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February 19, 2015 Updates

The Heat fully intends to re-sign Dragic when he can exercise an opt out this summer, and Dragic is interested in that. One of his agents said Thursday it’s likely Dragic will be in Miami for the long-term. So why did Dragic include the Heat as one of his few preferred destinations (with the Knicks and Lakers)? “First, because it’s one of the best organizations in the NBA," Rade Filipovich, one of Dragic’s two agents (with Bill Duffy), said Thursday evening. “Second, they have a tremendous leader in Pat Riley and a tremendous coach in Erik Spoelstra. And they’ve got a pretty good team. He thinks this team can accomplish a lot. No question he likes playing with Dwyane Wade, one of the best players in the NBA, and playing with great players like Wade and Chris Bosh.” Miami Herald

He also relishes being able to play point guard again; Phoenix was playing him primarily at shooting guard. “It’s a great fit,” Filipovich said. “Goran and Wade to bring the ball up, create offense, very good shooters –-- very interesting team. A playoff team. He feels lucky he ended up in Miami. He’s very happy.” Dragic could command a five-year, $100 million deal with the Heat this summer, and Miami wouldn’t have made the trade without plans to keep him. “It’s not difficult to cut a deal [when] you’re talking about Pat Riley,” Filipovich said. Miami Herald

February 16, 2015 Updates

Antetokounmpo’s Greece-based agent, Nick Lotsis, told The Post on Monday he spoke to GM Steve Mills last week. “We have not heard anything today,’’ Lotsis said. “We had a discussion with Steve Mills with the past week. There was no clear indication about whether he’ll be there for the remainder of the season or if they are thinking next season. He said he’s thinking seriously about Thanasis for the team’s future. I don’t think it’s clear how the season finishes.’’ New York Post

Lotsis said he still gets calls, but says Antetokounmpo is committed to this process. “Of course I’m glad,’’ Antetokounmpo said. “I’m a kid, and money really doesn’t matter. People who know me know I would prefer to play the next level, and if they said you’d have the same salary as the D-League or play for free, I’d still say yes. That’s who I am.’’ New York Post

February 13, 2015 Updates

Don Cronson was on his way to see his former client Friday at a New York City hospital, and the sports agent said he was encouraged by the updates he has been getting from Anthony Mason's family, a week after the former Knicks enforcer suffered what Cronson described as “congestive heart failure.” "He had a good night, (Thursday) night. I was told about three hours ago by his son that he had a good night," Cronson told the Daily News. "There was another procedure (Thursday), but it wasn't a big one. He's had five operations, one of which was nine hours long." New York Daily News

"This originally happened a week ago today," Cronson said Friday. "(Mason) was in the hospital. I think he was having some discomfort, some kind of chest pain. One of his guys said, ‘You have to have yourself looked at.’ He goes into the hospital and the whole event took place there. I spoke to family members, and had he been in the (hospital) lobby as opposed to the third floor, where he was, he would have died. Fortunately, he was close enough to the emergency facilities that were brought to bear and saved his life. It was touch-and-go, literally minute to minute, then hour to hour, and now it looks like it's more day-to-day. He survived. That's the first thing," Cronson added. New York Daily News

February 12, 2015 Updates

After a long pause, Thompson told Duffy, "No, I made a commitment, I'm going to stay." And that was it. Thompson was staying with Team USA. "That's how Klay is," Duffy said. "He is a quiet guy, but he is smart. You present him with the facts and he thinks about it for five or 10 minutes, he absorbs it and makes a decision. And then it's just, 'OK, let's roll with this.' " Sporting News

Nick Friedell: Confirmed @Shams Charania report that Butler is dropping out of Skills Challenge on Saturday. Still hopes to play limited minutes in ASG. Butler's agent, Happy Walters, remains confident that Butler will be able to play Sunday as he continues to get treatment. Twitter @NickFriedell

February 11, 2015 Updates
February 10, 2015 Updates

CAA Sports and Roc Nation Sports announced today that their planned two-year partnership has come to an end. The agencies in a joint statement said, “Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports have recently concluded their two-year partnership. Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports are two of the premier agencies and they will continue their high levels of client service to the world’s top athletes. They have enjoyed their time as partners and have achieved many successes together. Going forward, they will each focus their efforts on their own business opportunities and clientele.” The two companies first announced their joint venture in April '13. Among the clients they have represented together are Mariners 2B Robinson Cano, Thunder F Kevin Durant and NFL Giants WR Victor Cruz. Sports Business Daily

February 9, 2015 Updates

The agents for DeMarcus Cousins – Dan Fegan and Jarinn Akana – have no issues with Karl taking over as head coach and only wanted clarification on the franchise's repeated changing of direction in its coaching search plans this season, sources said. The Kings had initially planned to let Corbin coach the rest of the season, and then conduct a full search of candidates in April. Fegan and Akana were surprised over the timing of another coaching change, especially after they had been assured at the time of Malone's departure the franchise would wait until the offseason to conduct a full search of candidates, sources said. Along with Cousins himself, Fegan and Akana were proponents of Malone and had been against ownership's decision to destabilize the team and fire the coach early in the season. Yahoo! Sports

Will Bynum: This 6-0 guard is the primary target among overseas talent. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, also has Bradley Beal. Bartelstein contacted the Wizards to gauge if there was any interest in Bynum when he returns from China, where he's currently playing for the Guangdong Southern Tigers. Bynum was traded from the Detroit Pistons to the Boston Celtics, who waived him, this season and hasn't played in the NBA. This is why the Wizards can wait for him and aren't confined to the March 1 deadline. Bynum has been a pro since 2005, playing two seasons in Israel after spending his first season with the Golden State Warriors when he played in just 15 games. Bynum spent 2008-14 with the Detroit Pistons where he averaged 8.4 points and 3.4 assists. There's "a lot" of interest in Bynum but this is clearly the guy the Wizards want if Allen doesn't pan out. And there's no indication at this point that Allen will. CSNWashington.com

Liz Mullen: Phoenix Suns PG Isaiah Thomas has signed with @excelsm agent Sam Goldfeder. He was formerly repped by ASM. SBJ: bit.ly/1CaVAc5 Twitter @SBJLizMullen

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