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4hTim MacMahon

Dallas Mavericks bet big on Harrison Barnes' upside

Harrison Barnes' $94 million contract may not make sense on its surface, but the Mavericks are betting on Barnes' future potential.

Durant and Thompson drain jumpers for 75 seconds without missing (1:15)
Kerr starting from scratch with roster overhaul (1:54)
Doubters need to keep watching Cavs' game 7 win (2:12)
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6hChris Forsberg

Marcus Smart could be the Celtics' X factor

Marcus Smart has shown glimpses of his potential. If the Celtics are to take a big step forward this year, Smart needs to make a leap of his own.

LeBron looks ahead to final stage of career (0:36)
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2dDave McMenamin

Veteran Cavs don't view age as a problem

Age is just a number to the Cavs, who may have the oldest roster in the NBA but still have youth on their side when it comes to their top-end talent.

2dEthan Sherwood Strauss

Why Warriors want to win -- but not too much

Despite an unprecedented collection of talent, the Warriors are managing expectations and say another NBA single-season wins record is not the goal.

Curry schools teammate in practice (0:15)
Can VR fix Andre Drummond's foul shooting? (2:14)
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2dBrian Windhorst

The melancholy end to the Big Three era in Miami

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh turned Miami into the center of the basketball universe. Six years later, the book on the Big Three closes just as abruptly and surprisingly as it opened.

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Marc J. Spears

Warriors say country overlooking Kaepernick's message

Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and others in Golden State understand Colin Kaepernick's protest and are considering "a unified gesture or stance" to bring more attention to social justice issues.


Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

New addition Pau Gasol getting in some work. GM R.C. Buford said this about Gasol: "You have to try to find the right fits and this isn't the first time we have approached Pau with an opportunity in our organization. With the respect we've had competing against him and with the exposure that our group has had against him in international competition, as well, our group knew the potential. We'll find out how we all come together."


Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs muscle watch: C/PF Dwight Powell tips the scales at a "fighting weight" of 245 now. He was a bit under 230 at the end of the season, bulked up to as high as 255 and slimmed down to a weight that allows him to maintain his energy and mobility with significantly more strength. (Powell, who signed a four-year, $37 million contract this summer, confirmed that he doesn't carry his wallet onto the scale.) "It's useful weight," coach Rick Carlisle said. "It's not just weight to be heavier. It's muscle, it's basketball weight. It's combination of strength and a little bit more dynamic thrust. It's going to help him."

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Manu Ginobili watched "the first 20 minutes" of Monday's presidential debate "and that was enough." Ginobili said he was "frustrated" by "the interruptions."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets PG Jeremy Lin also told team website in Facebook live interview that he had "lost the joy for the game" after struggling in L.A. with the Lakers and hit a low point -- albeit not as low as when he was first trying to stick on an NBA roster -- but found new life in his career when he went to Charlotte last season. A "breath of fresh air," Lin called it.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets PG Jeremy Lin tells team website in an interview he loves to cook and his favorite dish to make is jalapeño, green onion and garlic, balsamic glazed chicken.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Deron Williams is being limited early in camp as he focuses on conditioning after spending his summer rehabbing from surgery to repair a sports hernia.


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

For those wondering if Jeff Hornacek pays attention to analytics: he said today that a 'big key' for the Knicks this season is their effective field-goal percentage. Last year, New York ranked 28th in effective field goal percentage, which is a field goal percentage that adjusts for the value of 3-point shots.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's a photo from one of the Knicks' scrimmages. Several personnel combos used today, including Rose, Porzingis and Anthony on the same side.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Jennings stole the ball from Derrick Rose and Maurice Ndour had a putback at the other to seal Jennings' team's win in a scrimmage.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

The San Antonio Spurs announced Thursday they have waived forward/center Ryan Richards. The team's training camp roster now stands at 19.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says the Knicks have been playing quicker in scrimmages so far in training camp with a focus on early offense. It's a development Anthony seemed to welcome. "It can make the game easier," he said. NY ranked in the bottom 10 in the NBA in pace the last 3 seasons, per NBA.com.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek wants to push the pace: "If we can get 5, 6 easy buckets a game just by pushing the ball, that's a big advantage." NYK ranked 30th in fast-break points/game (8) last year, per NBA.com. For what it's worth, 12 fast-break points/game would put a team in the middle of the pack last year.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

With Langston Galloway and E'Twaun Moore now in the fold, the Pelicans figure to be far deeper than they were last season, when injuries led to 351 games missed to injury or illness, the second-most in the NBA in the past decade. But questions still linger in the starting unit. New Orleans started Tim Frazier, Buddy Hield, Solomon Hill, Anthony Davis and Alexis Ajinca on the Blue Team of tonight's open scrimmage, which "won" 90-88 on a late Frazier jumper. Such a lineup could ultimately end up starting - especially if Frazier and Ajinca play as well as they did - but coach Alvin Gentry said they're still shuffling things around.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Pelicans open up their scrimmage with Tim Frazier, Buddy Hield, Solomon Hill, Anthony Davis and Alexis Ajinca on the Blue team, which could be a preview of their starting lineup until Jorie Holiday returns. Eventually, the Blue team went with Davis playing next to former Kentucky teammate Terrence Jones in the frontcourt, with Jones guarding Omer Asik and Davis the 4-man.