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April 25, 2015 Updates

Ingles is eligible to sign a $1.5 million qualifying offer for next season. "Obviously both sides are pretty mutually interested in coming back," he said Thursday in his adorable Aussie accent. "I had a great conversation with (head coach) Quin (Snyder) and the staff, so we'll obviously see what happens. I think everyone knows I'm free, so we'll see what happens. But there's definitely mutual interest." Deseret News

April 24, 2015 Updates

Kicking the can down the road and sticking with the status quo isn't going to be what ultimately convinces Durant to stay with the Thunder. Being proactive, not reactive, is. Presti showed that mentality this season, dealing two first-round picks in two separate deals to overhaul the roster's depth while also breaking into the luxury tax. The expectation is they will re-sign Enes Kanter this offseason, only deepening their financial commitment. ESPN.com

The Knicks, often cited as another potential destination, don’t make sense for Rondo. Point guards in the triangle spend plenty of time off the ball — as Knicks coach Derek Fisher knows — and if anything has become clear about Rondo, it’s that he simply isn’t capable of playing off-guard. New York Post

“Sounds good, sounds good, until I'm done and that’s the key, I’m not done yet,” Terry said. “A lot of basketball left in me and it starts with Game 1, I'm just excited to be in the playoffs and have a realistic shot and so we are here.” ESPN.com

This may already his eighth season in the league, but he is still quite young, having turned 26 last summer. It's not that farfetched to believe Young's best days as a player are ahead of him and Nets fans should hope that those days come in Brooklyn. "I haven’t really even just thought about it," said Young, who can opt out of next season, the final one of his contract, and become an unrestricted free agent if he so chooses. "I’m just trying to play basketball and worry about it in the summer when it comes up." NetsDaily

Of the guys who will be free agents this summer, Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko have probably done the most to up their value in the eyes of other NBA teams, as well as the Celtics. Boston will try and keep both, but understand that some teams might be willing to pay them above-market value – something Boston isn’t likely to do. CSNNE.com

April 23, 2015 Updates

Drummond may have violated tampering rules when he tweeted Monday he wanted to play with Warriors and former Michigan State forward Draymond Green. "I want @Money23Green on my team." The tweet has been deleted. Detroit News

The sigh of relief you might have heard last week was emanating out of Charlotte, with big man Al Jefferson saying he would not opt out of the final year and $13.5 million of his contract. If he had, the Hornets would have had a very difficult decision to make on Jefferson’s future. He is a year removed from an All-NBA performance, but he is also 30 and coming off an injury-pocked season in which he played 65 games and saw his production dip along with his minutes. The Hornets did not want to have to commit a deal for Jefferson beyond this season, even at a reduced cost. The hope is that Jefferson can give Charlotte another solid year while the team figures out what its frontcourt is going to look like in the future, perhaps with Biyombo in the middle and either Vonleh or Zeller alongside. But the 2014-15 season provided only scant answers on that, so now the Hornets have another season to see who fits where. Sporting News

With recent reports that his teammates are worried he'll leave as a free agent and that the Spurs and Mavericks believe they have a chance, a person with knowledge of LaMarcus Aldridge's free-agent strategy told CBSSports.com that all options remain on the table -- including parting ways with the Blazers . The person, who has been briefed on Aldridge's plan, said he "wouldn't be surprised" if the four-time All-Star and Dallas native were lured to his native Texas when he hits the unrestricted market on July 1. CBSSports.com

The feeling in league circles going back to before Rondo was traded to the Mavs in December was that he was eyeing the Los Angeles Lakers as his free-agent destination in July. The way his brief tenure has unfolded in Dallas, nothing has happened to change those opinions. Remember that infamous breakfast in Boston that Rondo and Kobe Bryant shared in December? The one that Rondo later described as, "just two a-holes having breakfast?" Bryant's take on it was a little more detailed. "We get along extremely well," Bryant said. "We see the game in a similar fashion in terms of our aggressiveness and our mindset. It's good to get together with him." CBSSports.com

ESPN: Josh Smith will be a free agent after the season, how open are you to wanting to bring him back? Morey: We’re pretty focused on now, but obviously pretty much everyone on this team, we’re going to be focused on trying to bring them back. We got quite a few free agents, Josh Smith is one, we're going to address in the offseason. We feel if our team can keep executing, we feel like we can keep getting better with the group that we have here. ESPN.com

ESPN: In a few years, the salary cap could increase to $100 million. How does that affect the process of putting a roster together? Morey: I think just like every team we got to factor in what the cap in the future is going to do and all our decisions, and obviously those are a little ways away, we’re still focusing on the playoffs. It’s a big part of our planning. The biggest factor with our planning, it’s not only the cap room we have or don’t have, it’s always your cap room or your cap room in relative to others is really what impacts you the most. We do a lot of planning, but right now we’re just focused on the playoffs. ESPN.com

Whether Roy Hibbert returns to the Indiana Pacers next season is still a mystery. But perhaps a hint was given Wednesday when Colts linebacker Robert Mathis posted a promotion for the annual Celebrity Softball Challenge at Victory Field. Hibbert, who has been a staple in the event since 2009, was absent from the poster. Pacers George Hill and Paul George are billed along with Mathis and Colts teammate Dwayne Allen. But no Hibbert. Indianapolis Star

April 22, 2015 Updates

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