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March 26, 2015 Updates

Jordan had a monster outing, finishing with 14 points (7-of-7 shooting), 10 rebounds and five blocks. He scored most of his points on rim-rattling dunks as the Knicks let him get behind the defense for a series of alley-oops. Asked if he’d consider joining a Knicks team despite its current 14-58 record, Jordan said: “I love New York City. I love the city. But right now I’m not thinking of free agency. I’m thinking about finishing our season off strong and focusing on the playoffs.’’ New York Post

The Mavs will probably offer Stoudemire a significant piece of their midlevel exception. Stoudemire, who says he can “compete at a high level for years to come,” will likely request a multiyear deal. But there will be plenty of time this summer to have those kinds of conversations. And, as much urgency as he feels to contend for a title now, Stoudemire is certain he has plenty of time left in his career. ESPN.com

“This isn’t it for me, for sure,” Stoudemire said. “There’s a lot of basketball left. There’s a lot of high-level basketball left in me. I feel competitive. I have faith in my body, what I can do on a basketball court on a consistent basis. ESPN.com

March 25, 2015 Updates

Robinson passed on a four-year deal with the Timberwolves that included non-guaranteed years to take a one-year, $507,336 contract. So he'll become a free agent at the conclusion of the season. The Sixers have expressed interest in keeping him. And the feeling is mutual. "They've really done a good job with me, just the little time I've been here," he said. "So I would definitely love to come back and play with these bigs [Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel] and this whole team. I think we really have a good chance of being a great team." Philadelphia Inquirer

The “it” in that sentence is his option. Lopez has a player option for next year; if he opts in with the Brooklyn Nets, he’ll earn $16.8 million next season, and become an unrestricted free agent in 2016. If he opts out, he’ll have the chance to re-negotiate his contract, with the Nets or elsewhere, and secure long-term security with a multi-year deal. “(My agent has) reminded me every now and then that that is coming up, the option and there’s opportunities there, but that’s not something I’m focusing on now,” Lopez said. The Brooklyn Game

The Spurs knew he would miss the first two months of this season recovering from surgery, but of the decision to commit $12 million to keep an injured free agent, Popovich says, “It wasn’t even a question. Obviously he can shoot the basketball and has a lot of energy. But he’s beloved on this team for his enthusiasm, his kindness, his understated gravitas. As long as I’m here, he’s going to be here. Unless we can’t afford him.” Sports Illustrated

Alessandro Gentile's three-year contract with Olimpia Milano doesn't include an NBA out in 2015 and there's no buyout clause in his deal, source tells HoopsHype. A 53rd pick in the 2014 draft, Gentile is averaging 13.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 2.5 apg in the Euroleague this season. HoopsHype

March 24, 2015 Updates

Chris Dempsey: Will Barton, in the final year of his contract, says he'd like to stay with the #Nuggets. "No doubt. I would definitely like to stay here. I think we can build something here. We have a lot of good talent, a good organization, coaching staff is good. I can see us building and having a strong future here. We can grow together." #Nuggets Twitter @dempseypost

The Celtics already picked up their team option on Sullinger for next season, but he will become a restricted free agent in 2016. Boston wants to see results before it commits to a long-term deal. Ainge said he has "great interest" in re-signing Sullinger, but he will likely be subjected to a weight clause in his contract, much like Glen Davis had during his tenure in Boston. "I'm perfectly fine with that,'' said Sullinger, in an interview with ESPNBoston.com on Sunday night. "It's not that I need it. It's the simple fact that I know what kind of person I am, and I would never get back to the weight I was [this season].'' Ainge said he wants to believe Sullinger has gotten the message and will lose the weight. "I think he understands,'' Ainge said. "The question is, Can he do it?'' ESPN.com

There are scores of NBA players whose careers were thwarted because of weight issues, among them former Phoenix Suns center Oliver Miller, who played with and was later coached by Ainge in Phoenix. Miller, known as "Big O" because of his size, was a gifted big man who had the skills to be an All-Star center but ballooned to more than 300 pounds and became a journeyman instead. "Danny told me about him,'' Sullinger said. "I don't want to be one of those guys. I know this could hurt my NBA career. If I [don't lose the weight], I'm playing eight to nine years instead of 10 to 15 years. I can't let that happen.'' ESPN.com

“I want to come back here so badly,” Casspi, a first-round draft pick by the Kings in 2009, said. “I love the community and I feel like the team is finally moving in the right direction. George Karl’s system is great, and I’m not just saying that because I play for him, but because I really do believe this is the right way to play basketball. Spacing the floor. Moving, making extra passes, sharing the ball. Getting our hands on balls, deflections, then getting out and running. Unfortunately, coach Karl has not had a lot of time to teach us everything, but these last two games, you can see what we can become.” Sacramento Bee

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