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October 28, 2014 Updates

Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan says it’s his desire and intent to sign point guard Kemba Walker to a contract extension by the NBA’s Friday deadline. "I’d much rather get Kemba done before the season starts," Jordan told the Observer Tuesday. "Ultimately that’s what I intend to accomplish. We’re in real conversations. I’m hopeful. Really hopeful." Under terms of the NBA’s rookie pay scale, the Hornets can sign Walker to an extension by Oct. 31, thus avoiding him becoming a restricted free agent in July. Walker has said his preference is to remain a Hornet under a long-term deal. Charlotte Observer

Al Jefferson, an All-NBA center, can opt out of the final season on his deal this summer and become an unrestricted free agent. "You are always concerned – more so with Al because he’s totally unrestricted," Jordan said. "They are core pieces of what we’re trying to do…I’d like to keep both of those guys. I say I’d like to and I’d spend the money that’s appropriate. I’ll make every attempt to keep them." Jefferson was a breakthrough free-agent signing for this franchise in the summer of 2012. "Al is a straight shooter. We love him," Jordan said. "He took a gamble on us. That obviously plays into our thinking." Charlotte Observer

Veteran NBA forward Josh Powell, waived by the Rockets last week, has remained with the team to try his hand at coaching while he considers his next move. If he chooses to retire as a player, he could then officially join the Rockets’ staff as a player development coach working with Rockets big men. “It just fell into place,” Powell said. “I don’t ever question what God has in store. One door closes and another one opens. Coach (Kevin McHale) is being patient with me. Everyone has been real helpful in helping me through the transition process. I look forward to a new chapter and an exciting opportunity.” Houston Chronicle

According to sources with knowledge of the person calling the shots in Baskonia, Gomes, who registered three DNPs in the Spanish ACB League, was ordered to sit out in favor of president’s Josean Querejeta underachieving signing Kim Tillie, who agreed to join Vitoria months before Crespi was hired. Baskonia, in case you wondered, are seed No. 15 with a poor 1-3 record. Whispers around Baskonia indicate that Querejeta pulls the strings, urging his coaching staff to provide extensive game-time for “his guys on multi-year contracts,” said the source — after his previous grossly overpaid signings Devon Van Oostrum, Walter Hodge and Adam Hanga were given significant checks to play for other squads this summer. Basketball Insiders

Former Indiana Pacers shooting guard Orlando Johnson, sources say, is also on his way toward terminating his Spanish agreement. The former 2012 NBA draftee, averages six points on 16.7 percent shooting from the perimeter, and 1.8 rebounds in 19 minutes per game. Basketball Insiders

The one-month contract for big man D.J. White expires next week, after the club failed to buyout another underachieving previous signing, Lamont Hamilton, as expected, due to his exorbitant contract. Over the weekend, White went scoreless in three minutes of action in a loss to Greek club Olympiacos, and then was not registered in the ACB due to Hamilton’s presence. Basketball Insiders

Despite holding the flexibility to wait until January for a decision, the Milwaukee Bucks have guaranteed the contract of point guard Kendall Marshall for the 2014-15 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Marshall had a non-guaranteed contract, but is assured now to make his full $915,000 for the season. Marshall made a strong impression in training camp and earned the Bucks’ backup point guard spot. The Bucks acquired Marshall on a waiver claim in July after being released by the Los Angeles Lakers. Yahoo! Sports

The decision to pass on Robinson's option doesn't necessarily mean his time in Portland will end after this season. The Blazers can still sign him as a free agent for a salary that is equal to or lower than the amount of what his team option would have been. Oregonian

The Mavericks, according to numerous sources, are hoping to sign Barea when he clears waivers on Wednesday, although nobody would comment on the situation Monday. "We're not for sure," Nowitzki said. "We're going down there (to San Antonio) with the 15 guys we have. Anything else, we can talk about later." Dallas Morning News

He doesn’t know if he’ll start. He doesn’t know how much he’ll play. Facing a contract year, he doesn’t even know where he’ll be next season. “Ain’t gonna lie, I’m nervous,” Perkins admitted. “I don’t know what it’s gonna be, what the playing time gonna be, whether I’m starting or whether I’m coming off the bench.” Oklahoman

Scott Brooks refused to reveal his decision on Monday, though it seems to be trending toward second-year center Steven Adams getting the starting nod. Perkins missed the entire preseason with a quad injury, while Adams continued his eye-opening play. “To me, it really don’t even matter,” Perkins said of the impending decision. “I just want an opportunity to play, that’s it. Since I’ve been here, the only thing I’ve been trying to embrace on the whole organization and the young guys is just how to win. Since I’ve been here, that’s all I’ve been doing.” Oklahoman

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