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Carmelo Anthony is reportedly close to deciding whether he will return to New York or play elsewhere Photo:

Carmelo Anthony is reportedly close to deciding whether he will return to New York or play elsewhere

With NBA free agency under way, the rumor mill is churning at high speed. Which teams are looking to swing deals? Which free agents are eyeing new teams? Here are the latest news and reports:

1 a.m. ET

Heat president Riley confident Big 3 will be back. USA Today Sports“This much is clear: Riley is confident James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will return, according to people who have had phone conversations with Riley in the last week. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports under the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the conversations.”​

Knicks feeling uneasy about Melo

Report: Garnett sued by neighbor for illegal home renovations

Kobe Bryant recruiting Steve Blake, Caron Butler

Strong competition for Gasol, who reportedly met Monday with Thunder

Westbrook withdraws from U.S. World Cup roster

Report: Knicks president Phil Jackson has contacted 76ers about trading Amare Stoudemire's expiring contract; potential deal could involve Shumpert. New York Post“Knicks president Phil Jackson is still trying to clear this year’s payroll and has looked at avenues to try and trade Amar’e Stoudemire’s expiring contract, already having contacted the obvious team, the 76ers.”​

Big-name free agents not interested in taking pay cuts to join Big 3 in Miami. Fox Sports Ohio“That said, it is believed bigger name free agents such as Paul Gasol (Lakers), Trevor Ariza (Wizards) and Luol ​Deng (Cavs) are not interested in the reduced salaries the Heat are offering, just to possibly play alongside James,Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.”​

Pistons hire Brian Wright as assistant GM

Pistons not eager to cut ties with Josh Smith

Free-agent point guard Mo Williams set to meet with Dallas

6:30 p.m. ET

Magic, Frye agree to four-year, $32 million deal

Mavericks has considered offer sheet for free agent Parsons

Shooting guard Garrett Temple leaning towards Miami

Cavaliers still reportedly expressing interest in Ariza

Carter closer to deal with Mavs, but still being pursued by several teams

Pistons no longer pursuing free agent point guard Thomas

Report: Houston Bosh's top choice if he leaves Miami. Yahoo Sports: "Houston has emerged as Bosh's top choice, should he leave the Heat, sources told Yahoo Sports. The circumstances make the Rockets a natural fit for him. Bosh can play the power forward spot alongside All-Star center "Dwight Howard. He can get a maximum contract deal starting in the $20 million range annually. And he can compete for a championship in his home state of Texas, where a partnership with Howard, James Harden and restricted free agent Chandler Parsons makes the Rockets a most formidable threat in the Western Conference.​"

Pierce seeking two-year deal worth $9-10 million per

Bosh waiting on LeBron's next move

Nets, European forward Bogdanovic agree to three-year deal

Lakers, Mavericks, Celtics showing interest in Lance Stephenson

Big man Aaron Gray, Pistons agrees to deal 

LeBron James' inner circle reportedly wants him to return to Cleveland

Guard Nando De Colo turns down Raptors offer, joins Russian club CSKA Moscow

Heat still confident they can keep LeBron

Report: Melo torn between Lakers, Knicks, Bulls

Report: Rockets offer Chris Bosh four-year, $88 million max deal

Miami Heat, Danny Granger reach agreement on two-year deal

The Miami Heat agreed to terms with free-agent forward Josh McRoberts

10 a.m. ET

Report: LeBron James warming up to idea of joining Cavaliers? ESPN“There has yet to be a firm indication that James actually is ready to leave Miami after four years and two championships with the Heat, but sources told ESPN.com that the four-time MVP is increasingly considering the Cavaliers as an option as he moves into the final stages of deciding which team to sign his next contract with.”​

Carmelo's decision not expected to be delayed late into week

Atlanta still pursuing Deng

Chris Bosh/Dwyane Wade uneasy about James' next move

Lakers, Mavericks have shown interest in Lance Stephenson. ESPN: "“Stephenson has drawn interest from the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers, though both teams have other free agents prioritized above Stephenson, according to sources.”

Rockets intensifying pursuit of Chris Bosh. ESPN“The Houston Rockets have ramped up their pursuit of Chris Bosh and are, in the words of one source, "heavily engaged" in trying to convince the All-Star power forward to leave the Miami Heat in free agency.”

Pierce wants to play at least two more seasons, still considering Nets

Mavericks targeting Parsons, Deng, Ariza. ESPN“Dallas, believing it will likely lose out on both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, will attempt to sign Chandler Parsons away from the Houston Rockets. The Mavericks also have Luol Deng and Trevor Ariza in their sights, sources said.”​

Bosh yet to talk directly to Houston

Hornets Rookie involved in altercation during local pickup game 

Cleveland looking to unload Jarrett Jack's salary in attempt to create cap space for LeBron James

Cavaliers, rep of LeBron James have discussed how they would assemble roster around LBJ

LeBron James and agent Rich Paul to meet this week with Heat president Pat Riley.

The Clippers agreed to sign point guard Jordan Farmar to a two-year contract.

The Spurs agreed to sign Boris Diaw to a three-year contract.

- Compiled by Chris Johnson

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