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  • Magic F Tobias Harris has agreed to a 4-yr/$64M deal to return to Orlando (via Chris Broussard).
  • Sources tell Marc Stein that the Spurs' latest pitch to LaMarcus Aldridge resonated strongly.
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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

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 seems like an unfair advantage.


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).


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."


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!!!

Rajon Rondo's productivity sliding

Since averaging a career-high 11.7 assists per game in 2011-12, Rondo's average has declined every year, falling to 7.9 APG last season -- his lowest mark since 2007-08.

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Rondo headed to Sacramento

Sources tell ESPN's Marc Stein that Rajon Rondo has agreed to a 1-year/$9.5M deal with the Kings, where he'll team up with fellow former Kentucky Wildcat DeMarcus Cousins. The deal was first reported by Yahoo.

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Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Mentioned that Richard Jefferson is at a Manhattan Beach bar with Cuban/Parsons. They've hammered out a vet-min deal for his return to Mavs.

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Patrick Beverley's deal in Houston: Sources say it's $18 million guaranteed over first three seasons and $5 million unguaranteed in Year 4