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April 13, 2015 Updates

Midseason trades require a multitude of adjustments for an NBA player. New teammates, new coaches and new philosophies must all be adapted to and mastered. And then there are those pesky pronouns. "A lot of things are different," Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams said Friday after a shootaround at Madison Square Garden. "The dynamic of the team is different. I think we have a few more vet guys than Philly does. It's just a different coaching staff. Not to say one is better than the other. Things are just different. "Of course, they are," he added, nodding at teammates seated behind him before quickly realizing his mistake. "We are playing for the playoffs and Philly is looking to rebuild, so it's just two different styles." Philadelphia Inquirer

The 6-foot-6, 195-pounder will return to the Wells Fargo Center for the first time Monday night, eager to face his old team. "I can't wait to come back to Philly," he said Friday. "Of course it's going to be fun because, you know, they traded me, so there's a little edge there." Philadelphia Inquirer

April 10, 2015 Updates

SLAM: When the Lakers signed you before the start of the season, you had to look at the roster and think that you guys could make a little bit of noise. What were your expectations? Ed Davis: I knew it was going to be an old team with some veteran leadership. At the time, when I signed, we didn’t have a coach. I knew once we got a coach in here and set up that I would have an opportunity to be able to play, help contribute and just try and pick up from where I left off before I was traded from Toronto. I just wanted to show teams that I could play and I’m not a guy that’s going to be at the end of the bench his whole career. SLAM

April 8, 2015 Updates

Coach Brett Brown was not quite on board with the deal that sent away Carter-Williams, and that’s led to rumors of tension between Brown and general manager Sam Hinkie. Sources around the league, though, say such tension has been minimal, and that though Brown would like to start winning sooner rather than later, he understands Hinkie’s focus on the long term. Brown refused to take the job in 2013 without a four-year contract to ensure security as the losses piled up, and it appears he is not going anywhere for now. Sporting News

April 7, 2015 Updates
April 5, 2015 Updates

Kevin Durant to Bill Simmons: Stop bringing up the James Harden trade. Bill Simmons: OKC newspaper piece about the Harden trade leaves out the key point - they didn't have to trade him when they did. http://newsok.com/article/5407507 Twitter @BillSimmons

Carter-Williams is starting over in his second year in the NBA. The Hamilton native is playing for one of the best point guards of all time in Jason Kidd and is trying to regain his confidence after being unnerved by the trade and thrown into a playoff situation with the emerging Bucks. “It was the first time I’ve ever been traded, I didn’t know how to handle things,” Carter-Williams said. “I was still having some feelings toward me leaving my old teammates. We got a lot of things out on the table. I think the guys here did a great job of helping me feel comfortable. Just talking to coaches and building a relationship with them and the players. It took a little bit, but it’s there now. We just want to win on the court and continue to build relationships.” Boston Globe

Despite rumors that the 76ers had been trying to deal him since the summer, the trade took Carter-Williams by surprise. The 76ers lost 63 games last season, but Carter-Williams, along with Everett native Nerlens Noel, had become potential cornerstones, and Carter-Williams felt comfortable being part of a growing organization. “I didn’t know it was coming,” he said. “But I’m in a good situation now. I’m trying to move on from it. It’s good to be stable and have teammates for more than however time. It’s good to know that I’m going to be here growing with guys and knowing the chemistry, just to build on relationships. [Losing in Philadelphia] was tough, but Philly treated me great. I’ve got nothing really bad to say about them. I’m a Milwaukee Buck now and I hope I’m here for a while.” Boston Globe

April 4, 2015 Updates

Williams, who will make $21 million next season and holds an early-termination option ($22.3 million) for 2016-17, didn’t want to think about what-ifs. “I don’t care about trade rumors, who they bring in here,” he said. “That doesn’t bother me one bit. I could care less. I motivate myself.” ESPN.com

One topic that has recently been brought up is what should the Jazz do with the lottery pick that they’ll have in the 2015 NBA Draft? As previously stated, they already have so much young talent, so should they try to trade it for a veteran contributor? Or should they use the pick and add another piece to their core? “If I had to make the call, I would probably go best available,” Burke said regarding Utah’s draft pick. “You always want good talent to be a part of your team. [I’d try to take] a guy who loves to compete and at the same time is very talented. That’s probably what I would do.” Basketball Insiders

April 3, 2015 Updates

Here's some selected quotes from the 17-minute interview. Lionel Hollins on Deron Williams improvement... "I think the trade for Thaddeus young gives us a little more versatility, a little more quickness and putting Markel Brown in the starting lineup has contributed to us playing at a different pace, especially early. And Deron is a good high-pace player. He likes to push the ball, he likes to probe, to explore early. I think with the added quickness around him, he's been able to do that and we've been able to be effective with that. But everything comes with health and Deron has had his turn with nagging injuries this year as well as last couple of year. NetsDaily

The Nuggets discussed Lawson deals at the deadline, and sources at the time said Denver wanted multiple first-round picks. The 11th pick alone might not get it done, but if Utah included another asset — Hood, two future second-rounders, something — the Nuggets might think about going head-on into a full rebuild. Grantland

April 2, 2015 Updates

Though the assumption when Jordan Hill signed a two-year deal worth $18 million last summer was that the Lakers would deal him by the trade deadline and that the second year of his contract (a team option) would not be exercised, sources have said all year that there is a distinct possibility the Lakers will, in fact, keep Hill going forward. He was one of the more productive Lakers this season, averaging 12.3 points and 8.2 rebounds. Hill showed improved midrange touch early in the year, but tapered thereafter and still has his faults on the defensive end. The Lakers want to be active on the free-agent market, but considering the going rate for big men, front-office executives have told me the Lakers are leaning toward keeping Hill, unless they get some assurance they can land a star big man in free agency. Hill would still be a good deal at $9 million, and could be used then as a trade asset. Sporting News

March 31, 2015 Updates

Ainge loves Bradley and has already answered the question of whether he thinks the 24-year-old will be in Boston when the Celtics rise again: Multiple teams offered low first-round picks and expiring contracts for Bradley at the trade deadline, and Ainge flatly refused, per several league sources. Grantland

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