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April 15, 2015 Updates

Royce Young: Westbrook on Kobe taking up for him on Twitter the last few days: “That’s my guy. That’s my guy. That’s my guy. Kobe’s a good friend of mine and being in LA I was able to watch him and see him become a Hall of Famer and one of the best players to play the game. It’s an honor to be able to see somebody like that, to be able to have your back and support you.” Twitter @royceyoung

Lin on Tuesday didn't close the door completely on re-signing with the Lakers this summer, but he's back where he was before as a basketball nomad, still searching for a place in the NBA that feels really right. He said his goal in free agency will be to find "the best place that I can fit in." About the Lakers, Lin did his best to accent the positive in saying: "I don't know where I'm going to be next year, but never say never. I would definitely keep this open. It's not like this is last resort." Bleacher Report

Guard Jeremy Lin hasn't ruled out a return to the Los Angeles Lakers next season despite his up-and-down first season with the club. Lin, Nick Young and other injured Lakers spoke about their future Tuesday. Los Angeles ends its season Wednesday at home against Sacramento. NBA.com

Happily or not, the coaches are doing it on their own, shortening their seasons by resting players. This has worked admirably for the defending champion Spurs, coming off two Finals apperances, but is hard on the core fans paying fancy prices to attend. A management source says an average NBA live gate is $1 million, boosted by the king’s ransom the Knicks and Lakers make–almost $3 million per opening–even with their bedraggled teams. Forbes.com

April 14, 2015 Updates

The Lakers do not have much interest in retaining him. It would not seem surprising if the 12-year veteran pursued teams that could offer a bigger role. Daily News

The Lakers have not decided if they will exercise his option. Hill’s future could be at risk if the Lakers want to maximize their cap space. Daily News

The Lakers and Ellington would love to reunite. Ellington and Scott are close, and Ellington remains thankful for the Lakers’ support following his father’s death. Though Ellington views the Lakers as his top choice, he hopes for long-term security. Daily News

The Lakers feel mixed about retaining him if they find better options in the draft and free agency. He is low-risk because of his relatively inexpensive price tag and demeanor. There is conflicting information whether his contract is guaranteed or non-guaranteed. Daily News



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