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February 24, 2015 Updates

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

Did OKC feel any pressure to make moves to keep Kevin Durant happy as the clock ticks toward his free agency in 2016? Well, sort of. Durant and Russell Westbrook are the unmistakable faces of the franchise. Certainly, every move OKC makes is to put the best players around their two superstars. But the moves aren't made out of fear. OKC doesn't operate "like, geez, are these guys gonna leave? Are these guys gonna be happy?," a league source said. NBA.com

He was traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Celtics last month. He was asked to compare Thursday's activity to when he was traded for the first time in January 2013 when Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars shipped him to Memphis. "This one, even though I didn't think I was going to get traded, I knew there was a chance of it," Prince said. "The thing about that one it was a shock because I had been here 11 years and I get a call after the trade was over. "I felt disrespected by that, but that's a story for back then." Detroit Free Press

February 22, 2015 Updates

“I think I was more excited than he was,” the 2000 Hall of Fame inductee told the Herald. “I called him first when I heard about the trade, and I told him, I said, ‘This is going to be great for you.’ I told him, ‘There’s two historic organizations in the NBA — LA and Boston — and you’re getting a chance to play for one of them.’ I told him he would love Danny (Ainge) and that he was going to be immersed in a basketball culture. I told him he was going to be around people who have won championships, who talk championship and understand championship. Not too many players are blessed with that opportunity to be around that environment. I mean, Cedric Maxwell is calling the games, and he was the MVP of The Finals. Tommy Heinsohn is doing their TV, and he’s in the Hall of Fame as a player and a coach. I told him, ‘You’re getting ready to be immersed in a basketball culture and tradition that you’ve never experienced before, and feel fortunate because it’s a wonderful opportunity. Embrace it.’” Boston Herald

It’s been weeks since Iman Shumpert found himself headed to the Cavaliers from his longtime home in New York and there’s a few things he still hasn’t figured out. Among the most important for anyone who followed how much it meant to him in New York? His hair. “As far as me having to move and move everything, I haven’t been able to get as many haircuts as I want,” he said. “My brother lives with me, so he cuts my hair but because right now he’s trying to make the transition, I haven’t been able to get as many haircuts as I want, so I haven’t been combing it.” For The Win

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