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The Lakers' presentation to LaMarcus Aldridge — the most coveted free agent in the NBA — sounds like a disaster

The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly out of the running for free agent big man LaMarcus Aldridge.

The Lakers had a meeting with Aldridge early in the NBA's free agency period, and though initial reports said it went "really well," information about the meeting that leaked out Wednesday afternoon …

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Danny Green Re-Signs with Spurs: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

The San Antonio Spurs reached an agreement with guard Danny Green on a new contract Wednesday, with the player confirming the decision on his Twitter account:

Chris Broussard of ESPN.com reported the deal is for four years and $45 million. "I'm very excited to be back, [especially because] it looks …

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Does Kevin Love's Return Make the Cavaliers the 2015-16 NBA Favorites?

Kevin Love is going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, as he announced in a story he wrote for the Players' Tribune, . ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst reports the big man has agreed to a five-year deal worth $110 million.

Love exercised his player option with the Cavaliers on June 24 by opting out of the …

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The rest of the NBA should be terrified by what the Spurs are doing this summer

The San Antonio Spurs have had 16 straight 50-win seasons and 18-straight playoff appearances.

Nobody in the NBA world thinks they're starved for success, but after getting knocked out of the playoffs in the first round this season, the Spurs are going all-in this summer.

Despite a glut of their own …

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Anthony Davis, Pelicans Agree on New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

In a move that's been months in the making, the New Orleans Pelicans and superstar forward Anthony Davis have reportedly agreed to terms on a max contract extension.

According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the 22-year-old's new deal will pay him $145 million over five years. The extension …

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Kawhi Leonard, Spurs Agree on New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

The San Antonio Spurs have enjoyed nearly two decades of unprecedented success centered around a superstar who never left. Kawhi Leonard, the rightful heir to Tim Duncan's throne, is apparently ready to do the same.

Leonard and the Spurs agreed to a new five-year, $90 million deal not long after the …

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Forget Everything You Know About Free Agency, Because It's All About to Change

The NBA free-agent market generally moves to a steady, predictable beat—a metronome powered by a cash register. Players hit the market. The drawer opens. The drawer empties. The drawer closes.

It all happens in fairly orderly fashion, with few surprises or major tremors ("The Decision" …

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Goran Dragic Re-Signs with Heat: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

The Miami Heat acquired guard Goran Dragic at the trade deadline in hopes of securing him over the long haul, and they accomplished that Wednesday by agreeing to a five-year contract with the Slovenian star.

According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, Dragic and the Heat came to terms on a five-year deal …

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Scottie Pippen says he was 'LeBron James before LeBron James'

When people discuss LeBron James and compare him to past players, two NBA legends come to mind: Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. However, in an interview with the Northeast Ohio Media Group, Scottie Pippen argued that LeBron is more comparable to him:

"I was LeBron James before LeBron James," Bulls …

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The 31 best NBA free agents of 2015

The NBA's free-agency period begins Wednesday.

A deep, talented free-agent class and the threat of the exploding salary cap in 2016 and 2017 should make this one of the more interesting free-agency periods in recent years.

With stars such as LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love potentially looking for …

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The Knicks gave Carmelo Anthony $124 million 12 months ago, and it's already becoming a problem

Last summer, the New York Knicks faced a difficult decision with Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony was a free agent, and the Knicks had to decide whether to re-sign him or try to get something back for him in a trade if he decided to leave for a contender.

He ultimately stayed with the Knicks, who used their …

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Cleveland Cavaliers Shouldn't Sweat LeBron James' Decision to Opt Out, Right?

For the second time in as many years, LeBron James has elected to become a free agent.

Of course, Northeast Ohio's native son wouldn't dare sign anywhere else, right?

Right?

Such is the nervous optimism circling Cleveland, knowing full well that James should return, while also unable to forget one of …

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NBA free agency: Wade turns down option for 2015-16

With Dwyane Wade turning down his 2015-16 option with the Miami Heat, one of the franchise’s greatest players will become an unrestricted free agent.

Stats & Info looks back at Wade’s accomplishments and considers what else he can achieve.

