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October 12, 2014 Updates

Coincidentally, I talked with a person close to him Friday who told me nothing has changed. The Wizards have contacted Allen's representatives at Tandem Sports and Entertainment several times, both reported here. The prospect of being a starter again with Beal's absence isn't likely to make Washington any more enticing for Allen. He'll soon be 40. Six teams have actually contacted his reps since he became an unrestricted free agent -- the Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder and .... the Milwaukee Bucks. Yes, the latter is not a mistake. CSNWashington.com

October 11, 2014 Updates
October 10, 2014 Updates

If there is indeed a pool, the biggest winner of all will be Diaw himself, who stands to pocket half a million dollars ($) if he can keep himself at or below 254 at three different points during the upcoming season, according to ESPN Insider Amin Elhassan: Oct. 25, the first Tuesday after the All-Star break and again on April 1. As Insider is a pay site, we’ll refrain from listing the exact payouts for each date. But it adds up to a cool $500,000, a not insignificant bonus to the $7.5 million that Diaw, officially listed at 250, is slated to make in the first season of the multi-year extension he signed this summer after serving as a key cog in the Spurs’ championship run. San Antonio Express-News

October 9, 2014 Updates
October 8, 2014 Updates

Cuban hopes it will be Duncan’s last and would like to honor the future Hall of Famer on March 24, the Spurs’ last scheduled trip to Dallas of the season. “If we get word that it’s his last year here, we’ll do something special,” said Cuban, who would similarly honor former Mavs Steve Nash and Jason Terry if they make it clear they plan to retire at the end of the season. “We did the same thing for David Robinson. I’m hoping Tim will bless us with those words.“ What kind of farewell prize might Cuban offer Duncan? The possibilities are practically limitless. "Probably worth a salary-cap violation,” Cuban joked. ESPN.com

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October 7, 2014 Updates

But what might come as a surprise is how significant that explosion has been, and how far its blast radius might soon reach. The literary specter haunting sports' burgeoning Information Age is no longer Michael Lewis and Moneyball but George Orwell and 1984. The boom officially began during work hours. Before last season, all 30 arenas installed sets of six military-grade cameras, built by a firm called SportVU, to record the x- and y-coordinates of every person on the court at a rate of 25 times a second -- a technology originally developed for missile defense in Israel. This past spring, SportVU partnered with Catapult, an Australian company that produces wearable GPS trackers that can gauge fatigue levels during physical activity. Catapult counts a baker's dozen of NBA clients, including the exhaustion-conscious Spurs, and claims Mavericks owner Mark Cuban as both a customer and investor. To front offices, the upside of such devices is rather obvious: Players, like Formula One cars, are luxury machines that perform best if vigilantly monitored, regulated and rested. ESPN.com

October 6, 2014 Updates
October 5, 2014 Updates

Daniels did return to the game and last played for the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2012-13 season. On Sunday he visited his old stomping grounds at the Celtics training facility to explore a new career on the sidelines. The 10-year veteran has already made stops with the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs. “I always had a knack for it,” he said. “(I) just wanted to be involved with trying to develop stuff, Xs and Os, just seeing how it goes. I’ve been getting a lot of advice from different coaches, just going around getting a feel for it.” Basketball Insiders

Daniels, 33, has been staying around basketball by helping at high schools in Macon, Georgia. Ultimately he would like to work in the NBA, but he is exploring options at different levels. He interviewed for an assistant coaching position for the NBA Development League’s Austin Toros. Although he did not land the job, he continues to work on his resume while picking up insight along the way. Basketball Insiders

Messina made the first adjustment during his unofficial apprenticeship with the Spurs in 2011: Freeing his mind of the stereotypes about the NBA that prevailed among European players, coaches and fans. “Honestly, you find it is much more different from what we think in Europe,” Messina said. “It's completely different. We think we work hard in practice (in Europe) and in the NBA, they don't do anything; that they don't practice. Then you find out, first of all, that there is a lot of individual work; a lot of player development. I found when I was here that all players work a lot on their skills; that good coaches teach them, work them, whatever.” San Antonio Express-News

 

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