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Report: Blazers 'monitoring' RFA Enes Kanter 07-01-2015
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The Blazers are "monitoring" restricted free agent Enes Kanter, who is already scheduled to meet with the Thunder.

Jeff Zillgitt on Twitter
OKC is reportedly prepared to offer Kanter a 3-4 year deal approaching max money, so there's a good chance he'll be re-signed without the Thunder needing to match another team's offer. The Blazers' interest in Kanter may simply be due diligence, but it could also be a sign that they're not confident Robin Lopez will stay in Portland.
Wesley Johnson meets w/ Clippers on Wednesday 07-01-2015
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Free agent swingman Wesley Johnson met with Doc Rivers and the Clippers early on Wednesday.

Shams Charania on Twitter
The Clippers have also been linked to Gerald Green, suggesting that they may not be confident about landing Paul Pierce at a discount. The Lakers reportedly have "mixed feelings" about re-signing Johnson, and no other teams have emerged as serious suitors, so there's a decent chance that he'll be playing for Rivers next year.
Nets, Brook Lopez nearing 3-year, $60m pact 07-01-2015
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The Nets and Brook Lopez are finalizing a deal worth a reported $60 million over three years.

Yahoo! Sports
Brooklyn prioritized BroLo in free agency, particularly after trading away Mason Plumlee on draft night, and they quickly locked him up just hours into free agency. Lopez played 72 games last season, quelling concerns about his surgically-reconstructed foot, and he's a solid top-40 fantasy player when healthy. The deal reportedly gives Lopez a third-year player option, and it also includes "some protections for the Nets should a recurrence of Lopez's past foot issues sideline him again."
Gerald Green drawing interest from Clippers 07-01-2015
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The Clippers have expressed interest in free agent small forward Gerald Green.

Brad Turner on Twitter
Green is as streaky as they come, but he would significantly improve the Clippers' bench and would be a lot of fun to watch in Lob City. The Celtics also have interest in Green, but the Clippers will likely prioritize re-signing DeAndre Jordan before they do anything else. On a side note, there is a growing belief that Paul Pierce could return to Washington, so this could explain why the Clippers are interested in Green.
Nets re-sign Thaddeus Young to 4-year deal 07-01-2015
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The Brooklyn Nets will re-sign Thaddeus Young to a four-year, $50 million deal on Wednesday.

Yahoo Sports
No surprises here. The Nets made it clear that re-signing Young was a priority this summer, and they didn't waste any time getting a deal done. The Nets recently traded Mason Plumlee to the Blazers, so Young should be locked in as the starting power forward next season. Young will be a solid mid-round pick in fantasy drafts this season.
Pacers 'gathering traction' w/ Monta Ellis 07-01-2015
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Free agent Monta Ellis "is gathering traction" in talks with the Pacers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
The Pacers are dedicated to playing at a faster pace next season and Ellis would be a shot of adrenaline offensively, so this is an interesting match. He reportedly prefers East Coast teams and has been linked to the Hawks and Heat, but the Nuggets and Kings have also expressed interest.
Patrick Beverley drawing interest around NBA 07-01-2015
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Unrestricted free agent Patrick Beverley is drawing a lot of interest from around the NBA, and the Rockets, Knicks, Mavericks and Cavaliers have already reached out to the guard.

Sporting News
The Rockets are still considered to be the frontrunners due their huge need for a point guard, but things are starting to get interesting. According to Sporting News, the Knicks have "major interest" in Beverley, and they do have the cap space to lure him to New York. The Mavericks also could use a point guard with Rajon Rondo finally off the books, but Cleveland will likely have to worry about re-signing Kevin Love and LeBron James before they do anything else.
Jimmy Butler mulling Bulls' max-money offer 07-01-2015
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Jimmy Butler is "considering accepting" the Bulls' max five-year contract offer, according to RealGM's Shams Charania.

Shams Charania on Twitter
The contract would reportedly include a player option for the 2019-20 season and Butler "plans to sleep on [the] decision." This undermines previous reports stating that Butler preferred a one-year deal with the Lakers, and the maximum salary offered may be enough to keep Jimmy in Chicago long-term. He could make his decision as soon as Wednesday.
Cavs, Wizards in pursuit of Mike Dunleavy 07-01-2015
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The Cavaliers and Wizards are reportedly both pursuing Mike Dunleavy, but the Bulls remain the favorite to re-sign him.

