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NBA rumors: Draft whispers, front office changes and more

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Free agency is looming. Big names are on the move. The annual week of NBA upheaval has arrived.

Chris Paul has been traded to the Rockets. Phil Jackson is out in New York. Could Carmelo Anthony join Paul and James Harden in Houston?

Paul George could still be traded. Blake Griffin, Gordon Hayward and Paul Millsap are among the big name free agents. Don't rule anything out.

Here are the latest news and rumors from around the league.

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• Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti has been discussed as a possible candidate for the Knicks vacant presidents job. (Ramona Shelburne, ESPN.com)

• Luc Mbah a Moute will decline player option with the Los Angeles Clippers to test unrestricted free agency. (Chris Haynes, ESPN)

• Chris Paul had serious interest in joining the San Antonio Spurs, but concerns about LaMarcus Aldridge's future and the awkwardness of taking the starting spot from Tony Parker made it less attractive. (Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated)

• The Brooklyn Nets are picking up the $1.5 million options for guards Sean Kilpatrick and Joe Harris. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• Andrew Bogut was cleared for running and jumping and is close to a full return to basketball activity. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• The New York Knicks will focus on free agency, not replacing Phil Jackson. (Ramona Shelburne, ESPN.com)

• Free agent guard Gordon Hayward will meet with the Heat. Hayward is set to meet with the Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics next week. (Jorge Sedano, ESPN)

• The Los Angeles Clippers will turn their attention to keeping forward Blake Griffin after trading away Chris Paul. (Ramona Shelburne, ESPN.com)

• Isiah Thomas has emerged as a "dark horse candidate" to become Knicks president. (Frank Isola, New York Daily News)

• Rudy Gay is set to hosts meetings in Austin, Texas, with interested free agent suitors this weekend. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan says he will respect any decision Kyle Lowry makes in free agency as long he is told of his plans. (The Score)

• Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy says keeping Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a priority in free agency, as they have extended him a qualifying offer. (Detroit News)

• The Knicks are expected to extend a qualifying offer to Ron Baker, making him a restricted free agent. (ESPN.com)

• There is mutual interest between Jeff Teague and the Knicks. (ESPN.com)

With the draft lottery in our taillights, rumor season is in full effect. We’ll regularly round up the latest buzz going forward through the draft, free agency and beyond.

The Magic and Hawks are still dealing with fluid front office situations, the Lakers and Celtics are starting to court Lonzo Ball and Markelle Fultz, and there’s a whole lot left to sort out as players continue to work out for teams and executives start to lock in on their courses for the off-season.

You can find the latest news below.

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• The Nets, Knicks, and 76ers are all interested in shooting guard J.J. Redick (Yahoo! Sports)

• Knicks president Phil Jackson says the team is likely to stay put with the 8th overall pick in June's draft but would be interested in acquiring another pick (ESPN.com)

• The Lakers are considering Lonzo Ball with the #2 pick but will also take a look at De'Aaron Fox too. (Draft Express)

• The Celtics could target shooting guard Gordon Hayward this summer. Hayward is set to hit free agency after the 2017-18 season.

This post will be updated.