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March 4, 2015 Updates

Jerebko will be a free agent after the season. It’s clear the Celtics have interest in keeping him around. “Jerebko’s somebody that we’ve tried to get before,” Ainge said. “We like shooting bigs. I love guys that know how to play and can shoot 3’s and have length. “As a spacer at the 4 position, I’ve always liked him. And that’s what he does well is spread the floor. He can shoot the 3 and he can attack close-outs. He just knows how to play.” Boston Herald

There is more question with the other player acquired from Detroit with Jerebko for Tayshaun Prince. Gigi Datome, a 6-8 shooter, has appeared in just one game for the C’s thus far, a 3:46 stint in the 21-point win over New York last week. There was talk after the trade that Datome could be waived or bought out. “I don’t know what his role’s going to be, but I don’t think there was ever any decision made on that,” Ainge said. “I don’t know how Gigi fits into the whole scheme of things, but I like him. He’s a great shooter. We’re not looking to get rid of him or buy him out. I just don’t know how he fits in. We have a lot of guys, with Crowder and James Young and Evan Turner, that can play small forward. But we’ll see.” Boston Herald

Rondo is expected to demand a max contract, which league sources say he’s unlikely to get in a full offer kind of way, suggesting a team might go max dollars on a smaller-year deal. Dallas has said they want to keep him and see him as a long-term fit; however, there is real doubt that’s a smart move. Basketball Insiders

Though he has yet to confirm his retirement, Steve Nash is under no delusions when it comes to the fact that his NBA career is at its end. The Los Angeles Lakers point guard joined the The Bro Jake Show on TSN Radio 1040 Vancouver on Tuesday morning and pulled no punches when it came to the state of his game. “Unfortunately the NBA game is just a touch too far for me," said the 41-year-old native of Victoria, BC. "I play one game and I’m out a month. I have a bunch of back things going on that compromise that nerve." TSN

The deadline to buy players out has passed. After the game Neal was asked if he was happy with the Wolves. “I’m a basketball player and Flip has given me an opportunity to come in here and play,” said Neal, who will be a free agent after the season. “I don’t have any complaints. The way the team is set up, with K-Mart being out tonight, your role can change from day to day. All you ask for is an opportunity to come in and play, and Flip has been fair with me on that.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

LeBron James: Learned so much from one of my favorite people in the whole world Ray Allen!! Every single day he gave me knowledge about either basketball, family, being a professional, handling it all both on and off the court!! Thanks for allowing me in the history books with u Jesus Shuttlesworth. Miss and love u bro!! Instagram

James laughed when asked if passing Allen will be enough incentive to draw him back onto an NBA roster since James now leads him by one point. “Make one 3 and then retire?” he joked. “I’m going to call him. I’ll say something about it.” Akron Beacon Journal

March 3, 2015 Updates

After Ronnie Price misses his fourth game Tuesday, the Lakers will ask the NBA for a hardship exception, which would allow the team to add a 16th player to the roster. The Lakers are currently at the league maximum of 15, but with four players out for the season (Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Julius Randle and Price), the NBA is likely to assent to the Lakers' request. According to a team spokesman, the Lakers have discussed the matter internally, but haven't decided if they will use the exception if granted. The franchise was previously given a hardship exception while Ryan Kelly was out with a hamstring injury, but it expired unused. The Lakers do have a pair of disabled player exceptions, for Steve Nash ($4.9 million) and Julius Randle ($1.5 million), which can be used to sign a player through the remainder of the season. Both exceptions expire March. Los Angeles Times

The Lakers could look to their own NBA Development League affiliate for talent, or to the general free-agent pool, perhaps with a 10-day contract to offer. The Lakers can also look at other D-League players who aren't on their specific minor-league squad. Presuming the team might look to add a guard, Jabari Brown, who went through training camp with the Lakers, is averaging 24.3 points a game with the D-Fenders. Vander Blue (21.3 a night) and Jamaal Franklin (20.4) have also been consistent scorers with the Lakers' affiliate. Los Angeles Times

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