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March 26, 2014 | 10:48 PM ET Update

He said was aware of the rumors that had him being traded to the Spurs (Young and Duncan share the same agent). Young said he would have embraced the move, as winning is the only thing on his mind. “You know, it’s a great opportunity,” Young said. “I’m one of those guys that just want to win. … We play the game and make a lot of money, but this is our career and me personally, I want to win. I want to play for a winning team, I want to win a championship. … At the end day, right now, the trade deadline is over and I’m just trying to develop guys and rebuild the culture.” San Antonio Express-News

Asked if he’s thought about this offseason, and the possibility that he name will again surface in trade rumors, Young said he hasn’t thought about it. But when he was asked again about joining Leonard in San Antonio, he smiled saying: “It can happen. Like I said, I can play with anybody.” San Antonio Express-News

Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says star Derrick Rose has been participating in non-contact drills in practice as he tries to work his way back from his second major knee injury. Thibodeau also told reporters at practice Wednesday that the former MVP point guard will not play again this season, something the organization has said several times since he went down. USA Today Sports

March 26, 2014 | 09:00 PM ET Update

Once again, Warriors management has decided not to publicly support Jackson. That trend isn’t lost on a few players who staunchly supports their coach. A few players expressed the dismay at the lack of favor Jackson has despite the success he’s enjoyed the last two seasons. They see that Jackson simply had the final of his year picked up and was not given his extension. They took note when co-owner Joe Lacob told Tim Kawakami he was disappointed and had some concerns about Jackson. And while Jackson has been constantly under attack, they’ve noticed no one has come out to Jackson’s defense. San Jose Mercury-News

Multiple players have told me they get the sense Jackson could end up leaving – whether it is by Jackson’s choice or management’s. Whether these divisive undercurrents are problematic remains to be seen. It may even help, if they play harder for him if they feel their coach is under appreciated. Or, what if the message from management starts to filter into the pysche of the players? Will they invest as much in a coach they might see is on his way out or that management doesn’t want around? San Jose Mercury-News

March 26, 2014 | 08:05 PM ET Update

Jeff McDonald: Pop super complimentary of Patty Mills' season. Then I asked why Mills did didn't get much run last season. Pop: "He was a little fat ass." Twitter @JMcDonald_SAEN

Jeremy Evans’ first big art unveiling came two years ago in the slam dunk contest, when the Utah Jazz forward jumped over a portrait of himself slam dunking a basketball. Now the part-time artist is hoping to put a few more pieces on display. "I’m working on it," Evans said this week. "I talked to one of the guys over at the arena maybe two or three days ago. Talking about getting an exhibit up just so I can show some. Hopefully before the end of the season if they’re able to work it out." Salt Lake Tribune

TSD's Ben Love has the latest on Jarell Martin's future plans, per a source close to the player. Come inside for an update on LSU's All-SEC Freshman performer. LSU freshman Jarell Martin still plans to return for his sophomore season, but he will seek an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee, a source close to the player confirmed to TSD. According to the source, Martin, a member of the All-SEC Freshman Team, aims to "see where he stands and what the NBA has to say about him." Scout.com

So Carr cut his inner-circle, hired new representation (Daniel Hazan of Hazan Sports Management) and constructed a strategy to help rebuild his image. As a heralded phenom out of Maryland, Carr stumbled into problems away from the court. Now, a primary condition in his agency signing was a rebranding of himself through community events and youth basketball clinics in New York. “I made a couple minor mistakes with Delaware, and I learned from them,” Carr told RealGM in a recent phone interview. “It will never happen again. Delaware was a great experience and I had a lot of fun there. Players and coaches taught me how to be a leader and be responsible. The D-League built my confidence up by playing against older people and more mature guys that played. I had to catch on fast, but I believe I have a good basketball IQ.” RealGM

Little more than a year ago, star freshman Shabazz Muhammad led UCLA to its first PAC-12 regular season title in five years. It was the pinnacle of a season in which the Bruins were beset by NCAA investigations related to Muhammad’s recruitment. The team ended that season with a first-round loss in the NCAA tournament. After all the tumult, coach Ben Howland was fired and Muhammad left early for the NBA. Still, Muhammad’s time in Westwood looms large: A filing last week in a federal bank fraud case against Muhammad’s father, Ron Holmes, calls into question whether Muhammad should have played in college that year, and whether UCLA deserves the conference championship banner. buzzfeed.com

