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January 21, 2015 Updates

On the surface, the Washington Wizards’ decision to replace Ryan Saunders with David Adkins as player development assistant in July was unusual. Very rarely have coaches executed the leap from women’s college basketball to the NBA like Adkins did after five seasons on Brenda Frese’s staff at Maryland. The remarkable career progression, however, became an afterthought upon a perusal of Adkins’s coaching résumé: He was an assistant coach at Montrose Christian from 1999 to 2006, when Kevin Durant came through the Rockville private school. Durant, the reigning NBA most valuable player, is scheduled to be a free agent in 2016 when his contract with Oklahoma City expires and hasn’t rejected the possibility of returning to play for his hometown team. Washington Post

Wizards guard Bradley Beal admitted that he had “no idea” who Adkins was before the two met at the Las Vegas summer league in July, but Beal and swingman Martell Webster both credited Adkins for challenging yet enjoyable rehabilitation sessions that closely resembled game-like situations as they recovered from injuries to start the season. “He definitely pushes you to the max, man,” Beal said. “He wants the best for you, and he’s going to push you until your tongue is hanging dry. He’ll do whatever it takes to get you better.” Washington Post

January 20, 2015 Updates

RealGM: Do you see yourself playing in Europe in upcoming years? James Anderson: Depends on different situations that I have in front of me after the season. I see what situation is best for me and my family and I go that way. I would not mind playing for Euroleague title as basketball here in Europe is as good as it is in the States. The competition here is way better and more skillful that I thought it was before I got here. Once I got here, I was really surprised of the skill level. RealGM

Ray Allen is staying in shape should NBA teams come calling. The 39-year-old former Miami Heat star reportedly has been leaning toward retirement in recent months, but on Monday night signaled interest in returning to the NBA. "At my age I need to stay in shape," he said, if teams need his services as they move toward the second half of the season. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Grizzlies are considering several players, including NBA veteran Tyrus Thomas, for a 10-day contract, although nothing is imminent. Thomas played seven seasons in the league with the Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats. He’s now playing for the Grizzlies’ NBA Development League affiliate, Iowa Energy, after sitting out the past two years following surgery to remove a cyst from his spinal cord. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Adding Thomas is a “50/50” proposition, according to sources with knowledge of the Grizzlies’ plans. However, Memphis is expected to evaluate a player with its 15th and final roster spot because it moved comfortably under the luxury tax threshold after a three-team trade that landed versatile forward Jeff Green from Boston last week. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Kenyon Martin signed his second 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, but league sources tell RealGM that he's already agreed in principle on a deal for the remainder of the season. Martin is poised to sign that deal when his second 10-day deal expires. RealGM

In his 12th season, Rasual Butler hasn't allowed retirement to cross his mind. The Washington Wizards forward played in his 726th career game Monday in a 111-76 victory over his hometown 76ers. Butler, 35, had eight points on 3-for-7 shooting to go with two rebounds and two assists off the bench. Butler said he'll keep playing "as long as I can run and jump, defend and hit shots. I still have a love for the game to this day. I still get butterflies before the game. That's a real good indication that it's time to keep it going." Philadelphia Inquirer

David 'Dubi' Pick: NBA free-agent power-forward Tony Mitchell is entertaining offers from Europe, according to source. Twitter @IAmDPick

January 19, 2015 Updates

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