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March 28, 2015 | 09:58 PM ET Update

The Denver Nuggets have claimed guard Ian Clark off waivers, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today. Clark, 6-3, 180, appeared in 23 games for the Utah Jazz this season, averaging 1.9 points in 7.0 minutes per game. He also played in seven games for Utah’s D-League affiliate the Idaho Stampede, posting averages of 14.0 points and 2.7 assists. Clark, undrafted out of Belmont College in 2013, has appeared in a total of 46 games over two seasons with Utah, averaging 2.4 points in 7.2 minutes. He will not be available for Denver’s game at Portland tonight. NBA.com

March 28, 2015 | 06:10 PM ET Update

The Denver Nuggets claimed guard Ian Clark off waivers, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Utah Jazz waived Clark on Thursday. Clark played in 23 games for the Jazz, averaging 1.9 points in seven minutes a game. He averaged 14 points in seven games for the Jazz’s NBA Development League affiliate in Boise. Clark, 23, was an undrafted free agent out of Belmont College in 2013. Yahoo! Sports

Brian Windhorst: The Nuggets have claimed Ian Clark off waivers from the Jazz. Nuggets need to add players to reach the salary floor Twitter @WindhorstESPN

"I haven't even seen them have an argument or anything like that," Perkins said. "... You've got LeBron, who's arguably the greatest player ever, and he really only wants to win; he wants to win titles. And you've got K-Love, and this is all new to him. He comes from a team where he was the man and he put up his numbers and stuff like that, and he's doing a lot of sacrificing. But when you're trying to win a title," Perkins said, tapping me on the knee as we sat on the Baruch College court, "you have to do a lot of sacrificing. The teams that don't sacrifice are the teams that go home in April." CBSSports.com


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March 28, 2015 | 04:35 PM ET Update

The Lakers could not sign LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony last summer. Both Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol also left in consecutive offseasons without the Lakers receiving anything in return. But Scott called those developments the “past” and exuded optimism beyond the Lakers’ usual talking points about their 16 NBA championships. “You have a lot of free agents out there who would love to play for us. They’ve been making it pretty clear,” Scott said. “You have guys during the games come by the bench saying, ‘Hey Coach, I would love to be in L.A. next year.’ That makes you feel good there are players out there that want to be here. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we’re taking it in a different direction. They know this organization and the history of the organization is going to be back.” Los Angeles Daily News

“The turnaround can be just as quickly here as it was in New Jersey,” Scott said. “But obviously you have to hit a home run in the free agent market and with your draft pick. We have the capability of doing that.” The Lakers could have as many as four draft picks, both in the first and second round. The Lakers will also have enough cap space to sign one marquee free agent at a max-level contract, possible candidates including Memphis’ Marc Gasol, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge, Cleveland’s Kevin Love, Miami’s Goran Dragic and Dallas’ Rajon Rondo. Los Angeles Daily News

Jeff Teague will miss a second straight game due to a sprained left ankle as he has been ruled out of the Hawks game against the Hornets Saturday. Teague suffered the injury in Wednesday’s win over the Magic. The returned to the game and scored nine of his 16 points in a decisive fourth-quarter run. He was inactive for Friday’s win over the Heat. Atlanta Journal-Constitution


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March 28, 2015 | 02:28 PM ET Update

Andy Larsen: Enes Kanter ripped the Jazz org in his interview today. He pretended to hold back, but that wasn't a holding back. "I love it. It's a team that I've never experienced before. I actually like playing basketball there. I think the difference is I like playing basketball there. I think that's the most important thing. I never liked playing basketball before in my NBA career. It's the first time that I felt like playing basketball. It wasn't just a one game, two game frustration, it was a three and a half year frustration. I'm happy for both sides." Twitter @andyblarsen

Kerr was asked for his thoughts on the league's hotly contested MVP race entering the final weeks of the regular season. "For the record," Kerr answered with a blank expression, "I would vote for Russell Westbrook." All within earshot froze. Faces frowned. Necks jerked. ESPN.com

Kerr quickly ended the madness before anyone could think to check if anyone had spiked the barbeque sauce on the Warriors' postgame meal spread. The prankster was in full postseason form. "Didn't somebody else just say that?" Kerr said as he lobbed the wisecrack that shattered the silence with laughter. "I'm just kidding. Make sure the sarcasm is noted." ESPN.com


