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April 9, 2014 Updates

Pierre Jackson and Fenerbahce are parting ways, according to Hurriyet. The American guard landed in Turkey a little more than a month ago. Jackson scored 6 points in the only TBL game played and 3.3 points in 6 Euroleague Top 16 games. Jackson was averaging 29.1 points per game in D-League with Idaho Stampede before landing in Europe. Sportando

Alba Berlin, Brose Baskets Bamberg and EWE Baskets Oldenburg are interested in NCAA Champion Niels Giffey. The German forward won his second NCAA title with the Huskies averaging 8.4 points and 3.8 rebounds as senior in college. There were already reports about a deal reached with Alba Berlin but the rumors were denied. Giffey hopes to play NBA Summer League this summer and see if he can get a spot in the NBA. It is more likely that he will start his pro career in Europe and the German bigs are already pursuing him for next seasons. Sportando

April 8, 2014 Updates

Denver was willing to trade Faried in part because it feared he would demand an eight-figure salary in free agency, and perhaps even draw an offer sheet from another team carrying that kind of payday. (Faried is eligible for an extension after this season, and if he and the Nuggets can’t agree on one before October 31, he will become a restricted free agent after next season.) That’s too much for a below-average defender who can’t shoot or get buckets in the half-court, especially under Shaw, who prizes well-rounded bigs. Grantland

"The decision (to play in the D-League) was all about trying to get back into the NBA," Orton recently told RidiculousUpside.com. "I'm trying to get a call-up. I had offers to go overseas and make some money, but I'm trying to get back into the NBA more so than anything." He continued, "(The D-League) is the easiest way to get back. By not being overseas, NBA teams are able to get back to you quicker. You'll be able to get to wherever you need to go in the NBA a lot quicker too." Ridiculous Upside

April 7, 2014 Updates

The Lakers also want to keep Farmar, but his future here hinges on how they fill out their roster and what other offers Farmar attracts. As Farmar’s close friend and teammate Nick Young said, “He’s done enough where he can get more money than he got this year.” Los Angeles Daily News

Would you trade the No. 1 pick for Kyrie Irving? The No. 3? The No. 5? After all, here’s a potential all-league point guard and MVP of the past All-Star game. Can you be guaranteed that with one of these draft picks? Of course, the question is with whom Irving would re-sign. Some team executives have said privately they believe Irving will re-sign with the Cavs to get the financial security. And given he’s only 22, he can be a free agent when he’s 26 or 27. But he could also let the Cavs know he won’t re-sign. Not that the Cavs have been so great in the draft, but perhaps a top pick in this draft and a player would have to be appealing. NBA.com

April 6, 2014 Updates

Last week in Houston, that old crusty duo of Doc Rivers and Glen Davis clashed again when a heated Davis was removed from the game. He yelled something at Rivers, who yelled something back and then instructed team security to escort Davis to the locker room, ending his evening. Davis played four minutes the next game and 10 each of the next two games. He is playing about 12 minutes per contest since joining the Clippers in January and averaging a career-low 3.4 points. Davis signed a two-year deal with a player option for next season at the league minimum. He is much better than the league minimum and will sign somewhere else as a free agent. Boston Globe

Sometimes what seems like the most unlikely of pairings winds up working better than anyone could have imagined. The Sacramento Kings made an aggressive move midseason when they acquired Rudy Gay from the Toronto Raptors, and while the trade has not resulted in a ton of wins in the short-term, there are indications that Gay might be a big part of the Kings’ rebuilding plan going forward. “I have to [keep a positive attitude], man,” Gay told Basketball Insiders. “No matter where I go, I have to be me and be the best me I can be. Honestly, I feel like I do that better here. The wins don’t really pan out like I like for them to, but I definitely feel comfortable here.” Basketball Insiders

As for the decision ahead of him, Gay has been careful not to allow himself to become a distraction for the rest of the team. “Everything is a possibility,” Gay said of his future. “For right now, I just owe it to my teammates to finish the season out to the best of my ability and not comment too much. We have a lot of young guys that probably haven’t been a part of situations like this so I don’t think it’d be fair for me to be steering them one way or the other.” Basketball Insiders

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