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February 25, 2015 Updates
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“Heading into the All-Star break, we didn’t love the vibe around our team,” McDonough said. “I feel like there was a little more selfishness than there was last year. I think there’s some guys probably more concerned about their stats or individual contract status than team success. That’s one thing we’re trying to do here. We’re trying to build a culture, trying to find the core guys, the key guys to build around. I feel like we’re getting closer.’’ “Sometimes the players look at it and the agents look at it and say ‘What’s best for my client?’ As a player, ‘What benefits me the most?’ That was a bit disappointing. [The three-guard offense] certainly didn’t succeed. It certainly didn’t fail but we’re fine with that.” Boston Globe

The Suns are 2½ games behind Oklahoma City for the final playoff spot with a Thursday home matchup with the Thunder, in what could be considered the most important game of the season. The upheaval has to subside soon for Phoenix to fulfill expectations. “We just have to start winning,” McDonough said. “Despite all the changes and the turmoil, we’re two games out of the eighth spot right now. We’re going to see what we can do. Since we made the moves, the vibe around our team is better. The players have more energy. I feel good about our direction.” Boston Globe

Kobe Bryant demanded a trade from the Lakers back in 2007, but ultimately a deal was not struck, and the team went on to win two additional titles with Bryant as NBA Finals MVP. Where did Bryant want to go in trade? "Chicago was my No. 1 choice," said Bryant on Sunday, via "Grantland Basketball Hour." Los Angeles Times

The All-Star guard also confirmed he scuttled a trade the Lakers proposed that would have sent him to the Detroit Pistons. "That is true," said Bryant, who said the potential deal included Richard "Rip" Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and draft picks. "I gave you a list of teams I'm comfortable being traded to," recalled Bryant. "Not Detroit." Los Angeles Times

Celtics president Danny Ainge never had a chance to get to Thornton. He found out about the trade from a teammate who was also about to get shipped out — Tayshaun Prince. “Rumors, but I didn’t know until the last second,” Thornton said. “I put my phone down, Tayshaun picked his phone up and there it was. I was like, damn, I just put my phone down. That’s how fast it happened. I saw everything happening, and all of a sudden Tayshaun picks his up and says, ‘You gone.’ A crazy turn of events.” Boston Herald

February 23, 2015 Updates

In an unnoticed development at last week’s trade deadline, the 76ers were still trying to trade up for a top pick in this draft, indicating a willingness to talk about Joel Embiid or any player on their team, an NBA source told Forbes.com. Yes, that’s the Joel Embiid they drafted No. 3 overall last spring, after compiling the worst record and seeing the Cavaliers and Bucks jump ahead of them in the lottery. In other words, after going 65-144 over the last two-plus seasons and parting with Jrue Holiday, Nikola Vucevic, Louis Williams, Thaddeus Young, Jodie Meeks, Spencer Hawes, Nick Young and Andre Iguodala, the 76ers don’t have an asset on the lot whom they’re committed to. Forbes.com

The Celtics had agreed to buy out Tayshaun Prince if a trade couldn't be completed, a source said. But an unexpected deal with Detroit came along, and Prince wasn't exactly thrilled to be going to the Pistons. Yahoo! Sports

Vincent Ellis: Some tidbits: #Pistons reluctant to trade Singler. Impending RFA played a factor - although Jackson talent main factor. If Singler were a rookie or in second season ... get the sense #Pistons might have just worried about it in off-season. #Pistons Twitter @Vincent_Ellis56

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