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April 21, 2015 Updates

The Spurs accepted that risk because waiting to bump up Leonard’s salary gives them the chance to dangle max cap space in front of Marc Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge this summer. Neither is a good bet to leave his current team, but sources around the league have been saying for weeks that the Spurs might get a hearing with Aldridge — and that was before the Oregonian reported that at least one Blazers player thinks there is only a 50-50 chance that Aldridge stays in Portland. Grantland

The Spurs understood that the new cap environment would present Leonard with unprecedented options, and they’re confident he’ll stay for the long haul. Leonard has also said that he’d like to remain a Spur for life, though no one should ever take those kinds of public proclamations as gospel. “I don’t know that I’m worried about [the cap],” Buford says. “It is what it is. We’ll deal with the guidelines. I hope that Kawhi is with us for a long time, and I know that’s no secret to Kawhi or his family.” Grantland

Veteran small forward Caron Butler, 35, is one such player, with the Pistons holding a $4.5-million contract option. Butler let reporters know that he wants to remain with the Pistons because he likes the direction of the young team and wants to continue his leadership role. "I'm in a good situation," he said. "I like where we're at. I like what we've been able to accomplish, being better than we were prior, and I feel like I've got my fingerprints all over these guys. So it's a great opportunity to come back and continue the thing on." Detroit Free Press

April 20, 2015 Updates

Jarvis Varnado penned a deal in Puerto Rico with Piratas de Quebradillas. The big man has played a few games in D-League with Los Angeles D-Fenders averaging 11.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Sportando

Kevin Ollie, who led the UConn Huskies to their fourth NCAA championship in 2014, is being “seriously considered” for the Oklahoma City head coaching job, a source close to the situation told SNY.tv. Ollie teamed with Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City and remains close with GM Sam Presti. Ollie is considered to be one of the keys to convincing Durant to remain in Oklahoma City after he enters free agency in 2016, the source said. ZagsBlog.com

"I'm very confident that this is where I'm going to be for a number of years in the future," Williams said. "So hopefully it works out there. I'm a creature of habit, a product of my environment. And once I'm somewhere I like to be comfortable there. And this team, this city and this organization has embraced me as one of their own and I look forward to being here." USA Today Sports

Jon Krawczynski: So the headlines from today's Flip Saunders State of the Wolves address: Priorities this summer are getting stronger, improving D, 3s Twitter @APkrawczynski

Keith Pompey: Free agent to be Luc Mbah a Moute wants to remain with #Sixers: "When you been through a season like this, when you see ups and downs, you see glimpses of what could be. You want to be a part of it. You want to be there when things turn around and we finally get hopefully that right team and become a good team. So yeah, that's what I'm thinking now." #NBA #PompeyOnSixers Instagram

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