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May 4, 2015 Updates

In other words, the Mavs won’t have to come close to matching a four-year, $18 million deal, like the one Barea signed the last time he tested free agency. But that doesn’t mean Barea, a productive backup guard and part-time starter at 30, would be willing to settle for the veteran’s minimum. A source said Barea is hoping to sign a two- or three-year deal that would pay an annual salary in the $3 million range. ESPN.com

The Mavs will undoubtedly have a hometown advantage in the Barea contract discussions this summer. He doesn’t attempt to deny that. “I want to [come back] and hopefully this time we make it work,” Barea said. “I had a lot of fun this year. I enjoyed being back. It feels like home for me here in Dallas so hopefully I can come back and finish my career here for the next couple years.” ESPN.com

Kawhi Leonard is a mortal lock to return, with a cap hold of roughly $7.2 million until he signs the max contract he’s absolutely going to get even after a poor finish to the Clippers series (29.6 percent from the floor over the last three games, one block and no steals over the last four). (All indications are that Leonard has no interest in signing an offer sheet elsewhere, and wants the security of a full deal over gambling with a one-year qualifying deal in order to hit unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2016, when the cap is projected to skyrocket with the NBA’s incoming TV windfall.) San Antonio Express-News

One of 10 Spurs who will become a free agent July 1, Green understands the likelihood there will be significant changes to the roster for next season. He just hasn’t allowed himself to consider how next season’s Spurs might be composed. “It hasn’t sunk in yet, but this is a special group,” he said. “That’s why it sucks so bad, especially for Timmy (Duncan) and Manu (Ginobili). We had an opportunity to do something special for them. All I can do is hope and pray for another group like that in the future, but I have a feeling some of those guys will be back. R.C. and Pop do a great job of bringing in new guys.” San Antonio Express-News

Even if that requires accepting a reduction in minutes to let Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton get a better feel for one another, Green appears willing to oblige. "I'm definitely open to being back here in Orlando," he said. I like the foundation that the team has. "I like our young fellas, and I think I can help them on and off the floor. So if that possibility is open, then I'm definitely open to exploring it." FoxSports.com

May 3, 2015 Updates

Was this the last game for Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili? And maybe even coach Gregg Popovich? From the sound of Duncan and Ginobili, they aren't rushing into a decision. "I'm not making any statements," Duncan said after the season-ending 111-109 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Yahoo! Sports

"It could happen," Ginobili said. "I still don't know. I don't want to make a decision after being a disappointment in a game like this. So I'll have a lot of time. I will sit with my family and try to evaluate what happened during the season, how I feel and if I am ready to go at it again. I guess the Spurs are going to have to make a decision, too, and see what they want to do also." Yahoo! Sports

May 2, 2015 Updates

Brook Lopez has the ability to opt-out of the final year of his contract this summer and become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his seven-year NBA career. So what will he do? “You know, I don’t know,” Lopez said. “There’s lots of different stuff. I haven’t thought about it at all. The season just ended, so I haven’t given it any thought.” New York Post

The power forward told Northeast Ohio Media Group in January that he planned to opt in for next season and enter into free agency in the offseason of 2016. If that's his way of showing his commitment to the organization, there's a more profitable way of doing so. Based on his maximum salary numbers, Love could earn on the upwards of $2.5 million additional for next season if he reversed course and opted out. With the NBA's lucrative television deal kicking in for the 2016-17 season, the salary cap is expected to jump massively, approximately in the ballpark of an $85 million-plus range. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Cavaliers have expressed to Love that they desperately want him back. They didn't trade away the Rookie of the Year in Andrew Wiggins for a one-year Love rental. They're committed to keeping this championship-contending group intact. "I sure hope so," Head Coach David Blatt said of Love returning. "I'm full of hope and nothing I'd like better than to see him back next year." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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