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October 19, 2014 Updates

The Sacramento Kings announced today they have picked up the 2015-16 option on guard Ben McLemore’s contract, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not released. Entering his second NBA campaign, the 6-5 guard averaged 8.8 points (.376 FG%, .320 3pt%, .804 FT%), 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 26.7 minutes per contest as a rookie last season. NBA.com

The Sacramento Kings today waived center Sim Bhullar, guard Deonte Burton and forward David Wear, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. The Kings preseason roster now stands at 15. NBA.com

But, truly, this is all just distraction from the fact the Celtics continue, for now, to occupy a rental unit in purgatory. Assuming the additions of Tyler Zeller, Marcus Thornton, Evan Turner, Dwight Powell and two very promising first-round draft picks don’t have you scouting out positions on Boylston Street for a parade next June, why didn’t what Grousbeck hoped would transpire happen? According to multiple NBA sources, it wasn’t from lack of effort. “Boston was in the game,” said one opposing general manager. “Danny (Ainge) can get hard-headed about some things, but he was open to talking. He was active.” Boston Herald

Bill Herenda: Kings pick up option on Ben McLemore's contract. #SacKings #KingsTalk #NBA @CSNKings @CSNAuthentic Twitter @billherenda

October 18, 2014 Updates

James was asked about how different the Cavaliers' roster is now than it was when he announced his returned to Cleveland on July 11, and if he had thought then that the Cavaliers were loaded for a possible run to the Finals this year. He said he "did sacrifice the right now for the future" when he came to Cleveland, because the roster hadn't turned over yet. But that's not why he came back. "It was more about these fans and the city and the people here, and the people that watched me grow from when I first picked up a basketball at age 8 until where I am now," James said. "So, the team didn't mean much. I felt like me coming, we could hopefully add some pieces, obviously it happened quicker than I thought." Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 17, 2014 Updates

"I figured why not give it a shot?" Kapono said. "I was just chilling at home and they gave me a call. They've got a spot and if I make it, I make it. And if I don't, I go back to chllin'." Kapono remains the only player in NBA history to lead the league in 3-point percentage in consecutive seasons (.514 with the Heat in 2006-07 and .483 with the Toronto Raptors in 2007-08). South Florida Sun-Sentinel

TJ Ford doesn’t foster any NBA hopes – “I’m too far out of shape,” he said – but feels better than he has since retiring. During the offseason, he worked out 1-on-1 against Avery Bradley. After a few games, the youngster’s conditioning and defense wore his mentor down. But before that, Ford said: “Ask him if I was still scoring on him. Ask him that.” Booth Newspapers

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And now I'd argue that Thompson is even more of a lock to attract a four-year max in the summer of 2015 if he winds up in the RFA Club. Worse yet for Golden State: One real option, I'm told, is Thompson pursuing an offer sheet from a new team modeled after the loaded three-year contract structure Chandler Parsons scored from Dallas this past summer. ESPN.com

October 16, 2014 Updates

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