Holmes arranged for a loan in anticipation of his son’s future NBA earnings and agreed to receive as much as $300,000 a year once Muhammad went pro, according to a memo filed by Daniel R. Schiess, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada. The memo was Schiess’ response to a request from Holmes’ attorneys to limit his sentence to one year and one day in prison plus at least 2,500 hours of community service. Holmes had pled guilty of conspiracy to commit federal fraud in December. “While raising children and serving the community is praiseworthy, it appears that Holmes’ motives were not completely virtuous. He intended to get something out of it for himself,” Schiess wrote in the memo, which asked that Holmes receive 37 months incarceration. “He told the FBI in his March 21, 2013 interview that he had been living off of a loan tied to his son’s [Shabazz Muhammad] projected earnings as a top NBA prospect.” buzzfeed.com

 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN SPURS HISTORY

The big stars from the Gregg Popovich years crowd the top of the list.

   
March 26, 2014 | 05:37 PM ET Update

Rodrigue Beaubois signed a deal in Belgium with Spirou Charleroi. The French guard returns to Europe after four years in the NBA with the Mavericks. Sportando

As the Miami Heat prepare to take over Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George reiterated Wednesday night's importance in locking down the top seed in the Eastern Conference and securing home-court advantage. "We want to be able to play Game 7 on our floor," George said. "Having the best record proves that we play well here and we could get four games out of a series, we'd love that." USA Today Sports

"I mean it's going to be tough regardless," George said. "We're not saying it's going to be easy because we've got home-court advantage. It's going to be tough. We're going to probably have to win a game on their floor," George said, looking ahead. "Not to say that we can't go there and steal a game as well, it's just going to be a little tougher." USA Today Sports

SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEOS: THE BEST OF VINE AND INSTAGRAM

Adding to our social media tools, you can now watch here all the videos NBA players are posting online – including those by Nate Robinson, Iman Shumpert and JR Smith, of course.

   
March 26, 2014 | 03:10 PM ET Update

Chad Ford: Wiggins is going to have to continue to improve his skill set. But I haven't heard anyone in the NBA suggest that this one game will affect his draft stock at all. He's the No. 1 guy on our board and he's the No. 1 guy on most NBA boards right now. That can still change as we get into workouts and physicals, but I'd be surprised if it did. ESPN.com

Chad Ford: Saric hasn't officially announced anything, but we reported on Sunday that multiple sources say that he has an agreement in principle with Efes Pilson that will pay him $8.27 million euros during the next three years. There's no word yet on what the NBA buyout looks like, but he for sure won't be able to come to the NBA next season, and sources say it's highly unlikely he'll even declare for this year's draft. ESPN.com

 

SOCIAL MEDIA PICTURES: PHOTOS PLAYERS POST

Just like everybody else, NBA players are spending more and more time on social media sites and photo-sharing services. Check all the pictures they are posting on Instagram, Twitter and more here.

   
March 26, 2014 | 01:13 PM ET Update

A talismanic figure of Turkish and European basketball, Hedo (Hidayet) Türkoglu, announced on Monday his decision to retire from international duty, thus terminating an almost two-decade long career with the national team. Türkoglu, who just turned 35 on 19 March and was once nicknamed the 'Turkish Michael Jordan', has participated in eight EuroBasket tournaments, a record among active players. "I would like to announce my retirement from the Turkish Team, of which I have been a member since 1998, in order to make way for young players as my fans would understand," Turkoglu said in a statement, as reported by news agency Anadolu. "I will always be proud to have been a Turkish basketball international and of representing my country," the Los Angeles Clippers player added. FIBA Europe

REAL ESTATE: WHERE DO PLAYERS OWN HOMES?

