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Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Love this David Lee trade for the Celtics. If he can get healthy, he can be best big man on team. Obviously an "if", but worth the risk.

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

It's a one-year minimum deal for Villanueva, who won a lot of admirers in Dallas in his first season as a Mav

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."

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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)

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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.


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)

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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

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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.

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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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."

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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.


Thompson wants Draymond Green money

ESPN's Chris Broussard reports Tristan Thompson and his team are looking for $85M-$90M: "The ball is in the Cavs' court right now."


Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Beno Udrih had July 5 guarantee date in his previous deal. Meaning that next season's $2.2M salary with Grizzlies now officially kicks in

Towns officially $14.9M richer

The Timberwolves announced the official signing of No. 1 overall draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns. According to the website RealGM, his slotted contract is worth $4.753M in 2015-16 and $14.9M over three years.

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NBA's Adam Silver joins Duke board

The newest Board of Trustees members at Duke includes the NBA commissioner, the school announced. Silver, who earned his Bachelor's Degree at Duke, began a 6-year term July 1. He joins Apple CEO Tim Cook and six others.

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