Knicks plan to land Gasol brothers? 

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Phil Jackson wants to re-sign Carmelo Anthony and then follow that up by getting Pau Gasol to commit to the New York Knicks. Jackson has competition for both as Anthony could sign with the Chicago Bulls or Los Angeles Lakers, while the Lakers, Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder are options for Gasol.
While Pau is the target in 2014, Jackson and head coach Derek Fisher will likely go after his bother in 2015, reports the New York Post.

Marc Berman writes: "The Post reported one reason Anthony is close to re-signing is having a shot at the 34-year-old Gasol, who then could recruit his brother, Marc Gasol. The Memphis center is a free agent in 2015 when the Knicks should have plenty of cap space."

Marc Gasol has spent a lot of years in Memphis, but he might be willing to leave in 2015 with a chance to play with his brother whether it's in New York with the Knicks, or in LA with the Lakers. Of course the Gasol brothers won't have a chance to play together next year if Pau signs with Oklahoma City or Chicago. Pau could always sign with the Memphis Grizzlies, but that is an unlikely scenario.

Curious case of Tibor Pleiss 

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Center Tibor Pleiss, 24, may want to sign with Oklahoma City this summer, however their 2010 (No. 32) draft pick pick won't be offered a contract until 2015. There was a report out of Spain two weeks ago claiming the Thunder want to bring Pleiss over now, but that is reportedly not accurate. With that said, Baskonia president Jose Antonio Querejeta continues to say Pleiss will be in the NBA this season.

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Anthony Morrow's FA market 

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Teams can never have enough shooting and as a result their is a solid market for New Orleans Pelicans' free agent Anthony Morrow.

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Suns visit with RFA Isaiah Thomas 

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The Phoenix Suns took care of some business on Thursday as the agreed to terms with restricted free agent P.J. Tucker for a reported three-year contract that could pay the small forward $16.5 million. According to The Arizona Republic, about $3.8 million in the third year year is is not guaranteed.

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Lucas Nogueira final piece for Raptors? 

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The Toronto Raptors were busy on Thursday as Steve Novak was traded to the Utah Jazz for Diante Garrett, Kyle Lowry signed his four-year, $48 million contract, while three other players should sign deals soon. Greivis Vasquez has agreed to a two-year, $6.5 million contract, while forward James Johnson is returning to the Raptors for a reported two-year, $5 million contract. The third player who might sign is Lucas Nogueira.

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Blazers roster set for 2014-15? 

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The Portland Trail Blazers officially signed backup point guard Steve Blake and backup center Chris Kaman on Thursday. Kaman was signed via the Non Taxpayer mid-level exception, while the $2.07 Bi-Annual exception was used to bring in Blake. The Blazers will now have a hard cap of $80.8 million this coming season, which should not be a problem as the roster is likely already set for 2014-15.

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Throughout the morning Thursday, rumors have been swirling of a potential sign-and-trade deal that would send Chandler Parsons from Houston to Dallas. What are the chances of that happening?

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Oklahoma City took somewhat of a gamble when it selected Mitch McGary with the No. 21 pick in last month's draft, banking that the big man will overcome the back troubles that plagued him as a sophomore at Michigan. If the back issues creep up again, McGary could very well end up struggling to carve out a career in the NBA. But if McGary stays healthy, there's certainly a place for him.

Here's the latest out of Summer League in Orlando.

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Most draft-day deals that involve second round picks end up being fairly fruitless, but in Jarnell Stokes the Memphis Grizzlies have acquired someone who may make an immediate impact in 2014-15.

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Dallas' play for Mo Williams 

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Portland can offer $3.2 million to bring back Mo Williams, who proved to be a key part of the Trail Blazers' improved bench last season. Another team with interest in the veteran point guard is Dallas, which hopes he'll sign for the veteran's minimum. Why might Williams be willing to take less money to join the Mavs? Here's the latest on that.

From Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com, via Twitter:
"Mavs hope they can talk Mo Williams into taking minimum. Why would he do that? Lives in area and wants to be near wife and five sons."

Williams may end up waiting it out to see what the market bears, but after averaging 9.7 points and 4.3 assists as a reserve last season we have to believe it's unlikely the 31-year-old will accept the veteran's minimum. Time isn't on Williams' sign at this stage in his career, and he'll probably be looking for one last contract that lands him as much money as possible.

With backup point guard Greivis Vasquez commanding $13 million over two years from Toronto and Darren Collison getting $16 million over three years from Sacramento, Williams has to be thinking he's worth at least $3-5 million a year if not more.

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How Blake impacts McCollum 

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Steve Blake must like Portland. The free agent point guard has signed a two-year, $4.2 million deal with the Trail Blazers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, meaning that he'll return to the Rose City for the third time in his NBA career.

Blake figures to serve as the primary backup to Damian Lillard at the point, which is the role free agent Mo Williams filled last season. The addition of the veteran guard should also directly impact C.J. McCollum.

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Trevor Ariza's asking price 

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Small forward Trevor Ariza is among a plethora of free agents waiting for LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to make their decisions. Ariza is the target of several teams as a fall-back as the Plan B if Plan A doesn't pan out. For that reason, Ariza's price is going to be high for any team wanting to sign him.

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Injury update: Michael Carter-Williams 

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Michael Carter-Williams was hindered during his rookie season in the NBA with a right shoulder issue and it turned out to be a torn labrum. Carter-Williams had surgery on May 6 to repair the damage and his recovery is going really well.

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Nuggets an option for Mike Miller? 

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There were plenty of rumors swirling around the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday after the opened up a max salary slot after agreeing to a three-team trade with the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets. The Cavs are hoping LeBron James comes back home and if that happens many free agents will be looking at joining the boy from Akron.

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Sixers landing spot for Jeremy Lin? 

July, 10, 2014
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There have been reports out of Houston claiming general manager Daryl Morey has scenarios in place to trade away Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin should he need the salary flexibility to bring in a high-priced free agent, like Chris Bosh. The rumors have Asik heading to the New Orleans Pelicans and Lin to the Philadelphia 76ers. According to Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com, Lin may not end up with the Sixers.

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