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March 26, 2014 | 09:01 AM ET Update

Tomorrow, the Sacramento Kings will sign former LSU Celtics, Blazers, Hornets and Timberwolves big man Chris Johnson. It is not known at this time whether it will be for the remainder of the season, multiple seasons, or a 10 day deal. Johnson has spent this season in China, averaging 20.0 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 29 games for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. The 28 year old is known for his length, athleticism and shotblocking. Sham Sports

Just 48 hours later, any creeping doubt about Dirk was crushed as he delivered one of the best all-around performances of his Hall of Fame career, carrying the Mavs to a much-needed, magnificently entertaining 128-119 overtime win Tuesday night over the Oklahoma City Thunder. "Dirk was Dirk," said Mavs owner Mark Cuban, who has seen Nowitzki respond to off nights with spectacular performances so many times. "He was fired up. That's what he does. It's no surprise. "He's done that his entire career. There's no reason to think it's going to change now. This is his time, right? This is where he gets to show everybody what he can do, and it started tonight, right when we needed it." ESPN.com

The Lakers scored 51 points in the third quarter to turn the game into a rout. It was the most points the Lakers had ever scored in any quarter and the most points the Knicks had ever given up in any quarter. "It's very disappointing, just from the fact I don't think we competed tonight. ... Our focus just wasn't there," Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony said. "I don't want to say I'm concerned, but at this point, we've got to win basketball games and we've got to do it quickly." ESPN.com

Again, the last time Kaman played before Tuesday was Feb. 28. That was also the last game Jordan Hill played until he came back on March 21 after missing three weeks with a knee injury. Still, no Kaman. Even when Gasol missed the second half against the Orlando Magic on Sunday, Kaman did not play. “I didn’t know what was going to happen when Pau went down last game, so I figured I might have played then and I didn’t,” Kaman said. “Then I didn’t know what to anticipate. Jordan Hill was out the last few weeks and I didn’t play at all. We only had two bigs, so I thought maybe I would play.” Long Beach Press-Telegram

Kaman, who said he hasn’t even had a conversation with D’Antoni since the two talked briefly before a March 3 game at Portland, was asked if he was excited to be playing. “I’m just thrilled,” the 7-foot post said, somewhat sarcastically. “I’m enthralled. I’m ready to go.” Finally, Kaman was asked if he has made peace with the situation. “I’m not at peace about it,” said Kaman, who has averaged 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds when he has played. “I’m pissed about it. But I can’t control it, I’m not in charge, I don’t control the wheels.” Long Beach Press-Telegram

Did the NBA move too quickly in eliminating the center position on the All-Star ballot? At least one NBA executive believes so. "I wouldn't call it a renaissance because they don't play the position quite the same way, but the position is stocked with young quality players," he said, ticking off Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan and Jonas Valanciunas coming up behind Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard, Brook Lopez, Al Jefferson, Roy Hibbert and Marc Gasol. Bleacher Report

Kyrie Irving stood on the far side of the court launching jump shots long after the Cavaliers shootaround ended on Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. The All-Star point guard, still a week away from having his strained left biceps re-examined, spent most of the session riding an exercise bike but did some court work and running after most of his teammates departed. Though it looked like progress, Brown cautioned observers not to read too much into it. Basically, the right-handed Irving is improving because he has had some time to heal since suffering the injury against the Clippers on March 16 in Los Angeles. "He's getting closer but he's not playing tonight,'' Brown said. Cleveland Plain Dealer

On Tuesday, he left the team hotel so early he didn’t eat. In the middle of his workout, his hunger had become a distraction, and when he discovered none of the restaurants in the concourse had opened, he was directed to the media meal. After eating, he returned to the court for more shooting. More testing. More feeling out what he could and couldn’t do. “Feeling better,’’ Aldridge declared after the game. “I’ve worked out the last few days and I’m going to practice (Wednesday), do whatever I can do. Then I’m looking to play versus Atlanta if everything goes well tomorrow.’’ Oregonian

Aldridge on Tuesday said it will be different this time coming back from his injury. His two workouts Tuesday -- the one before the meal and the one after -- marked the third and fourth extended workouts, each around an hour to an hour and 15 minutes, he said. “I’ve had more time this time to workout,’’ Aldridge said. “Last time I went from nothing to full speed to playing. This time it’s more of a transition period of: ‘Let’s see you run; let’s see you shoot.’ So I’ve worked out the last three, four days. More stationary shooting and minimal movement, but I’ve had more time to find my rhythm. Last time, I went from sitting on my couch and I couldn’t move, to playing.’’ Oregonian

Jameer Nelson sat out his fourth consecutive game when the Orlando Magic hosted the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night, but Nelson received some positive news on his sore left knee earlier in the day. Nelson underwent an MRI exam, and the exam revealed no problems. "It's gotten better," Nelson said before tipoff. "The swelling is going down. I got an MRI today to make sure everything was fine, because the swelling wasn't going down. So everything looks positive and I'm shooting to play on Friday." Orlando Sentinel

