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When asked about Hibbert's reaction to comments made by Bird and Vogel, Hibbert's agent, David Falk, replied with an e-mail to The Indianapolis Star: "We will respond at the appropriate time." Falk suggested his client would take his time to choose to opt-in for the final year of his contract. "We will decide that in late June," Falk wrote in an e-mail. If Hibbert decides to stick with the Pacers, he will get paid more than $15 million for the 2015-16 season. That number provides plenty of reasons to weather any ignominy as a backup center. However, the Pacers have been turning away from Hibbert for a while now. Indianapolis Star

Sources told ESPN.com that, based on current projections, league officials expect the salary cap to increase from its current $63.1 million figure to $67.1 million next season, $89 million in 2016-17, and $108 million in 2017-18. The jumps represent massive increases largely triggered by the influx of television money that will begin pouring in after the 2015-16 season when the NBA's new nine-year, $24 billion TV deal kicks in. To put it into perspective, the largest salary-cap jump in history is $7 million in one season. ESPN.com

The consensus seems to be that Aldridge will simply re-sign with the Blazers this summer, but ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne believes the veteran power forward might head elsewhere. Shelburne made an appearance on 710 ESPN’s Mason and Ireland on Wednesday and was asked about what NBA rumors might be floating around. Shelburne said the following about Aldridge’s future: “I think LaMarcus Aldridge is actually a lot more in play than people think. “You have that group there. How can you really improve that group up in Portland? I think Neil [Olshey] has done a great job up there, but it’s Portland, he’s never quite fit in and they’ve made it really clear that Damian Lillard is the face of their franchise.” Lakers Nation

Candace Buckner: Vogel's "gut" is telling him that David West will opt in. What does Vogel's gut tell him about Roy's plans? "Yeah, I really don't know." Twitter @CandaceDBuckner

The tryout is over, apparently. Now it’s just business. “Of course, I need to sit down with my family, with my agent, and explore the options and see which option is the best for myself, but, like I said, the last two months was beautiful for me,” Dragic said. “We didn’t make the playoffs, but that doesn’t affect my decision. The teammates were great and the team has a bright future, the coaching staff, the organization.” Miami Herald

Wade said after Wednesday’s game that he doesn’t recruit free agents. He doesn’t have to. The Heat sells itself, says Wade, and it appears Dragic likes his new home even though he said it was difficult leaving his old teammates in Phoenix. Dragic and Wade played well together from the beginning, and they combined to lead the league in field-goal percentage among backcourt duos (48.5 percent). “For me, it’s pretty tough because I was part of two teams,” Dragic said of this season. “Now the exciting part is that I have new players, I have new friends … So, hopefully next year, if I’m staying here, that is going to be a better season than this year.” Miami Herald

Goran Dragic and Luol Deng have to decide whether they want to be back with the Heat next season, and the team is eager to have them. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said today he thinks there is a good relationship between the organization and both players as they head toward potential free agency July 1. “We love them; Hopefully they love us,” Spoelstra said. “I love working with them and our staff loved working with them. They’re two pros. From an objective point of view, they’re not difficult guys to work with. They’re absolute pros, the kind of guys you want to build your team around, the guys you want to go to work with, the guys you want to be in a foxhole with. Palm Beach Post

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