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May 24, 2015 Updates

Carroll is playing with a badly sprained left knee but has no intentions to pull himself out of the lineup, despite suggestions from friends that he should look out for his future with free agency coming. I’m standing here,” he said when asked about his knee. “I put myself out there to help my team, whatever it takes. I know my knee is nowhere near 100 (percent). But at the end of the day if I’m out there I’m going to give it my all and hopefully my team has my back.” On why he’s playing: “I’ve been getting a million calls and emails about me, why am I there, this might be the biggest contract of my life. But at the end of the day this game isn’t promised to you. So whenever you’ve got an opportunity to play basketball, a lot of people say it’s bigger than money and it feels like that to me. I cherish this game and I want to be out there fighting, and if I have to fight on one leg, I’m gonna fight on one leg. I can’t let this opportunity pass me by. Eastern Conference finals, playing against LeBron James. I don’t care if I have to do it on one leg, I’ll hobble out there.” Atlanta Journal Constitution

Heat guard Goran Dragic, an impending free agent, feels strongly that the Heat must play faster and has been assured that’s a key part of the Pat Riley/Erik Spoelstra master plan, according to an an associate. We’re told Dragic very much likes Spoelstra and Riley and nothing to this point has changed regarding the Heat’s status as front-runners to keep him. The Lakers, Knicks, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Sacramento are all expected to have interest Miami Herald

May 23, 2015 Updates

Minneapolis' Royce White, a 2012 NBA first round pick, is on the comeback trail. He's training with former Timberwolves guard and Eden Prairie girls coach/43 Hoops AAU coach Chris Carr. White was drafted by Houston, traded to Philadelphia, released, and signed two 10-day contracts with Sacramento in March 2014. Now a free agent, he has offers from the Clippers and Spurs to play on their summer league teams, and interest from others. On his comeback, White said, "I don't even believe in that, in case it doesn't work out, it's gonna work out, it's gonna work out." KSTP

Pierce must decide whether to exercise the $5.5 million player option to play his second season with the Wizards and 18th overall in the NBA. The future Hall of Famer will celebrate his 38th birthday in October. Last Friday, Coach Randy Wittman said he believed Pierce would return because he enjoyed his time in Washington but he and the organization await the decision. “I don’t need to recruit Paul,” Wittman said Monday. “What Paul saw here and what he did here, not only with the team but with the city, all of that plays into it. His family was comfortable here. Will I sit down and talk with him? Yeah. But I don’t think I need to recruit him.” Washington Post

May 22, 2015 Updates

There is no guarantee Butler will be around for the next step. He is among the team's four free agents. At his age, it's unlikely the Wizards make retaining him a main priority as they ponder big picture moves with a conference and NBA title in mind. If Pierce returns and with Beal and Porter around, most of the wing minutes will be gobbled up by that trio. Then again, who would have imagined Butler's impact on the 2014-15 season. "A lot of things change over free agency, "Butler said. "Not really sure the direction the team is going to go in. Only thing I can control is how I prepare myself to be ready." CSNWashington.com

“We never tried to get away from playing fast,” Kroenke said. “We just weren’t playing very efficient. I think that was painfully obvious to anyone who watched. When I talk about the organizational fabric, the situations had gotten to a point where our fans… our fans deserve the best. They’ve been subject to a lot of things over the years — a couple of different styles of play, different players — we made it through the Carmelo (Anthony) saga. Now, we’re at a point where we really want to build a team that they are going to be proud of going forward, that can truly try to compete for something.” Denver Post

"I'll continue to do the same things that I did this past year to continue to get better," Knight said. "For me, it's more of a team thing. I really want to try to push the guys on the Suns and this organization to be better, not just myself. I think true leaders make people around them better and that's what it's going to take for us to really take that next step. We've got to have each and every guy get better, not just myself but our entire team has to take steps this summer. It starts right now." Arizona Republic

"I thought it was fine," Knight told SiriusXM NBA Radio. "I think it's really just about making the right play. I enjoy playing with Eric because Eric is, first, he's a great talent and he's not a selfish player. He's very, very unselfish. He's trying to make the right play, trying to win. As far as playing with Eric goes, I think it's a great thing because you have two players who can attack at any time. Instead of having one team focus on just one of us, being able to have two guys who can really break down a defense at any time, I think will not only make it easy for myself but also make it easier for him as well. If Eric was a selfish guy, then I think it wouldn't work but both of us being pretty unselfish guys and really just wanting to win and also being familiar with each other, I think that helps the situation." Arizona Republic

Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said star guard Kobe Bryant has told the GM that the 2015-16 season will be Bryant's last with the Lakers. "He has indicated to me that this is it," Kupchak said Thursday in a radio appearance with SiriusXM NBA Radio. ESPN.com

Bryant is scheduled to make a league-high $25 million in his final contract season -- his 20th -- with the Lakers. But there's speculation that Bryant could play beyond next season, and Bryant said he hasn't ruled out that possibility. "I think first and foremost, he's on the last year of a deal," Kupchak told SiriusXM NBA Radio. "There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don't think there will be." ESPN.com

"I think it is clear," Kupchak said. "He's on the last year of his deal. There have been no discussions [about playing beyond next season]. He hasn't indicated that he wants to continue to play. "But if there is a player out there like that, that won't come here for that reason, then we don't want them. Every great player is demanding and focused, and if you don't want to play for a guy like him that's driven to do nothing but win championships and work hard, then you shouldn't be here. You should go someplace else." ESPN.com

Darren Wolfson: Royce White has more than a LAC offer for summer league. I have his comeback story at 10:22 on @KSTP. Talked w/ him & mentor Chris Carr. Twitter @DWolfsonKSTP

Gotham reiterated what other members of management have made clear — impending restricted free agent Jae Crowder is a priority. “He added a lot to our team. He added toughness, energy and confidence,” he said. “He gave our guys a little swagger. His attitude and the way he plays the game rubbed off on our team. We hit that cycle where our team is feeding off of it and our fans are feeding off of it. It’s a nice dynamic and he brought that to us.” Boston Herald

May 21, 2015 Updates

McRae focused on becoming stronger and putting on weight in Australia. He went from 180 pounds 11 months ago to his current 195 by “lifting hard every day.” The plan is for McRae to continue working out and playing pickup games with the Sixers' players and then for him to join the team's summer league entry at the Rocky Mountain Revue in Utah and/or NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, and see what happens from there. "I can bring energy, defense, effort and things like that,” McRae said. The Intelligencer

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