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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Nicolas Batum has agreed to a five-year, $120 million deal to re-sign with the Hornets, a league source confirmed. The Vertical first reported the agreement. Batum's Friday meeting scheduled with the Mavericks is canceled.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The Mavericks, sources say, recently wrapped up their New York City recruiting pitch to Hassan Whiteside

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

A source described Chandler Parsons as "really impressed" with Portland's presentation, which included a four-year max offer and emphasized the Trail Blazers' vision for him. Owner Paul Allen, general manager Neil Olshey, coach Terry Stotts and star point guard Damian Lillard traveled to Los Angeles to meet with Parsons, who is intrigued by the possibility of joining a playoff team with a young core. Parsons has a Friday meeting set up with the Memphis Grizzlies, sources said.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Representatives for Dion Waiters fielded interest from Kings, Nets, Sixers, Bulls, Heat and OKC on Thursday, per a source. The shooting guard showed he could contribute to a winner this year with the Thunder.

Rachel Nichols @Rachel__Nichols

So according to these reports, DeMar DeRozan will average $27+ million a year, right? Kyle Lowry making $12 million next year.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

An important thing to keep in mind with the rising NBA salary cap is that while wins get more expensive in free agency, a replacement-level player costs the same. So you can't just multiply old salaries by the increase in the cap to get the new equivalent.

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Lakers were not among the teams who reached out to Al Horford in first few hours of free agency, although they do have interest

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

With many teams in pursuit, including incumbent Chicago, E'Twaun Moore starts hearing pitches later Friday and may move quickly, sources say

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Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Fifth year obviously key for Hawks chances to retain Horford. Among teams who reached out to him on Night 1 is the Thunder, as Brian Windhorst reported they intended to as part of Durant pitch.

Chris Broussard @Chris_Broussard

Dwight Howard meeting w/4 teams, 2 being Atl & Boston. He will hold meetings in Atl July 1, then in Las Vegas July 2, says a league source

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Both Lance Thomas & Langston Galloway heard from several teams tonight. Among the teams to contact Thomas include the Thunder, Timberwolves, Nets and Hawks. The Knicks would like to keep both Galloway and Thomas. They extended a qualifying offer to Galloway earlier Thursday, which gives them the opportunity to match any offer made to the second-year guard. They have no such assurances with Thomas and it may be a challenge to fit Thomas' deal into their cap space if they hope to add a shooting guard and center Joakim Noah into their $30 million in room.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

As ESPN's Ian Begley reported, the Nets are in on Portland restricted free agent G Allen Crabbe. The Blazers have said they'll match any offer for the perimeter scoring threat.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Brooklyn, Utah and Phoenix (again), sources say, are among the teams after vet swingman Jared Dudley, with Washington also still in the mix