NBA Insider, USA TODAY Sports; formerly of Sports Illustrated, AOL FanHouse, The Sacramento Bee, and P-Town.

Phoenix Suns gain ground in LaMarcus Aldridge sweepstakes — The one thing we knew for certain when Day Two of NBA free agency came to an end? Pat Riley is always willing to go the extra (2,730) miles. From Miami to Los Angeles, the Heat's president made the unexpected trek to visit with free agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge on Thursday night.

Seeking title contender, Pacers' David West targeting Spurs and Warriors — David West is willing to put his money where his mouth is - even if he loses quite a bit of it in the process. According to a person with knowledge of his situation, the free agent forward who declined a $12.2 million player option to stay with the Indiana Pacers next season, has serious interest in playing for the San Antonio Spurs or the Golden State Warriors.

Paul Millsap agrees to contract with Hawks — The Orlando Magic made the Atlanta Hawks sweat it out. But ultimately, the Hawks situation was too good for Millsap to pass up. Millsap considered Orlando's four-year, $80 million offer but took Atlanta's three-year, $59 million deal, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports.

Warriors sought flagrant foul on LeBron James on Shaun Livingston in Game 4 — OAKLAND - The Golden State Warriors were thrilled to win Game 4 of the Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night, but they would have been even happier if the NBA had retroactively punished LeBron James for his fourth-quarter foul against Shaun Livingston.

Kyrie Irving status 'not good' says Cavs coach David Blatt — OAKLAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers' disappointment that began with their Game 1 loss in the NBA Finals on Thursday may be about to get worse. As the team waited for the official word on point guard Kyrie Irving and whether his left knee injury would keep him out of action in Game 2 on Sunday, and perhaps beyond, coach David Blatt told USA TODAY Sports that he was not optimistic about the situation.

Dream matchup: LeBron James vs. Stephen Curry the best since Magic vs. Bird — OAKLAND - LeBron James is a four-time NBA MVP, two-time Finals MVP, is regarded as the best basketball player on the planet, might be the most polarizing player in the NBA and is a tour de force on social media with 21.5 million Twitter followers and 21.6 million likes on Facebook.

Three reasons Golden State Warriors can win NBA title over Cleveland Cavaliers — Long before the Golden State Warriors would dominate the 2014-15 regular season and win their way into the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers that start on Thursday, co-owner Joe Lacob wrote his goals for the coming season on a piece of paper and hid it inside his office desk.

Rockets-Warriors Game 2 Breakdown — It was déjà vu all over again at Oracle Arena in Oakland, where the Warriors won for the 45th time in 48 tries between the regular season and the playoffs. This one, a 99-98 thriller over the Houston Rockets that was jam-packed with basketball goodness from beginning to end, put Golden State up 2-0 in these Western Conference finals.

Where will NBA's biggest free agents land this summer? — Here's a look at 20 free agents whose teams either were or still are in the playoffs this season. Let the free-agency mind-reading and dot-connecting continue. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (player option) Rest easy, Cavs fans, LeBron is a free agent this summer in theory alone.

Mike Conley, the Memphis Grizzlies' heroic Masked Man, is unbreakable — Former Lawrence North star returns from fractured face to lead Memphis to Game 2 win OAKLAND - Call Mike Conley whatever you want. One-eyed Charlie, as Tony Allen deemed his puffy-faced, red-eyed point guard on this momentum-swinging Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.
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Jul 05, 2015

Also in column, backstory on why Damian Lillard's 11th-hour trip to LA to meet with LaMarcus Aldridge never happened-…

Jul 05, 2015

ICYMI, my column on LaMarcus Aldridge's departure from Portland and the confusing legacy he leaves behind -…

Jul 04, 2015

On LaMarcus Aldridge's departure from Portland, why Damian Lillard never made it to LA & what led to their split -…

Jul 04, 2015

RT @JeffZillgitt: Short-term solution for both Pacers & Lakers. Hibbert wasn't part of Pacers' future & Lakers need a big after striking ou…

Jul 04, 2015

RT @JeffZillgitt: As Pacers-Lakers figure out details of Roy Hibbert trade, it looks like Pacers will get cash and future pick in return. Sorting it out now.

Jul 04, 2015

LaMarcus Aldridge to the Spurs: Be afraid NBA. Be very afraid. -…

Jul 04, 2015

Wrote a few days ago that David West was targeting Spurs & Warriors. Spurs have more need though. Would be great fit-…

Jul 03, 2015

@therealdanzel @wash10181 @HtxMade87 @mccauley318 They have not been told they're out, but that's very different from having a good shot.

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