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April 18, 2015 Updates

In regards to the Lakers' philosophy for rebuilding, Kupchak said, "Our basic philosophy is to use the three tools available to us -- that's the ability to make a trade, the draft and cap room during the offseason. There's no way to etch a plan in stone that you know you can execute. You don't know who's going to be in the draft and we don't know which free agents are going to be free agents. "A lot of them don't have to declare until June 30. All you can do is set yourself up. We feel that we are set up to take advantage of all three of those ways to improve the team." ESPN.com

April 16, 2015 Updates
April 15, 2015 Updates

He wants to be traded. The Kings want to trade him. Take your pick. Both theories abound on Twitter, blogs, talk shows, etc., from those in the know and those who know nothing. But start with this: Vlade Divac, the Kings’ new vice president of basketball and franchise operations, is mesmerized by the center’s talent. He describes Cousins as a mini-version of the Lithuanian great Arvydas Sabonis. Divac looks at Cousins and sees a commingling of muscle and finesse, enormous skills, an increased willingness to pass and the potential for greatness. Though Cousins could make his teammates better – the litmus test for greatness – more consistently, he has progressed in this facet, too. Sacramento Bee

Five in-season trades and 23 roster players were not in the plan. McDonough said the Suns' failure to take advantage of an easier early schedule set the path. By mid-December, the Suns were 12-14 with five home losses to teams now with losing records. "We've tried to do something that's not easy to do," McDonough said. "We tried to turn over the roster with talented, young players who have some potential but probably aren't ready to win yet at the highest levels. But we also tried to stay competitive in a brutal Western Conference. Usually, teams try to do one or the other. They load up on veteran guys and trade draft picks and go all in or they completely blow up and gut the team and try to acquire and play a bunch of young guys." Arizona Republic

What is the approach heading into the summer? It’s obviously fluid, but what’s the mind-set? Grousbeck: Well, we’ve got a lot of draft picks. Those could be traded. We’ve got a lot of room. Over the next few years, we’ll have a lot of room under the salary cap. Our intention is always to be aggressive and opportunistic in the summer. We don’t want to let a summer go by. The summer of 2007 transformed this franchise, and you never know when the next one will happen. Boston Globe

April 14, 2015 Updates

Jose Calderon doesn't believe he's played his last game as a Knick. The veteran point guard said he wants to be back next season and thinks he will be. "I really want to stay here," Calderon said. "I think they want me here. That's the feeling I got. I think I really can help this team next year." Newsday

Calderon knows the business of the NBA, and that his name will be mentioned in different scenarios this offseason. But he doesn't seem concerned. "It'll be there," Calderon said with a big smile. "To be honest, I want to be here. When you go through a season like this you don't want to be out of it when good things are coming. We'll have some new guys or whatever. Melo will be healthy, and we'll be good. We'll be a good team for sure." Newsday

When Karl took over, one of the major questions was how the sixth winningest coach in NBA history would mesh with first time All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. “I’ve had some great players and I’ve never had one player that I have said is untradeable,” Karl added. “You always got to be ready for the possibility of a great trade that could come your way. “I know I respect him (DeMarcus Cousins) a tremendous amount . . . I think our give and take and our communication has been almost on a daily basis . . . until we can really get to a special place together, I think we’ve got to continue to communicate, what he wants and what I want.” CSNBayArea.com

April 13, 2015 Updates

Midseason trades require a multitude of adjustments for an NBA player. New teammates, new coaches and new philosophies must all be adapted to and mastered. And then there are those pesky pronouns. "A lot of things are different," Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams said Friday after a shootaround at Madison Square Garden. "The dynamic of the team is different. I think we have a few more vet guys than Philly does. It's just a different coaching staff. Not to say one is better than the other. Things are just different. "Of course, they are," he added, nodding at teammates seated behind him before quickly realizing his mistake. "We are playing for the playoffs and Philly is looking to rebuild, so it's just two different styles." Philadelphia Inquirer

The 6-foot-6, 195-pounder will return to the Wells Fargo Center for the first time Monday night, eager to face his old team. "I can't wait to come back to Philly," he said Friday. "Of course it's going to be fun because, you know, they traded me, so there's a little edge there." Philadelphia Inquirer

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