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February 1, 2015 Updates

Isola wasn't convinced it would get better soon, but he predicted a captivating development — Jackson vs. his fiancée, Jeanie Buss, the president of the Lakers, who are projected to have about $24 million to spend on free agents in July and perhaps even more the following year when Kobe Bryant comes off their books. "The next few summers it's really going to be Phil and Jeanie going head-to-head to get players on some level," Isola said. "I think Phil would probably admit that the Lakers have an advantage because there is more history there, they have won more titles and it is L.A. I think that he is probably going up against his girlfriend, realizing that she has a bit of an advantage." Los Angeles Times

January 31, 2015 Updates

Smith returns to play the Pistons in Auburn Hills tonight, and he's playing his best basketball in years. The Rockets haven't imploded with Smith. They've thrived with him. The idea of a contract extension this summer appeals to him, because the roster is talented and deep, his role's increasingly defined and most of all: "I'm comfortable here," Smith told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Mozgov has a $4.9 million team option for the 2015-16 season. So the center can't be a free agent until the summer of 2016. You can be sure the Cavs will pick up that option. Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 30, 2015 Updates

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Thunder officials understand there are no guarantees with Durant. They know they can offer the most money -- several executives believe a max deal for Durant in the new TV revenue-infused market in 2016 could be worth in the neighborhood of $200 million over five years -- and they believe Durant likes playing in Oklahoma City. “I think he likes his teammates,” said Brooks. “That’s always important.” Sports Illustrated

When and how to use them, however, is not something that is finitely and foolishly planned before other resolutions take place. On Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough explained some of the more immediate concerns before those long-term tools come into play. "It's not something we predetermine," McDonough said. "We have it set up now where we have a decent amount in the summer of 2015. We have some key free agents this summer in Goran Dragic and Gerald Green that we'd like to re-sign. We'll see how it goes." NBA.com

January 29, 2015 Updates

On Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough explained some of the more immediate concerns before those long-term tools come into play. "It's not something we predetermine," McDonough said. "We have it set up now where we have a decent amount in the summer of 2015. We have some key free agents this summer in Goran Dragic and Gerald Green that we'd like to re-sign. We'll see how it goes. Right now our main focus is trying to win as many games as we can, trying to make the playoffs. If we do get there, win in the playoffs. After the season's over, we'll re-evaluate and see where we are in terms of the draft and free agency." NBA.com

Former NBA small forward Terrence Williams, after a short-lived stint that included just one practice, has been released from Israeli side Maccabi Ashdod, sources told Basketball Insiders. According to sources, Williams, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, is in discussions for a new deal with clubs from Puerto Rico and the Philippines. In mid-January, Williams signed a no-cut four-month offer sheet worth $68,000 in Ashdod and was immediately dubbed one of the most talented players in the Middle East. The problem was, the coach that initially lured Williams overseas had gotten fired. Basketball Insiders

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