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KD to meet with Warriors, Spurs, Thunder

Marc Stein provides an update on Kevin Durant's free agent status, with the Warriors, Spurs and Thunder setting up meetings. Stein believes Thunder have a great shot to keep him, but they still have to make their pitch.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

New Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said he's talked to Carmelo Anthony about "running the court a little bit more" next season to get opportunities in transition. "He does it at times," Hornacek said Thursday. The coach added that he's seen instances where Anthony "would've gotten a 3-point shot off but (he was) so far back in the trail position that (he wasn't) ready when the kick-out came. He knows that if he can get the ball up the court a little bit quicker, we can push the ball up to him, attack a little bit quicker. So I think he knows that's part of that. Other than that, the guy's a great player. So we want him to continue what he's been doing." Hornacek also said Anthony wanted to strengthen his legs this offseason, after his first full season following knee surgery.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

To those who may want to see the Knicks trade Carmelo & build immediately around Kristaps Porzingis, Phil Jackson brings up an interesting point. He says Porzingis, 20, isn't ready to take on the responsibility of being the face of a franchise -- a role that Carmelo fills in New York. "With Kristaps, I think he very much looks to Carmelo as kind of a leader... which I think is appropriate and I respect him for that. He's not ready to shoulder any burden on himself," Jackson said Thursday. "He's not a neophyte, but he's still very young in this game. A couple years under his belt and he'll start to understand his effect and how he can move forward. I think he's making progress this summer, doing the right thing." Jackson was responding to a question about the challenge of building a team around a 32-year-old Anthony and 20-year-old Porzingis. Construction a roster that makes sense for both Anthony and Porzingis is a delicate balance for Jackson.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek says that a change of scenery may be beneficial for Derrick Rose: "Sometimes it's good for players," Hornacek said Thursday. "Obviously after he won the MVP, he was from Chicago, there was a lot of pressure on him there. There's a lot of pressure in New York but he's not going to be the hometown guy trying to carry a team by himself. Hopefully that will release a little bit of pressue from his play and he can have fun with Carmelo and Kristaps and other guys we have. I think he'll enjoy it."

Rose to Chicago: Thank you for trading me

Newly acquired Knick Derrick Rose tosses some shade to the Chicago Bulls by thanking them for sending him to New York.

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New day, new number for D-Rose

Derrick Rose hopes to regain his rhythm and bring a little bit of Chicago to the Knicks by changing his jersey number to 25.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

This quote from Derrick Rose on his initial reaction to being traded is a reminder that elite athletes are human. I think fans/observers forget that at times. Here is the quote: "The first thing I thought about was my son PJ. It's hard enough to find time to see him during the season even when I'm in Chicago. Now I'll be in New York, hours away. It's a lot of miles. I know this is part of being an NBA player, though. We'll find a way to make it work. I owe him that." Rose wrote the words in a first-person essay on The Cycle.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

On same day as Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Steph Curry filed to trademark "Steph Curry," "Stephen Curry," "Curry" and "Chef Curry."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

I think when Derrick Rose said "thank you" to the Bulls for trading him, he meant it as gratitude to the organization for sending him to the Knicks, as opposed to another organization. I don't believe it was meant as a shot at the organization.

Suns collecting Kentucky guards

After drafting Tyler Ulis, there are now five guards on Phoenix who played for John Calipari.

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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Alvin Gentry on his relationship with Danny Ferry, who joined the Pelicans as a special adviser after two years away from the NBA: "It's fine, it's fine. I've known Danny a long time. Actually, he was kidding me because I watched him play in high school when he was at DeMatha [High School]. He's an extremely bright guy. He's here as a consultant and to challenge us with ideas, and things like that. I think he's done a great job with it."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose feels as if he is "close" to returning to the level he played during 2010-11, when he won the NBA's MVP award: "But me sitting up here and saying that, that's not going to do anything. Next year, I'm going to let my game speak for itself," he said.