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April 20, 2014 Updates

Phil Norment also said that interim coach John Loyer has been promised to be "part of the process" in the pursuit of a permanent head coach, and the same for assistant general manager George David and director of basketball operations Ken Catanella in the general manager pursuit. Realistically, their best hopes probably are to be retained in something less than the head coach or GM roles. Meantime, Loyer toils in his office, David and Catanella prepare for the draft, and everyone waits. Booth Newspapers

April 19, 2014 Updates
April 18, 2014 Updates

When the league and the players' union signed the collective bargaining agreement in 2011, it was agreed that the current one-and-done college rule could be revised at any time. The players' union recently named Sacramento mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson to head a committee to name a new leader by the start of the 2014-15 season. "If we're going to be successful in raising the age from 19 to 20, part and parcel in those negotiations goes to the treatment of players on those college campuses and closing the gap between what their scholarships cover and their expenses," Silver said. "We haven't looked specifically at creating a financial incentive for them to stay in college. That's been an option that has been raised over the years, but that's not something that is on the table right now." ESPN.com

Silver said owners discussed possible changes to the draft lottery and the current playoff system. There has been a growing sense of a need to change the way draft position is established to discourage teams from attempting to lose games to enhance draft or playoff spots. Owners presented a number of options, including changing the odds, the so-called "wheel" that would rotate the No. 1 pick to all 30 teams over 30 years and a play-in tournament to determine draft order. But Silver said there was no consensus on which direction to take and that it will be studied by the league's competition committee at its annual summit over the summer. The owners did not discuss a timetable for potential changes. ESPN.com

Duke sophomore Rodney Hood will enter the 2014 NBA Draft , as announced by head coach Mike Krzyzewski Friday. Hood, a second team All-ACC selection, averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in helping the Blue Devils to a 26-9 record and the program’s 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Duke University Blue Devils Official Athletics Site

The 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward is the only no-brainer among a list of eight Kentucky players on the NBA’s radar. He averaged a double-double of 15 points and 10.4 rebounds, but was second-worst on the team with 101 turnovers. “What teams like about Julius is that he’s got an NBA-ready body,” one source said. “He doesn’t have the wing span that some guys do, but he’s strong, quick and a very powerful player. He’s a nice ball-handler for his size and he’s very agile for someone so big.” 247Sports.com

Randle, sources said, could improve his value by developing a consistent 15-foot jump shot. “It’s going to be a work in progress. He is not going to come in and set the world on fire because he’s going to go to a bad team,” the source said. “But if he develops to where he can knock down that jump shot, he’s going to be tough.” 247Sports.com

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