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April 16, 2014 Updates

The Lakers will likely exercise their team option on Marshall despite his weaknesses. It helps that Marshall’s non-guaranteed contract will cost a $915,242, far from the NBA’s average salary of $5.5 million. Los Angeles Daily News

The Lakers are expected to re-sign Kelly because of his shooting and basketball IQ. It helps that he made $490,180 this season and would likely only need a slight raise to keep him as a restricted free agent. Los Angeles Daily News

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed center Josh Powell. Powell joins the Rockets from the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel club in the Philippines. Powell (6-9, 225, NC State), who is currently in his first season in the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association), was originally undrafted in the 2003 NBA Draft. He started his career in Russia with Lokomotiv–Rostov (2003) and has had stints internationally with Scafati Basket (Italy, 2003-04), Southern Crescent Lightning (2004, 2005), JuveCaserta Basket (2004-05), Liaoning Dinosaurs (China, 2011-12), Brujos de Guayama (Puerto Rico, 2012), Olympiacos (Greece, 2012) and Guangdong Southern Tigers (China, 2013-14). He won the Euroleague championship with Olympiacos where he averaged 5.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 25 games played. NBA.com

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed forward Chris Wright (6-8, 225) to a multi-year contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Wright had played with the Bucks on two separate 10-day contracts, the last signed on April 5. He appeared in seven games with the Bucks, averaging 6.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 15.4 minutes per game. NBA.com

James, who didn’t utter a peep about his intentions before becoming a free agent in 2010, uttered one at mid-season when asked if he could see himself leaving Miami. “At this point I can’t,” said Bron. “Now,” says an NBA GM, “you’ve got Luol Deng, Kyle Lowry and Marcin Gortat. “And then we’re done.” Forbes.com

For a whole bunch of reasons – not least of which is the mental health of anyone who watches the Raptors play – Lowry has to re-sign. Are you ready to do a deal? “I honestly haven’t even give a thought about what I want to do after the playoffs,” Lowry says, in a fair attempt at feigning innocence. Let’s try to play that one out at home. Mrs. Lowry: ‘What are we going to do with the dump-truck load of money you’re getting in July?’ Lowry: ‘What money?’ Toronto Globe & Mail

ESPN reported the Knicks still were considering using their available roster spot to sign the troubled former Laker and reality-TV star, who won two titles under Jackson in L.A., for Wednesday’s season finale. His contract would include a non-guaranteed second year. Such a deal would make Odom useful in potential trades for salary-cap purposes this summer. “I like him. I like Lamar,” Mike Woodson said. “I don’t know much about it . . . but I think he’s a talent. He could’ve been good for us earlier in the season. He does a lot of things on the floor to help you win games, that’s for sure.” New York Daily News

April 15, 2014 Updates

If Knicks president Phil Jackson is more concerned with 2015 free agency than the 2014-15 season, center Tyson Chandler acknowledged this may not be the right place for him. “I definitely don’t want to waste another season,’’ Chandler said before the Knicks faced the Nets Tuesday at Barclays Center. “I don’t want to waste this season. I’m not into wasting seasons. Your time is too short in this league and I want to win a championship, another one. I’m not into wasting seasons.’’ New York Post

He should have a number of suitors on the open market. The Knicks can sign him to a five-year contract worth $129,135,806. If he signs with another team, the maximum he can get is $95,897,372 over four years. The Bulls, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are among a group of teams expected to pursue him this summer. ESPN.com

Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he hasn’t been kept abreast of the Lamar Odom negotiations, but wishes they had signed the forward for this season. Odom is expected to sign with the Knicks before the season finale on a deal with a second, non-guaranteed year. Odom would not play this season, but would begin to work out under the auspices of the team during the offseason. New York Post

“His name came up, but nothing ever materialized,’’ Woodson said of Odom. “But his name did come up. “I like him,’’ Woodson added. “I like Lamar. I don’t know much about it, but from what I hear from [the media]. I think he’s a talent. He could’ve been good for us earlier. He does a lot of things on the floor that help you win basketball games, that’s for sure.’’ New York Post

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