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May 5, 2015 Updates

There might be some slippage on defense, but Houston has done fine on that end with Jason freaking Terry, and it has the trade assets to entice Denver: the Pelicans’ pick in this draft, plus two young bigs in Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas.4 But don’t count out the Celtics just because they have Thomas — a warning that should apply to lots of teams with established starting point guards. Lawson is really good, and Denver’s thinning trade market presents opportunity for a surprise suitor to strike. Denver will need a point guard if it deals Lawson,5 and the Celtics acquired Thomas in part because his cheapo contract is so easy to trade. Grantland

One scenario on the personnel grapevine gaining steam is the notion that the Spurs could elect to explore the possibility of dealing away Tiago Splitter to create more financial flexibility. Splitter has two years left on his contract valued at just under $17 million and is quietly regarded as a key contributor in San Antonio given how well he fits as a frontcourt sidekick next to Duncan. But if you're the Spurs -- and if the increasingly loud rumbles about Aldridge having San Antonio as the preferred destination atop his wish list prove true -- examining Splitter's trade market might suddenly become unavoidable. ESPN.com

Will Batum be on the Blazers roster next season to avenge his bad play? He’s scheduled to make around $11.8 million for the 2015-16 season, which is the final of his four-year contract. There have been rumblings the Blazers could look to move Batum this offseason, maybe around draft time, where GM Neil Olshey promised the team would be “very active.” Asked about the possibility of being traded this offseason, Batum said: “If that happens, it happens. That’s the business, I understand that. I mean, I can’t control that. All I can control is what I put on the court. I know what I am going to do this summer is try to get better.” CSNNW.com

May 4, 2015 Updates

The Nets can go two different routes, depending on how their salary-cap situation plays out. If they move far enough below the projected “hard cap” of $85 million, they could potentially use the full $5.464 million mid-level exception, the $2.139 million bi-annual exception and be eligible to make sign-and-trades in which they receive a player signing a new contract. However, that would mean the Nets would not be allowed to go above $85 million in spending at any point during the 2015-16 season. New York Post

Rondo averaged 9.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in his 46 regular-season appearances for the Mavs. He then played just 37 total minutes in the playoffs before exiting Game 2 with a back injury, leaving the team shortly after that while seeking additional medical opinions. Still, according to team president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, the Mavericks wouldn’t hesitate to make the trade again in order to increase their odds of securing a second title in franchise history. “That was definitely something worth pulling the trigger on,” Nelson explained. “In our opinion, that was kind of the one piece that was missing. … We’ve had a history of doing well with pass-first point guards. Sometimes, when things are written down on paper, they look great. When things are going into the oven, they feel great. And a lot of times, when it comes out, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. It was one of those things that in our estimation certainly wasn’t risk-free, but it was certainly worth the risk. If we would’ve had to do it all over again, we would’ve pulled the trigger again.” mavs.com

May 3, 2015 Updates

Once considered an untouchable on the Nuggets' roster, the point guard's actions over the past two years have done everything to remove himself from that space. His new reality? He's as susceptible to the next good trade offer as any other tradeable player in the NBA. If Lawson wants to remain with the Nuggets, he has an uphill battle to convince the organization there are enough good reasons to put him back on the untouchable list. And there isn't enough time to completely turn the tide by one of the biggest wheeling-and-dealing times of the year, the June draft. Denver Post

During the latter stages of the regular season, word circulated throughout the league that Lawson wanted out of Denver. While that does not appear to be the case right now, it was clear that former Nuggets coach Brian Shaw and Lawson did not get along, and that left Shaw in position time and again to try to explain why he couldn't get Lawson to be more aggressive. Denver Post

May 2, 2015 Updates

Joe Johnson, the team’s highest-paid player, knows this perhaps better than anyone else. From Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News: “I have no idea. Something’s going to happen. I don’t know what. I don’t see us coming back as the same team. This is my third year here. I could see if we were getting better each year, but it’s kind of been the opposite. So to not even be a .500 ball club in the East. It’s disheartening and I don’t know. I think everyone in that locker room is unsure of the future here. So we’ll see what happens going into the summer.” NBCSports.com

May 1, 2015 Updates

The Kings want to make a playoff run next season with DeMarcus Cousins as the centerpiece of the franchise, league sources told CSNCalifornia.com. The Celtics reportedly have significant interest in Cousins and are expected to utilize their bevy of draft picks to secure the 6-foot-11 center from Sacramento, according to an ESPN report. CSNBayArea.com

April 29, 2015 Updates

Forward Gerald Wallace’s $10.1 million salary remains an albatross, but it will be an expiring deal next season. The Celtics might look to unload Wallace in a trade if they desire extra salary cap room to make a splash this summer. If not, he likely will spend another year essentially as a highly paid assistant coach and mentor to the younger players. Boston Globe

April 27, 2015 Updates

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