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October 28, 2014 Updates

Despite holding the flexibility to wait until January for a decision, the Milwaukee Bucks have guaranteed the contract of point guard Kendall Marshall for the 2014-15 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Marshall had a non-guaranteed contract, but is assured now to make his full $915,000 for the season. Marshall made a strong impression in training camp and earned the Bucks’ backup point guard spot. The Bucks acquired Marshall on a waiver claim in July after being released by the Los Angeles Lakers. Yahoo! Sports

The decision to pass on Robinson's option doesn't necessarily mean his time in Portland will end after this season. The Blazers can still sign him as a free agent for a salary that is equal to or lower than the amount of what his team option would have been. Oregonian

The Mavericks, according to numerous sources, are hoping to sign Barea when he clears waivers on Wednesday, although nobody would comment on the situation Monday. "We're not for sure," Nowitzki said. "We're going down there (to San Antonio) with the 15 guys we have. Anything else, we can talk about later." Dallas Morning News

He doesn’t know if he’ll start. He doesn’t know how much he’ll play. Facing a contract year, he doesn’t even know where he’ll be next season. “Ain’t gonna lie, I’m nervous,” Perkins admitted. “I don’t know what it’s gonna be, what the playing time gonna be, whether I’m starting or whether I’m coming off the bench.” Oklahoman

Scott Brooks refused to reveal his decision on Monday, though it seems to be trending toward second-year center Steven Adams getting the starting nod. Perkins missed the entire preseason with a quad injury, while Adams continued his eye-opening play. “To me, it really don’t even matter,” Perkins said of the impending decision. “I just want an opportunity to play, that’s it. Since I’ve been here, the only thing I’ve been trying to embrace on the whole organization and the young guys is just how to win. Since I’ve been here, that’s all I’ve been doing.” Oklahoman

October 27, 2014 Updates

David Aladridge: You had a couple of years left on your Barcelona deal. What made you think this was the right time to come over? Kostas Papanikoulau: First of all, what I saw, was the team showed to me that they really wanted me to come here, and they really want to give me this chance, was a big factor. I talk with Daryl, I talk with Coach McHale. That kind of make a player feel like they really want me, you know? After this offer, I would say I will be like, pardon the expression, I will be like a fool if I don't take this offer. And also, I don't want to miss this opportunity, and five years [later] go back and say 'why didn't I go back then, when I could?' Because you don't know. You don't get these chances every day...great players had the opportunity, and they never did it. It was a life dream for me, and I wanted to give it a shot, you know? I don't know if I'm going to be good for this league or not, but at least when I go through my career, I will say, at least I gave it a chance. At least I fought for it. I didn't make it, or I made it. I don't know. NBA.com

"After LeBron left, all bets were off," Spoelstra said. "For the first two or three hours -- I've told that story a lot -- that it felt like we were Jerry Maguire. We were calling everybody, and everybody's agent, and nobody was answering for two or three hours." Finally, they got in touch with both Bosh and Wade, who'd opted out of his contract as well. Wade wasn't going anywhere -- once he spurned Chicago in 2010 to stay in Miami, he was Heat for Life. Once Miami agreed to the max, so was Bosh. NBA.com

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