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May 30, 2015 Updates

"Vlade brought up a good point: He wants to keep the core together. He understands how important chemistry is. And him and Pete, they just pretty much said that, 'we just want to build around the core,'" said Collison, who averaged 16.1 points, 5.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds last season. "That's encouraging to hear because you see a lot of teams breaking teams up after a year or after two years, they don't really give them time to gel. To hear them say that really feels like, ‘OK, this core has a chance to go forward.'" Sactown Royalty

"I think we need some defensive players with that mindset. I'm all about the defensive players ... We definitely need shooting with the creativity that me, Rudy and DeMarcus have - I think more shooting will help us. And then the one thing that we don't talk about a lot is that we need experience. We do need veteran players who have been around the block," Collison said. "You look at the Houston Rockets, they have a bunch of experienced players. You look at Golden State [Warriors], they've got veteran players. If we can keep the core together like these other teams have kept their core together and add experienced players with defense and shooting, I think we'll be fine." Sactown Royalty

Yet, when Rockets general manager Daryl Morey puts together his shopping list, Harden had a suggestion. He said he “definitely” would like to see the Rockets add another playmaker to take some of that responsibility out of his hands. “That’s one of the conversations me and Daryl are going to have (and) the coaches,” Harden said. “That’s one of the pieces to add, but that’s later conversations. We’ll be all right. We’re very confident in the group we have. This summer we have to work hard and be ready for next year.” Houston Chronicle

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Of course, the Clippers would prefer to keep DeAndre Jordan, the third-team All-NBA big man who ranks right up there with perennial All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge as the Mavs’ top targets in free agency. However, Jordan intends to consider all of his options and has privately made it clear that he’s highly intrigued by the possibility of coming to Dallas as a featured attraction for the Mavs. A sign-and-trade swap of the centers (Tyson Chandler-DeAndre Jordan), which has been mentioned in Mavs front-office offseason brainstorming sessions, would make a lot of sense for all of the involved parties. Jordan has all the leverage in this situation. If he decides to leave Lob City, Clippers coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers would be crazy not to cooperate in this scenario. It’s the only way the Clippers could get a legitimate replacement for Jordan next season. ESPN.com

Dallas would insist that the Clippers also take reserve point guard Raymond Felton, who was the Tyson Tax in last summer’s trade with the New York Knicks. Felton earned a lot of respect from the Mavs with his approach last season, when the longtime starter stayed ready despite playing sparingly, but they’d still like to dump his $3.9 million salary after he officially exercises his player option for next season. ESPN.com

The Suns also have the rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic, 22, a Serbian guard who has won the Euroleague Rising Star Trophy the past two years and has a NBA out in his contract for next summer. The prevalence in youth makes trading out of the first round a possibility for the Suns. "At some point, there is a saturation point for young players as you try to put together a team that is capable of competing and making the playoffs in the Western Conference," McDonough said after making five first-round picks in two years. "I think it (trading the pick) is something we're more open to than in the past but, at the same time, we like the players that we think will be there at 13." Arizona Republic

But amid all those phone conversations in the past week, Kupchak said on Tuesday he has not heard anything enticing that would convince him to trade the Lakers’ No. 2 pick of the 2015 NBA draft. Said Kupchak: “It would have to be a heck of an opportunity for us to consider doing something like that.” What would it take for Kupchak to find an offer too good to pass up? “You have to weigh it against who you would get as the second pick. We’re a little bit impatient,” said Kupchak, mindful the Lakers missed the playoffs for two consecutive seasons. “So if you came across something that made your team better quicker, that would probably be a veteran. That’s something you would consider.” Los Angeles Daily News

May 26, 2015 Updates

Sources close to the process say Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried have kept no secret of their discontent and unless the Nuggets can pull off something major on the coaching front or make a significant trade, both have indicated they’d rather see a trade instead of sticking around for a long rebuild. When Lawson is at the top of his game, he is among the best point guards in the NBA. Faried, at times, has shown glimpses of being a star-caliber frontcourt player. Both could be very attractive trade chips if Denver decides to pull the trigger. Basketball Insiders

Sources close to the process say Denver has had no shortage of inquiring calls, but the Nuggets have not indicated one way or the other if they’re ready to pull the trigger. The Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings are both said be high on Lawson. Basketball Insiders

It is widely assumed the Nets will explore the trade markets for both Joe Johnson (with his expiring $24.9 million deal) and Jarrett Jack (due $12.6 million over the next two seasons but only partially guaranteed in 2016-17) to try to get away from tax territory that way, instead of waiving and stretching Williams. Neither of those ideas is as complicated as trying to trade D-Will himself, with $21 million next season and $22.3 million in 2016-17 owed to the 30-year-old, but you wouldn't describe trading Johnson or Jack for purely financial motivations as easy, either. ESPN.com

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