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BP for Blake before Dodgers game

How do you get over losing your frontcourt mate to Dallas? If you're Blake Griffin, you take a few swings in the cage at Dodger Stadium before tonight's Mets-Dodgers game (10 ET, ESPN).


Rondo doesn't reduce Kings' mess

Amin Elhassan says Rajon Rondo destroyed his value during his stint in Dallas: "There was only one team that seemed to be interested in his services. It would be the team that is leading the league in dysfunction."


Rockets get 'excellent value' in Beverley

ESPN NBA front office insider Amin Elhassan says at a time when there are a lot of good offensive point guards, Patrick Beverley’s skill on the other end of the floor makes him a perfect fit next to James Harden.


Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

Agents & teams pitching creativity deals to Clips to create options via trade. Clips have been offering the 2M they have left of MLE to bigs

Lob City's last hurrah?

DeAndre Jordan threw down an NBA-best 401 alley-oops over the last four seasons, the last one coming in the Clippers' Game 7 loss to the Rockets in May.


Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Rockets believe odds of getting LaMarcus Aldridge are stronger after the Beverley and Brewer deals. Rockets can do a sign-trade for him.

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Mark Cuban admitted this was a DeAndre or doom summer. Mavs would have gone in tank mode if they struck out.

CP3 no help in keeping Jordan

Kevin Arnovitz writes of the Clippers' attempts to re-sign DeAndre Jordan: "[Chris] Paul never called, never texted, never made any attempt to reach out to Jordan at any time during the process. At a certain point, the balance of affection tipped, and there weren’t enough dinners at Katsu-Ya or testimonials to Jordan about how much he’d flourished under Rivers’ development to keep Jordan in Los Angeles." Bigger role in Dallas

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

I want to be the Sacramento Kings beat writer for this season so badly. DeMarcus, Rondo and George Karl. This needs to be a Reality Show!!!

Rajon Rondo's productivity sliding

Since averaging a career-high 11.7 assists per game in 2011-12, Rondo's average has declined every year, falling to 7.9 APG last season -- his lowest mark since 2007-08.

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Rondo headed to Sacramento

Sources tell ESPN's Marc Stein that Rajon Rondo has agreed to a 1-year/$9.5M deal with the Kings, where he'll team up with fellow former Kentucky Wildcat DeMarcus Cousins. The deal was first reported by Yahoo.

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Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Mentioned that Richard Jefferson is at a Manhattan Beach bar with Cuban/Parsons. They've hammered out a vet-min deal for his return to Mavs.

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Patrick Beverley's deal in Houston: Sources say it's $18 million guaranteed over first three seasons and $5 million unguaranteed in Year 4

Becky Hammon making NBA history

She'll be the first female head coach in summer league history. How will players react to a female coach? Said Bruce Bowen: "Most of them have never played for one. so it's going to have to be a process." But a plus on Hammon's side? That she has the blessing of Gregg Popovich.


Cuban finally lands his man

Kevin Pelton writes of DeAndre Jordan's fit in Dallas: "Jordan is basically a younger, more athletic, more durable version of [Tyson] Chandler, who thrived playing alongside power forward Dirk Nowitzki. Jordan slots perfectly as a roll man into Rick Carlisle's spread pick-and-roll offense, and probably will be even more involved than Chandler was." Mavericks' coup (Insider)

Not many options for Clippers

What should the Clippers do now that DeAndre Jordan is waving farewell to Lob City? J.A. Adande writes they should take cues from their neighbors 350 miles to the north. Think small

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Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

ESPN sources say Corey Brewer has spurned richer offer from Sacramento Kings to stay in Houston on a three-year deal in excess of $23 mil