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March 21, 2015 Updates

The cap boom that will help the rest of the league will also help the Thunder. Re-signing Kanter this summer would take them out of the bidding for top free agents in the summer of 2016, but Oklahoma City could still either have a slice of cap room or the full midlevel exception to add a quality piece. The cap could jump from $90 million in 2016-17 to as much as $105 million the year after, per league sources, giving the Thunder a chance to add again without going into the luxury tax. This depends on a bundle of variables, including whether Ibaka gets the max on his next contract. Again: The Thunder are right to be confident of their place in pole position of the Durant sweepstakes, even with Durant’s hometown Wizards hoarding cap space. But Durant is now effectively an expiring contract, and impending free agency at that late stage can take unpredictable turns. You just never know. This season was Oklahoma City’s last grasp at certainty, and it’s gone now. Grantland

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The Golden State Warriors announced today that the team will be giving out Rick Barry Bobbleheads to the first 10,000 fans who enter Oracle Arena on Monday, March 23 for the team’s game against the Washington Wizards, courtesy of adidas. In addition to Rick Barry Bobblehead Night, March 23 will serve as a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Warriors winning the 1975 NBA Championship. NBA.com

March 16, 2015 Updates
March 15, 2015 Updates

Speaking in the visiting locker room at Verizon Center before taking on his former team Saturday night, Sacramento Kings backup point guard Andre Miller admitted he was “surprised” the Wizards traded him for another backup point guard last month. He understood Washington’s motivation –Ramon Sessions provides a more aggressive offensive presence and is 11 years younger – but he hinted that he was made a scapegoat for the Wizards’ roughest stretch of the season. “The surprising part for me was I thought the team was playing well,” said Miller, who was taken out of the rotation for a few games prior to the trade. “I know teams try to look for ways to get better but my role on the Wizards was basically to come in and give John Wall a rest and run the second unit, which I thought I was doing. They probably looked at it different ways.” Washington Post

March 14, 2015 Updates
March 13, 2015 Updates

Washington Wizards guard John Wall is not following former college teammate Eric Bledsoe's lead. The Phoenix Suns guard said in November that Kentucky could "definitely" beat the Philadelphia 76ers, which became a big thing. Sixers point guard Tony Wroten said it was "crazy," and Nerlens Noel, an ex-Wildcat himself, gave Bledsoe a flagrant foul right as the game started when the two teams met. Wall, though, gave a different answer than Bledsoe (and DeMarcus Cousins) when Dan Patrick posed him the question on Friday. Could Kentucky compete with any team in the NBA this year? John Wall: Uh, no. Against the Sixers, would Kentucky made it a game? We lost to the 76ers, so no. Kentucky against the Wizards? No. CBSSports.com

The Grizzlies, playing their 12th game in 19 nights, decided it was best to not only play without point guard Mike Conley, who sprained his ankle against the Boston Celtics Wednesday, but to also sit Zach Randolph, Tony Allen, and Marc Gasol simply to rest. Wizards point guard John Wall expressed contempt for the strategy after the Wizards’ 107-87 thrashing at Verizon Center. “That’s how I see it,” Wall said when asked if the Grizzlies decision was disrespectful to Washington. “They sit them and I don’t know the reason why. I think we’re a team that’s on the rise and teams respect us now. I guess they don’t respect us and we went out there and played basketball the right way and tried to get a win no matter what.” Washington Post

March 12, 2015 Updates
March 11, 2015 Updates


Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison are the only two new-era players cracking the Top 10.


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