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May 6, 2015 Updates

He'll find himself in an interesting spot this summer as a free agent for the second time. Carroll will be in demand and has raised his value to the point where he could triple his salary come 2015-16. But he's a late-bloomer (28 years old) who doesn't have a long track record for playing at this level. Interested teams must decide whether Carroll's best years are indeed ahead of him, or if he's a role player taking advantage of the Hawks' system. With the salary cap expected to jump, the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks or Dallas Mavericks (among other teams) could force the Hawks' financial hand. "I'm looking forward to the summer but right now I'm just trying to win games with this team," he said. NBA.com

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If you've arrived at the completely logical party, hosted by the estimable Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, that Rajon Rondo shall not be welcome on your team under any circumstances at any price tag, it's probably for the best. Lakers co-owner Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak, however, are not there. So there remains a distinct possibility in today's space-and-shoot NBA that the Los Angeles Lakers will be the torchbearers for the old school and sign the pass-first (nay, pass-only) Rondo to a free-agent contract this summer. But what should be made clear, according to team sources, is that Buss is not the believer he was earlier in the season when it comes to Rondo, and Kupchak is toting enough healthy skepticism that he sees Rondo as value only at a certain low price. Bleacher Report

The Lakers have higher priorities when it comes to spending their precious 2015 salary-cap space. They are hopeful of buying a foundational piece—something they aren't convinced Rondo is. Bleacher Report

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To say the Knicks fells short of expectations this season would be an understatement. With a payroll in the Top 4 in the NBA, New York finished with the second-worst record in the league, which makes the Knicks the team with the worst return results-wise for the money spent on player salaries this year. (We're not even factoring in coaches and executives salaries here, which would make New York look even worse considering the lofty contracts of Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher). Each regular-season win cost the Knicks close to $4.8 million, which puts Jackson's club ahead of Minnesota and even the deep-pocketed, underperforming Lakers in this ranking. HoopsHype

April 24, 2015 Updates

Nash maintains he has no regrets about how he handled the aftermath surrounding his season-ending injury where he stayed distant from the team in the final year of his contract worth $9.8 million. “I was in a really difficult position mentally and emotionally,” Nash said. “It wasn’t easy for me. I think the best thing for everyone was for me to get away.” Both Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Byron Scott publicly supported Nash’s indefinite absence. But they also expressed hope he would mentor the Lakers’ backcourt, namely rookie guard Jordan Clarkson. Yet, Nash did not begin those private sessions until late January. “As soon as they asked me to help, I was there to help,” Nash said. “It wasn’t like I was hiding. They asked me if I would work with the guys and I immediately said, ‘Yeah.’” Los Angeles Daily News

April 23, 2015 Updates

The feeling in league circles going back to before Rondo was traded to the Mavs in December was that he was eyeing the Los Angeles Lakers as his free-agent destination in July. The way his brief tenure has unfolded in Dallas, nothing has happened to change those opinions. Remember that infamous breakfast in Boston that Rondo and Kobe Bryant shared in December? The one that Rondo later described as, "just two a-holes having breakfast?" Bryant's take on it was a little more detailed. "We get along extremely well," Bryant said. "We see the game in a similar fashion in terms of our aggressiveness and our mindset. It's good to get together with him." CBSSports.com

 

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