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February 20, 2015 Updates

While many prognosticators pegged the Bulls and Cavaliers to meet in the Eastern Conference finals, that may not be their only competition. Both teams will aggressively pursue center Kendrick Perkins when his buyout from the Jazz becomes official, a league source said. In fact, a separate league source said while Clippers coach and basketball operations head Doc Rivers will reach out to the center who started on Rivers' champion Celtics team, Perkins is leaning towards signing with the Bulls or Cavaliers. Chicago Tribune

Memphis has expressed interest in the best free-agent shooter languishing on a couch and remains interested in veteran Ray Allen. The veteran sharpshooter is expected to make a decision soon about whether he’ll return to the NBA this season. Allen has long spurned Memphis’ overtures. He isn’t short on options. Cleveland, the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State, San Antonio, Chicago, Washington and Atlanta are among the contenders that have expressed interest in Allen. Memphis Commercial Appeal

February 19, 2015 Updates

The Cavaliers' inaction as the NBA's trade deadline nears is a non-issue for LeBron James, who's now speaking more positively about this team than ever before. "Oh we can win a championship, yeah, with this roster," James said Thursday, following the Cavs' practice before the fly to Washington to resume their schedule Friday against the Wizards. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Barring a dramatic change in the final few hours, today’s 3 p.m. trade deadline is expected to pass without the Cavs making any deals, multiple league sources told the Beacon Journal. The Cavs are still trying, but weren’t close on any trades early Thursday morning and losing faith they could get anything done, league sources said. Ideally they would still like to upgrade the point guard position and add another big, but they are simply left with too few trade assets and no cap flexibility after a flurry of recent moves. Akron Beacon Journal

February 18, 2015 Updates
February 17, 2015 Updates

When asked to explain what he was thinking afterward, he said he wanted to do all he could to pay the fans back for voting him in as a starter. “I understand that my fans and our fans for this great game voted me in for a reason,” James said. “They wanted to see me play. They wanted to see me do what I’ve been doing this year, and that’s why they voted me in. It’s my obligation and my responsibility to go out there, if I’m feeling 80 percent or 85 percent or 90, to go out there and give my fans something. Give my fans what they wanted to see. And hopefully I did that.” NBCSports.com

"It's still too early to assess the total economic impact of LeBron James' return home, but we expect it will show a positive improvement," said Emily Lundgard, a Budish spokeswoman who previously worked for FitzGerald. For instance, a 2010 study by The Plain Dealer and economists showed James played a "key role" in $200 million in downtown spending annually, including $150 million during the playoffs. To get to $500 million, assumptions were made that every dollar spent in the region was tied to James. Additionally, both Brooks and FitzGerald's administration predicted various boosts in tax revenue, jobs, and spending. Cleveland Plain Dealer

But James likely had little to do with this. According to the Cavaliers, about 40 percent of the people who come to The Q reside in Cuyahoga County, and a large majority lives in Northeast Ohio. "There's no math out there that he brought $500 million into the region or that he's going to," said Gbenga Ajilore, an economics professor at the University of Toledo who teaches a course on economics in sports. "He's had an impact, you can't deny that. People weren't coming to games last year. There is an impact, but I don't know how you begin to quantify that." Cleveland Plain Dealer


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