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October 20, 2014 Updates

In the days before LA acquired Nash, sources say, the point guard wanted to hear from Bryant that the Lakers' star was amenable to having Nash control the ball much of the time -- a key tenet of the D'Antoni offense from the Suns days. When Lakers brass asked Bryant to call Nash, Bryant failed to do so, saying he preferred that Nash call him. The pettiness took days to resolve and nearly scuttled the deal. ESPN.com

"I just never felt like the Lakers put as much effort into the building-the-team part of it," says an agent who once had a free agent decline a Lakers offer. "I saw some things in the players' parking lot. Conversations between Bynum and his people and some people with the Lakers. It got pretty rough and heated." "It's horrendous. It's evil. It's a hard drug to quit when you're winning," says a front office executive from a rival team who knows everyone involved well. "Kobe has cost the Lakers dearly in human capital. Kobe has hurt a lot of people. In some cases jeopardized careers." ESPN.com

October 19, 2014 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived guards Chris Crawford and Stephen Holt, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today. The Cavs roster now stands at 16. NBA.com

The Sacramento Kings announced today they have picked up the 2015-16 option on guard Ben McLemore’s contract, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not released. Entering his second NBA campaign, the 6-5 guard averaged 8.8 points (.376 FG%, .320 3pt%, .804 FT%), 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 26.7 minutes per contest as a rookie last season. NBA.com

The Sacramento Kings today waived center Sim Bhullar, guard Deonte Burton and forward David Wear, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. The Kings preseason roster now stands at 15. NBA.com

But, truly, this is all just distraction from the fact the Celtics continue, for now, to occupy a rental unit in purgatory. Assuming the additions of Tyler Zeller, Marcus Thornton, Evan Turner, Dwight Powell and two very promising first-round draft picks don’t have you scouting out positions on Boylston Street for a parade next June, why didn’t what Grousbeck hoped would transpire happen? According to multiple NBA sources, it wasn’t from lack of effort. “Boston was in the game,” said one opposing general manager. “Danny (Ainge) can get hard-headed about some things, but he was open to talking. He was active.” Boston Herald

Bill Herenda: Kings pick up option on Ben McLemore's contract. #SacKings #KingsTalk #NBA @CSNKings @CSNAuthentic Twitter @billherenda

October 18, 2014 Updates

James was asked about how different the Cavaliers' roster is now than it was when he announced his returned to Cleveland on July 11, and if he had thought then that the Cavaliers were loaded for a possible run to the Finals this year. He said he "did sacrifice the right now for the future" when he came to Cleveland, because the roster hadn't turned over yet. But that's not why he came back. "It was more about these fans and the city and the people here, and the people that watched me grow from when I first picked up a basketball at age 8 until where I am now," James said. "So, the team didn't mean much. I felt like me coming, we could hopefully add some pieces, obviously it happened quicker than I thought." Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 17, 2014 Updates

"I figured why not give it a shot?" Kapono said. "I was just chilling at home and they gave me a call. They've got a spot and if I make it, I make it. And if I don't, I go back to chllin'." Kapono remains the only player in NBA history to lead the league in 3-point percentage in consecutive seasons (.514 with the Heat in 2006-07 and .483 with the Toronto Raptors in 2007-08). South Florida Sun-Sentinel

TJ Ford doesn’t foster any NBA hopes – “I’m too far out of shape,” he said – but feels better than he has since retiring. During the offseason, he worked out 1-on-1 against Avery Bradley. After a few games, the youngster’s conditioning and defense wore his mentor down. But before that, Ford said: “Ask him if I was still scoring on him. Ask him that.” Booth Newspapers

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