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May 9, 2015 Updates

Outside of Chicago, teams are already preparing possible maximum-salary offer sheets for Butler in free agency, including the Los Angeles Lakers as one of several expected suitors, league sources told RealGM. Even Butler’s college area connection, the Milwaukee Bucks, will have cap space in July. Around the league, there’s a question: How will Chicago handle the inevitable max out of a star player not named Rose? For now, Butler has made clear his desire, and the Bulls will assuredly match anything, anyway. Here’s a breakthrough star in the regular season, and an even bigger performer in the postseason. He’s a main reason these Bulls believe they have an opportunity to defeat LeBron, but James has been persistent in his bounce-back outputs ever since those 2011 Finals. RealGM

May 8, 2015 Updates

Marc J. Spears: The D-League LA D-Fenders informed 1st-year head coach Phil Hubbard yesterday they wouldn't take his option for next season, a source said. The Lakers' affiliate D-League D-Fenders had a 17-33 record, but also had three NBA call-ups in Jabari Brown, Jamaal Franklin & Vander Blue. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

Wilkes played with Bill Walton in college, then won championships with the Rick Barry Warriors and, more famously, the "Showtime" Lakers. And almost 30 years after wrapping up his career, he takes a look at the NBA franchise that defined him and sees Kobe Bryant in a familiar position: getting old. But these Lakers don't have Worthy waiting in the wings. "It's very different," Wilkes told Sporting News. "He has very little help, and I'm sure he feels like it's all on him because it has been for the last 18, 19 years. And I'm sure he doesn't know what to expect from himself or what his body can give him now. But it's clear that he's near the end. He's in the last year of his contract. But physically, he just can't carry the group more. Sporting News

"Personally, I'd like to see his minutes cut where he could play the majority of the fourth quarter. But that's going to be hard for Coach Scott because, Kobe, you think you want Kobe out there all the time. But I think they've learned that he just can't do it all anymore." This season might be rough, even if Bryant stays healthy. But Wilkes, formerly known as Keith Wilkes, is optimistic. "With the current draft coming up and the picks they have and the cap space they have and with Mitch Kupchak being there in the driver's seat alongside Jim Buss, I expect to see serious improvement next season, which to me means competing for the playoffs," he said. Sporting News

May 7, 2015 Updates

Cops investigated the alleged incident and DISMISSED her claim because they felt her story didn't add up. The woman filed a lawsuit against Young in 2013 ... and the two sides are still battling it out. Now, according to new docs obtained by TMZ Sports ... the accuser has a number in mind -- $3 million ... claiming she suffered emotional distress and loss of earnings. But Young isn't buying it -- and has refused to settle ... instead, fighting the case tooth and nail to prove once and for all he's no rapist. A hearing is scheduled for later this month. TMZ.com

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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