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How this draft sets up future trades and free agency

Trades and free agency are around the corner. Kevin Pelton looks at the ways an eventful draft night will lead to more moves.

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Six big winners from the NBA draft's first round

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    Ayton goes No. 1 overall to Suns

    Phoenix selects Deandre Ayton with the first overall pick of the NBA draft.

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    Porter makes bold claim after falling to No. 14

    Michael Porter Jr. says he'll be the best draft pick in Nuggets' history after he drops to the 14th pick.

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    Knox takes boos from Porzingis kid in stride

    Kevin Knox takes motivation from the Kristaps Porzingis-like boos from the New York fans and is ready to prove himself.

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    NBA draftees make a fashion statement

    Check out the suits of the NBA's future stars on stage at the 2018 NBA draft.

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    Sexton makes pitch for LeBron to stay in Cleveland

    The Cavaliers choose Collin Sexton with the eighth overall pick, then the point guard attempts to pitch LeBron James on staying in Cleveland.

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    Allen and Mitchell go from foes to bros

    Donovan Mitchell caught Grayson Allen with a hand to the face as ACC rivals, now they team up with the Jazz.

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    Grizzlies draft Jackson with the 4th pick

    Jaren Jackson Jr. is joined by his parents and is extremely excited to be selected by Memphis with the fourth pick.

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    Do the Suns now have Shaq and Kobe 2.0?

    No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton might be on to something by likening himself and Devin Booker to a historically-dominant duo.

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    Carter Jr. picked by Bulls with 7th pick

    The Bulls select Wendell Carter Jr. from Duke with the seventh pick in the 2018 NBA draft.

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    Trae Young to the Hawks

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    Mo Bamba drafted by Orlando

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    This is the behind-the-scenes story of how Bamba is training to join the ranks of the league's top big men.

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    Bamba to spread wings in Orlando as No. 6 pick

    Texas center Mo Bamba, who touts an NBA draft combine-record 7-foot-10 wingspan, was taken by the Orlando Magic with the sixth pick in the NBA draft.

    Bamba is the latest chapter in Harlem's basketball history

    From the Rens to Rucker Park to the projected top-5 NBA draft pick, Harlem has produced some big hitters.

    Kawhi On The Move?

    Lowe: Should Celtics put Jaylen Brown in a Kawhi trade?

    If San Antonio is trading Kawhi Leonard, what would Boston offer? Zach Lowe explores how far the Celtics should go.

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    Seven best Kawhi Leonard trades we'd like to see

    The All-Star forward reportedly wants out of San Antonio. Our NBA Insiders give seven deals that work.

    Stephen A.: Celtics should avoid Kawhi trade

    Stephen A. Smith does not think Boston should take the risk of trading for Kawhi Leonard because he wants to be in Los Angeles.

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    Woj: Kawhi trade request stems from frustration

    Adrian Wojnarowski says Kawhi Leonard's frustration with comments by Tony Parker and Gregg Popovich about his injury made him want to leave San Antonio.

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    How the Celtics bring Kawhi to Boston

    Bobby Marks breaks down how Boston's "treasure chest of assets" puts the Celtics in position to enter the race for Kawhi Leonard.

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    Stephen A. goes off on Kawhi's desire to be in L.A.

    Stephen A. Smith isn't happy with Kawhi Leonard's disparaging of the Spurs just because he wants to play in Los Angeles.

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    Summer spectacular

    NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumblings and reports

    The market officially opens July 1, but NBA free-agency news is coming in fast. Stay up-to-date with the latest rumors and rumblings.

    Trades, free agency and draft decisions for every NBA team

    ESPN Insider Bobby Marks is breaking down the moves each team can and should make in the offseason.

    The Basketball Tournament

    Lowe: New kind of crunch time has NBA luminaries excited

    The Basketball Tournament is going all-in on its radical approach to fourth quarters.

    Jalen skeptical of new kind of crunch time

    Zach Lowe and Jalen Rose are on opposite sides of The Basketball Tournament's experimental crunch time rule.

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    LeBron's big decision

    All the places LeBron James could take his talents in July

    LeBron James' decision on where to play next season could shake up the NBA. Where will the King find his throne? We look at the most likely options.

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    Billboard top 30: Every NBA team's pitch to LeBron James

    Fans around the NBA have put up billboards to woo LeBron James. What would it look like if all 30 teams did the same? See for yourself.

    Is this LeBron's toughest decision yet?

    LeBron James is once again facing another potential free-agent decision this offseason that could be the most difficult one yet.

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