Did photo accidentally leak Orlando’s summer free agency, trade targets?


On Monday, the Orlando Magic signed Patricio Garino for the rest of the season, they want to take a look at the guard wing out Argentina and see how he might fit with their young core.

As is common, a photo of Garino signing his contract was Tweeted out by someone close to the player… except in the background of the photo there is a whiteboard that seems to have a list of all Orlando’s summer targets. Here is a closeup of the board (the original Tweet has been taken down, as you would expect).

Interesting names on there. Andre Iguodala for one, he could get pushed out as the Warriors have to spend a lot to keep Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry this summer (it will mean Iguodala and/or Shaun Livingston could be on different teams next season). Paul Millsap could leave Atlanta, but for Orlando?

Dario Saric? Good luck getting him out of Philly.

Every team has a board like this, and this particular one looks like an early list, more brainstorming than detailed planning. Nothing earth shattering. Still, you’d prefer doesn’t go public.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook go head-to-head, literally (video)


This sure didn’t look like just another game for Kevin Durant – and not only because the Thunder beat the Warriors for the first time since he left.

The 108-91 Oklahoma City victory didn’t look like just another game for Russell Westbrook (34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals), either.

Harrison Barnes banks in game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer (video)

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With the shot clock off in the fourth quarter and the game tied, Grizzlies big JaMychal Green put back Tyreke Evans‘ miss with a clutch flush. There’s a very fine line between ensuring the last shot and leaving time for an offensive rebound, and Memphis threated it almost perfectly.

Emphasis on “almost.”

The Grizzlies left the Mavericks 0.5 seconds, which Harrison Barnes used to bank in a 3-pointer – off a pinpoint bounce pass by Dennis Smith Jr. – to give Dallas a 95-94 win.

Heat snap Celtics’ 16-game winning streak

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The Celtics didn’t have another comeback in them.

After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.

The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.

Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.

The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.

Serge Ibaka gets dunked on by Enes Kanter, hit in face by ball (video)

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Is Enes Kanter mad Serge Ibaka rifted with his family?

(No, not this family. That family.)