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Jack Devine, a retired CIA official and private investigator, writes in his new book, "Good Hunting" about how the NBA had him investigate Mikhail Prokhorov in 2009-10. The vetting included checking whether the Nets prospective owner had ties to the Russian mob. Devine said his team found none after "extensive research," and informed David Stern of same. NetsDaily

April 15, 2015 Updates

Moving forward, how do you continue this momentum and make sure it doesn’t flatten? Grousbeck: We’re going to have Brad here. We’re going to have our young core here, they’re all under multiyear contracts. And Danny will be here, and we will be here and the fans will be here, and we’re going to keep this rolling as long as we can. Hey, so breaking news then, you’re not selling the team? Grousbeck (laughs): Absolutely not. Boston Globe

April 13, 2015 Updates

Rick Bonnell: NBA spokesman: League aware Hornets minority owner Nelly was arrested over the weekend. NBA monitoring the situation. Nelly's tour bus was pulled over by Tennessee state troopers who discovered drugs. Attorney representing Nelly told AP he'll be exonerated. Nelly has owned a small percentage of the Hornets for several years and occasionally attends games at Time Warner Cable Arena. Twitter @rick_bonnell

April 12, 2015 Updates

Before Stevens, it was Kevin Garnett who chose Boston. Garnett loved Boston so much, according to Grousbeck, that he continues to recruit players to the Celtics to this day. "KG loved it and I think he's been a real good ambassador for us, telling people [that] it's a great place to play," he said. "It's very common for everybody to say, ‘Oh they can't attract free agents;' you know we attracted Kevin Garnett here. He did not need to sign an extension with us. He did not need to approve that trade. He wasn't technically a free agent, but KG picked coming to Boston and he won a championship here. So I always say that he was the first major free agent to come to Boston because he was able to dictate his terms of what team he wanted to go to and he chose us." Celtics Blog

April 9, 2015 Updates

The tide has turned in Los Angeles. Once considered the No. 1 destination for NBA free agents, the Lakers have struggled in recent years to find marquee players to pair with star Kobe Bryant. Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes, who played alongside Bryant for two seasons with the Lakers, has a theory about his former team’s recent rut. The common misconception is that players cower at the idea of playing with Kobe due to his ultracompetitive nature, says Barnes. But the onus is actually on the front office, Barnes recently told SI.com's Chris Ballard for an upcoming feature story. “The reason people don’t want to go to the Lakers is because of management,” Barnes tells SI.com. “Kobe can be the scapegoat all they want but if you play hard, Kobe likes you. And if you bulls--- around, he doesn’t. It’s plain and simple. He’s not a vocal leader. He just expects you to play as hard as you can every minute on the court, like he does.” Ethan J. Skolnick: Derrick Rose playing tonight, still on roughly 20 minute limit, likely won't play fourth quarter Twitter @EthanJSkolnick

You're paying Phil Jackson $12 million a year for five years. Still worth it? James Dolan: You got to believe, baby! I believe, I believe! The Hollywood Reporter

Jackson has said he was assured by you that there wouldn't be any interference. But at what point does the leash get tugged? James Dolan: I don't see it happening. Phil is a brilliant basketball guy, and he and Steve [Mills] are working together great. The Hollywood Reporter

April 7, 2015 Updates
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Several people with knowledge of the situation told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that two groups are considered finalists. Current Hawks ownership and prospective buyers have signed non-disclosure agreements that prevent them from speaking publicly on the sales process. One leading group is led by Grizzlies minority owner Steve Kaplan, who is joined by Indonesian billionaires Erick Thohir and Handy Poernomo and former Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien. Braves great Hank Aaron also has been associated with the group. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The other leading group is led by Lionsgate Entertainment’s Mark Rachesky, who is joined by New York investment banker Steve Starker. Jesse Itzler, who has done consulting work for the Hawks and attends many games, is also associated with the group. He is married to Spanx founder Sara Blakely. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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