whitehead.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets coach Kenny Atkinson: "I keep saying Brooklyn is basketball, and Isaiah represents everything that we're looking for in a player."

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

One of Kristaps Porzingis' highlights from a scrimmage during his KP6 camp in Latvia.

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets selling Brooklyn native Isaiah Whitehead jerseys at their team store in Coney Island

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Will Marcus Smart join Isaiah Thomas in Kevin Durant recruitment? Smart jokes: "If I get his number."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Smart on Boston's lack of a draft night trade: "We trust Danny [Ainge] and we believe in Danny. And we know Danny made the right decision. We stand behind him 100 percent."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Marcus Smart talks about the Celtics getting to meet with Kevin Durant.

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The NBA's best 3-and-D free agents

Kevin Arnovitz identifies four NBA free agents who are effective 3-point shooters as well as lockdown defenders.

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Six teams for Durant to consider

Who will give Kevin Durant the best chance to win a title? What about multiple titles? Kevin Pelton breaks it down. Insider

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