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Sources: Cavs coach Tyronn Lue agrees to $35M extension Jul 25
The Cavaliers' coach bet on himself after never signing Cleveland's initial three-year, $9.5 million offer.

Vertical Pod with JJ Redick: Jeremy Lin Jul 25
Lin discusses the opportunity to become a starter with the Nets and what attracted him to Brooklyn.

Fantasy Football Ranks: Preseason '16 Jul 22
Receivers Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. top the '16 preseason overall fantasy rankings.

Backdraft 2007: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2007 NHL draft Jul 21
A look back at the 2007 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Backdraft 2006: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2006 NHL draft Jul 21
A look back at the 2006 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Backdraft 2005: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2005 NHL draft Jul 20
A look back at the 2005 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Hits and Misses from WWE's Monday Night Raw and Smackdown LIVE draft Jul 20
Takeaways from WWE's Monday Night Raw and Smackdown LIVE drafts.

Vertical Pod with Woj: Chris Carrino Jul 20
The Nets' radio play-by-play voice discusses the New York market and his diagnosis of FSHD.

Backdraft 2004: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2004 NHL draft Jul 20
A look back at the 2004 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Fantasy Football Ranks: Wide Receiver Jul 20
Antonio Brown is king of the top-heavy WR class in the '16 fantasy rankings.

Backdraft 2003: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2003 NHL draft Jul 19
A look back at the 2003 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Vertical Pod with Chris Mannix: Wes Wilcox Jul 19
The Atlanta GM discusses the process behind signing Dwight Howard in free agency.

Vertical Pod with JJ Redick: Mike Dunleavy Jr. Jul 19
The former Duke star discusses his recent trade to the Cavs and the state of the league.

Pelle move points to Premier League's new uncertainties Jul 18
The Chinese Super League soccer revolution has been bubbling for a while, yet there were plenty of eyebrows raised when latest marquee signing Graziano Pelle was announced.

Backdraft 2002: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2002 NHL draft Jul 18
A look back at the 2002 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Closer Depth Chart: Tracking bullpen situations around baseball Jul 18
The closer landscape continues to evolve as the season progresses. Stay up to date on all the latest.

Backdraft 2001: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2001 NHL draft Jul 15
A look back at the 2001 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Backdraft 2000: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2000 NHL draft Jul 15
A look back at the 2000 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Vertical Pod with Woj: David Griffin Jul 15
The Cavaliers' general manager discusses his team's improbable NBA championship run.

Vertical Pod with Woj: R.C. Buford Jul 14
The Spurs GM opens up about just how close Tim Duncan was to leaving the team in 2000.

Vertical Podcast with Woj: Mike D’Antoni Jul 12
The Rockets head coach discusses the greatness of Tim Duncan and how he'll utilize James Harden.

Vertical Pod with Chris Mannix: J.B. Bickerstaff Jul 12
The Grizzlies' associate head coach details growing up around the league as the son of a head coach.

Vertical pod with JJ Redick: Mike Krzyzewski Jul 11
The Duke and Team USA coach opens up about what he's learned from coaching NBA players.

Tim Duncan was a legend unlike any other Jul 11
What set Duncan apart were the 19 seasons of sustained excellence with one franchise.

Jeff Teague's dream finally coming true Jul 11
Jeff Teague always wanted to play for the Indiana Pacers, and now he's come home to team up with Paul George.

Sources: Nets signing Greivis Vasquez Jul 10
After losing out on Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson, Brooklyn picks up Greivis Vasquez.

Sources: Aaron Brooks nearing deal with Pacers Jul 10
The veteran will give Indiana a dependable backup point guard.

The Vertical's Top 100 free agents Jul 10
The top 100 unrestricted and restricted free agents available on the market.

Sources: Heat add to frontcourt Jul 10
Free agent Willie Reed agreed to a two-year deal with Miami.

Sources: Heat match Tyler Johnson offer sheet Jul 10
Miami matched the four-year, $50 million offer sheet, keeping the guard from joining Brooklyn.

Sources: Blazers match Allen Crabbe offer sheet Jul 10
Portland thwarted Brooklyn by matching the four-year, $75 million offer sheet for the restricted free agent.

Sources: Meyers Leonard remains with Blazers Jul 10
The 7-foot restricted free agent signed a four-year, $41 million contract extension with Portland.

Best free agents available by position Jul 10
A quick reference guide to the top players still remaining on the market.

Sources: Deyonta Davis agrees to richest guarantee for American second-round pick Jul 10
The No. 31 pick in the 2016 NBA draft agreed to a three-year, $4 million guaranteed deal with Memphis.

Sources: Wayne Ellington agrees to Heat deal Jul 10
The free-agent guard agreed to a two-year, $12 million-plus deal with Miami.

