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In a conversation with Bill Simmons, Danny Ainge talks about the trade that sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Nets, saying that a number of factors helped get the deal done, not the least of which was the "connection" Pierce has with Deron Williams and Jason Kidd: they share Jeff Schwartz as an agent. NetsDaily
The Birdman has let it be known. He wants to continue to fly south for the winter. Chris Andersen, who becomes a free agent July 1, told fans at the Miami Heat’s championship rally Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena, “Let’s try to get a three-peat next year.’’ If there was any doubt about what the center said, his agent confirmed to FOX Sports Florida that Andersen wants to re-sign with the Heat. “He put it clearly,’’ said Mark Bryant, who attended the rally for Miami’s second straight title. “(The Heat) gave him an opportunity, and he absolutely wants to come back.’’ FOXSports Florida
Bryant had told FOX Sports Florida early in the playoffs his client was “certainly hopeful’’ of re-signing. Andersen, who was unavailable for comment after Monday’s event, previously had been noncommittal about his desire to return. FOXSports Florida
Fresno Pacific basketball star John Taylor is trying out the NBA draft and has hired an agent. The junior All-American guard from Chicago is among 77 players who have declared themselves early entry candidates. Underclassmen had until April 28 to declare themselves eligible for the draft on Thursday, June 27, in New York. Taylor is still filing his official paperwork with the league office, said agent Brian Brundage on Wednesday. Fresno Bee
Alan Hahn: FWIW: #NBPA VP Roger Mason Jr tells Newsday "There will be no vote" on #NBA proposal at player rep mtg. Details will be outlined, tho. Mason's comment is not to suggest that player reps won't be able to voice their opinions in the meeting. But no plan to put proposal to vote Twitter
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