Franchise leader

Wade is the Heat’s all-time leader in points, …

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Anthony Davis Signs 5 Year, $145 Million Contract Extension with Pelicans

Anthony Davis established himself as one of the NBA's pre-eminent superstars during the 2014-15 season, and the Pelicans rewarded those efforts on June 30 with a five-year, $145 million extension, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Davis took to Twitter to announce the news as well:

ESPN's Marc …

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Time to find out if superstars still want to play for the Knicks and Lakers

Can the glamour franchises of the NBA pull top free agents despite being terrible?

NBA free agency brings as many huge questions in 2015, as it does any other July. When you go down the list of top free agents in play to switch teams this summer, one particular question stands out: Do the Lakers and …

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B/R NBA's Max 5 Series: Is Draymond Green Really a Maximum Contract Player?

This is the fourth installment in a five-part series where we'll be discussing whether or not five of the NBA's biggest free agents are worth maximum-salary contracts. The first installment covered Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler. The second discussed San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.

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The NBA's Worst Contract at Every Position

It's hard to pinpoint bad NBA contracts these days, and it's only going to get harder.

The last collective bargaining agreement effectively killed long-term deals, limiting commitments to a maximum of five seasons. The imposition of a more restrictive luxury tax meant teams with huge revenue streams …

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Are New York Knicks Preparing for Long-Term Future Without Carmelo Anthony?

There's a prevailing belief that NBA players need to go to memorable franchises to maximize the effect of their legacies. That strategy may not have worked for Carmelo Anthony.

The talk with big-name free agents every year is that they want to head to large markets to expand their basketball reach. …

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LeBron James Opts Out of Cavaliers Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James declined his player option for the 2015-16 NBA season Sunday, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst. It's a decision that was expected as he seeks to maximize his contract while waiting for the league's new television deals to take effect in 2016.

Chris …

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Report: Marc Gasol 'not interested' in joining Lakers in free agency

The LA Times reports that Marc Gasol has "no interest" in signing with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent on account of how the final few years of his brother's career went. From the Times:

Marc Gasol has no interest in the Lakers because of the uneasy last few years his brother spent with them, …

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Isola: Knicks must target bigs in NBA free agency

Greg Monroe (l.), LaMarcus Aldridge (c.) and Marc Gasol (r.) should all be targets for the Knicks, but which one is most likely to come to New …

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San Antonio Spurs Face Summer of Big Spending

For the San Antonio Spurs, Thursday's NBA draft was less about adding talent and more about maintaining maximum financial flexibility for the summer ahead. The organization selected Serbian center Nikola Milutinov with the No. 26 pick, and it may be some time before he actually appears in silver …

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Report: Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili To Return at Reduced Salaries

The Spurs are expecting Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili to return next season at reduced salaries. The generous discounts should allow San Antonio to …

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Kobe still undecided about when he'll retire from the NBA

The 2015-16 season will mark the final year of Kobe Bryant's contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, during which he’ll be paid a league-high $25 million.

But it remains unclear if Bryant, who will be 37 when next season begins, will want to play beyond that, even though Lakers general manager Mitch …

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A Retired Michael Jordan Abuses Bulls Player in 1999

You don’t poke a sleeping bear.

In 1999, between Michael Jordan’s second and third retirements, Chicago Bulls guard Corey Benjamin learned that the hard way.

Skip Bayless, writing for the Chicago Tribune at the time, reported that Benjamin had issued an "ill-advised challenge" to His Airness.

Jordan …

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Why Roy Hibbert Opting In Might Be a Good Thing

Long-time Indianapolis Star columnist and current WTHR writer Bob Kravitz wrote a column about Roy Hibbert. The general gist is that, at his best, …

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Top 15 Craziest Brawls in NBA History

15. P.J. Brown Flips Charlie Ward

Knicks fans will tell you this destroyed a possible championship season. It might’ve… had the Bulls not won 69 games …

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Is Phil Jackson Right About LeBron James' Frequent Traveling?

Earlier this season against the Miami Heat, Kendrick Perkins of the Cleveland Cavaliers caught the ball near the top of the key. A few extra pivots and feet shuffles later, he had taken nine steps in what is now one of the most infamous travels in recent memory.

Traveling is not a new issue in the …

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Proposed NBA Playoff Format Change Could Be First Step to Fixing Major Issues

The NBA is taking a small—but important—step toward creating a better playoff product.

It's a stopgap fix on something that will eventually require a more permanent solution, but at least it's a start.

Division titles, which previously guaranteed a top-four seed, will no longer carry the same power. …

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