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Whiteside doesn't get deal done with MIA 07-01-2016
Hassan Whiteside C MIA
Miami left its meeting with unrestricted free agent Hassan Whiteside without an agreement.

Shams Charania on Twitter
With Timofey Mozgov getting $65 million, Whiteside seems like he'll be getting a max deal. He's scheduled to meet with the Mavs in New York on Friday with the Mavs considered as the favorite to sign him.
BKN, WAS, PHX and UTA interested in Dudley 07-01-2016
Jared Dudley G WAS
The Nets, Wizards, Suns and Jazz all have interest in free agent forward Jared Dudley.

Marc Stein on Twitter
Dudley, who turns 31 on July 10, had a solid 2015-16 campaign in Washington, averaging 7.9 points, 3.5 boards, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.2 treys while shooting 47.8 percent from the field. He's not going to be cheap due to the rising salary cap, but he should be able to get solid minutes on each one of these teams.
Lakers, Mozgov agree on 4-year, $65M deal 07-01-2016
Timofey Mozgov C CLE
The Lakers and Timofey Mozgov have agreed to four-year, $65 million deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

The Vertical
He's the first unrestricted deal to get done, which is saying something for a guy who saw four DNP-CDs in the final 10 games of the postseason. The Lakers really needed a center, so this is what they believed his market value would be. Mozgov's annual average salary will in the neighborhood of John Wall, who voiced his displeasure about Reggie Jackson matching his pay. Obviously, these contracts will be huge this month. Expect Mozgov to get more minutes with the Lakers than with the Cavs.
Report: Lakers interested in Evan Turner 07-01-2016
Evan Turner G BOS
According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, the Lakers are interested in free agent forward Evan Turner.

David Aldridge on Twitter
Additionally, the interest is said to be mutual. Turner is drawing a ton of interest and has been linked to the Pelicans, Bulls, Knicks and Celtics, so he's going to get a serious paycheck. In terms of fantasy value, the Lakers would be a great spot for Turner given their lack of depth on the wings.
Lance Thomas getting interest from NO & BK 07-01-2016
Lance Thomas F NY
The Nets and Pelicans are interested in free agent Lance Thomas, according to Shams Charania on The Vertical Free Agent Show. He's likely a backup plan for both teams with Kent Bazemore is likely to rich for both of these teams while Allen Crabbe is likely headed back to the Blazers. Thomas would have better fantasy value on the Nets.
Courtney Lee is Knicks top SG target 07-01-2016
Courtney Lee G CHA
Courtney Lee is the Knicks' top target at shooting guard according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

The Vertical
Lee will meet with the Knicks on Friday, but it's also worth noting that the Kings have interest in the guard as well. Lee would immediately step in as the starting shooting guard in New York, so that would be a decent landing spot for him. Lee averaged 8.9 points for the Hornets last season, shooting 39.2 percent from beyond the arc.
Report: Pelicans, Nets, Hornets eye Tyler Joh 07-01-2016
Tyler Johnson G MIA
Free agent Tyler Johnson has reportedly drawn interest from the Pelicans, Bulls, Nets and Hornets.

The Vertical
Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Thursday that Johnson could command $10 million annually with the salary cap spiking. That high price-tag is supported by the fact that multiple teams have registered interest within an hour of the start of free agency, but no matter where Johnson lands it's hard to envision him as a reliable 12-team fantasy option.
Woj: Jazz to be aggressive on Luol Deng 07-01-2016
Luol Deng F MIA
The Jazz are expected to be very aggressive on unrestricted free agent Luol Deng, according to Adrian Wojnarowski on The Vertical Free Agent Show. The report adds the Clippers and Wolves are interested. The Jazz have a decent amount of wings, but do need a little depth at small forward. Rodney Hood broke out last year as one of the main ball-handlers and played very well next to Gordon Hayward, so they are solid in the first unit. Deng's 32.4 minutes per game from last season would likely drop as he heads into his age-31 season.
Report: Nets to meet w/ FA Brandon Jennings 07-01-2016
Brandon Jennings G ORL
Free agent PG Brandon Jennings will reportedly work out for the Nets on Friday, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.

Chris Broussard on Twitter
The New York Post reported on Thursday that Brooklyn has "legitimate interest" in Jennings, so this doesn't come out of the blue. Jennings is only 26 years old, but he's coming off a lousy season during which he averaged just 6.9 points on 36.8 percent shooting, 2.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.2 turnovers in 48 games with the Pistons and Magic. The Nets have a clear need for a starting-caliber point guard, however, so a contract with Brooklyn would be ideal for his fantasy outlook.
Woj: Chandler Parsons meeting with Blazers 07-01-2016
Chandler Parsons F DAL
Unrestricted free agent Chandler Parsons is meeting with the Blazers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

