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Jarvis Varnado penned a deal in Puerto Rico with Piratas de Quebradillas. The big man has played a few games in D-League with Los Angeles D-Fenders averaging 11.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Sportando

Kevin Ollie, who led the UConn Huskies to their fourth NCAA championship in 2014, is being “seriously considered” for the Oklahoma City head coaching job, a source close to the situation told SNY.tv. Ollie teamed with Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City and remains close with GM Sam Presti. Ollie is considered to be one of the keys to convincing Durant to remain in Oklahoma City after he enters free agency in 2016, the source said. ZagsBlog.com

"I'm very confident that this is where I'm going to be for a number of years in the future," Williams said. "So hopefully it works out there. I'm a creature of habit, a product of my environment. And once I'm somewhere I like to be comfortable there. And this team, this city and this organization has embraced me as one of their own and I look forward to being here." USA Today Sports

Jon Krawczynski: So the headlines from today's Flip Saunders State of the Wolves address: Priorities this summer are getting stronger, improving D, 3s Twitter @APkrawczynski

Keith Pompey: Free agent to be Luc Mbah a Moute wants to remain with #Sixers: "When you been through a season like this, when you see ups and downs, you see glimpses of what could be. You want to be a part of it. You want to be there when things turn around and we finally get hopefully that right team and become a good team. So yeah, that's what I'm thinking now." #NBA #PompeyOnSixers Instagram

Surya Fernandez: Riley very confident that Dragic will re-sign. Says he feels very good about the position that they have an advantage over other teams. Twitter @SuryaHeatNBA

The 26-year-old Smith is definitely an intriguing player. Even if it’s in a backup role. “That’s OK with me,” Smith said. “I just surprised myself as a starter. I am not going to lie. I’m sure it surprised everybody in the NBA. Hopefully, wherever it might be, I am ready. I have a lot to work on, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I know I have more that I can give. I’m not going to take much time off. I’m getting right back at it.” NBA.com

Some Blazers players have already said they are worried free agency will take Aldridge away from Portland this summer. Earlier this month, before a home game, a Blazers player estimated the chances of him returning to Portland at 50-50. Oregonian

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