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April 26, 2015 Updates

To say the Knicks fells short of expectations this season would be an understatement. With a payroll in the Top 4 in the NBA, New York finished with the second-worst record in the league, which makes the Knicks the team with the worst return results-wise for the money spent on player salaries this year. (We're not even factoring in coaches and executives salaries here, which would make New York look even worse considering the lofty contracts of Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher). Each regular-season win cost the Knicks close to $4.8 million, which puts Jackson's club ahead of Minnesota and even the deep-pocketed, underperforming Lakers in this ranking. HoopsHype

April 24, 2015 Updates
April 22, 2015 Updates

“Can Bjelica be on an NBA team? Sure. Will he? I don’t know,” Brad Greenberg said. “Like all high-level Euroleague players who make a lot of money overseas, it has to be a situation that makes sense financially, and where he gets an opportunity to play. Europeans don’t want to give up something that is comfortable, good and financially rewarding for a ‘what if?’ situation. Bjelica is talented enough to be in an NBA gym and not look out of place. That’s for sure.” Basketball Insiders

“He is a power forward who can matchup against small forwards, but NBA teams would look at him as a tweener because he is long, can shoot and run like a wing,” said Greenberg. Greenberg also reflected on what might be a comparable NBA viewpoint for Bjelica: “Nikola Mirotic is doing well in Chicago. That probably makes guys like Bjelica think – ‘I know him, I played well against him. If he can do it, I can do it’ – but the truth is Doug McDermott got hurt, so that opened a window and Mirotic took advantage of it. The NBA is all a matter of situation.” Basketball Insiders

More than half of the city's residents were born outside of Canada, so in some ways the globalization of basketball is coming home to roost, with immigrants bringing their interest in the sport as they settle into a pre-existing NBA market. "I feel like basketball is the biggest thing in Toronto," said Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, the Toronto native who was the first pick in the 2014 NBA draft. Bigger than hockey? "I think so," Wiggins said. "I think it changed over." ESPN.com

April 21, 2015 Updates

At his end-of-the-season news conference on Monday following an NBA-worst 16-66 season that was filled with injuries, disappointment and the development of a new young star, Saunders gave no indication that he will be relinquishing the coaching duties this summer. "I'll coach until I feel we need to move in a different direction," Saunders said. NBA.com

April 20, 2015 Updates

Jon Krawczynski: So the headlines from today's Flip Saunders State of the Wolves address: Priorities this summer are getting stronger, improving D, 3s Twitter @APkrawczynski

April 19, 2015 Updates
April 18, 2015 Updates

You began the season with the Timberwolves, and at the time there were reports that said you had requested to go to a contender, and that Minnesota gave you permission to speak with other teams. Can you kind of walk me through how that all went down? Corey Brewer: “Minnesota’s a good organization, I was happy there. It wasn’t like I wanted to leave there, but you know, coach Saunders — we had a good relationship. He knew and I knew that they were going young, and it really wasn’t going to be a season for us to try to make the playoffs. For me, I’ve been in the league for eight years, and it’s all about playing in the playoffs. That’s what it’s about; you want to win a championship. He helped me out. We looked at the trade options, he gave me permission to talk to teams, and it worked out perfectly.” NBCSports.com

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