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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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• Blake Griffin will take a meeting with the Phoenix Suns when free agency opens on Saturday. (Brad Turner, Los Angeles Times)

• The Suns will also meet with Paul Millsap. (Ramona Shelburne, ESPN)

• Free agent forward Gordon Hayward officially opted out of his contract on Thursday. He will meet with the Heat, Celtics and Jazz as free agency opens at midnight on July 1. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

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

• The Warriors’ luxury tax situation has become a concern for owner Joe Lacob with regard to re-signing Andre Iguodala. (Shams Charania, The Vertical)

• Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas refuted rumors that he had interest in rejoining the Knicks’ front office. Thomas is currently the president of the WNBA’s New York Liberty.

• Luc Mbah a Moute will decline his player option with the Los Angeles Clippers and become a free agent. (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 on 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,

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

• Rudy Gay is set to host 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. (

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