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March 21, 2015 Updates

They traded future first-round picks for Dion Waiters and Enes Kanter in separate deals, and though those players are young and the picks protected, those are the sort of win-now moves the Thunder hadn’t engaged in until this season. They are the mark of a team that knows time is precious — that failure today carries a scary downside that is no longer so far in the distance. And as rival executives note, those moves — especially the acquisition of a low-post scorer like Kanter who has a nice pick-and-pop chemistry with Westbrook — provide the road map for a post-Durant team in the worst-case scenario of his departure. Grantland

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Late last June, having finished a workout, Chandler turned on his phone and saw the news breaking that he was about to be traded back to the Mavericks. Then the phone rang ... his agent was calling to confirm the news. "I had mixed emotions, to be quite honest," Chandler said. "I had put Dallas in the past. I enjoyed what had gone on here but I put it in the past and appreciated it for what it was. So I had to turn the mindset back around." NBA.com

March 17, 2015 Updates

By next season, Lee certainly will be eager to make his mark in a contract year during which he will receive about $15.5 million as he winds up a six-year deal. Unless Golden State tries to trade him before then. "It's definitely a challenging new role, and tough to find a rhythm sometimes," Lee said. "But I wouldn't trade it for anything with how our team's doing. I just see this as an opportunity to prove that I'm a team guy, prove how much I care about winning." USA Today Sports

March 16, 2015 Updates

Critical early injuries to Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin essentially changed the Wolves’ priorities, with coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders opting for the chance to develop young players. The Wolves traded veteran forward/guard Corey Brewer to Houston in December and veteran guard Mo Williams to Charlotte in February. “At that point in time, with the direction we were going, that was probably likeliest to happen,” Young said of the trade. “But I think they did a very good job, as far as going out there and shopping around, working with my agent, working with me personally as a player. Just keeping me abreast of the situation. The good thing was, there wasn’t anything behind closed doors or anything going on crazy.’’ Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Warriors owner Joe Lacob told Bay Area columnist Tim Kawakami last month that the team was prepared to be "very likely very substantially" in the luxury tax next season, which would seem to indicate Golden State's willingness to match any offer for Green. The Warriors have long been rumored to be willing to deal Lee, who'll be entering the last year of his deal next season and would be a valuable trade chip. NBA.com

A late lineup scratch Sunday when the Wolves went without seven players, Neal has been traded twice, at consecutive trade deadlines no less, since he bypassed a $1 million qualifying offer from the Spurs to sign for millions elsewhere, with only a fraction as much team success. “At the end of the day, unless you’re Tim Duncan or LeBron James or Kevin Garnett, you’re not really going to have a legacy,” Neal said. “I’m not going to be a Hall of Fame player or anything like that. So my job as a man is to put my family in a situation where they can be as comfortable as possible. That’s a decision I made, and to this day, I don’t regret it. I’d make that decision 100 times over.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

March 14, 2015 Updates

And what if the Sixers end up with Duke center Jahlil Okafor or Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns in the draft? They already have a core center in 7-footer Joel Embiid, who is sitting out his rookie season with a foot stress fracture. “I really hope nothing happens,” Noel said last week. “I like this team. I like what we're building. I hope we can stick together and continue to grow.” Noel is confident that he and Embiid — with Embiid likely playing power forward on offense and center at the defensive end — will turn out to be a terrific tandem. “Jo is going to get more and more healthy and more active,” Noel said. “I see things really taking shape (next season).” Still, Noel gets that “at the end of the day, it is a business. You always have to keep that in mind. You've just got to do what you've got to do, work on your thing.” The Intelligencer

March 13, 2015 Updates

Brooklyn Nets GM Billy King and Coach Lionel Hollins had a strong and sincere message for season ticket holders on Thursday: They are not giving up on this season, and there is a determined, unified commitment to make this team younger, more athletic and more consistent going forward. “I think it’s been a trying year for you guys and all of us," King said on a conference call with Brooklyn Chant members. “I thank you for your support, being there for us. It hasn’t been the year we wanted. We’re still in the playoff battle and trying to get there. “The overall way I look at this is, going forward, we’re going to continue to try and get more athletic." NBA.com

After Evan Roberts noted that the Nets could give up four straight lottery picks (a cheery thought), asked "when is Billy King getting fired," Woj offered up a defense of the Nets GM... Wojnarowski: "In defense of billy King, he did what ownership wanted, which was 'we dont want to build around Derrick Favors and bring in a young nucleus of guys. We want star players, we want veteran guys and we want them now. That's a hard way to win in the NBA. to say we're just going to bring in stars because that's why yuor cap number is so big, your payroll is so enormous. That's a hard way to do it. They wanted a winner instantly." NetsDaily

March 12, 2015 Updates

Nash would get paid in any case, no matter the combination of medical insurance or actual Lakers money. He would've even gotten a little more from the Lakers if traded via a 15 percent trade kicker in his contract. Bleacher Report

If a team offered an established All-Star and at least one other high-caliber starter, wouldn't the Knicks be obligated to consider it? Absolutely, said a rival general manager, who noted that a top-five pick offers no guarantee of stardom, or even competence. Indeed, many high picks go bust or turn out to be merely average. In the NBA, sometimes the sure thing is better than the prospect behind Door No. 2. "You could certainly make a case for trading (the pick)," said a veteran Eastern Conference scout. Bleacher Report

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