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March 28, 2015 | 01:29 PM ET Update

“Maybe because I played three and four years total [in the Spanish League] too, I don’t know,’’ Mirotic said Saturday, after the Bulls shootaround. “I really don’t feel like a rookie too. I know that I’m a rookie because this is my first year in the NBA. But I played before in Spain five years professionally. And I won five professional championships there with Real Madrid. “I’m lucky because I’m always playing with the good and big teams like Real and Chicago right now. I think that my players, when they talk to me, they don’t think of me as a rookie. They really respect in me and believe in me and trust me on the court. That’s a really good feeling and it really helps me a lot.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot said he plans to enter the 2015 NBA Draft. The French player born in 1995 is playing in Pro B with Antibes averaging 7.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in 19 minutes per contest. Sportando


USA Today Sports' Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt talk with Kevin Spain about the reasons why Cleveland is so good right now and also reminisce on how fantastic Steve Nash was.

March 28, 2015 | 10:17 AM ET Update

But for now, the Pistons are rebuilding, and Prince is a 35-year-old piece of their history who most likely remain stay that way once the final 10 games of this season are complete. "I'm not going to jump to conclusions," Prince said. "But as you guys know, and as of my time in Boston before I got traded to Detroit, my intention was to get to a contender. You know, you can never say never, but obviously, at this point in my career, I think that's where I help teams the best. "A game like today, you'll see that every once in a while. It's not a situation where I'll do that night in, night out. But like I said in Boston, all options are on the table. Of course, I would prefer to be in a good situation. It's not a situation where it's like, 'No, no, I'm not coming back here.' But if you ask me if it's a contender, preferably, yeah, I would lean more towards that." Booth Newspapers

Daryl Morey: "It's not true that we've had contract talks recently (with Sergio Llull) ... I can say that the recent reports about us offering a large contract right now are not true." CBS Local

Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas will be out for the next one to two weeks with lower back pain and tightness, the team announced on Friday. Motiejunas was having pain on Wednesday when the Rockets defeated New Orleans. He didn’t shoot around on Friday before the Rockets hosted Minnesota. “I think he was a little bit sore and he aggravated it in New Orleans,” coach Kevin McHale said. Houston Chronicle

There’s another John Lucas in the NBA today. He’s your son, he’s a guard for the Detroit Pistons. How often you get to see him play? John Lucas: I don’t go to any of his games. That’s his life. As a former coach, I don’t want to go because then I end up trying to be the coach. I just watch at home, then I can turn the TV off and then have no ownership in that game. Me and my wife can’t watch when he gets in the game, because I’m so angry because he only grew to be about 5-foot-10, so when he’s in the game people take advantage of him. He can’t do things — they post him up, so I look at her. If I’d have married somebody else — now I’m blaming her! I’m blaming her for his height. He’s got my last name on the back of his shirt. But I’m really, really proud of John. He’s been a ball boy ever since he was like 6-years-old. It’s always been a dream of his to play. WBUR

Alex Raskin: Mr. Whammy said that LeBron James is the only guy who has had him moved. Also said "I hate him" and called him a "crybaby." #Nets #Cavs Twitter @alexraskinNYC


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March 28, 2015 | 08:53 AM ET Update

St. John's is interested in former NBA player and St. John's star Chris Mullin as Lavin's replacement. Mullin, who led St. John's to the 1985 Final Four, works as an adviser for the Sacramento Kings. St. John's also could pursue coaches Bobby Hurley (Buffalo) or Dan Hurley (Rhode Island), according to a source. ESPN.com

He's so unique that people around the NBA still expect him to command a max contract as a free agent in 2016, even if he hasn't thoroughly put his foot issues behind him by then. Don't forget,: Gilbert Arenas and Amar'e Stoudemire both received $100 million contracts after they severely damaged their knees. What seems like a bigger gamble: spending money in the hope that Durant is still the Durant we've seen before, or continually trading players and dropping to the bottom of the standings in the hopes of winning the lottery and landing the next Durant that we have yet to see? ESPN.com

