Pelton: Warriors win David Lee trade
Insider Kevin Pelton notes that Golden State could save as much as $35M through the deal and didn’t have to give up any picks. Boston now has an even more crowded frontcourt. Trade grades (Insider)
Lee an asset in NBA Finals
David Lee only played 39 minutes in the Finals, but the Warriors outscored the Cavs by 16 in that time with an offensive efficiency of 111.4. Golden State outscored Cleveland by 27 in the 259 minutes without Lee with an offensive efficiency of 103.3.
Aaron Gordon shines in loss to Grizzlies
Aaron Gordon scored 22 points, but the Orlando Magic's blue team fell, 73-71 in 2OT, to the Memphis Grizzlies. Russ Smith led the Grizzlies with 20 points off the bench.
Bulls sign Bobby Portis
Chicago's first-round draft pick, 22nd overall, has signed with the Bulls, the team announced today. Portis was voted SEC Player of the Year last year and played two years with the University of Arkansas.
NBA free agency winners and losers
Sure, LaMarcus Aldridge makes the Spurs an obvious winner and the Trail Blazers not so much. But Grantland's Zach Lowe also hands out free agency participation ribbons to teams like the Knicks and Lakers. Early results
Jason Smith @JasonSmith014
Magic to sign Jason Smith
The Magic have agreed to terms with free agent forward Jason Smith, his agency announced. Smith agreed to a one-year, $4.5M contract, sources told ESPN. The 7-footer averaged 8 points and 4 boards in 22 minutes per game for New York.
Harrison Barnes @hbarnes
Broussard: Salary a big factor in Lee deal
Chris Broussard tells SportsCenter that the Warriors traded David Lee to get some cap relief, but Lee will appreciate the chance to get more playing time.
Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes
Lakers rookie Anthony Brown on rookie teammate D'Angelo Russell: "A special talent...His passing ability, I haven't seen anything like it."
Klay Thompson @klaythompson
It's tough to see my big bro D Lee go, Boston gotta great player and true pro. A true vet who looked out for me and all the young guys. I'm not alone in saying this but DubNation is gonna miss u my man!
Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss
David Lee was always Curry's locker neighbor on the road. Wonder who gets the spot now
Pop & Timmy: Power couple
Want to know why free agents are so desperate to play for Gregg Popovich? This Marc Stein throwback piece examines his magic. Father-son relationship
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN
Love this David Lee trade for the Celtics. If he can get healthy, he can be best big man on team. Obviously an "if", but worth the risk.
Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine
Charlie Villanueva returning to Mavs
The Mavericks forward wrote a blog post announcing his return, saying: "Good news Dallas fans! I'm ecstatic to announce that I will be returning back to a Mavericks uniform this upcoming season."