The Vertical
According to the report, the Blazers are going to offer a four-year max. General manager Neil Olshey, coach Terry Stotts, Damian Lillard and owner Paul Allen will be meeting with Parsons. He's done with Dallas and the Blazers seem to be the heavy favorite to add him. Signing Parsons would make it less likely the Blazers can re-sign Allen Crabbe and/or Moe Harkless.
Report: Nets making a push for Allen Crabbe 07-01-2016
Allen Crabbe G POR
The Nets are "making a push" for restricted free agent Allen Crabbe, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge. The Blazers are almost certainly going to match, assuming they don't land a big-name free agent. Crabbe is widely viewed as an underrated wing for his defense and improved shooting. Plus, his ball-handling improved dating back to 2015 Summer League. He played 31.0 minutes per game in the Warriors postseason series and grew throughout the year, too.
Report: WAS nearing max deal w/ Bradley Beal 07-01-2016
Bradley Beal G WAS
The Wizards and free agent Bradley Beal are reportedly "nearing" agreement on a five-year, $128 million maximum contract.

The Vertical on Twitter
Washington has long been expected to offer Beal a max deal, despite recurring leg injuries that forced him to miss 27 games last season. By quickly reaching an agreement but officially signing Beal late in free agency, they can also proceed with roughly $30 million in cap space to spend elsewhere. All signs point to the Wizards locking up Beal for the long-haul.
Clippers meet w/ FA Jeff Green in Miami 07-01-2016
Jeff Green F LAC
The Clippers reportedly met with free agent Jeff Green shortly after free agency began on Friday.

Brad Turner on Twitter
It's unclear who attended the meeting, which took place in Miami, and the likelihood of Green re-signing is complicated by the Clippers' pursuit of Kevin Durant. Doc Rivers recently suggested that Green would start at SF if he stays with the Clips, so he could see a bump in fantasy appeal if Durant signs elsewhere.
Popovich to lead Spurs' pitch to Kevin Durant 07-01-2016
Kevin Durant F OKC
The Spurs will pitch free agent Kevin Durant in the Hamptons with a contingent that includes Gregg Popovich, R.C. Buford and LaMarcus Aldridge, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Durant will also meet with the Celtics, Clippers, Heat and Warriors before returning to Oklahoma City, but reports suggest that OKC is the favorite to retain their star forward. For all of their past success and future promise, the Spurs are likely fighting an uphill battle to sign Durant.
Noah, Knicks discussing 4-year, $70M deal 07-01-2016
Joakim Noah C CHI
Unrestricted free agent Joakim Noah and the Knicks are in discussions on the framework of a deal in range of four years, $70 million-plus, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. Interesting. It's very odd to see a team offer four years on Noah, who really has struggled to stay healthy and is now 31 years old There are also a decent amount of centers out there on the market, so investing this amount of money this early is surprising. The Knicks and Noah are expected to meet in Orlando on Friday.
Report: Lakers pursuing Timofey Mozgov 07-01-2016
Timofey Mozgov C CLE
The Lakers are making a serious run at free agent center Timofey Mozgov according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

The Vertical
The Lakers only have one center under contract in rookie Ivica Zubac, so this would be a nice landing spot for Mozgov. With that said, Mozgov looked like a shell of himself in Cleveland last season and eventually fell out of the rotation, posting averages of 6.3 points, 4.4 boards and 0.8 blocks in 17.4 minutes. Wojnarowski is reporting that the Lakers might offer a "significant four-year deal."
Mavs to meet with Hassan Whiteside on Friday 07-01-2016
Hassan Whiteside C MIA
The Mavericks are expected to meet with Hassan Whiteside soon after the start of free agency at 12:01 am on Friday.

Marc Stein on Twitter
Dallas has missed out on plenty of high-profile free agents over the years, but they'll be very aggressive in pursuit of Whiteside and are reportedly the early "favorites" to sign him. The Mavs aren't expected to chase free agent Chase Budinger, giving them plenty of financial flexibility, and a max-money offer from Dallas could sway Whiteside into a quick decision. Stay tuned.
Shams: Kent Bazemore meeting with Rockets 07-01-2016
Kent Bazemore G ATL
Unrestricted free agent Kent Bazemore planned to hold off meetings until July 5, but is meeting with the Rockets, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.

Shams Charania on Twitter
James Harden is attending the meeting with Bazemore. The Rockets could have some money to spend with Dwight Howard not coming back, but adding a wing isn't the highest priority. Although, coach Mike D'Antoni's system would be great for Bazemore. He is likely going to get a salary in the teens per year.
Austin Rivers to meet with LAC, NYK, POR 07-01-2016
Austin Rivers G LAC
Austin Rivers met with the Clippers on Thursday and is also planning to meet with the Knicks and Blazers on Friday.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Rivers would be looking at a backup role on each one of these teams, but he will get a nice raise after a strong finish to the 2015-16 season. Rivers averaged 8.9 points, 1.9 boards, 1.5 assists and 0.9 3-pointers, shooting 43.8 percent from the field.