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  • Sources: KD to host free-agent meetings starting July 1

    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports 4 hrs ago

    Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant is planning to host free-agency meetings at a singular location starting July 1, league sources told The Vertical.

    Durant’s representatives at Roc Nation are working to solidify invitations with the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Thunder, league sources said.

    The meetings are expected to take place in New York, but teams are still awaiting word on a location.

    The Thunder remain the frontrunners to re-sign Durant, likely on a one-plus-one-year deal that will allow Durant to return to free agency in the summer of 2017, league sources said. But more than any other rival suitor, the Warriors have Durant's attention, league sources said.

    Durant’s public and private criteria for the free-agent selection process have pertained to a singular focus: the chance to win titles immediately.

    Several teams that have interest in Durant – the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards – could still find audiences with him, but appear to be outsiders in the process now.

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  • Sources: Thunder trade Serge Ibaka to Magic

    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have reached agreement on a trade to send forward Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the draft rights to Domantas Sabonis, league sources told The Vertical.

    With his range and shot-blocking, Ibaka became a key member of the Thunder's core alongside Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. He helped Oklahoma City reach the NBA Finals in 2012 and make the Western Conference finals three other years.

    Ibaka will be a free agent at the end of next season, and Thunder officials decided within the past week to assess his value on the trade market, league sources said. Oklahoma City also had talks with the Toronto Raptors on a potential Ibaka trade before accepting Orlando's offer, league sources told The Vertical said. Ibaka did not ask the Thunder for a trade, league sources said.

    Ibaka, 26, was the 24th pick of the 2008 NBA draft. He averaged 12.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks this season.

    Sabonis, the son of famed former Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis, was taken with the No. 11 pick.

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  • Sources: Suns acquire rights to Marquese Chriss

    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    The Suns sent the No. 13 overall selection, the No. 28 overall pick and the rights to guard Bogdan Bogdanovic to the Kings in the deal.

    The Suns selected power forward Dragan Bender with the fourth pick in Thursday's draft and now have some intriguing young talent to blend with guards Devin Booker and Brandon Knight and center Alex Len.

    Phoenix went 23-59 this past season and is committed to rebuilding with coach Earl Watson, who agreed to a three-year contract in April after taking over as the interim coach in February.


  • Sources: Kings acquire pick No. 22

    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    The Sacramento Kings acquired the No. 22 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft from the Charlotte Hornets for guard Marco Belinelli, league sources told The Vertical.

    The Hornets selected Syracuse shooting guard Malachi Richardson at No. 22 for the Kings because the deal can't go through until after July 1, sources said.

    Belinelli, 30, averaged 10.2 points in 68 games for the Kings this past season. He has two years and $12.6 million left on his deal.

    Belinelli has played nine seasons, including stints with Golden State, Toronto, New Orleans, Chicago and San Antonio.

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  • Agent: Spanish center plans to join Knicks

    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    Spanish center Willy Hernangomez plans to join the New York Knicks on a multiyear contract this summer, his agent, Andy Miller, told The Vertical.

    “It is my intent to reach an agreement with the Knicks and have Willy come to New York for next season and beyond,” Miller told The Vertical.

    The Knicks hold the rights to Hernangomez, who was the 35th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.

    Hernangomez, 22, has developed into one of Europe’s best young big men, a prospect whose rights the Knicks pushed to acquire in a draft-night deal a year ago.

    Hernangomez was a teammate of Knicks star Kristaps Porzinigis – who shares the same agent – in Sevilla, Spain, in the 2014-15 season

    Hernangomez played for Spanish ACB League power Real Madrid in 2015-16. He averaged 6.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in Europe’s top league and shot 65 percent from the field.

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  • Sources: Pacers trade for Thaddeus Young

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    The Pacers will also send the Nets a future protected second-round pick, league sources said.

    Young gives the Pacers another veteran starter to surround All-Star Paul George. The Pacers agreed to a deal for Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague on Wednesday, shipping guard George Hill to Utah as part of a three-way deal.

    Nets general manager Sean Marks has been eager to gather young assets and draft picks, and could still be aggressive Thursday to get another pick in the first round, league sources said.

