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April 22, 2015 Updates

Steve Kyler: Hawks said to be sold for $730 million --- far cry from the $1.2 billion figure some tossed around. Hawks $730 million price illustrates how much Steve Ballmer overpaid for the Clippers not the new bench mark many hoped teams would command. Twitter @stevekylerNBA

April 20, 2015 Updates

"If the state comes in at $150 million, the deal is dead, and the Bucks will move," city alderman Bob Bauman told Milwaukee Magazine this week. The arena would be in his district. "The gap is too big." Meanwhile, a poll released this week by Marquette University Law School was bleak for the Bucks. Nearly 80 percent of the respondents didn't favor public funding for the arena even though the current plan includes no new taxes. In Milwaukee itself, 67 percent of those polled were against giving the Bucks public money. As for Walker, who is a strong supporter of the arena construction plan, his approval ratings have dropped over the past several months. As he's about to run for president, he now has a 41 percent approval rating in his home state. ESPN.com

April 17, 2015 Updates

Sources say that the league, though, has been careful to stress to its teams that these are not only mere projections but also contingent on the NBA and its players avoiding a work stoppage after the 2016-17 season. Both sides have the right to opt out of the current labor agreement by Dec. 15, 2016. ESPN.com

NBA owners planned to discuss several competition-related issues at their annual end-of-the-season meetings, which conclude today in New York. Improving the schedule, conference alignment, playoff format changes and draft lottery format improvements are among the topics owners planned to address. USA Today Sports

April 16, 2015 Updates

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

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