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March 22, 2015 Updates

Richardson doesn’t want this to be his final season. He wants to continue playing, but the next three weeks will be spent trying to convince teams that he has NBA game left and will only improve once his legs get stronger and he improves his conditioning. “It depends on the situation, what team wants me. How my knee holds up. God willing, maybe two or three more years,” he said. “I have to keep telling myself [I’ll be better]. I’m my toughest critic. I can’t sleep at night when we don’t win and I play bad. I have to keep telling myself I’ve only played 10 games in two years. Hey, your legs might not be there some nights, so do something else to help this team out. “But I am having fun. It’s great being back. I’m not what I once was but I still think I can help a team. I’ve still got something left.” Boston Globe

Richardson has played in 12 games, averaging 9.4 points as he attempts to resuscitate his career after being a forgotten man. And in the chaos that is Philadelphia basketball, coach Brett Brown immediately inserted Richardson in the starting lineup. “It’s been an amazing experience and I’m enjoying it,” Richardson said. “I never lost the love [for the game] and that lets you know that I didn’t play for a paycheck. I played to play basketball. If I would have never played in an NBA game, I would have played in a YMCA somewhere. Just being around the game so long and how hard I work, and I came over so many obstacles to make it here, why stop now?” Boston Globe

Jackson is considering bringing Bargnani back next season if he can get a one-year deal at a good price. There have been scouts at recent Knicks games evaluating their free-agent talent, and Bargnani is being scrutinized. One team to exclude is Toronto. President Masai Ujiri shipped Bargnani to the Knicks days before the 2013 draft for a collection of draft picks and the Raptors’ benefit was addition by subtraction. New York Post

Charlotte’s Jeffery Taylor received a 24-game suspension at the start of this season for pleading guilty to domestic assault, so that may discourage teams from signing Oden. Word out of Columbus, Ohio, is that Oden has not had any alcohol in six months and is working himself into playing shape. Oden last played with the Heat last season, and he participated in just three games during Miami’s playoff run, then was arrested last summer. Oden has been besieged with injuries and his desire has been questioned at times, but let’s hope Oden is capable of one final run Boston Globe

March 21, 2015 Updates

The cap boom that will help the rest of the league will also help the Thunder. Re-signing Kanter this summer would take them out of the bidding for top free agents in the summer of 2016, but Oklahoma City could still either have a slice of cap room or the full midlevel exception to add a quality piece. The cap could jump from $90 million in 2016-17 to as much as $105 million the year after, per league sources, giving the Thunder a chance to add again without going into the luxury tax. This depends on a bundle of variables, including whether Ibaka gets the max on his next contract. Again: The Thunder are right to be confident of their place in pole position of the Durant sweepstakes, even with Durant’s hometown Wizards hoarding cap space. But Durant is now effectively an expiring contract, and impending free agency at that late stage can take unpredictable turns. You just never know. This season was Oklahoma City’s last grasp at certainty, and it’s gone now. Grantland

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Jabari Brown to a second 10-day contract, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Brown, originally signed to a 10-day contract on March 10, appeared in four games for the Lakers, averaging 7.0 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.0 steals in 20.0 minutes per game. NBA.com

Scott said the Lakers will “absolutely” consider re-signing Ellington this offseason after gushing about his improvement as a shooter and defender. But the Lakers will prioritize the NBA draft and marquee free agents. “He made himself a valuable part of this team,” Scott said. “We don’t know what next year holds. But he has shown 30 teams he knows how to play the game.” Los Angeles Daily News

The Thunder will put on a brave face. They will say they are confident, that they look forward to the opportunity — how’s that for reframing? — to show Durant that they’re the team for him. But don’t let the false bravado fool you. They know Durant leaving is in play. They know the cap landscape. They were the loudest non-Philly voice against lottery reform, whipping up a frenzy of small-market panic. Grantland

They traded future first-round picks for Dion Waiters and Enes Kanter in separate deals, and though those players are young and the picks protected, those are the sort of win-now moves the Thunder hadn’t engaged in until this season. They are the mark of a team that knows time is precious — that failure today carries a scary downside that is no longer so far in the distance. And as rival executives note, those moves — especially the acquisition of a low-post scorer like Kanter who has a nice pick-and-pop chemistry with Westbrook — provide the road map for a post-Durant team in the worst-case scenario of his departure. Grantland

The stuff about Durant and his connection with the Oklahoma City community is not just rhetoric. It's a real factor in his situation going forward, a unique relationship between a city and its team's players that will no doubt be on display during the Thunder's final home games that will come without him. He'll be hurting in ways that go beyond the pain in his foot, just like every other elite athlete who's so miserable when they can't take part in their craft. The Thunder faithful will support him in street clothes just like they have all the others who fell victim to such physical setbacks — Westbrook through the meniscus tear and multiple knee surgeries, Ibaka with his torn calf and so many others, too. USA Today Sports

Blatche Andray(211-F/C-86) who had a dominating first season in the CBA was unstoppable both offensively and defensively for Xinjiang who just missed the playoffs. Blatche Andray(211-F/C-86) Andray is set to sign a 3 year contract to return to the Flying Tigers , terms are not disclosed but it has been confirmed to be the largest deal in CBA history possibly in overseas basketball history. Asia-Basket

March 20, 2015 Updates

Kidd was asked about balancing the long-term vision for the team with the desire to make the playoffs this season. "What we've accomplished up to this point, I don't think a lot of people saw this," Kidd said. "We're in a pretty good seat with draft picks. We have a lot of money to spend (in the off-season) and we have pretty much everybody on our roster coming back. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"There's one guy in Khris (Middleton) who we have in free agency. But we're pretty much in a good seat. You can see on a nightly basis those guys in that locker room believe they're getting better and that they can win." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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