Shams Charania on Twitter
Teammate Jimmy Butler is optimistic that Dunleavy will stay in Chicago, and it helps that the Bulls hold his Bird rights this summer. The veteran SF is a prototypical 'team player' who facilitates the offense and averaged a respectable 9.4 points, 1.7 triples, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in nearly 30 minutes per game last season.
Nets are nearing agreement with Lopez, Young 07-01-2015
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The Brooklyn Nets are nearing an agreement to re-sign Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Cavs reach out to free agent Tayshaun Prince 07-01-2015
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The Cavaliers have reached out to free agent Tayshaun Prince.

Cleveland.com
The 35-year-old Prince could give a contending team some reliable depth, but his days of being a fantasy factor are long gone. He posted a paltry Player Efficiency Rating of 12.0 during the 2014-15 season, the fourth straight year he's been far below the league average.
Mavericks meeting with Wesley Matthews 07-01-2015
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The Mavericks will meet with Wesley Matthews on Wednesday morning.

Marc Stein on Twitter
The Knicks and Raptors are also said to be interested in Matthews, and it sounds like he won't back with the Blazers next season. Matthews is reportedly looking for $15 million per season, but that's a lot of money for someone who is coming off a devastating Achilles injury. We will continue to follow this story very closely.
FA Danny Green expected to meet w/ Pistons 07-01-2015
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Free agent Danny Green plans to meet with the Pistons, according to Shams Charania of RealGM.

Shams Charania on Twitter
The Knicks, Mavericks and Kings are also reportedly interested in Green, and it may be hard for San Antonio to compete after giving Kawhi Leonard a massive extension and tying up their remaining cash in pursuit of LaMarcus Aldridge. It wouldn't be surprising if more teams enter the mix for Green, who paired his impressive defense with 41.8 percent shooting beyond the arc last season.
Al-Farouq Aminu agrees to 4-year deal with Blazers 07-01-2015
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Al-Farouq Aminu has agreed to a four-year, $30 million deal with the Trail Blazers.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Aminu was reportedly a target of the Celtics, Raptors, Pelicans, Knicks and Mavericks, but Portland ponied up a lot of cash to bring him to Rip City. The Blazers recently traded Nicolas Batum and could lose Wesley Matthews and Arron Afflalo in free agency, so Aminu will almost certainly be starting at small forward on opening night. Aminu averaged 11.2 points, 7.2 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.6 blocks, 2.0 steals and 1.4 3-pointers in 30.0 minutes per game during the playoffs last season, so we know what he can do with an expanded role. Aminu is shaping up to be a steal in the later rounds of fantasy drafts next season.
Greg Monroe to meet with the Knicks Wednesday 07-01-2015
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Greg Monroe will meet with the Knicks on Wednesday.

Marc J. Spears on Twitter
Monroe should be near the top of the Knicks' wish list, but several other teams such as the Celtics, Lakers, Bucks and Blazers could make things interesting. The Knicks are also said to be in the running for LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan as well, so it will be interesting to see of Phil Jackson can surround Carmelo Anthony with some talent.
Kawhi Leonard, Spurs agree on five-year deal 07-01-2015
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Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs have agreed on the framework of a five-year contract worth more than $90 million.

Yahoo! Sports
Even this maximum-salary contract is a relative bargain for the Spurs, who locked up the reigning Defensive Player of the Year for roughly $18 million per season as he heads into his prime. Details haven't been disclosed but the deal is expected to include an early termination option for the 2019-20 season. With Leonard secured for the foreseeable future the Spurs can turn their full attention to coveted FA LaMarcus Aldridge -- yes, Kawhi will be at the meeting to lure him to San Antonio.
Anthony Davis gets 5-year, $145 million deal 07-01-2015
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Anthony Davis and the Pelicans have verbally agreed upon a five-year, $145 million deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Well, that was quick. Davis will have a player option for the fifth year but Pelicans fans can breathe easy with this news. Davis is quickly establishing himself as one of the best players in the NBA and it will be exciting to see what he can do with Alvin Gentry at the helm. For obvious reasons, Davis is still the frontrunner to be the No. 1 pick in fantasy leagues.
Wizards call Paul Pierce just after midnight 07-01-2015
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The Wizards will have a phone conversation with free agent Paul Pierce just after midnight on Wednesday.

Shams Charania on Twitter
Washington has become increasingly optimistic over the past few days that they can retain Pierce, who gave them a huge lift during this year's postseason. He's also been linked to the Celtics, as well as Doc Rivers and the Clippers, so a return with the Wizards is only one of a few plausible scenarios.