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May 22, 2015 Updates

After requiring nearly two years to recover from a knee surgery that Danilo Gallinari believes was initially botched, the 26-year-old forward finally regained his form late last season and appears now to be a centerpiece in the Nuggets' rebuilding efforts, as is center Jusuf Nurkic, recently named one of the league's 10 best rookies. While Kroenke steadfastly refuses to offer specific names when talking about plans to aggressively retool the roster prior to opening night of the next NBA season, it's realistic to expect point guard Ty Lawson or forward Kenneth Faried or both to be part of trade discussions prior to the June 25 draft. Denver Post

May 21, 2015 Updates

The great unknown is that Jackson has never been responsible for making a first-round pick in his career, much less a pick as high as four. The consensus among executives, scouts and agents is that Jackson will actively look to deal the fourth pick for a proven veteran. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but it shows that Jackson, who will turn 70 in September, is looking for a quick fix and doesn’t have the appetite for rebuilding. New York Daily News

“Teams are ripe for movement and are open to it,’’ one pro personnel director said. The thinking is the Knicks could add a veteran rotation player and perhaps still get Cauley-Stein, Winslow, Frank Kaminsky or Stanley Johnson. Since the Knicks don’t have a pick next year, they also have interest in acquiring a 2016 first-rounder to move back as that would not cut into their 2015 cap space. “They’re going to be really bad next year so might as well,’’ one Western Conference executive said. “They will do their due diligence,’’ another NBA executive said. “There’s going to be talks. It’s all about how much they are asking for.’’ New York Post

May 20, 2015 Updates

Mozgov recalled finding out about the trade during a moment of calm. “The business is different and nobody trade you like that [in Russia],” he said, comparing NBA trades to those overseas. “They talk to you. It goes on for months. They ask the player, ‘Do you want to be traded?’ They ask the agent. Here, it was so quick. I was sitting, watching the All-Star Game with my wife, eating some chicken wings. I just remember I was happy and they called me and said, ‘You got traded.’ I see my wife. She looks at me and feels like something’s wrong. I say, ‘We got traded to Denver.’ I gotta, like, fly tomorrow. She said, ‘For real?’” Grantland

The Sixers are likely to end up with four first-rounders in 2016 — their own, the Lakers’ pick (which becomes top-3 protected), the Heat’s (top-10 protected) and the Thunder’s (top-15 protected). As for potentially trading the pick, Hinkie indicated that’s unlikely. “That seems really hard to believe (the pick would be more valuable to another team),” he said. “We’re clearly building through the draft. We’re clearly trying to find star players. There might be other teams more interested and more committed to that sort of thing, but I doubt it.” The Intelligencer

“We have some options,” Divac said. “I think this class of rookies are very strong. We should be able to get someone who can help us next year.” That could mean trading the pick. The Kings are intent on improving as fast as possible, raising the possibility of a deal for immediate help. “I think we should be very open,” Divac said. “Our goal is we want to improve next year. We want to be much, much better.” When it comes to a trade, Ranadive does not want to have any input. “I’m leaving that to my basketball people,” he said. Sacramento Bee

May 19, 2015 Updates

Mills, who wore Dave DeBusschere’s Hall of Fame ring for good luck, admitted being disappointed that the Knicks ended up where they did. He also didn’t rule out trading the pick for more assets, as President Phil Jackson has discussed already. “We’re going to be open to a lot of things, but we know we can get a good player at this pick but we’re also going to be open to talking to teams and looking at different options,” Mills said. The Knicks Blog

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