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May 21, 2015 Updates

BDA Sports Day - Veterans: Terrell Stoglin, Garlon Green, Andre Dawkins, Jawad Williams, Al Thornton, Drew Gordon. HoopsHype

There’s a long list of teams already prepared to pursue Carroll this summer, including the Celtics, Lakers and Pistons. He boosted his scoring average from 12.6 points to 16.2 before the injury, and was shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 41.6 percent from the 3-point line. The Hawks want to keep Carroll, but his price has been driven up. With his defense and versatility, one league exec estimated his next deal at more than $15 million per year. Sporting News

Carroll is the embodiment of the Hawks -- toiling in anonymity, listed deep in the "others receiving votes" section of the NBA All-Defense results released on Wednesday. This series against Cleveland and LeBron is a proving ground, a bigger stage as Carroll said. And individually for Carroll it couldn't come at a better time, as his contract expires on June 30 and he'll become a free agent. Sources around the league appraise his annual value at more than $10 million a season, and the Hawks have been bracing themselves for a measurably higher number. After losing Carroll -- and Game 1 of the series to Cleveland 97-89, there's nothing but uncertainty for all parties. A Hawks team already without Thabo Sefolosha, a veteran whose overlapping skill set was supposed to give the Hawks uncommon depth with a platoon of long, versatile wings, is now down to Kent Bazemore at the small forward position. ESPN.com

Charles made it clear that Harrison’s return is not about money stating, “[Harrison] would play for free. He’s back in love with he game and just wants an opportunity to play.” “At the end of the day, he’s a 7 foot center with a nice jump shot and dominating post moves. He’s a great guy who deserves a shot and his first shot unfairly taken from him. He’s looking at the NBA Summer League, D-League, and overseas,” continued Charles. Sports Agent Blog

A group of (mostly) small-market teams lobbied against the proposal, fearing it would remove their best avenue for acquiring a franchise player right at the moment of a salary-cap explosion that would give glamour-market behemoths unprecedented cap room. No one knows how the new TV deal bonanza will affect the league’s revenue-sharing formula. There was just a sense that too much change was coming at once, and that the changes in the aggregate might favor the top free-agency destinations. I’m not sure that’s the case, but the proposal failed and the league — despite real concern about the perception of tanking — doesn’t appear in a rush to force it down anyone’s throat. Grantland

May 20, 2015 Updates

With the Lakers winning the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, Jordan Hill's time with the team could be nearing an end. The team has an option on Hill's contract next year with the decision due before July. The Lakers can either pay him $9 million for the 2015-16 season, or render him an unrestricted free agent. The top two prospects in the draft, Duke's Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns, both play the same position as Hill. Los Angeles Times

The Wizards have made it clear they are committed to signing Beal to the max, but the timing is everything from the standpoint of preserving cap room to chase free agents such as Kevin Durant in 2016. CBSSports.com

If the Wizards don't do the extension this summer, Beal would have two options: Become a restricted free agent next summer (assuming the Wizards extend a qualifying offer, which of course they will), or sign his $7.5 million qualifying offer and become unrestricted in 2017. Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld and Beal's agent, Mark Bartelstein, have yet to initiate extension talks, but they will soon. CBSSports.com

The Boston Celtics were close to signing JaVale McGee back in March when the Philadelphia 76ers released him and thus made him a free agent. Could a second go-around be the charm? Despite the failed efforts by both sides to hammer out a deal earlier, the door hasn’t been totally slammed shut on the two coming together once again and seal a deal this time. The sticking point previously was the Celtics’ desire to have a team option following the 2015-2016 season while McGee’s camp instead wanted a player option. CSNNE.com

Though they didn’t quite win the lottery on Tuesday, the Lakers were the big victor once the ping-pong balls were processed. Not only did the Lakers avoid the disaster that would have followed if they’d fallen to No. 6, but by landing at No. 2, Los Angeles also is that much more attractive as a potential free-agent destination this summer. That’s according to player representatives who will have major free agents on the market this summer. Sporting News

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