Windhorst talked about Love and Westbrook’s relationship because Love recently said his former UCLA teammate was having a better season than LeBron James when the MVP race was discussed on the Dan Patrick Show. Windhorst said the following, around the 37;48 mark of the podcast: “Love enjoys Westbrook. they have a relationship. there’s a conspiracy theory that exists out there that Kevin Love will go to the Lakers this summer, or next summer, and then Westbrook will join him when he’s a free agent, and they will reunite in LA, like they played for UCLA. The guy, the star player he has the best relationship in the league with is Westbrook.” Factory of Sadness

“Best record in the league, best offense in the league by a lot,” Green explained as to why Curry should be MVP. “I think Steph has the best plus-minus in the league. And not to mention, what he does he usually does it in three quarters because we’ve beaten a lot of teams by a lot of points. Every game we play isn’t close, so you don’t have to score in the last seconds or the last few minutes of games. So he sits the whole fourth quarter, so those numbers can get a little skewed, too. Obviously you see when he plays the whole game the numbers that he puts up. Contra Costa Times

Ellis did not return to the game and left AT&T Center on crutches. As usual, he did not speak to media members. No further tests were scheduled, but an update is expected Saturday. “He was kicked or kneed in the right calf,” Carlisle said. “It’s very sore. But we don’t know the extent of it. We’ll see how he feels [Saturday] and go from there.” Dallas Morning News

Van Gundy steered the club to one NBA Finals appearance in 2009 before being fired after the 2011-12 season. And that begs the question: Will the Magic, in time, ever put Van Gundy in their hall of fame? "There is no chance — absolutely no chance," Van Gundy laughed. "Not the way things went down at the end. I guess if there's a whole different group of people here — possibly. But not with the current group. That ain't happening." Orlando Sentinel

When Gilbert bought the Cavs in 2005, his net worth was estimated at $800 million. In its annual list released this month, Forbes now estimates Gilbert's net worth at north of $4.7 billion, as his empire has expanded from mortgages and venture capital to casinos, real estate, consumer products, tech, minor league sports franchises and a basketball team currently estimated to be worth more than $900 million. ESPN.com

As his businesses and popularity have grown, so has his involvement in the Cavs' day-to-day operations, according to numerous sources inside and outside the organization. Even as he has withdrawn a little publicly, Gilbert has become one of the most hands-on owners in the league. "If you had a 1-to-10 scale of an owner's involvement [Dallas Mavericks owner] Mark Cuban would be a 10," said one prominent league agent. "Dan would be a 9." ESPN.com

It is not unusual for Gilbert to speak directly to an agent or to up the ante in trade talks by calling an opposing owner, sources said. But Gilbert disagrees with the idea that he's heavily involved in basketball decisions. "I don't think that's accurate," Gilbert said. "The way I look at it is it's the owner's job to say yes before you say no. I believe an owner is there to set the philosophy and to establish the culture but you let your guy pull the triggers." ESPN.com

As he's gotten more involved over the years, though, he's cut back his visibility on social media and limited his interactions with the media. He was the driving force in the hiring of David Blatt as head coach last year but did not attend his news conference or the one held when the team announced the acquisition of Love. There was no news conference held when James signed. He did not attend the news conference when Griffin was named GM. Earlier in his tenure, Gilbert was always front and center in these types of moments. ESPN.com

Not only did the Washington Wizards pull off a double-overtime win against the Charlotte Hornets Friday night, they also made the dreams of Nitin Ramachandran come true. Ramachandran, who is battling a rare form of brain cancer, signed a one-day contract with the Wizards through an arrangement with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. CBSSports.com

Hot Rod Hundley, the former NBA player who broadcast Jazz games in New Orleans and Utah for 35 years, died Friday. He was 80. The Jazz said Hundley died at his home in the Phoenix area. Hundley broadcast 3,051 Jazz games from 1974-2009. He joined the franchise before its first season in New Orleans in 1974-75 and moved with the team to Salt Lake City in 1979-80. USA Today Sports

Just hours after meeting with Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah about an anti-violence event, the manager of Chicago rapper Lil Durk was gunned down in the Avalon Park neighborhood. Uchenna Agina — known as Chino Dolla and OTF Chino — was sitting in a car in the 8400 block of South Stony Island Avenue when a gunman walked up and opened fire about 1:50 a.m. Friday, authorities said. Police said a friend drove him to Advocate Trinity Hospital. A police source said Lil Durk was not the friend that took Agina to the hospital. My FOX Chicago


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