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November 18, 2014 Updates

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Stephen Curry, who were each an all-star last season. "It was an honor," Thomas said of the call from Ainge. "Danny Ainge, the Boston Celtics, all the history here, the tradition. It was definitely an honor." Talks did not go much further than that, with Thomas ultimately agreeing to a four-year, $27 million contract with the Kings as part of a sign-and-trade that sent him immediately to the Suns where he has teamed up with Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe to form one of the best scoring point guard rotations in the NBA. "With those three guys, we feel usually we have two on the floor and we can attack and break down the defense," said Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough, a former assistant GM with the Celtics. CSNNE.com

November 17, 2014 Updates

In the final analysis, the whoops factor of the episode exceeded any substantive damage, of which there was none. The parties completed the deal, and the Nuggets had protected their asset. Around the league, though, there was a collective WTF?! More than one source close to the league's infrastructure has confirmed Faried wasn't the only proposed transaction by Denver that violated CBA 101 basics. One rival team executive said the Nuggets called to propose a trade that was obviously unkosher under league rules, something that rarely, if ever, happens because no general manager wants to betray ignorance of such a rudimentary part of the gig. Most have the good sense to call the league to fact-check potential acquisitions. ESPN.com

Me: How much longer for you when your deal is up? Joe Johnson: To be honest with you, I'm not even sure. I try to focus on what's in front of me, and that's this year. Who knows how I'll feel after next year? At this point, I just try to focus on what's in front, and I feel great now. I just try to just really enjoy the moment, and see if we can come up with some great results. NBA.com

The Knicks’ main free-agent target, Marc Gasol, is also being targeted as a possible replacement to Tim Duncan assuming Ol’ Man Riverwalk retires this summer. The Knicks will be players for the Memphis center mainly because of the first three rules of real estate — location, location, location — and because Gasol is familiar with both Jackson and Derek Fisher since older brother Pau spent the best years of his career with the Lakers. New York Daily News

European free agent point guard Bo McCalebb has been spotted in Munich, sources told Eurobasket. Eurobasket.com

A few feet away from where Miller was talking, Love was explaining the infamous moustache sharpening routine with Irving and the unsourced speculation that he was already thinking about opting out and signing with the Lakers. "Whatever people assumed we were doing with our hands was about as true as me going to the Lakers next year," Love said. "I mean, I don't know why it was so hard for people to realize that we were actually curling our mustache. I guess because I had my fingers in the wrong place. Looking at the tape, film don't lie. It looks like we are doing something bad, but that wasn't the case. Going to the Lakers, I don’t know where somebody got that." SB Nation

November 16, 2014 Updates

The extension begins with the 2015-16 season, and includes a player option for the the 2017-18 season, sources told Yahoo Sports. The ability to exit the deal early gives Gay a chance to become a free agent in the summer of 2017, when he’ll be 31 and the market will be flush with the proceeds of the new $24 billion television package. Yahoo! Sports

Gay's agent, Alex Saratsis of Octagon, finalized the details of the deal with Sacramento management over the past several days, culminating with an agreement on Saturday night. The Kings have wanted to re-sign Gay for several months, and Gay decided to push forward with an agreement in recent days, deciding to bypass free agency in the summer. Yahoo! Sports

The Love-to-Los Angeles talk has dragged on for years and apparently the trade to the Cavs won’t squelch it. Love laughed off the idea Friday, but the simple fact remains he most likely will indeed become a free agent this summer. The salary cap and looming television deal beg him to do it. This isn’t meant to incite panic amongst Cavs fans. The organization only made the deal for Love after he chatted with owner Dan Gilbert, who left satisfied the Cavs had a long-term commitment from Love and the trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves quickly fell into place. Still today, the Cavs as an organization have no fears of Love abandoning the plan now. Akron Beacon Journal

So, yes, Love will most likely become a free agent at the end of the season. The Cavs knew this was coming when they traded for him. They surrendered quite a haul — two No. 1 overall picks and a third first-rounder, in exchange for one guaranteed season. Love and James’ current contracts run parallel, and that is most likely going to continue throughout their years together. Both want to again be free agents prior to the 2016-17 season, when salaries could explode with the new TV deal. Akron Beacon Journal

When he was asked before Friday’s game about his trip to Boston last summer and how much consideration he gave to joining the Celtics, Love gave an interesting answer. “It’s tough because I wasn’t a free agent last summer,” he said. “I have the potential to be a free agent this summer or next, it’s just one of those things. It [Boston] is obviously a tremendous city, people love it here, basketball, sports in general are huge here, but it’s been fantastic being part of the Cavaliers now. We have a team that is formidable, has a big presence and we see a lot of you guys [the media] on a daily basis.” Akron Beacon Journal

November 15, 2014 Updates
November 14, 2014 Updates

Alex Kennedy: Grizzlies worked out free agent Tyrus Thomas, according to sources. I recently talked to Thomas about his comeback: basketballinsiders.com/tyrus-thomas-d… Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

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