    Marks inherited a franchise devoid of first-round picks and has been determined to gather picks using the assets available on his roster.

    Young, 28, averaged 15.1 points and nine rebounds for the Nets a season ago. He's a versatile forward who can play both frontcourt spots.

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  • Sources: Carmelo Anthony commits to Rio

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    New York Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony has committed to pursuing his third gold medal for Team USA in the Rio Olympic Games this summer, league sources told The Vertical.

    Anthony, 32, will be playing in his fourth Olympics and moving toward becoming one of the most decorated players in USA Basketball history.

    Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry will also join Team USA this summer too, league source told The Vertical. Portland guard Damian Lillard has decided not to play as he rehabs from plantar fasciitis, sources told The Vertical’s Shams Charania.

    Anthony gives Team USA the commitment of an accomplished national team player, a scoring forward who has traditionally been a matchup nightmare for international defenses.

    Anthony was a part of the 2004 bronze medal-winning team and earned gold in 2008 and 2012.

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  • Sources: Pacers acquire Jeff Teague in 3-team deal

    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    The Atlanta Hawks are sending guard Jeff Teague to the Indiana Pacers as part of a three-way deal with the Utah Jazz, league sources told The Vertical.

    Indiana will send guard George Hill to the Jazz, who are moving the No. 12 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft to Atlanta, league sources said.

    For salary-cap purposes, the deal won’t be official until July.

    For Indiana and Utah, this gives them the starting point guards that they’ve been longing to acquire on the market. With the move, Atlanta is committing to guard Dennis Schroder as its point guard of the future.

    Utah is determined to reach the playoffs next season, and Hill gives the Jazz an accomplished and versatile guard without giving up a player.

    Teague was eager to be moved and is thrilled to return to his Indianapolis roots. He has one year left on his contract, and the Pacers made the move with the intention of signing him to a long-term deal, league sources said.

    Atlanta is planning to negotiate a rookie extension with Schroder this summer too, sources said.

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  • The Vertical Pod with Woj: Jonathan Givony

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    Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress joins Adrian Wojnarowski on The Vertical Podcast to break down Thursday’s NBA draft.

    Givony and Woj discuss possible trade scenarios and draft picks as they could unfold Thursday night in Brooklyn – from the lottery through the late first-round. Woj gives insight into draft strategies of teams throughout the lottery – and possible player targets of teams looking to trade out picks for veteran stars.

    Givony and Woj also discuss The Vertical’s live draft show on Thursday night and how they’ll be bringing the latest draft information to viewers in real time.

    1:14: The uncertainty among teams entering the draft.

    3:27: How the draft starts at No. 3 and No. 4. with Boston and Phoenix hoping to trade for veteran players.

    5:57: Philadelphia’s interest in trading up for Kris Dunn or acquiring another point guard.

    8:11: Likely landing spots for Dunn, Buddy Hield and Jamal Murray.

    11:41: Why there will likely be many draft-night trades.

    18:00: The mid-lottery prospects with the most star potential, including Dragan Bender and Jaylen Brown.

    19:18: Skal Labissiere’s impressive pre-draft workouts after his disappointing season at Kentucky.

  • Sources: Chauncey Billups spurns Magic coaching offer

    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    The Orlando Magic made an aggressive bid to persuade Chauncey Billups to join Frank Vogel’s coaching staff as the top assistant, but Billups has declined the offer, league sources told The Vertical.

    The Magic were prepared to make Billups one of the NBA’s highest-paid assistant coaches, an opportunity to which Billups gave serious consideration before deciding to stay in his role as a network television analyst, league sources said.

    Billups has designs on a front-office career and could decide to make the leap in the future.

    Billups, 39, was a five-time NBA All-Star and the MVP of the 2004 NBA Finals with the Detroit Pistons.

    Vogel had wanted to retain Adrian Griffin as his top assistant coach, but he accepted an offer with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    The Magic are in advanced talks with Minnesota Timberwolves assistant David Adelman for a spot on Vogel’s staff, league sources said. Along with Bryan Gates (Sacramento Kings), Adelman is one of the holdover coaches in Minnesota leaving with the arrival of Tom Thibodeau’s regime there.

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