Sources: Andrew Harrison reaches deal with Memphis Jul 10
The guard from Kentucky agreed to a three-year, $3 million guaranteed deal.

Sources: Memphis agrees to deal with Troy Daniels Jul 9
The Hornets and Grizzlies completed a sign-and-trade that will allow Daniels to join Memphis.

Sources: James Harden agrees to $118M renegotiation Jul 9
The four-year deal includes a player option that could return him to free agency in 2019.

Sources: Derrick Williams reaches deal with Heat Jul 8
The free-agent forward agreed to a one-year deal with a Heat team that should offer plenty of opportunity.

Gennady Golovkin finally gets high-end opponent as Canelo's star fades Jul 8
While Canelo Alvarez and others have continued to duck him, Golovkin finally had somebody step up to the table.

As La Marseillaise plays on, France shows just how much a game can matter Jul 8
"We don't have the power to solve the French people's problems but we can ease their worries," says Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps.

Kicks Fix: Top 2015-16 sneaker rookies Jul 8
The class of 2015 surpassed expectations with some players who demonstrated some marketing heft.

Meet the player who lost over 50 pounds in pursuit of NBA dream Jul 8
Former UCLA and Georgetown center Joshua Smith will show off his new physique at the Las Vegas Summer League.

Sources: Marreese Speights agrees to deal with Clippers Jul 8
Los Angeles adding Speights eases the loss of backup center Cole Aldrich in free agency.

Sources: Nets sign Allen Crabbe to $75M offer sheet Jul 7
The deal is a huge package for a 24-year-old who averaged 10.3 points as a Blazers reserve last season.

Sources: Festus Ezeli agrees to Blazers deal Jul 7
The free-agent center agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal with Portland.

Sources: Marcelo Huertas re-signing with Lakers Jul 7
Marcelo Huertas will be the third point guard on the Lakers' roster.

Vertical pod with JJ Redick: Woj on free agency Jul 7
Adrian Wojnarowski joins the podcast to discuss Kevin Durant and the ins and outs of NBA free agency.

Sources: Spurs reach agreement with center Jul 7
Free agent Dewayne Dedmon agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal with San Antonio.

Front-Office Insider: After the moratorium Jul 7
A breakdown of how teams time their transactions to utilize cap space and build their rosters in free agency.

Sources: Nets sign Tyler Johnson to $50M offer sheet Jul 7
The Heat have three days to match the offer to keep Johnson.

The one factor that led to the divorce of Dwyane Wade and Pat Riley Jul 7
The franchise's star and president won three titles together, and their split came down to something common between them.

Sources: Leandro Barbosa, Suns reach deal Jul 7
The free-agent guard agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with Phoenix.

Why Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat had to part ways Jul 6
In the end, Dwyane Wade felt disrespected after sacrificing for so long for the franchise. And the Heat didn't want to sacrifice their future.

How Brock Lesnar has changed since his first UFC stint Jul 6
Lesnar was more surly than charismatic in his first UFC run. But he seems right at home in his long-awaited return.

Sources: Dwyane Wade agrees to deal with Bulls Jul 6
The free-agent guard agreed to a two-year, $47.5 million deal with Chicago.

Sources: Dwyane Wade meeting with teams in New York Jul 6
The meetings include the Nuggets, Bucks and Heat, with the Bulls canceling because of scheduling issues.

Sources: Nene agrees to Rockets deal Jul 6
The free-agent center agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with Houston.

Sources: Mavs to trade forward to Pacers Jul 6
Dallas is trading forward Jeremy Evans and cash to Indiana.

The Vertical Pod with Woj: Jeff Van Gundy Jul 6
Van Gundy discusses the seismic shift of Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors.

How Nate Diaz used his mind to turn the UFC upside down Jul 5
Diaz came from nothing and now has plenty. But he didn't get to this point immediately, or with luck. It took some self-realization and business smarts.

Sources: Wizards, Jason Smith agree to deal Jul 5
The free-agent center agreed to a three-year, $16 million contract with the Washington Wizards.

What Brock Lesnar's return means for himself and the UFC Jul 5
UFC 200 is trending to be the company's biggest pay-per-view. At least part of that is thanks to the crossover WWE star.

Sources: Spurs trade Boris Diaw to Jazz Jul 5
Dealing the veteran forward will give the Spurs the salary-cap room to sign Pau Gasol.

Sources: Knicks reach deal with Spanish center Jul 5
Willy Hernangomez has agreed to a multiyear deal with New York.

Sean Avery's life after hockey includes mocking the homeless on SnapChat Jul 5
For anyone who is familiar with Sean Avery's work during his playing days, this story may not come as much of a surprise.

Sources: Dwyane Wade seeking longer term deal Jul 5
Wade's priority in the marketplace is the possibility of a guaranteed third year.

76ers add more guard depth Jul 5
Sources: Free-agent guard Gerald Henderson agreed to a two-year, $18 million deal with Philadelphia.

