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Knicks get steal with O'Quinn

Orlando reserve center Kyle O'Quinn was near the top of a list of projected value free agents and the Knicks are getting him on a great deal: four years and $16M. Trade grades (Insider)

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LaMarcus Aldridge writes to Blazers fans

In a letter in the Oregonian, he said, "Dear Rip City, Thank you! Those two words on a page don't begin to express the gratitude I have for the opportunity the entire Trail Blazers organization, my teammates, the media and you fans gave me. ... Please know that I will always hold my time in a Blazers uniform near and dear to my heart."

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Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss

I want to see whose game changes between Duncan and LMA. They're both in love with the left block and the left block must choose

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

ESPN sources say Aldridge arrival in San Antonio will lead Spurs to lobby Ginobili even harder to play one more year. NEED him for depth now

Kings land Griz big man in free agency

Sources told that Kosta Koufos and the Kings have agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth a fully guaranteed $33 million, with an option for Koufos to return to free agency after Year 3 in the summer of 2018. Story

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Aldridge agrees to join Spurs

Brian Windhorst says of San Antonio's deal with LaMarcus Aldridge: "This is a big moment for the Spurs because they've never built through free agency before."


Lakers learn valuable lesson

J.A. Adande writes of the Lakers big swings and misses in free agency: "They couldn't change the basic facts that they can only sell the glorious past and the possibilities of the future. They can't sell the present." What's the next step?

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Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Shrewd signing by Kings, who now have another proven big who can play alongside Cousins ... or help fill void if they do decide to move him

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Sources say Koufos' deal with the Kings will include a player option after Year 3 that allows him to return to free agency in summer of 2018

Stephen Curry @StephenCurry30

Happy 4th of July America! Thanks to all the men & women who have sacrificed & those that make it possible for us to celebrate today! #USA

Lakers' reasoning for getting Hibbert

Brian Windhorst said on SportsCenter: "This was probably option 6 or 7 for the Lakers, but they weren't able to get their top options in free agency. What this is doing is they're saying 'all right, we're going to try again next year.'"


LeBron waiting for Thompson to sign

Brian Windhorst on the lack of contract talks between LeBron James and the Cavaliers: "Until the Cavs do something with Tristan, LeBron's not going to talk to them."


Kevin Durant on 2016 free agency

"I haven't thought about it. I hear it all the time but I'm really just focusing on rehab. I can't get there unless I take care of today, so that's how I try to look at it even though I hear it from every side, thinking past to next summer. I'm not even trying to focus on that." KD nearing return

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Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Mavs think DeAndre Jordan's rebounding/rim protection will allow them to go small at PF more often. Chandler Parsons: power point forward.

Aldridge picks the Spurs

The free agent tweeted, "I'm happy to say I'm going home to Texas and will be a Spur!! I'm excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends." His deal will be a four-year max contract worth more than $80M, with an opt-out after the third year, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Story

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Amin Elhassan @AminESPN

Not a fan of Derrick Williams signing, and I think Afflalo expectations outpace how good he really is, but Knicks had a solid free agency.

San Antonio now favorites in the West

After agreeing to a deal with LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio's odds to win the West dropped to 2-1, besting Oklahoma City and defending champ Golden State (both 5-2). Gregg Popovich's squad is 4-1 to win it all, behind only Cleveland (9-4).

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Kaminsky posts double-double in debut

After a slow start, No. 9 overall pick Frank Kaminsky shook off the Summer League jitters and finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds in the Hornets' 76-74 loss to the Thunder.