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November 27, 2014 Updates

After finding his way back to where he always believed he belonged, Casspi hopes to stick around for a while. Along with the rest of his teammates, he supported Gay by attending last week’s press conference to announce his extension. Might there be something similar in Casspi’s future? “I love it here!” Casspi said, with a laugh. “Obviously it’s still early, so I’m trying not to think about that sort of stuff right now. I’m just trying to think of how I can help my team win the next basketball game.” Dime

In his previous nine appearances before Wednesday, Price, 28, helped steady the second unit by averaging 10.4 points and 2.4 assists. Price scored 22 points during a Nov. 10 win over Utah, only his third game with the Pacers. Also, Price made 34.3 percent of his 3-pointers and even knocked down a deep shot in the fourth quarter against Dallas on Monday that pulled the Pacers ahead to a nine-point lead. "I think I played decent. I played well," Price said. "Hopefully, I've done enough to stick around somewhere." Indianapolis Star

"I'm optimistic it'll work out, if not here then somewhere else," continued Price, who said he will also contemplate playing in an international league. "Everything's an option at this point. You can't rule anything out at this point. If I'm not able to get a job here in the NBA, then overseas is definitely an option." Indianapolis Star

November 26, 2014 Updates

With high profile names such as the recently mentioned Jordan Hamilton, Dahntay Jones and Nolan Smith (all with NBA experience), entering the NBA D-League on a more frequent basis, what does that mean for guys waiting it out in the player pool with less of a name? Or, a player who is already on a roster but towards the bottom of their team’s rotation? The NBA D-League’s player pool currently consists of over 130 players, but how many of those guys are really going to get a crack at a roster spot? With talented players being added daily to the player pool, some with NBA experience, why would a team look to a player who was cut by another NBADL team at the conclusion of training camp, or during the season? D-League Digest

A NBA D-League team source told DLD recently, “if you’re in there right now (player pool) – and were either undrafted or cut in camp and not picked up yet, there’s no reason to stay.” DLD’s source continued, “and with an abundance of guys either coming back early from Europe or deciding that the D-League is the best option – and wanting to get acclimated with a team prior to the Showcase – there are just too many new faces coming in to really consider the guys that other teams have already decided don’t have what it takes to play in this league.” D-League Digest

If Lopez had his way, he'd enjoy this view for the foreseeable future. He will be a free agent after this season, but he has no desire to leave Portland. "I really love it here," Lopez said. "I fee like I've really found a niche. Nothing is set in stone, but I'm comfortable here, I'm happy here." Oregonian

When the sunny summer skies transition into the gloomy gray months of winter, Lopez, a native of Fresno, Calif., doesn't sit around and daydream about warmer, brighter days. "I know a lot of people hate it, but I've always loved the rain," he says, smiling and shaking his head. "I just, I don't know, I love the rain. I love gray days where the rain's just pouring down." As the mist drops across Portland, Lopez, who lives on the 27th floor of a high-rise, lounges among the clouds, drawing or reading, and finds comfort. It's not for everybody. But for Lopez, it feels like home. "I love it right now," he said. "Sitting around, watching it rain -- especially on the 27th floor -- it's like watching it from above, almost." Oregonian

Chris Reichert: The Iowa Energy have acquired Jordan Hamilton. Hamilton most recent played with the Utah Jazz. #NBADL Twitter

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, presented by Lutheran Health Network, announced today that they have acquired Dahntay Jones. Jones (6’6”, 225lbs) played for the Mad Ants during the 2007-08 season. Jones, an NBA veteran out of Duke, has played for several NBA teams in his professional career including four seasons with the Denver Nuggets and three seasons with the Indiana Pacers. During the 2007-08 season he played in 10 games for the Mad Ants averaging 24.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. NBA.com

Anthony will become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, potentially a consecutive year out of the NBA playoffs for a veteran who had three straight runs to the Finals with the Heat. Even so, Anthony, 32, has made clear to Van Gundy his desire to remain part of the new regime, aiming to re-sign with the Pistons and be a member of a roster that thrives again in Detroit. “I love the idea of being here, staying here moving forward and having a chance to help them turn this franchise around,” Anthony told RealGM. “Stan has been very adamant about wanting to change the culture, so to be part of that … I don’t want to say it’s more special than playing on a contending team that could win it all, but it would be very satisfying and gratifying to be part of a situation where you’re able to turn things around." RealGM

The Heat traded Anthony before the trade deadline a season ago, a transaction that neither LeBron James nor Dwyane Wade endorsed publicly and privately. “I had caught wind that a trade was a possibility,” Anthony said. “So when it happened, even though you knew it was a possibility, it still caught me by surprise just because you’re so close to the team, the organization and the city. It’s tough having played somewhere your entire career, the amount of time I had over there and all the memories. Obviously, Miami has always been home for me. I still have my place there in the offseason.” RealGM

Bill Oram: Haven’t confirmed Lakers talks with Earl Clark, but it’s unclear when or how Lakers would sign him. They would have two choices... Lakers have 15 guys, so could waive someone to make room. Or wait 3 games until hardship exemption kicks in and sign him to 16th roster spot Twitter @billoram

Houston was prepared to offer Anthony a four-year deal worth $96 million – nearly $28 million less than what he settled for with the Knicks on a five-year deal – and Dallas could’ve come close but elected to sign Chandler Parsons instead. The Los Angeles Lakers are the only team Anthony considered that currently has a worse record than the Knicks (4-11) but Anthony refused to get wrapped up in any “what-if” scenarios in advance of his Texas two-step. “I don’t even think about it like that,” Anthony said recently. “Those are just games. Of course, I’ve been there, I’ve visited, I’ve talked to the people in each organization. But I don’t see it as, ‘Oh, they’re winning, I could’ve been there.’ If I’m thinking about other [stuff] right now, it’s irrelevant. I’ve got to be focused on this, what we’re trying to do here, keeping them motivated, keeping them inspired to come in here and work hard every day and practice every day.” Washington Post

November 25, 2014 Updates

The Lakers lost a third player for the season Monday, when swingman Xavier Henry ruptured his left Achilles' tendon in practice. The exceptions represent half of the salaries of Nash ($9.7 million) and Randle ($3 million). The Lakers might also apply for an exception for Henry, although half of his $1.1-million contract might not be enough for the team to acquire a replacement player. Los Angeles Times

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