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May 26, 2015 Updates

Thompson will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season. The Cavaliers will have the right to match any offer he receives out on the open market, and I'm told Paul will aggressively do his due diligence in finding the right situation business-wise and basketball-wise. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Multiple times James declined to elaborate on what it would mean for the organization to secure the services of Thompson long-term. The four-time MVP refused to go there. That is, until now. "Tristan should probably be a Cavalier for his whole career," James said on Monday after practice. "There's no reason why he shouldn't. This guy is 24 years old. He's played in 340-plus straight games, and he's gotten better every single season. It's almost like, 'What more can you ask out of a guy?'" Cleveland Plain Dealer

The respect and admiration for his old-school style of play has increased dramatically in recent weeks, internally and externally. "I appreciate the compliment, if that's a compliment, from LeBron," Thompson said. "But I'm just here to work. Just coming to work, do what the team asks from me, whether it's on the court, off the court, in the community, and just be a professional." Cleveland Plain Dealer

May 25, 2015 Updates

The Indiana Pacers will bring unsigned draft acquisition Stanko Barac to Indianapolis for mini-camp workouts in June, league sources told RealGM. Barac, 7-foot-2 center out of Croatia, turned his attention this year toward making the leap into the NBA. He signed a deal with Cedevita in the Euroleague midway through the season, gradually improving his play. Barac went to the Miami Heat with the 39th overall pick in 2007 and was traded to the Pacers on draft night. RealGM

Orazio Cauchi: Trey Thompkins to Real Madrid is a done deal, according to a source. Deal signed in Madrid during the Euroleague Final Four. Twitter @paxer89

Washington's main issue is complacency. The Wizards could stand pat if Pierce decides to return to D.C. next season rather than opt out of his deal, but many around the league believe Pierce will do just that and finish his career back home in Los Angeles with the Clippers. NBA.com

The Grizzlies have one major task this summer: keeping Gasol. The 29-year-old plans to hit unrestricted free agency for the first time and teams are lining up to make pitches. Whether or not San Antonio gets in the game, as many have speculated, someone is likely to make a tempting offer. But Gasol is a perfect for the Grizz, on the court and temperamentally, and it will take a lot for him to leave. If he is re-signed Memphis then needs to look long and hard at its wings. NBA.com

Thomas lived in a hotel after being acquired in a February trade with the Suns, and he has still yet to purchase or even lease a home in Boston, so it has been difficult to get past a feeling of temporariness. But a recent conversation with Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was both comforting and compelling. “Danny said if there’s any free agent out there I’m interested in, to let him know,” Thomas said by telephone. “That has me excited. For him to ask for my input means a lot, because it means I’m definitely, right now, a part of the future, and they also value your word and what you think about the game of basketball. It means a lot, and it’s a mutual respect we have. Now, hopefully, we can get a few guys.” Boston Globe

Thomas did not name specific players on his wish list during an interview with the Globe, but he said a rim-protecting big man would be at the top of it. “A defensive-minded player,” he said. “It’d be nice to get one of those in the draft. A lot of the big men out there could definitely help us out. But I know Danny is always up to something.” Boston Globe

May 24, 2015 Updates

Carroll is playing with a badly sprained left knee but has no intentions to pull himself out of the lineup, despite suggestions from friends that he should look out for his future with free agency coming. I’m standing here,” he said when asked about his knee. “I put myself out there to help my team, whatever it takes. I know my knee is nowhere near 100 (percent). But at the end of the day if I’m out there I’m going to give it my all and hopefully my team has my back.” On why he’s playing: “I’ve been getting a million calls and emails about me, why am I there, this might be the biggest contract of my life. But at the end of the day this game isn’t promised to you. So whenever you’ve got an opportunity to play basketball, a lot of people say it’s bigger than money and it feels like that to me. I cherish this game and I want to be out there fighting, and if I have to fight on one leg, I’m gonna fight on one leg. I can’t let this opportunity pass me by. Eastern Conference finals, playing against LeBron James. I don’t care if I have to do it on one leg, I’ll hobble out there.” Atlanta Journal Constitution

Heat guard Goran Dragic, an impending free agent, feels strongly that the Heat must play faster and has been assured that’s a key part of the Pat Riley/Erik Spoelstra master plan, according to an an associate. We’re told Dragic very much likes Spoelstra and Riley and nothing to this point has changed regarding the Heat’s status as front-runners to keep him. The Lakers, Knicks, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Sacramento are all expected to have interest Miami Herald

May 23, 2015 Updates

Minneapolis' Royce White, a 2012 NBA first round pick, is on the comeback trail. He's training with former Timberwolves guard and Eden Prairie girls coach/43 Hoops AAU coach Chris Carr. White was drafted by Houston, traded to Philadelphia, released, and signed two 10-day contracts with Sacramento in March 2014. Now a free agent, he has offers from the Clippers and Spurs to play on their summer league teams, and interest from others. On his comeback, White said, "I don't even believe in that, in case it doesn't work out, it's gonna work out, it's gonna work out." KSTP

Pierce must decide whether to exercise the $5.5 million player option to play his second season with the Wizards and 18th overall in the NBA. The future Hall of Famer will celebrate his 38th birthday in October. Last Friday, Coach Randy Wittman said he believed Pierce would return because he enjoyed his time in Washington but he and the organization await the decision. “I don’t need to recruit Paul,” Wittman said Monday. “What Paul saw here and what he did here, not only with the team but with the city, all of that plays into it. His family was comfortable here. Will I sit down and talk with him? Yeah. But I don’t think I need to recruit him.” Washington Post

May 22, 2015 Updates

There is no guarantee Butler will be around for the next step. He is among the team's four free agents. At his age, it's unlikely the Wizards make retaining him a main priority as they ponder big picture moves with a conference and NBA title in mind. If Pierce returns and with Beal and Porter around, most of the wing minutes will be gobbled up by that trio. Then again, who would have imagined Butler's impact on the 2014-15 season. "A lot of things change over free agency, "Butler said. "Not really sure the direction the team is going to go in. Only thing I can control is how I prepare myself to be ready." CSNWashington.com

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