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Aldridge's NBA tour ends with Knicks

LaMarcus Aldridge's New York stop today is the last of 7 meetings he's had with teams. ESPN's Chris Broussard told SportsCenter: "I keep hearing, as I have all along, it's the San Antonio Spurs as the front runner."

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Memphis looking to keep its All-Star

The Grizzlies and center Marc Gasol continue to progress toward agreement on a five-year max contract that will cross the $100 million threshold, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

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Nadal takes Centre Court

After a quick meeting with Camila, Duchess of Cornwall, No. 10 Rafael Nadal will play Dustin Brown in Wimbledon's third round. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Tom Penn: Cavs will get hit with tax

"With this cap system, It's designed to keep strong teams strong, if they want to retain their own guys that have been there."

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Windhorst: Knicks living in wrong era

Brian Windhorst on The Herd: "For the Knicks not to offer Greg Monroe a max contract in this market ... it's a mismanagement by the Knicks. It's the Knicks living in the wrong era."

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Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

If Austin takes a pay cut to leave L.A. and be a backup elsewhere, I'd have to imagine the constant father-son talk was too much for him.

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Austin Rivers can and will look around but he's not going to find a better fit and salary than what he'll have with the Clippers.

Thursday's NBA free agent news

  • Greg Monroe: Agrees with Bucks (via ESPN and media reports) on 3-year max deal with player option (via Chris Broussard).
  • Arron Afflalo: Agrees with Knicks on 2-year, $16M deal with player option (via Ramona Shelburne).
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Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Up-to-date schedule of Kings' planned face-to-face visits this week: Wes Matthews today, Rajon Rondo on Friday, Monta Ellis still TBD

Ian Begley @IanBegley

FWIW, people around DeAndre Jordan said this morning that the #Knicks remained a long shot to land him. He's schedule to meet with NYK today

Greg Monroe is super steady

He averaged between 15-16 points and between 9-10 rebounds in each of the last four seasons. Only three others have averaged at least 15 PPG and 9 RPG in each of the last four seasons: DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Love and Dwight Howard. Max deal in Milwaukee

Cavs get a deal with Love

NBA deals are coming fast and furious, but Tom Haberstroh says don't sleep on Kevin Love's deal to stay with the Cavs -- the best free agency move so far.

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Ian Begley @IanBegley

FWIW: #Knicks left a positive impression on Robin Lopez after their meeting last nite. "Interest is mutual, that's for sure," source says.

Greg Monroe adds to Bucks' young core

The 7th pick of the 2010 draft just turned 25 years old. He joins Giannis Antetokounmpo (20), Jabari Parker (20), Khris Middleton (23) and Michael Carter-Williams (23) as key Milwaukee players aged 25 or younger.

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Green worth the money for Warriors

Tom Penn tells SportsCenter that Draymond Green was critical to Golden State. And with his return: "The Warriors are a thing of beauty when you talk about the roster and the stability."

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Bucks get a big man

Free agent Greg Monroe will sign a maximum contract with the Bucks, according to Yahoo! Sports. He's one of four players to average at least 15 points and 9 rebounds in each of the last four seasons (others: DeMarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard and Kevin Love).

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Today should (stress SHOULD) be the day Memphis and Marc Gasol seal their deal. What we DO know: Gasol plans to take five-year max ($100M+)

Afflalo's signing is a good one

ESPN’s Ian Begley thinks that Arron Afflalo is the kind of two-way player that can help the Knicks immediately.

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Kevin Pelton @kpelton

I have Arron Afflalo's production the next two years projected at less than replacement level.

Chandler changes Suns' outlook

Kevin Pelton says the Suns bringing in Tyson Chandler helps them both on the court and off, because it legitimizes Phoenix as a possible winning destination for free agents like LaMarcus Aldridge. Accelerated timetable (Insider)