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February 19, 2015 Updates

Jason Lieser: ESPN reports Heat offering two 1sts for Phoenix PG Goran Dragic. Would be a huge upgrade at Miami's weakest position. Twitter @PBPjasonlieser

February 18, 2015 Updates
February 17, 2015 Updates

"The second I walked in to watch Chris Paul play, there was no doubt in my mind he was ridiculously special,'' Ainge says. "I saw him play at Duke, as a freshman for Wake Forest, and he did not have a good game. It was just his talent level -- athletic, smart, tough, physical. He was just confident in what he was doing, in spite of the fact that he wasn't making shots and everything else. There was just something about him, that he put a smile on my face as I watched them play.'' In 2005, Ainge tried to trade Pierce to Portland for the No. 3 pick in order to draft Paul. The trade fell apart and Paul went No. 4 to New Orleans, behind Andrew Bogut, Marvin Williams and Deron Williams. "Chris Paul was clearly the No. 1 pick in the draft that year, in my mind,'' says Ainge. "I was very confident in spite of my own staff, in spite of my own coaches and my own people not sharing that opinion.'' NBA.com

February 15, 2015 Updates

"We do need to make some changes in the Draft Lottery, which I believe is largely a perception issue," he said. "We want to ensure that our fans know that our teams do not have an incentive to lose games. … The system isn't as broken as some may suggest, but it's going to require a tweak." USA Today Sports

On the age limit: “I think it would be much better for the game if the minimum age were 20 instead of 19. Having said that, I do understand the other side of the issue. While the Union has stated its view that they want to keep it at 19, we haven't entered collective bargaining. We haven't sat across the table and discussed it with them. We haven't had an opportunity to present, in essence, our side of why we think it would be beneficial not just for the league, but for the players as well. So we'll see. When we get into bargaining, I'm sure we'll discuss it.” Sporting News

February 14, 2015 Updates
February 13, 2015 Updates

In a manner of speaking, he could do that by staying at Duke a while longer. Like Tim Duncan famously did years ago at Wake Forest. Like Peyton Manning did at Tennessee or, more recently, Andrew Luck at Stanford. Hey, anything’s possible. “I know I’ll be in position to live my dream in the NBA or live my dream and stay here at Duke with people who truly love me,” he said. “I totally feel comfortable with staying here in college, and my family wouldn’t care one bit as long as I’m happy. They know how much I love being here. “I love everything about Duke. I wish I could just stop time and be able to enjoy this as much as I can.” Chicago Sun-Times

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