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April 14, 2014 Updates

The team is unlikely to make a decision on D’Antoni immediately after the season, sources indicate. While there have been conflicting reports on which way the team might be leaning on that decision, the truth is there’s a lot of information from around the league they need to consider before doing so, and there’s not a huge rush. ESPN.com

D’Antoni still has his supporters in the Lakers organization, and quite frankly, he himself has to decide if he wants to return for another season with the limitations he has had since coming to L.A. last November. Namely, the inability he has had to truly install the offensive concepts that earned him guru status back in his glory days in Phoenix. Last season, Dwight Howard and the Lakers' aged roster were the main reasons for that. This season, there was a noticeable friction between the way D’Antoni wanted the team to play and the way Bryant and Gasol were most comfortable playing. And then of course came the rash of injuries that left the Lakers scrambling just to find enough bodies to scrimmage in practice on most days. ESPN.com

Then there’s the possibility of playing with his brother in Memphis. “It’s appealing,” Gasol said. “We have a lof of fun always in the summers [playing together with the Spanish national team]. But I don’t know if it’s going to be completely 100 percent up to me, because there’s going to be a lot of teams that are going to be probably limited or conditioned to a trade, and the Lakers will probably have some say in that. We’ll see. It’ll be an interesting process. I don’t know if the Grizzlies are one of the teams that are most interested. “I’d love to play with Kobe more, because he’s a friend, he’s a winner and he’s a guy that I’ve been through a lot and won championships with. I would love to play with my brother, but you can’t have everything. Just try to think where is the best position for me to succeed collectively and individually.” ESPN.com

April 13, 2014 Updates

The Lakers are interested in Meeks, 26, a soon-to-be free agent who is paid $1.6 million in a league whose average salary is $5.5 million. He's interested in them, too. "When I signed here two years ago, I told my family that I would love to be here the rest of my career," Meeks said. "Learning from great players — Kobe [Bryant], Pau Gasol, and at the time, Dwight [Howard], Steve Nash. Obviously, I want to be here and it's a great organization and I love playing here. "But on the flip side it's a business. Both sides have to do what they do." Los Angeles Times

Dirk, you see, is Durant's favorite active player. "It's probably a tie between him and Kobe," Durant said after giving it some extra thought. Yet there's no disputing who's the more natural role model for KD. It's that 35-year-old, that 7-footer, who plays three hours away down Interstate 35 ... and who just shot his way into the top 10 on the league's all-time scoring charts in his 16th season. You figure Durant will get there even faster at his current pace, given the insane levels of efficiency he's hitting -- sporting a PER of 30.2 for the season -- and blessed with that extra dose of athleticism Dirk has always dreamed of. ESPN.com

"It's unfortunate for those franchises if they don't make it," ABC/ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy said. "But the league, just because of how it's grown and the depth of teams and organizations, I don't think it's a major deal either. Those teams have proven to be great organizations, and they'll be in the playoffs in the near future and in the short term, once in a while to not have them in doesn't impact the playoffs negatively at all." That view isn't shared by everyone. Lakers radio analyst Mychael Thompson, who was part of some Showtime championships, disagreed. "It's horrible for the NBA that those markets may not be in the playoffs," Thompson said. "The NBA is a lot healthier business when those franchises are competing for championships, and they'll get back there." USA Today Sports

"I'm confident that over time, that we're going to be able to assemble a team that's competitive, fun to watch," he told USA TODAY Sports recently. "The advantages that this franchise and this city have always had remain, which is our fan base, it's a great city, players like playing here. There are a lot of diverse components of this city that attract players – the organization itself, its legacy. So those things don't change." Yet even Kupchak admits it might take a while. The league's new collective bargaining agreement limits the ability of cash-cow teams like the Lakers to simply spend their way out of the cellar, and their best player – Kobe Bryant – is coming off the two worst injuries of his storied career (Achilles tendon tear and left knee fracture) just in time to start playing on his new, two-year, $48.5 million contract extension. USA Today Sports

April 12, 2014 Updates

The ex-Knicks coach has turned into a polarizing figure during what has been the Lakers' worst season since arriving in Los Angeles in 1960. So it would be extremely difficult for the Lakers to bring him back. They also are looking to change their style to one that better fits Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, whom they plan on re-signing this summer when he becomes free. One league source said there is sentiment within the Lakers' executive offices for a "peaceful, mutual parting" with D'Antoni, who has one season left on his contract at $4 million. There's another season beyond that, but it is at the team's option. "They don't want to fire Mike," the source said. New York Daily News

April 11, 2014 Updates

Los Angeles Lakers guard Xavier Henry underwent successful surgeries today to repair both a torn ligament in his left wrist and the cartilage abnormality in his right knee. The wrist surgery was performed by Dr. Steve Shin and the knee surgery was performed by Dr. Steve Lombardo, both at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Henry is expected to make a full recovery by the beginning of training camp. NBA.com

April 10, 2014 Updates

Young, who can opt out of his $1.2 million contract for next season with the Lakers to test free agency this summer, said he anticipates a lot of upheaval in the team's future. "I always wanted to be a Laker and it will be a dream come true to still be here, but it's crazy," Young said after practice Thursday. "You never know what happens. Last year they had a whole different team. It's obvious they're going to make some changes." ESPN.com

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