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April 19, 2015 Updates

Former University of Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein has signed with Roc Nation, the same agency that represents Celtics swingman James Young. Young said he plans to work out with Cauley-Stein in Los Angeles before the June draft. Cauley-Stein is a projected top 10 pick . Boston Globe

So if money is no object — or at least not an obstacle — the Nuggets should be in good shape financially in their search for a coach, which, last week, general manager Tim Connelly said had started. "We don't want to put any unnecessary internal time frames on it. There's no deadline. I think the deadline is we want to have a coach as we head into the draft," Connelly said of the June 25 event. "It's a pretty pivotal pick for us, and a pretty pivotal moment. Not just with the draft itself and the chance to make trades, and free agency happens soon thereafter. So if we have to wait, we can wait. But we want to make sure that we talk to all of the quality candidates and pick the best guy." Denver Post

April 18, 2015 Updates

On Saturday afternoon, Purdue center AJ Hammons opted to forego the 2015 NBA Draft and return to Purdue for his senior season. Hammons has played in three seasons for Purdue and earned All-Big Ten 2nd Team honors last season as he was a key contributor in Purdue's NCAA Tournament appearance. BTPowerHouse

In regards to the Lakers' philosophy for rebuilding, Kupchak said, "Our basic philosophy is to use the three tools available to us -- that's the ability to make a trade, the draft and cap room during the offseason. There's no way to etch a plan in stone that you know you can execute. You don't know who's going to be in the draft and we don't know which free agents are going to be free agents. "A lot of them don't have to declare until June 30. All you can do is set yourself up. We feel that we are set up to take advantage of all three of those ways to improve the team." ESPN.com

Another change could come quickly. He said there were discussions about extending the 2015-16 season by a week, which he said could reduce the number of back-to-backs to an all-time low average of 16 per team, with an average of just one four-in-five-nights stretch per team. The playoffs and draft lottery apparently will stay the same. Silver noted the races for the final spots in both the West and East, claimed by New Orleans and Brooklyn, went down to the final night of the regular season. "If you seeded 1 through 16, of course you wouldn't have that," he said. "You'd just have one race to make the playoffs, so that's one factor." Oregonian

April 17, 2015 Updates

The NBA on Friday released the pre-lottery drawing order for the June college draft and, as expected, the New Orleans Pelicans will lose their first pick to the Houston Rockets in the transaction for center Omer Asik. The Pelicans protected the pick on the front end and the back end of the draft at the time of the trade last summer. But the pick, which falls at No. 18 according to the league release, is just outside the protection parameters of Nos. 1-3 and 20-30. Asik will be a free agent at the end of the season, putting the Pelicans under the gun to offer him a deal that would have him return to the Pelicans and not essentially be a one-year rental. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Silver also said draft lottery reform is not coming until at least after the 2016-17 season because owners want to see how the significant increase in the salary cap because the new TV deal impacts the construction of teams. "There's still a sense we need to make a change but until we know what the team behavior is going to be with all this new cap room, we hold it and wait and look holistically at the whole system," he said. USA Today Sports

Gary Washburn: The #rockets win the #tiebreaker with the #clippers for the 27th pick. That means the #Lakers will pick 27th and the #celtics 28th. The #lakers have #rockets first-round pick because of Jeremy Lin trade while #celtics have the #clippers first-rounder in Doc Rivers swap. Twitter @GwashburnGlobe

Yogi Ferrell's decision whether to stay at Indiana or turn pro after his junior season will be announced on April 25, according to his father. Kevin Ferrell Sr. told The Indianapolis Star on Monday that his son will make the announcement at Ruth's Chris Steak House on the north side of Indianapolis at 7:30 p.m. on April 25, a Saturday. Ferrell has one year of eligibility remaining, and he's considered a potential second-round pick according to various mock drafts. Indianapolis Star

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