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CP3 little help in keeping Jordan

Kevin Arnovitz writes of the Clippers' attempts to re-sign DeAndre Jordan: "The Clippers' meeting didn't include a single player. [Blake] Griffin, of course, was in constant touch with his confidant, but [Chris] Paul was off in the Bahamas with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Paul made only half-hearted attempts to reach out to Jordan late in the process, according to sources close to the situation." Bigger role in Dallas

Steph gets Phunkee from half court

Stephen Curry is already an MVP and a champion. Letting him ride around the court on a hands-free scooter and drain wide-open half-court shots just seems unfair.


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." A plus for Hammon? She has the blessing of Gregg Popovich.


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."


Friday's top free agent moves

  • DeAndre Jordan agrees to 4-yr/$80M deal to join Mavericks
  • Tobias Harris agrees to 4-yr/$64M deal to stay with Magic
  • Robin Lopez agrees to 4-yr/$54M deal to join Knicks
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Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

Second time an All-Star caliber center has left an LA team & taken less money to play in Texas. Both were recruited by Chandler Parsons.

Lob City's last hurrah?

DeAndre Jordan - who agreed to a deal with the Mavericks today - 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.


Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

ESPN sources say pitch LaMarcus Aldridge got from Pop today about playing with Duncan AND taking over when Timmy's gone resonated strongly

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

No done deal, but sources are highly optimistic that J.J. Barea will be back in a Mavs uniform next season.

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).


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

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.

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!!!