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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Several opposing executives say the Toronto Raptors remain motivated to shed salary via trade following the Kawhi Leonard deal earlier this week.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Phoenix is now $3.2M below the cap after acquiring the $7.4M Darrell Arthur expiring contract. The room will increase once Arthur is likely bought out of his contract. The veteran has 10 years of service and his minimum exception with a new team would be $2.4M. The Suns will also have a Friday July 20th decision to guarantee the $1.4M contract of Davon Reed. The former second round pick currently has $689 guaranteed. Phoenix also has flexibility with the $1.4M non-guaranteed contract of Shaquille Harrison.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Something to note even though the Thunder and Melo are going separate ways, OKC has deep appreciation for his professionalism/communication with them throughout the process. One example of the collaboration was the Thunder allowing Melo to meet with other teams/explore potential opportunities while still under contract, and Melo's agreement to waive his no trade clause if it expedited his release and helped the Thunder.

Jacob Wolf ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward talks about how his fellow NBA players have adopted esports and gaming in the past few years. Hayward, who has a long-tenured relationship with League of Legends, is promoting Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 at an Xfinity event in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In June, the Fortnite Pro-Am at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles featured six NBA players; Hayward said he was supposed to participate but could not as a result of a second surgery to his leg, which he broke in October in the Celtics' opening game versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Jacob Wolf ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward discusses how the Kawhi Leonard trade to the Toronto Raptors affects his team's Eastern Conference opponent. Hayward, a large proponent of esports, is appearing at the Xfinity store in Cambridge, Massachusetts to promote Xfinity and its partnership with Call of Duty Black Ops 4.