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February 22, 2015 Updates

It’s been weeks since Iman Shumpert found himself headed to the Cavaliers from his longtime home in New York and there’s a few things he still hasn’t figured out. Among the most important for anyone who followed how much it meant to him in New York? His hair. “As far as me having to move and move everything, I haven’t been able to get as many haircuts as I want,” he said. “My brother lives with me, so he cuts my hair but because right now he’s trying to make the transition, I haven’t been able to get as many haircuts as I want, so I haven’t been combing it.” For The Win

February 21, 2015 Updates

Goran Dragic, who wanted a trade out of Phoenix, said he was thrilled to be in Miami. "They won three championship rings," he said, "and everyone wants to play for a championship team." Miami got the Dragics — Goran being a third-team All-NBA point guard last season, Zoran a rookie shooting guard — in what became a seven-player, three-team trade on Thursday. USA Today Sports

Here’s the rest of Kanter’s first interview as a member of the Thunder and a Vine of him shooting around: How’d you first hear of the trade? On social media. Just went from there. Any idea it might be the the Thunder? I didn’t have any idea where I might be going. I’m happy it’s Thunder. Oklahoman

Did you have any idea around deadline time you’d be thrown in a trade? Steve Novak: Honestly, no. I hadn’t heard anything about the possibilities to be honest. It’s the trade deadline, so I know it’s possible for everyone, but I didn’t think it at all. I just got a text, was playing Legos with my son and practice was supposed to be at 2 and it got bumped back to 6, so I thought great I’ll just play with my kids. Was playing Legos and got a text from my friend that said ‘Congrats on your new team.’ And I looked and it was literally two minutes before the trade deadline. Typed my name into Twitter and saw the deal. Oklahoman

In Utah, Kanter felt he wasn't receiving enough playing time, so he demanded a trade. In Oklahoma, Jackson felt his role diminished by the acquisition of Dion Waiters. Jackson longed to be a starter, in any case, with a paycheck to match. And in Phoenix, Dragic was simply unhappy. "When people don't want to be there, they can't produce," the team executive said. "If they didn't trade [Dragic], he wouldn't have played well for them." Bleacher Report

Tim Hardaway Jr. has seen his play take a drastic drop from his rookie season, but he survived the trade deadline — perhaps more because of his struggles than the Knicks desire to keep him. He reportedly was included in a package the team tried to put together in a deal for Goran Dragic, who wound up with the Heat. "I don't follow any of that stuff," Hardaway said before the deadline. "I control what I can control - that's playing for this team. … I'm happy to be here. Hopefully, I'll be here for a long time." Bergen Record

February 20, 2015 Updates

If there were any questions in the aftermath of Thursday's deal that sent Kyle Singler and D.J. Augustin to Oklahoma City and also cost the Pistons second-round draft choices in 2017 and '19 about the Pistons' interest in Jackson beyond this season, Van Gundy buried them emphatically. "We wouldn't have made the move we did if we didn't feel ready to make it a long-term commitment," Van Gundy said Friday. "There's no guarantees. He's a (restricted free agent). We know we can keep him through next year no matter what he does, but we feel good about making a long-term commitment to him and hopefully he'll feel real comfortable making a long-term commitment here and we'll get it done. We've got a chance to put together a really solid young core and continue to develop them. You've got to have some patience, but I'm not all that patient, so hopefully it will come together sooner. But you do see a window there and it's not a short window. It's not a two- or three-year window." NBA.com

Arron Afflalo: I’m looking forward to growing and building with this team. I’m looking forward to experiencing a deeper playoff run together. As excited as I am about this opportunity, I want to make this clear: I’m here to help this team reach its goal of winning a title. It’s been 38 years since the Trail Blazers last won an NBA championship. It isn’t just enough to be a contender — it’s time for us to show the media, fans and most importantly, ourselves, why we’re a championship-caliber team. The Players' Tribune

Q: What do you like about Isaiah Thomas? Danny Ainge: I’m excited. I like Isaiah. I’ve liked Isaiah for a while. This was a deal we would have done at any time to acquire him, so we are excited to have him. I like that he’s an efficient scorer. I like that he can run the pick-and-roll and that he is unafraid of big moments. He can score with the ball in his hands and he can score as a spot-up shooter. And I like his personality. I think Isaiah is a big personality, and I think as he matures — he’s still a fairly young player — I think as he matures he has the potential to be a great leader. Boston Globe

Q: How do you envision Thomas and Marcus Smart playing together? Danny Ainge: I think both of those guys are good enough players that they can play with anybody. I think Isaiah can play with any group, and Marcus can, too. I think they’re completely different types of players, and along with Avery [Bradley], I feel like we have shooting and scoring. What we didn’t have in the backcourt yet was a good pick-and-roll player that can actually get in the paint and score some baskets. Even though he’s little, he’s a very good scorer, one of the best scorers in the paint with little floating shots, and so forth. He’s also a good 3-point shooter. I think Isaiah is better than anybody we have or have had in a while at scoring or creating offense in the pick-and-roll. Boston Globe

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