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April 30, 2015 Updates

When Al-Farouq Aminu signed a two-year, $2.08 million deal with Dallas last summer, the goal was to help the Mavericks win, get some playing time and re-establish his value as an NBA player. He couldn’t help the Mavericks get past the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs, but his play in the postseason did wonders for his own stock which has him on radar of a number of teams – including the Celtics. CSNNE.com

The Dallas Mavericks opted not to give departed point guard Rajon Rondo a playoff share, sources said. Rondo, who was acquired by the Mavericks in a blockbuster trade in December, left the team after the first two games of their first-round playoff series against Houston. The Mavs announced that Rondo had suffered a back injury, but a source told ESPNDallas.com that the team and Rondo actually reached a mutual decision to go their separate ways after he played only 9 minutes and 55 seconds in Dallas' Game 2 loss. ESPN.com

Players determine how the team's playoff shares are divided. The players did not vote to exclude Rondo, the source said. They were simply presented with a list that did not include him, and there were no objections. Rondo will become a free agent this summer. Coach Rick Carlisle has made it clear that he does not expect Rondo to return to Dallas. ESPN.com

Here is the full transcript of Sporting News’ interview with Shanks about the incident, his own background and the pressures of being a social media manager for a pro sports team: Q: A lot of people don't understand the pressures of and qualities required for being a social media manager at such a high-profile company. What kind of background do you have, and how long had you been doing this? Chad Shanks: This is (or was) my fourth season doing social media for the Rockets. I have a master’s degree in journalism and have worked for newspapers, websites and various marketing and PR departments. A lot of people replied to my Tweet in question saying “the social media intern should be fired” or something to that effect. I don’t know of any team that trusts an intern to run their social accounts. Most are in their mid-to-late twenties, I’m in my early thirties. I was a little bit older than most starting this type of job, but they said they hired me because they trusted someone a little older and more educated to not do anything reckless (and we see how that turned out). Sporting News

Chad Shanks: Once we had the game (and the series) locked up with a minute or so left, I wanted to take a jab at the Mavs (something I’ve done every so often with other teams), and that idea popped into my head. I meant it to just be a play on taking an old horse out to pasture that would get our fans even more pumped up and agitate Mavs fans. Obviously, things didn’t turn out that way. I didn’t think people would equate pretend violence on an emoji horse with actual violence on a real horse. That’s not what I intended, but my job was to anticipate how these things would go over, and I failed. Sporting News

April 29, 2015 Updates

Jeff Caplan: Rockets fired their social media manager as a result of that tweet. Definitely in poor taste, but fired seems harsh. Be careful out there. Twitter @Jeff_Caplan

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