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The Knicks need a center, and at least their summer league team has a familiar name — Duke’s 7-footer Marshall Plumlee, according to a source. Plumlee, who finished his senior season with the Blue Devils, went undrafted on Thursday and could be invited to training camp if he shows well in Orlando, Fla., where the Knicks open July 2. NY Post
The Knicks are desperate for a starting center — their top target is Joakim Noah — and a starting shooting guard after the Derrick Rose blockbuster. They are also desperate to fill out a 15-man roster within the confines of the salary cap. They have just five players under contract. NY Post
The Knicks haven’t gotten confirmation on a Kevin Durant meeting as of yet. The Vertical had reported they were excluded from the July 1 meeting list that featured Golden State, Boston, Clippers, Heat, Spurs and Thunder. NY Post
The Knicks need a shooting guard and ex-Knick Jamal Crawford appears intrigued. He’s not at the top of Jackson’s list but the reigning Sixth Man of the Year told The Post Saturday morning, “I can’t answer directly because I’m not free, but anything is possible.” NY Post
Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan does not plan to schedule meetings with other teams at the start of free agency, opting to focus on working out a contract to return to the Eastern Conference finalists, a source told ESPN.com. ESPN.com
The Raptors can offer DeRozan a five-year maximum contract worth $153 million with the salary cap at a projected $94 million. Other teams would be able to offer him a max deal of $114 million over four years. ESPN.com
"Our No. 1 goal is to bring DeMar back here," Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said at his season-ending news conference. "We feel great that he wants to come back to our organization." ESPN.com
After an injury-riddled season for Wizards that ended with their two best players-- John Wall and Bradley Beal -- watching their two-year playoff run dissolve, the team has fired head athletic trainer Eric Waters, CSNmidatlantic.com confirmed with multiple league sources Saturday. Waters, who has been in Washington since 2004, had one year left on his contract. CSN MidAtlantic
The Grizzlies are parting ways with point guard Xavier Munford, according to Bleacher Report. The website reported that Memphis released Munford on Saturday afternoon. Griz officials did not immediately return phone calls to confirm the report. Memphis Commercial Appeal
Munford was one of an NBA-record 28 different players to wear a Grizzlies uniform last year. Memphis had a team option that would have paid Munford $874,000 for the 2016-17 season. Memphis Commercial Appeal
Spanish star Pau Gasol says he’s willing to play in the upcoming Rio Olympics. The 35-year-old center announced his intentions in Spanish newspaper Marca on Saturday. These will be the fourth Olympics for Gasol, the most decorated Spanish player in history. He said last month that he was unsure of his availability due to concerns about the Zika virus, and made comments recently that he was considering freezing his sperm as a safety measure before traveling to Rio. SI.com
Good news for Mavs fans ... David Lee tells TMZ Sports he doesn't believe Dirk Nowitzki will leave Dallas for greener pastures ... despite the fact Dirk just opted out of his contract. Instead of signing his option and returning to make $8.7 mil next season -- Dirk opted out and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. There are rumors he's considering going to the Golden State Warriors. TMZ
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