NHL Free Agency Leftovers: First & Second All-Star Teams Jul 5
The big names didn't last long when the bell rang on NHL free agency on July 1. Here's a look at the best of the rest on the open market.

Thousands welcome home Iceland soccer team following remarkable Euro 2016 run Jul 5
The Iceland soccer team that captured global attention over the past few weeks arrived back home in Reykjavik to a hero’s welcome following their Cinderella run at the Euro 2016.

What now for the Thunder? Jul 4
The franchise’s best move may be to consider trading star point guard Russell Westbrook.

Sources: Seth Curry finalizing deal with Mavs Jul 4
Steph Curry’s younger brother is closing in on a two-year, $6 million deal with Dallas.

Sources: Roy Hibbert, Hornets reach deal Jul 4
Hibbert hopes to jump-start his career after agreeing to a one-year, $5 million deal.

Sources: Zaza Pachulia to join Warriors powerhouse Jul 4
The free-agent center agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal using the full room exception.

Sources: Clippers to re-sign Luc Mbah a Moute Jul 4
The veteran played in 75 games for the Clippers last season.

Sources: Pau Gasol agrees to deal with Spurs Jul 4
Pau Gasol will join the Spurs and help offset the possible loss of Tim Duncan to retirement.

Sources: 76ers reach deal with Euroleague star Jul 4
Sergio Rodriguez reached agreement on a one-year, $8 million deal with Philadelphia.

UFC 200: Is Jon Jones still the same dominant fighter of old? Jul 4
Jones says he's a different person and time will tell whether he's being truthful. Is he still the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world? We'll find out Saturday.

How Golden State can afford KD Jul 4
A breakdown of the moves the Warriors need to make to fit Kevin Durant under the salary cap.

Sources: Warriors trading Andrew Bogut to Mavericks Jul 4
Both Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes will end up with the Mavs in the wake of Kevin Durant's decision to join the Warriors.

What this weekend was about for Kevin Durant Jul 4
The free-agent superstar was always clear that his ultimate goal was to win.

Sources: Tim Duncan 'leaning strongly' toward retiring Jul 4
Spurs officials and friends believe one of the game's all-time greats is close to announcing his retirement.

Kevin Durant chooses Warriors Jul 4
Kevin Durant will join a 73-win team coming off back-to-back Finals appearances.

Sources: Tarik Black to re-sign with Lakers Jul 4
The free-agent center will return to the Lakers on a two-year deal.

Sources: Dwight Powell agrees to deal with Mavericks Jul 3
Dwight Powell will get a four-year, $37 million contract to stay with Dallas.

Sources: Jamal Crawford staying with Clippers Jul 3
The free-agent guard agreed to a three-year, $42 million deal to return to Los Angeles.

Sources: Seth Curry leaving Kings Jul 3
Steph Curry's brother is free after the Kings honored his agent’s request to pull his qualifying offer.

Sources: Wizards add European guard Jul 3
Tomas Satoransky, a 6-foot-7 guard, has agreed to a three-year, $9 million deal with Washington.

Sources: Warriors hire Mike Brown as top assistant Jul 3
Brown, who's been a head coach three times, will replace new Lakers coach Luke Walton on the bench.

Sources: Nets to sign Tyler Johnson to $50M offer sheet Jul 3
Miami will have three days to match the offer sheet for the restricted free agent once the moratorium ends.

Sources: Wizards acquire Trey Burke from Jazz Jul 3
Washington will send a second-round pick to Utah for Burke, who had fallen out of the Jazz's future plans.

Andrew Nicholson agrees with Wizards Jul 3
The former St. Bonaventure star will sign a four-year, $26 million contract with Washington.

Sources: Wesley Johnson returning to Clippers Jul 2
The agreement is the latest indicator that Los Angeles may be moving on from Kevin Durant.

Sources: Wizards, Ian Mahinmi agree to $64M deal Jul 2
The free-agent center agreed to a four-year, $64 million contract with Washington.

Sources: Eric Gordon to join Rockets Jul 2
The free-agent shooting guard reached agreement on a four-year, $53 million contract with Houston.

Sources: Austin Rivers, Clippers reach deal Jul 2
The guard agreed to a three-year deal after his best NBA season.

Sources: Al Horford chooses Celtics Jul 2
The veteran big man agreed to a four-year, $113 million max deal with Boston.

Sources: Marvin Williams to stay with Hornets Jul 2
The forward agreed to a four-year, $54.5 million deal to remain with Charlotte.

Sources: Ryan Anderson commits to Rockets Jul 2
The three-point shooting forward agreed to a four-year, $80 million contract.

Sources: Arron Afflalo, Kings reach deal Jul 2
The free-agent guard agreed to a two-year, $25 million contract with Sacramento.