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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."

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The expectation in Warriors circles, sources say, is that Durant won't formally come to terms on his new deal until "later in the month."

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

League sources: Kevin Durant plans to wait until the Warriors do the bulk of their summer business before re-signing with them later in July

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

It's worth noting that some close to Knicks owner James Dolan had been pushing him to consider firing Jackson for much of the season.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Welcome to New York, Frank Ntilikina.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

I don't know what's next for the Knicks under James Dolan but I know he's long been a fan of Toronto's Masai Ujiri.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

League sources say James Harden is among those in Houston advocating for the signing of Chris Paul and has made that known to CP3 directly.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Story going online now: League sources tell me Houston has emerged as an increasingly serious threat to sign Chris Paul in free agency.

John Banks ESPN.com 

Writer Nathaniel Janowitz talks about his story on a basketball academy in Mexico that gives impoverished kids opportunities.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Follow-up to yesterday's Ricky Rubio story: League sources say Utah is among the teams to express trade interest in the veteran point guard.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

How long will the Knicks maintain their unwillingness to buy Melo out when he can block any trade? One of the summer's hottest questions ...

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

But league sources say that the Knicks have thus far resisted the idea of a Melo buyout that would clear the way for him to join the Cavs

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

League sources: Carmelo Anthony's camp, while acknowledging Melo's preference to stay in NYC, has tried to engage the Knicks in buyout talks

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's La La Anthony, Carmelo Anthony's wife, on the Wendy Williams show talking about Carmelo Anthony's priority for his next steps: "Every day I see a different team that's for sure. The most important thing with that is just to stay close to Kiyan. That's my priority, that's his priority. So wherever he ends up, of course we want him to be happy."

Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

The Hornets say rookie guard Malik Monk is doubtful to play at the Orlando Pro Summer League due to a sprained left ankle suffered in the draft workout process.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

While not one of the three finalists spotlighted at the award show, Brad Stevens finished fourth in Coach of the Year balloting. Stevens totaled 96 points with help from seven first-place votes but finished behind Houston's Mike D'Antoni (400 points), Miami's Erik Spoelstra (153), and San Antonio's Gregg Popovich (115).

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas finished fifth in the MVP voting. Thomas landed on 49 of 101 ballots and earned four third-place votes. Thomas finished behind only Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, and LeBron James. Thomas finished one spot ahead of Steph Curry, who won the award in 2015 and 2016.

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Russell Westbrook wins NBA MVP. He joins Kevin Durant as the only Thunder players to win MVP. Westbrook won MVP with his team finishing 47-35, lowest winning percentage (.573) for an MVP's team since Moses Malone's Rockets had a .561 win pct in 1981-82.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The MVP voting results: Russell Westbrook won first-place votes rather easily over the competition.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double and had a record 42 triple-doubles this season. How can he possibly top this MVP season? "I don't know," Westbrook said. The OKC star said he just has to keep going and see where it takes him.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook on winning MVP: "Amazing. Something I could never imagine... standing next to this trophy, a true blessing. An unbelievable feeling."