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April 4, 2015 Updates

One topic that has recently been brought up is what should the Jazz do with the lottery pick that they’ll have in the 2015 NBA Draft? As previously stated, they already have so much young talent, so should they try to trade it for a veteran contributor? Or should they use the pick and add another piece to their core? “If I had to make the call, I would probably go best available,” Burke said regarding Utah’s draft pick. “You always want good talent to be a part of your team. [I’d try to take] a guy who loves to compete and at the same time is very talented. That’s probably what I would do.” Basketball Insiders

April 3, 2015 Updates

Here's some selected quotes from the 17-minute interview. Lionel Hollins on Deron Williams improvement... "I think the trade for Thaddeus young gives us a little more versatility, a little more quickness and putting Markel Brown in the starting lineup has contributed to us playing at a different pace, especially early. And Deron is a good high-pace player. He likes to push the ball, he likes to probe, to explore early. I think with the added quickness around him, he's been able to do that and we've been able to be effective with that. But everything comes with health and Deron has had his turn with nagging injuries this year as well as last couple of year. NetsDaily

The Nuggets discussed Lawson deals at the deadline, and sources at the time said Denver wanted multiple first-round picks. The 11th pick alone might not get it done, but if Utah included another asset — Hood, two future second-rounders, something — the Nuggets might think about going head-on into a full rebuild. Grantland

April 2, 2015 Updates

Though the assumption when Jordan Hill signed a two-year deal worth $18 million last summer was that the Lakers would deal him by the trade deadline and that the second year of his contract (a team option) would not be exercised, sources have said all year that there is a distinct possibility the Lakers will, in fact, keep Hill going forward. He was one of the more productive Lakers this season, averaging 12.3 points and 8.2 rebounds. Hill showed improved midrange touch early in the year, but tapered thereafter and still has his faults on the defensive end. The Lakers want to be active on the free-agent market, but considering the going rate for big men, front-office executives have told me the Lakers are leaning toward keeping Hill, unless they get some assurance they can land a star big man in free agency. Hill would still be a good deal at $9 million, and could be used then as a trade asset. Sporting News

March 31, 2015 Updates

Ainge loves Bradley and has already answered the question of whether he thinks the 24-year-old will be in Boston when the Celtics rise again: Multiple teams offered low first-round picks and expiring contracts for Bradley at the trade deadline, and Ainge flatly refused, per several league sources. Grantland

It says everything about the difficulty of rebuilding that Boston has absolutely nailed Phase 1 and yet has no clear path to 50 wins. Multiple rival executives described Boston’s trading spree of the last two years as “a masterpiece” in rebuilding. Contract timetables, injuries, and other variables made it impossible for Boston to deal its aging stars at peak sell-high times, and yet Danny Ainge still nabbed great value for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo. Grantland

March 30, 2015 Updates

While the timing of the Celtics' December trade that shipped point guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks took some observers by surprise, Rivers was not one of them. "I didn’t know [if Rondo was going to be part of Boston's future]," Rivers said when asked about the trade. "I think at the end of the day, it was more of a Rajon decision, in my opinion...it was more his decision than Danny’s and the Celtics' staff. Rivers continued: "I just think you get a feel for whether [Rondo] wanted to play it out [in Boston] or not, and when you're rebuilding you can't take that gamble of letting an asset out of the door and letting him become a free agent, especially in the rebuilding time. If you're a championship team you can take that gamble because you think he'll come back. If you're a rebuilding team you literally can not take the gamble of waiting to see and getting caught. I think in their case it was almost they had to [trade] him." Boston Globe

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The future is uncertain, and by getting two picks spaced four years apart, Phoenix maximized its chances of catching the Heat in a down cycle at least once. The Suns might have been able to snag Luol Deng in that same trade, but they never asked about him, according to sources familiar with the talks. That’s especially revealing in connection with the whirlwind of deals that accompanied the Dragic trade: the three-team blockbuster that ended with Brandon Knight in Phoenix, and the separate deal sending Thomas to Boston for another pick. Grantland

March 22, 2015 Updates

Tom Moore: SH will consider every option. Not out of question. RT @jbravoSK @JakePavorsky @Tom Moore I believe the Sixers might trade Embiid. Twitter @tmoore76ers

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