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March 4, 2014 Updates

There were no indications that the Knicks even entertained offers for Chandler before the Feb. 20 trade deadline, though he most likely was viewed as one of the team’s more valuable assets. Right or wrong, the Knicks are allergic to the concept of rebuilding, at least for now. “I think we all have a lot of decisions to make,” Chandler said. New York Times

Young is approaching the final 22 games in much the same way he played before he signed a five-year, $43 million contract in December 2011. "I just took it as going out there and playing and focusing in and me doing the job and the task at hand," he said. "I didn't look at it as I was auditioning or anything like that. "It crosses your mind. But at the end of the day, you have to just play basketball and things will work out." Philadelphia Inquirer

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Rajon Rondo skipped the Celtics’ game in Sacramento to stay back in Los Angeles and celebrate his 28th birthday with family and friends. He wasn’t supposed to play against the Kings, the second game in two nights, but that still tells you how Rondo is viewing this whole rebuilding phase in Boston. If Isiah Thomas gets the Pistons’ GM job, he’ll try like anything to get Rondo, a former high school teammate of Josh Smith who would be a vast improvement over Brandon Jennings. New York Daily News

Jazz CEO Greg Miller on the quiet Jazz trade deadline, and contentment with the team as constructed: “I’d say that this has been a very good developmental year. Going into the season, we stated openly our plan is to go young and develop the young guys into a championship contender. I think the development we’ve seen has been exactly what we’ve hoped for. And I’m happy with it.” CBSSports.com

However, Barcelona and Papanikolaou himself didn’t took into consideration the possibility of his crossing the pond mid-season. After all Barca is still unbeaten in Top16 and one of the Final Four favorites and that’s why they wouldn’t want to lose one of their starters. As for “Pap” he feels great in Catalonia, so far he is satisfied with his performance in Barcelona and he also wouldn’t want to leave the team before the end of season. As a result, the Texans will make their run for Papanikolaou again this summer, but no one can predict at this point what may happen until then. EuroHoops.net

In November, Cuban revealed that when it became obvious that Howard was going to sign with Houston, Morey sent Cuban a text, asking if Dirk Nowitzki was available in a trade. At the time, Cuban viewed it as taunting. “It was like 'na-na-na-na-na.' I don’t know if there were two nas in there or three. But they were in there," Cuban said in November. "I said, are you serious?” But on Friday during the MIT Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, Morey told attendees the reason he contacted the Mavericks was out of momentary “panic” that Howard would bypass the Rockets. Dallas Morning News

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Even after Shumpert suffered a strained left MCL in a Knicks loss last Wednesday, Oklahoma City was willing to part with this year's first-round draft pick to land the Knicks' shooting guard, according to sources with knowledge of the trade discussions. The Knicks, however, refused to do the deal because they weren't getting a current player in return who could help them make a push for this year's Eastern Conference playoffs. At the end of the day, they deemed Shumpert more valuable than the 28th pick (or whatever low pick OKC gets) of the draft, sources said. ESPN.com

While Shumpert's injury did not deter the Thunder, it did kill the Knicks' hopes of sending him to Los Angeles. Clippers coach Doc Rivers really wanted Shumpert, sources say, and Rivers was willing to do a deal that would have sent Darren Collison, Matt Barnes, Byron Mullens and two second-round picks to New York for Shumpert, Felton and Beno Udrih. But Clippers owner Donald Sterling and others within the organization were hesitant to bet on Shumpert after seeing him go down in Wednesday's game at New Orleans, according to sources. ESPN.com

A Western Conference GM pointed out something else important as well: The new CBA has shorter max lengths for contracts (four to sign another team's free agents; five to re-sign your own). Those shorter deals are less attractive to trade for. "Jeff Green is only under contract for one year [before his player option]," the GM texted, referring to the Celtics' veteran forward. "Expiring contracts used to get contracts [in trades] for three to five years. That was worth a first." NBA.com

"Firsts are so valuable with the new rules and tax," an Eastern Conference GM texted Sunday. "For the better teams who are picking late as well as teams close to the tax, they are so valuable because you can get players on cheap contracts and control them for four years." NBA.com

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