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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas remains a relentless social media recruiter. On Wednesday, Thomas left a humorous Instagram comment about Blake Griffin in the aftermath of the Chris Paul trade to Houston. Then both Thomas and his wife, Kayla, liked a "dream team" photoshop that featured Thomas next to Gordon Hayward and Paul George.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Sacramento Kings to decline extending qualifying offer to Ben McLemore and he'll become unrestricted free agent, league sources tell ESPN.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek issued a statement after summer league practice on the firing of Phil Jackson. He did not answer questions on the topic. Here was Hornacek's statement: "It's always an interesting time when stuff like that happens. I just want to thank Phil for giving me the opportunity here in New York. I worked with Steve all year long. We had a great working relationship and talking about things. We'll continue to do that. I wish Phil the best from this point on. It's a tough day for us, but our focus is to get this team better, continue to build our young players and figure out a way to win. We have a lot of time before the regular season to figure that out."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Source on Rockets: "They think they are getting Carmelo or Paul George."

Tom Haberstroh ESPN Staff Writer 

Per NBA.com data, James Harden ranked first in time of possession (8.9 minutes/game) last season while Chris Paul checked in at 7.2 (7th-most). And: Paul shot a scorching 49.3% on catch-and-shoot 3s.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

If Masai Ujiri is the New York Knicks' top candidate to replace Phil Jackson, New York would likely have to include some sort of picks package to Toronto seeing as Ujiri is under contract with the Raptors for several more seasons. One league source suggested that Ujiri could have an out clause in his contract that specifically mentions the Knicks job, but those clauses are more common in coaches' contracts than executives'. With that said, is Ujiri such a strong target that giving up future assets to acquire him is more desirable than going after someone like David Griffin who is on the market and has long coveted a big job like the Knicks?

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mavericks announced that they traded SG DeAndre Liggins to Houston for cash considerations.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Will one ball be enough? James Harden and Chris Paul ranked among the NBA's top 11 last season in touches, dribbles and seconds per touch last season. No team had two players in the top 11 of any category last season.

Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

New Rockets guard Chris Paul was seriously interested in the Spurs, source told The Undefeated, but chance to play off ball and share point guard duties with guard James Harden was more attractive.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Chauncey Billups still in negotiations with Dan Gilbert & Cavs, source told ESPN. Counter-offered yesterday; now it's in Dan Gilbert's court.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

We asked Jeff Hornacek if he was still committed to the triangle in the wake of Phil Jackson's firing but he didn't take questions beyond giving a statement about Jackson, wishing him well

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina was icing his knee and appeared to walk gingerly out of the practice gym. Unclear if he's hurt.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Rockets GM Daryl Morey not done yet, source told ESPN. Harden and CP3. Will try and add a third star to compete with Warriors.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

FWIW: associate head coach Kurt Rambis is here at Knicks practice in Orlando.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Spurs didn't show significant interest in Chris Paul, source told ESPN. Already have an aging point guard in Tony Parker.

Tom Haberstroh ESPN Staff Writer 

This is gonna be fun: Harden ranked 1st in time of possession last season and Chris Paul ranked 7th, per SportVU data.

David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

The Houston Rockets' odds to win the NBA title improved from 30-1 to 15-1 at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, after the reported trade for Chris Paul. The Los Angeles Clippers fell from 40-1 to 100-1.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

With Phil Jackson out and the triangle de-emphasized, the Knicks, under general manager Steve Mills, have interest in free agent point guard Jeff Teague, league sources told ESPN. League sources say the interest in Teague is mutual. The Knicks, under Mills, had talked to the Hawks about trading for Teague two years ago.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics rookies show off their new jerseys.

Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

Steph Curry will be competing again much sooner than expected. It was announced Wednesday that the Golden State Warriors point guard will compete in the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae, Aug. 3-6. "Golf has always been a passion of mine," he said in a statement. "It's a dream come true to get the chance to play inside the ropes amongst the pros in a PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament." Curry, who plays to a 0.6 handicap, will retain his current amateur status for the tournament.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In a statement, Phil Jackson wishes the Knicks and their fans the best going forward: 'As someone who treasures winning, I am deeply disappointed that we weren't able to do that.'

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks officially announce that they have parted ways with team president Phil Jackson:

Tom Haberstroh ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson had a .704 WPct in 20 seasons as head coach. As Knicks prez, the longest .700 stretch the Knicks had under Phil was 15 games.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

In Knicks news: League sources say former Raptors exec Tim Leiweke is poised to help them as an advisor in wake of Phil Jackson's exit.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

A lot of smiles from New Yorkers outside Madison Square Garden this morning. The common refrain about Phil Jackson's ouster: "It's about time."