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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina says he's been texting with Kristaps Porzingis, who reached out to him.

Eric Lundsten ESPN Producer 

Jimmy Butler may or may not have just given out his cel phone number during a presser on live TV and invited any critics to call him

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

"My phone is in my back pocket if anybody has anything to say to me," Jimmy Butler said of criticism coming from Chicago -- and then gave his number.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina said he bumped knees during his last game in France. Just knee soreness. Nothing major.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Butler: "Our expectations are going to be to win. That's why they brought me here. These young guys are really, really, really talented. I'm here to push them."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Karl-Anthony Towns is in the front row for Jimmy Butler's press conference. "He did not have to be here," Butler said after thanking him.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Thibs on Jimmy Butler: "The way he worked, that's what makes him so special. ... It's his drive and intelligence. He's never lost that. He's chased excellence. That's a great example.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jimmy Butler era begins in Minnesota with the All-Star sporting a Timberwolves blue suit.

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Michele Steele ESPN Reporter 

Butler in the house

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's a look at the Knicks' Summer League team working on offense:

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Eric Lundsten ESPN Producer 

Quite an atmosphere at Mall of America in anticipation of Jimmy Butler's introduction as with the Minnesota Timberwolves

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Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Los Angeles Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute will decline player option to test unrestricted free-agency, league sources tell ESPN.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks GM Steve Mills and advisor Clarence Gaines are here in Orlando with the team.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina did not practice today due to a sore right knee, the team says.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

League sources say teams were notified this week Bogut is cleared for running/jumping and closing in on a return to full basketball activity

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

After his injury heartbreak in Cleveland last season, Andrew Bogut will be fully back on the free-agent market Saturday, league sources say

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

They're ready to welcome Jimmy Butler at the Mall of America in Minnesota.

David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

Nevada sportsbooks lost $4.4 million on basketball in May. It is the largest monthly loss ever on basketball, per Nevada Gaming Control. Overall, the books won $2.9 million, thanks to a $6.6 million win on baseball. Statewide, Nevada sportsbooks have come out ahead in 46 consecutive months.

Eric Lundsten ESPN Producer 

After meeting Minnesota fans and media at the Mall of America today, Jimmy Butler is expected to fly back to Los Angeles later in the day.

Eric Lundsten ESPN Producer 

The rotunda at Minnesota's Mall of America is ALL about introducing Jimmy Butler as the newest member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Introduction taking place around 11 AM local time.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks are expected to extend a qualifying offer to Ron Baker to make him a restricted free agent, according to league sources. This will allow New York to match any offer sheet that Baker signs in free agency. Baker is expected to draw interest on the market so New York may have to use some of its cap space to retain the second-year guard. Coaches were impressed by Baker's energy and ability to defend, among other things, during his rookie season.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Daryl Morey said the trade for Chris Paul came together in the wee hours of the morning, but he had no hesitation about telling incumbent Rockets star James Harden. "It was 5 a.m. on the East Coast so, yeah, I called James. I thought he might be up," he said, drawing a laugh from the assembled media.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cleveland Cavaliers have had their eye on Patrick Beverley for quite some time now -- the current front office group under assistant general manager Koby Altman has as much esteem for the defensive pest as the Cavs' FO did under former GM David Griffin -- but a source familiar with Cleveland's thinking told ESPN the Cavs don't believe Beverley is available, even if they had the right package to offer to the Los Angeles Clippers for him. LAC likes Beverley and wants to keep him after the Chris Paul trade with Houston.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Rockets GM Daryl Morey said having James Harden and Chris Paul together will help Houston attract even more talent: "If we don't have James, we don't have Chris. Now that we have James and Chris, people are going to look in free agency and say ... ‘I'm going to come to Houston and try to win a ring.'"

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Daryl Morey said of Chris Paul and James Harden: "I think we've got the two best playmakers in the league on one team. I'm so excited to see it on the floor." Mike D'Antoni added that he doesn't see a problem with the two playing together: "Whether its Chris bringing it up or James, we'll figure it out."