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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Will Marcus Smart join Isaiah Thomas in Kevin Durant recruitment? Smart jokes: "If I get his number."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Smart on Boston's lack of a draft night trade: "We trust Danny [Ainge] and we believe in Danny. And we know Danny made the right decision. We stand behind him 100 percent."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Marcus Smart talks about the Celtics getting to meet with Kevin Durant.


The NBA's best 3-and-D free agents

Kevin Arnovitz identifies four NBA free agents who are effective 3-point shooters as well as lockdown defenders.


Six teams for Durant to consider

Who will give Kevin Durant the best chance to win a title? What about multiple titles? Kevin Pelton breaks it down. Insider

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Story going online now: Atlanta has Kevin Durant aspirations, too, while ESPN sources say the Hawks are also weighing a run at Dwight Howard

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

On the Zika Virus, a USA basketball spokesperson says: "Our men's and women's national team programs have had ongoing meetings with players and their agents that address education and prevention. We are working closely with the CDC and the USOC to provide our team members, their families and agents with the most up to date information, facts and preventative measures available."

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA

Apologies if this has been reported, but Magic NOT planning to extend a qualifying offer for Andrew Nicholson, sources say. Unrestricted FA

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks are interested in Joakim Noah, but he isn't the only big man on their radar. Another center some in the Knicks organization are high on is Timofey Mozgov, per league sources. The interest between Noah and the Knicks is strong and mutual. But Mozgov, an ex-Knick, provides an interesting alternative. With Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis on the roster, the Knicks probably won't need a high-scoring center. Mozgov doesn't need touches and would provide mobile rim protection and rebounding. He also compares favorably to Noah in some categories (age: Mozgov is 29, Noah is 31; recent health: Noah was limited to 29 games last season due to a left shoulder injury).

KD, what'cha doing? Where ya going?

Tom Penn explains how the salary cap situations of the Thunder, Warriors and Spurs could affect their rosters if they were to sign Kevin Durant.


Team USA's starting five in Rio?

The roster is set. The Olympics are weeks away. Who should America unleash on the world? Vote

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When LeBron changed the Cavs' history

Equal parts superhuman athleticism and out-of-this-world precision, LeBron James' Game 7 chase-down block was the stuff of legend. Oral history

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Durant likely to pass on the Wizards

Scott Van Pelt explains why Kevin Durant is most likely going to pass on considering the Washington Wizards as a potential destination during free agency this summer.


Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler, on the chatter surrounding his future in Chicago: "I don't control that, man. All I can control is how hard I work every day. How bad I want to get better every day. If I end up being traded, then I do. But I'm just, everyday I wake up, I'm fortunate enough to be able to play basketball, in this league against these guys. That's the only thing I can control is how hard I work during the summer."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler, on if he believes the Bulls are his team now: "I can't do this by myself. I need four other guys out there with me. We need guys coming off the bench to help us win games. All that talk about who's team it is, we need to have a team full of guys who think it's their team and help us win."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler on if he was shocked to hear about the Rose deal: "A little bit. A little bit of a shock. But if you pay attention to what was going on, you would have [thought] it was bound to happen. I didn't expect that but it's here upon us now."