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July 21, 2014 Updates
July 20, 2014 Updates

Point guard Kendall Marshall has been awarded to the Bucks on a waiver claim and will add to the team's backcourt depth. The Bucks claimed the 22-year-old Marshall after he was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. The former North Carolina guard averaged 8.0 points and 8.8 assists in 54 games with the Lakers last season, including 45 starts. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Before the Lakers decided to make an amnesty claim for Carlos Boozer, occupying more than $3.2 million on their salary cap to ensure more space next summer, NBA sources said they considered making a bid for Phoenix restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe. Although the Lakers already acquired former Harvard standout Jeremy Lin and his $14 million salary for this upcoming season, it was only to create more space next summer. Bledsoe could have been the team’s point guard of the future. Teams such as Houston and Milwaukee are considering bids for Bledsoe, who remains the biggest free agent on the market. Boston Globe

Bloom is not in the business of posting rumors, so this one caught my eye. In followup with Bloom, he is skeptical that a deal will get done but confirms that a person close to the situation is pushing for it. There is no indication that the source is a decision maker and I have been told by a league source that nothing is cooking there at all between the teams. This means that the idea has not gone as far as the Suns entertaining it. Bright Side of the Sun

Don't hold your breath, and don't scream at your monitor. This one's not cooking in any way, shape or form at this time. Just wait till something actually breaks before investing any kind emotion into it. You will hear a lot of rumors, but almost none of them will come true. Bright Side of the Sun

Michael Jordan randomly handpicked a person in his annual Nike Air Jordan basketball academy for a 1-on-1 game. A Kobe Bryant fan was called upon to play with Michael Jordan. Sportando

July 19, 2014 Updates

But before he could totally turn the page, Gasol reflected on what it was like to bid farewell to one certain former Lakers teammate: Kobe Bryant. "It was difficult," Gasol told reporters when asked about informing Bryant of his decision to sign with the Bulls. "We have a close friendship. We've been through a lot together, and I'm sure I will miss him. But we talked to each other and our relationship goes beyond basketball and we'll always have a friendship. "It was difficult to talk to him, but he was very supportive and he understood. He just said I had to do what was best for me and what felt right for me and he was going to support me no matter what. That's what friends and brothers do, and that's what we are." ESPN.com

July 18, 2014 Updates

Mike Bresnahan: Busy day for the Lakers, who reached agreement with Ryan Kelly, Xavier Henry and Wesley Johnson. Not many roster spots left. Twitter @Mike_Bresnahan

Mark Medina: Don't have dollar figure on Ryan Kelly's deal. But I'm told it's a two year deal with no options Twitter

Kobe Bryant says he's "scared" about his future after basketball, although he's embracing the challenge of finding something that he can be as passionate about as sports. Bryant turns 36 next month and is under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers for two more years. He was limited to just six games last season because of two major leg injuries, leaving him with the kind of idle time he never had before in his career. ESPN.com

 

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