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Jimmy Butler, Bulls agree on 5-year deal

The deal is worth $90M, sources tell ESPN's Brian Windhorst. Butler will have a player option for the fifth year of the deal, but the contract assures he will be in Chicago through the 2019-20 season.


Knight agrees to stay with Suns

Brandon Knight has agreed to a five-year deal worth $70 million to stay with the Phoenix Suns, sources told ESPN's Jeff Goodman. The deal contains no option years for Knight, who averaged 17 points the past two seasons.

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Windhorst: Love remains loyal to Cavs

Brian Windhorst: "This is a grand plan for the Cavs. There was some concern that he wouldn't take a long deal, but this is him locking in, he's showing faith in the franchise."


Kevin Love: 'I'm going back to Cleveland'

Love broke the news on The Players Tribune, writing: "Yeah, of course I’ve heard the free agency rumors. But at the end of the day, and after meeting with my teammates (it turns out pools are great meeting places) and with the front office, it was clear Cleveland was the place for me. ... We have unfinished business and now it’s time to get back to work."

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Butler's deal -- 4 years with player option in 5th year -- is a win for both sides. JB has ability to get paid even bigger $ in next deal.

Dragic was a team player in negotiations

Before signing a 5-year, $90M deal to remain in Miami, free-agent guard Goran Dragic asked Heat president Pat Riley how he could be flexible to help the team re-sign Dwyane Wade, according to sources.

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Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Other PGs I know Mavs have touched base with: Patrick Beverley, Jeremy Lin, JJ Barea, Nick Calathes. Devin Harris, Raymond Felton on roster.

LaVine, Wale join 'Lob City'

Reigning NBA slam dunk contest champion Zach LaVine teamed with rapper Wale to throw down a few monster alley-oops at a local gym.


ICYMI: Fast and furious NBA free agency

DeMarre Carroll is now a Raptor, Kawhi Leonard will stick and stay with the Spurs and Anthony Davis is a paid man. More moves are in the works, so don't blink. Roundup

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Ajinca signs 4-year, $20.5M deal in N.O.

Alexis Ajinca has agreed to a 4-year deal with New Orleans worth $20 million, sources tell ESPN. Ajinca, a power forward, is a French pro who last played for the Pelicans.

Spurs clearing room for Aldridge?

San Antonio traded Tiago Splitter to Atlanta, according to ESPN and media reports. The move frees up $8.5M in cap space, which allows the team to offer LaMarcus Aldridge a max deal, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst. The Spurs plan to meet Aldridge in L.A. later today.

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

ESPN sources say that Ajinca and the Pelicans have come to terms on a four-year deal valued, more precisely, at $20.2 million

Danny Green @greenranger14

Who would've thought this guy would ever make it? Not only do I get my old job back, but they gave me a raise! to play for/with the greatest teammates and coaches, you'll ever see around the game, in the greatest organization in the world! Thank you for this great opportunity and thanks to the fans for always supporting #Spurs

Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Still no word on how the meeting went with Rockets and LaMarcus Aldridge. Cap space is an issue, everything else seems fine.

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

ESPN sources say Wes Matthews has had meetings with officials from both Mavs and Raptors so far in free agency