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July 10, 2014 Updates

CJ McCollum: For the incoming rookies that were just selected in the 2014 NBA Draft, here is some advice. The NBA is a transition in every aspect of life, but especially from a financial standpoint. Players go from managing scholarship money and grants consisting of $5,000 a semester or less, as was the case for me (since I was on a small-school budget), to being responsible for a multi-million dollar contract over x amount of years. Players instantly become placed in the ever so popular “2% club.” Entry into this club exists when you make $225,000 or more per year in the United States. Second-round picks, and in some rare cases undrafted free agents, are also a part of it. My advice is to check your bank account statements and actually read over your monthly cash flow. Every time you post a picture on Instagram or Twitter, you should probably also take the time to check your accounts online. Basketball Insiders

CJ McCollum: Instead of thinking of reasons why your coach should be playing you, honestly assess reasons as to why he isn’t. The next step is to go work on those things and improve the specific areas you come up with, so there is a change in your play. For me, it was simple. I made a list of what I needed to improve on. Make defense a priority and not an afterthought. Most rookies struggle with the transition of defense. Do a better job of gauging angles. There are more pick-and-rolls and in the league, teams will utilize a play or player over and over again until it is stopped. Basketball Insiders

CJ McCollum: The playoffs are an entirely new brand of basketball. Scouting is more in-depth and each possession means so much, especially down the stretch of games. By the first round of the playoffs, most teams have faced each other so many times that they know each others’ plays and tendencies. That makes execution and hustle plays all the more important. Free throw box-outs, extra passes, transition defense and 50/50 balls are all crucial during the playoffs. We were eventually eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs, who, by no coincidence, were excellent at all those previous things I just mentioned. Their stars sacrificed individual accolades for the betterment of the team, and it paid dividends down the stretch of the playoffs. Experiencing the playoffs is something I will always remember and use as motivation moving forward. Basketball Insiders

July 9, 2014 Updates

It's not clear what kind of market there is for Carter. The Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers are among the teams to express interest in him, but they've committed their $5.3 midlevel exceptions to other players. The Toronto Raptors and Oklahoma City Thunder have also been connected to Carter. ESPN.com

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July 6, 2014 Updates

He added that Indiana’s preference would be to send Hibbert to the Western Conference. Portland originally gave Hibbert his max offer, and the Blazers have been intermittently linked to Hibbert. But the Blazers are focused on keeping star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge with a contract extension and making smaller tweaks to their bench. A source labeled a Portland deal, “unlikely.” Sporting News

Capela befriended some other French NBA players, like Portland's Nicolas Batum, and picked up valuable advice. "He told me if I worked hard and was very serious, I could make it to the NBA," Capela said. "He still gives me advice and helps me while I am going through everything." Capela has found comfort in the fact that the NBA has become such an international league. "There are so many players from different countries, and France has a lot of players," Capela said. "That makes it feel better for me to come here." Houston Chronicle

July 5, 2014 Updates

All Portland could offer Hawes was the midlevel exception, which is what he accepted from the Clippers. In fact, according to league sources, Portland offered Hawes the same exact contract -- length and terms – that the Clippers will pay out. CSNNW.com

The Trail Blazers met with Channing Frye this week in Portland, we're told. He resides in the city during the offseason. One can conclude that he was out of their price range. CSNNW.com

July 4, 2014 Updates

The Portland Trail Blazers targeted center as an area of need this offseason and landed a veteran. Chris Kaman agreed Thursday night to a two-year contract with the Blazers, a person with knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports. The deal is worth $9.8 million total but only $1 million is guaranteed in the second year. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because NBA contracts cannot be signed until July 10. USA Today Sports

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