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Kupchak: Lakers have more to offer free agents this year

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LOS ANGELES--There are quite a few holes to fill on the Los Angeles Lakers' roster.

They currently have no centers and only one small forward with legitimate NBA experience -- the beleaguered Nick Young.

Lucky for them, they get to go shopping. And they have a lot of money at their disposal when free agency begins Thursday at 9:01 p.m. PDT.

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Clippers' pursuit of Durant seems to be an all-or-nothing affair

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Clippers wouldn't mind if their roster looked radically different in the coming weeks. They also would be just fine with it remaining essentially the same.

The drastic change would involve landing Kevin Durant, the prize of this summer's free agency.

Staying intact would mean retaining most of the team's free ...Read more

Pistons trade Meeks to Orlando for 2019 2nd-rounder

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When Jodie Meeks came to Detroit two years ago, he said his goal was to one day make the USA Olympic Basketball team as one of the guards.

So while the Olympic team is headed to Rio without him, Meeks' goal will have to be making himself a viable player with the Orlando Magic.

The Detroit Pistons announced Wednesday in a news release the team ...Read more

Aggressive Warriors have eyes on Kevin Durant

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The Warriors are aggressive heading into the start of free agency as they look to lure Kevin Durant and form a star-studded, offensive juggernaut of a team after falling short of the NBA championship.

Durant, is scheduled to meet with the Warriors in New York on Friday, according to ESPN, which reported that the former MVP and seven-time All-...Read more

Cavs will try to keep championship team intact

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LeBron James will become a free agent on July 1, but is expected to return to the Cavaliers. The only question is the type of contract he signs.

James had until Wednesday at midnight to pick up the option year on his contract for next season, but as expected, he will instead become a free agent, according to multiple reports. That's only to ...Read more

At start of free agency, Horford's heart is in Atlanta

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Al Horford's heart is in Atlanta.

The Hawks All-Star center becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. His preference is to return to Atlanta, where he has played all nine of his NBA seasons after the Hawks selected him with the third overall pick in the 2007 draft. Hawks management has also made it clear that re-signing Horford is a top ...Read more

Heat to meet with Kevin Durant on July 3, report says

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Pat Riley will get in the room.

Probably.

According to ESPN, Kevin Durant has scheduled a meeting in the Hamptons with the Miami Heat on July 3.

That is after he meets with the Oklahoma City Thunder -- with which he is allowed to speak prior to July 1 -- and the Golden State Warriors. Durant is also reportedly planning to meet with the Spurs,...Read more

DeAndre Jordan free-agency saga still stings Mavericks

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DALLAS -- About a year ago this time after the free-agency doors opened, the Dallas Mavericks were about as giddy as they've been since they captured the 2011 NBA title.

The numerous smiles were the direct result of Dallas securing an oral commitment from center DeAndre Jordan that he was going to leave the Los Angeles Clippers and sign a free ...Read more

Heat, coach Erik Spoelstra closing in on multi-year extension

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Erik Spoelstra and the Heat are closing in on a contract extension beyond the 2016-17 season, according to Herald sources. His current contract ends after the 2016-17 season.

Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report.

Spoelstra has a career record of 499-241 and has been to the playoffs in seven of his eight seasons. He is the NBA's ...Read more

Dwyane Wade's Heat free agency again could be a rocky road

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The Miami Heat's delicate dance during Dwyane Wade's ventures into free agency apparently has been renewed.

Despite the result of his previous two uneven forays into free agency delivering him back to 601 Biscayne Boulevard, the path again evidently will not be a neat, straight line.

A source familiar with the situation Tuesday told the Sun ...Read more

Sixers draftee Timothe Luwawu promises well-rounded game

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Most of the 76ers' post-draft attention has gone to Ben Simmons, the first overall pick.

But Timothe Luwawu also has the potential to be something special for the team over time.

Unable to trade up for a second pick in the top eight of the draft, the Sixers settled for the 6-foot-6, 205-pound guard with the 24th pick.

While he's no Kris Dunn,...Read more

Charlotte Hornets' Frank Kaminsky to undergo minor procedure on chest

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Charlotte Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky will have a procedure this week to repair a small pocket of air in his chest wall.

The procedure, scheduled for Wednesday, will cause Kaminsky to miss about the next six weeks of activity. As a result, he will not play for the Hornets' entry in the Orlando summer league.

This was an elective procedure ...Read more

Hawks trying to get meeting with free agent Durant

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The Hawks are trying to procure a meeting with Kevin Durant, the Thunder star who will become an unrestricted free agent, according to a person familiar with the situation.

ESPN first reported the Hawks' efforts.

The Hawks are in position where they must balance their desire to re-sign both Al Horford and Kent Bazemore, who with also be ...Read more

Jeremy Lin could cash in big with free agency

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As free agency madness approaches, don't forget about Jeremy Lin.

The star of a brief state of NBA euphoria known as "Linsanity, Lin opted out of his contract with the Charlotte Hornets, according to the Charlotte Observer, forgoing a $2.2 million player option to explore unrestricted free agency.

It was an anticipated move that could net Lin ...Read more

Clippers get to pitch free agent Kevin Durant

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A Los Angeles team has landed a pitch meeting with Kevin Durant, but it's not the one that desperately needs help.

The Clippers, not the Lakers, are among the teams that will get a chance to try and lure the summer's top NBA free agent, according to a person close to the situation not authorized to comment publicly.

The other teams that ...Read more

Denzel Valentine's path to NBA is a family affair

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Carlton Valentine is a basketball coach. He's also a father.

To hear him tell it, the separation of church and state is an easy one.

He cried like a baby -- his words -- when youngest son and new Bull Denzel helped lead their shared alma mater of Michigan State to the NCAA Final Four in 2015. And despite advancing to three straight Class B ...Read more

Sixers' Simmons can learn from career of his mentor, LeBron James

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The biggest season of Ben Simmons' career, to date, was doomed from the start.

He had left Montverde Academy, where he was the beloved Australian import who led the Florida school to three national titles and a 62-1 record during his three seasons. His next stop was Louisiana State University to join his godfather, David Patrick, a Tigers ...Read more

Whiteside could top Mavericks' free-agent wish list

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DALLAS -- Once the free-agent clock starts late Thursday night, the Dallas Mavericks might be ringing the doorbell at Hassan Whiteside's home.

That means when the NBA free agency period begins at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 30, the Mavericks will begin courting Whiteside, a 7-foot center who has spent the past two seasons with the Miami Heat.

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Warriors coach Kerr, son of a slain man, blasts 'insane' lack of gun regulation

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Warriors Coach Steve Kerr, whose father Malcolm Kerr was assassinated in 1984 by gunmen in Lebanon, on Friday endorsed stronger background checks on gun purchases, saying "our government is insane" for failing to adopt such measures.

Kerr's remarks came at the end of a podcast with Bay Area News Group columnist Tim Kawakami. ...Read more

Robert Carter's agent explains former Maryland forward's situation with Warriors

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Todd Ramasar, the Los Angeles-based agent for Robert Carter Jr., said Friday that he believes the Golden State Warriors could be the perfect landing spot for the former Maryland forward who went undrafted Thursday night.

Four of Golden State's backup frontcourt players -- 6-foot-10 center Marreese Speights, 6-11 center Festus Ezeli, 6-11 ...Read more