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  • Where do the Clippers go without DeAndre Jordan? (Ball Don't Lie)

  • Spurs make Hammon first woman Summer League coach (AFP)

    Becky Hammon will coach the San Antonio Spurs' Las Vegas summer league team, becoming the first female head coach in the NBA developmental programme. The Spurs named Hammon on Friday as the head coach for the team that will play in Las Vegas, beginning on July 11 with a game against a New York Knicks summer league squad.

  • AP Interview: Wade chooses to stay with Heat (The Associated Press)

    After 12 years with the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade needed a reminder of how much the franchise valued him. Wade accepted a $20 million, one-year deal on Thursday to stay with the Heat next season, ending his latest foray into free agency and wrapping up a weeks-long saga that had him seriously wondering about leaving for the first time. A pair of conversations, first with Heat CEO Nick Arison and then another with managing general partner Micky Arison, reminded Wade of what he meant to the team and from there it was a matter of just making numbers work.

  • Cavs center Mozgov has arthroscopic knee surgery (The Associated Press)

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov has undergone successful right knee arthroscopic surgery and the team says he'll be out about six weeks.

  • Monta Ellis gets $44 million to bring points, playmaking to Pacers (Ball Don't Lie)

  • Free-agent roundup: Opening days don't get much more hectic (Ball Don't Lie)

    In case you missed these reports ... Well, then you missed one of the busiest days in the history of NBA offseasons. Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki said it best: Over/under of how many what the ... moments you had since free agency started! I say 10.... — Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) July 2, 2015 After a relatively normal opening few hours in which several key free agents reached mostly expected agreements, the NBA exploded with a flurry of activity that started Wednesday morning and ended ... well, it probably hasn't yet, but we have to publish this article at some point. The deals came in rapid succession, so here's a brief rundown of the biggest ones to get you up to speed. The East champion Cleveland Cavaliers were the busiest team of the day, bringing back power forward Kevin Love ($110 million over five years), other power forward Tristan Thompson ($80 million over five years), and 3-and-D wing Iman Shumpert ( $40 million over four years , as reported by Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski) at seriously expensive contracts. As our Dan Devine explained, these deals pave the way for LeBron James to return to the Cavs , although his forthcoming salary will push the franchise well into the luxury tax for the foreseeable future. For that matter, the Cavs will have limited options to add players through any means other than the draft or via trade. The Cavs' finals opponent, the Golden State Warriors, made their biggest move of the offseason in retaining do-everything forward Draymond Green for five years at more than $82 million in total salary. Yahoo's Marc Spears was the first to report the deal , which rates as a sound move for the Warriors at any price. It's hard to put a dollar value on a player who gives a championship team its identity and spirit. The Spurs are gearing up to challenge the Warriors' status as the best team in the West. San Antonio beat out a host of new suitors to keep wing Danny Green for four years at $45 million , terrific terms given his track record and more lucrative deals won by less established players elsewhere this offseason. The Spurs also dealt center Tiago Splitter to the Atlanta Hawks as a move to open up cap space to sign coveted unrestricted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge. San Antonio remains one of several frontrunners to nab the four-time All-Star. The Hawks had a very busy apart from obtaining Splitter. They lost versatile wing DeMarre Carroll , their best perimeter defender, to the Toronto Raptors for $60 million over four years and will need to replace him with a capable player soon. The good news is that they held on to two-time All-Star Paul Millsap at roughly $58 million for three seasons, which ensures that they won't enter 2015-16 scrambling to reclaim the identity that helped them to win 60 games in 2014-15.

  • Love stays, Chandler moves, dollars fly in NBA free agency (The Associated Press)

    Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will be conducting his in Phoenix. The first full day of NBA free agency featured skyrocketing salaries and a flurry of moves, though no decision yet from LaMarcus Aldridge. ''We have unfinished business and now it's time to get back to work,'' Love wrote.

  • Cavaliers Love affair continues as free agency begins (AFP)

    Kevin Love has announced he will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, with the 26-year-old power forward reportedly agreeing to a five-year deal worth $110 million to remain in Cleveland. Love, obtained last year from Minnesota in a major trade, suffered a separated left shoulder in the first round of the NBA playoffs and could only watch as the Cavaliers lost to Golden State in the NBA Finals. Love's announcement came on the first day of free agency for the 2015-16 campaign.