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July 2, 2015 | 12:21 pm EDT Update

Marc Gasol, Grizzlies nearing five-year deal

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The Memphis Grizzlies and star center Marc Gasol continue to progress toward agreement on a five-year max contract that will cross the $100 million threshold, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the exact timetable for a verbal agreement between Gasol and the Grizzlies remains unknown, but team officials — including owner Robert Pera — were in Spain this week to greet Gasol in his hometown of Barcelona shortly after free agency commenced at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.
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Although the exact contract structure remains to be seen, sources said Thursday that Gasol’s preference remains to do a full five-year deal with the only team he has ever played for in the NBA as opposed to a short-term deal. As ESPN.com reported earlier this week, Gasol has shunned the opportunity to let interested teams court him in free agency, signaling to the rest of the league ‎that the 30-year-old is essentially unavailable.
July 2, 2015 | 11:47 am EDT Update
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In his first postseason public comments regarding his relationship with Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler said both players want to win and he respects his Bulls’ backcourt mate. “I don’t think we have any issues. I think we’re fine,” Butler told Rolling Stone magazine. “I think we’re two basketball players that want to win games. That’s where I’ll leave it at. I think we just wanna win, bring a championship the city, to the organization. I think that’s our job. And I think we’re gonna do whatever it takes to make that happen. I have a lot of respect for the guy.”
Butler shared his impressions of new coach Fred Hoiberg with Rolling Stone. “He’s a really good coach. He knows what he’s doing,” Butler told the magazine. “He has some great offensive schemes and a great coaching staff. I think he’s gonna be good for the Bulls. I think Chicago will like him. He’s a very likeable guy, very successful at the college level and hopefully he can bring it to the Bulls.”
July 2, 2015 | 11:31 am EDT Update
The Westchester home of former N.B.A. star Allan Houston—complete with indoor basketball court and trophy room—is listing for $19.9 million. Measuring about 19,300 square feet, the house sits on more than 10 acres in Armonk, N.Y., in the exclusive gated community of Conyers Farm, according to real estate agent Brian Milton of Houlihan Lawrence, who is listing the property with colleague Ellen Mosher. The French Country-style estate has seven bedrooms, 10 full and two half bathrooms, Mr. Milton said.
July 2, 2015 | 10:41 am EDT Update
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