Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Roundup: Ilyasova, Kirilenko, Thompson staying put

ANDREI KIRILENKO Forward The former member of the

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As the Dwight Howard-to-Brooklyn rumors swirl, the NBA's best available free agents continue to make moves. Of the top 65 available players in Newsday's free agent rankings, only 28 have yet to agree to reported deals. Players can begin officially signing contracts at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

Here are the biggest moves of the last 48 hours:

Bucks hold on to Ilyasova

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Eric Gordon, Goran Dragic and an NBA free agent roundup

New Orleans Hornets' Eric Gordon reacts after making

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Deron Williams will join the Nets in Brooklyn. Steve Nash is headed to Hollywood. What about the rest of this year NBA free agent class? Here's what you missed while celebrating the 4th of July:

Suns open up their checkbooks

Phoenix had the most eventful holiday of teams not named the Lakers or Nets, making power plays at three of the top 30 free agents available this offseason.

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Flashback: AI ends Milwaukee's run

Philadelphia 76ers's Allen Iverson reacts during the fourth

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Day 19 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks franchise has one NBA title, and has seven playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: June 3, 2001

Situation: The No. 2 Milwaukee Bucks and the No. 1 Philadelphia 76ers are tied, 3-3, heading to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals

Context: As he had done with the Sonics several years...

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Poll: Knicks, not Bucks, playoff-bound

Milwaukee Bucks' Monta Ellis walks downcourt during the

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Monta Ellis doesn't scare Newsday.com's readers.

In a poll posted last week, users overwhelmingly predicted that the Knicks, not the Bucks or Cavs, would make the East playoffs.

Since voting opened, Milwaukee beat Cleveland and Golden State, running their winning streak to five games. The Bucks also added dynamic scorer Monta Ellis, and dealt struggling forward Stephen Jackson.

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