Phil Jackson was in the stands sitting with other Knicks executives as Mike Woodson put his team through shootaround Tuesday morning. Jackson didn't address the team or "say much," according to Woodson, whose future as the Knicks' coach is in doubt, especially with a new president on board. "Until I'm able to sit down with Phil and see the direction he wants to go, all I can do is continue to coach and continue to do the best job I can," Woodson said. Newsday

On Tuesday, Jackson wasn’t granting interviews inside Staples Center, and considering Dolan’s suffocating media policy and total disregard for the press in general, the Zen Master’s silence makes him the early favorite to win Employee of the Month after one week on the job. The word from the Knicks was that Jackson, just seven days after promising a more professional working relationship with the media, wasn’t talking. He is, however, doing a lot of avoiding. New York Daily News

With 8 minutes 54 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Phil Jackson had seen enough. He texted his fiancée, Jeanie Buss, and agreed to meet at the loading dock inside Staples Center where their car would be waiting. The Knicks were losing by 26 points. “It was awful, huh,” Jackson, the new Knicks president, said with a slight grin as he exited a luxury suite in the corner of the arena and took an elevator down to the floor level. New York Times

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said Monday he's planning to transfer ownership of the team to one of his companies in Russia — a move that would be unprecedented in major American professional sports. But Tuesday, the Prokhorov-controlled company that runs the Nets said such a move might never happen. "This is a long process, which may or may not come to fruition, and nothing is imminent," Prokhorov's U.S.-based Onexim Sports and Entertainment said in a statement Tuesday. "Of course, no steps in this direction could or would be taken without the full knowledge and approval of the NBA." Bergen Record

The NBA's stance on the issue is clear. It eschews the word "tanking" and prefers not only a more palatable term but one it believes is more accurate, "rebuilding." "When you're talking about tanking, you're intimating teams are losing games on purpose, and that just isn't true," Rod Thorn, the NBA's president of basketball operations, told USA TODAY Sports. "Every player, every coach is trying to do everything he can to win as many games as he can and to play as well as he possibly he can, because in both instances, your livelihood depends on how you do. "We've got some teams every year — and it's been that way forever — who are rebuilding, and that can manifest itself in a bunch of different ways." USA Today Sports

The Sixers have acquired multiple draft picks — they could have two first-rounders and a flurry of second-rounders in June — and created salary-cap space. The NBA has no qualms with Philadelphia's approach, which includes taking a look at young players who could be part of the future. "They have a plan," Thorn said. "Their plan is 'We're stuck in the middle here. … We don't want to be stuck here. We want to accumulate all the assets we possibly can.' … They knew they weren't going to be very good but as quickly as they can, they want to get back to the point where they can compete for the big prize." USA Today Sports

The Detroit Pistons will become the third Detroit major-league franchise with a minor-league affiliate in the Grand Rapids area when an NBA Development League team moves there next season, sources confirmed to MLive. An agreement has been reached for undisclosed local owners to purchase the Springfield (Mass.) Armor and relocate the team to Michigan's second-largest metropolitan area for the 2014-15 season, according to NBA, NBDL and local sources. Booth Newspapers

Former LSU center Shaquille O’Neal, Duke forward Grant Hill and former Maryland coach Gary Williams were named to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Also elected by a eight-person committee were Zelmo Beaty of Prairie A&M, Darrell Griffith of Louisville, former LSU coach Dale Brown, Five-Star Basketball Camp founder Howard Garfinkel and former Stetson coach, author and clinic director Glenn Wilkes Sr. Basketball Insiders

Georgia prosecutors have upgraded criminal charges against former NBA player Mookie Blaylock in a head-on traffic crash last year that killed a 43-year-old mother of five, an official said on Tuesday. Blaylock, 47, was driving a 2010 Cadillac Escalade last May in Clayton County, south of Atlanta, when he crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic and struck a minivan, injuring a passenger, Monica Murphy, 40, who died hours later after undergoing surgery at Atlanta Medical Center, police said. Reuters

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN KNICKS HISTORY

Carmelo Anthony already ahead of Phil Jackson, but still far away from the all-time New York greats.

   

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