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October 24, 2014 Updates

Beverley won’t deny he’s aware of the importance of the upcoming season in regard to his contract situation. But he won’t presently concern himself with his next deal. “The contract year is big for everyone,” Beverley said. “The biggest thing for me is to continue doing what I’ve been doing: playing defense, being aggressive, and leading this team. Then I’ll let the dominoes fall wherever they fall. “It’s something I can’t control. I can only control my basketball playing, and that will get me what I deserve. I haven’t thought about all that yet. It’s the beginning of the year. I’m just trying to stay healthy to lead a basketball team. I’ll let my agent do his job.” Houston Chronicle

October 23, 2014 Updates

On July 2, the Pacers turned their attention to Plan B and agreed to terms with free agent CJ Miles. In Stephenson's view, the Miles' deal sealed his departure from the Pacers. "They didn't have nothing else. They had no more money or anything. That was basically it right there," Stephenson said. "Soon as I said no to that offer, they went and signed CJ. I figured they thought I had no chance of coming back, they just went on and signed CJ. … I felt like it was a wrap after that." Indianapolis Star

Jackson, a lightning-quick backup point guard, stepped up last season while Westbrook was recovering from knee surgery and eventually moved into the starting lineup during the Western Conference Finals. He is a restricted free agent next year. The last time the Thunder had such a talented perimeter player along with Durant and Westbrook, they eventually traded James Harden to Houston. Thunder general manager Sam Presti said he wants Jackson to remain a piece of the puzzle. "I think we've been really clear about his importance to the team, that we see him as a core member of the team, as a core member of the organization," Presti said. "We're going to put our best put forward, and I believe he will as well. We'll see if we can figure something out." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

The Bucks have until the end of the month to extend Knight’s contract. If they don’t, he’ll become a restricted free agent after this season. And, if that occurs, the offensively-challenged Bucks could be flirting with fire. Knight, who is represented by Arn Tellem, arguably the best agent in the game, could decide to become an unrestricted free agent the following season and undoubtedly draw keen interest from several teams in larger markets. Racine Journal-Times

The Boston Celtics have claimed free agent forward Jarell Eddie off NBA waivers, a league source told RealGM. Eddie was recently released by the Atlanta Hawks, and he drew multiple waiver bids before the Celtics were awarded his rights. Eddie could be being signed to be released as part of Boston’s allocated players to Maine in the NBA D-League. RealGM

“During the offseason I didn’t think I’d sign in China. I thought I would get a good deal in the NBA, but I was overlooked,” Crawford told Basketball Insiders from his three-story mansion in Urumqi, the largest city in China’s western interior. Basketball Insiders

Q: Which NBA teams offered deals? Jordan Crawford: “Teams wanted to wait till training camp. There were talks of one-season veteran minimum deals. My history with the Washington Wizards concerned a lot of teams. I was traded to D.C. during my rookie season and I was very passionate about playing professional basketball. I worked very hard to show everyone from the coaches to the players to fans that I wanted to win and I could help our team win even when other players were injured or didn’t believe they could win. Some of the decisions that were made and how I expressed my frustration with those decisions led to a big misunderstanding in D.C. and I ended up with a bad reputation, but I’m working to change that.” Basketball Insiders

Q: Which NBA organization had serious interest in you? Jordan Crawford: “The Sacramento Kings wanted me, but I wasn’t comfortable accepting the backup role there. I’m a hard worker who loves the game and I felt I had something more to offer than what they were looking for from me at the time.” Basketball Insiders

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