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October 23, 2014 Updates
October 22, 2014 Updates

Before Stephenson had committed to Charlotte, his representatives had recognized his successful growth with the Indiana Pacers and a desire to stay. Move a salary off the books, move a player here or there and keep your homegrown talent, Stephenson’s management team urged the Pacers’ front office. With the ability to shed part or all of Luis Scola’s and Donald Sloan’s contracts, people involved in negotiations brought up scenarios to remove those deals to create an increased Year 1 and Year 2 salary for Stephenson in a deal with Indiana. Suggestions went unanswered, without execution. Under the direction of Larry Bird and Herb Simon, the Pacers remained resistant in their contract offer to Stephenson, and lost him. Bird had called Stephenson’s behaviors “disappointing” late in last season’s playoffs, had failed to convince ownership enough of his former second round pick to spike into a luxury tax area, but Stephenson was his guy. He always shielded Stephenson privately and publicly. Away from this partnership, Stephenson understands there’s no turning back now, no grudge to keep. RealGM

October 21, 2014 Updates

Eric Pincus: Looks like the Boston Celtics trade w/ the Detroit Pistons was a little more complicated than originally thought re: use of trade exceptions. The Celtics used their Humphries TPE to take in Will Bynum - was $4.25 mil, now $1.3 mil remaining @BBallInsiders basketballinsiders.com/boston-celtics… Twitter @EricPincus

Eric Pincus: Boston also attained a new TPE for Joel Anthony, for $3.8 mil, expiring in Oct 2015. Basically Boston sacrificed $450k of Hump TPE, expiring July - to have $3.8 mil Anthony TPE til Oct @BBallInsiders basketballinsiders.com/boston-celtics… Twitter @EricPincus

Darren Wolfson: Led to think GR-III will earn his way onto #Twolves. Keep hearing that JJ is playing well. Detroit prob. the team to watch on Chase B front. Twitter @DarrenWolfson

I still think the Budinger move is most likely just because of the four options, he's the most expendable if the Wolves can find a willing team. The Wolves probably keep Robinson because of his potential and cost efficiency. They probably keep Hummel just because, as was shown Sunday in Tulsa, they'll need him as a third power forward if Thad Young or Anthony Bennett gets hurt. When Bennett's knee proved too sore, Hummel played 19 minutes Sunday and played well. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

I want to be clear the Pistons are not shopping Josh. In fact they are hoping to get a more efficient Josh this season. Basketball Insiders

October 19, 2014 Updates

But, truly, this is all just distraction from the fact the Celtics continue, for now, to occupy a rental unit in purgatory. Assuming the additions of Tyler Zeller, Marcus Thornton, Evan Turner, Dwight Powell and two very promising first-round draft picks don’t have you scouting out positions on Boylston Street for a parade next June, why didn’t what Grousbeck hoped would transpire happen? According to multiple NBA sources, it wasn’t from lack of effort. “Boston was in the game,” said one opposing general manager. “Danny (Ainge) can get hard-headed about some things, but he was open to talking. He was active.” Boston Herald

While he does, Yahoo! Sports last week reported the Wolves are trying to trade Budinger. Its report named Houston and Detroit while a Sporting News report added Portland as well. Saunders adamantly denied he is “shopping” Budinger. “I don’t really listen to rumors at all,” Budinger said, laughing. “I’ve been around. They’re rumors.” The Wolves have 16 players on their roster with guaranteed or partially guaranteed contracts and must get down to 15 men by opening night. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"It was a time for me to go through some bumps and some hurdles and learn how to grow," Lin said in retrospect. "When I first got there, I was supposed to be the guy and they were supposed to kind of hand the torch to me. And I ended up getting traded away basically for nothing. Actually, they had to give up a draft pick to convince someone else to take me. Pretty much given away for nothing. Definitely not how I envisioned it." Los Angeles Times

October 18, 2014 Updates

Any player worth his contract naturally believes that with the right amount of work and chemistry, any team he’s on is playoff-worthy. When Rondo looks at all of the C’s’ incongruous parts, and factors in the Stevens effect, he believes the postseason is a realistic goal for this team. “I believe in Danny (Ainge) and I said it a month ago. I’ve been through it. One year we were the worst team in the league and the next we were the best,” he said of the wild swing between his rookie season and the 2008 Celtics championship team. “Anything can happen. Injuries are a big factor in your success. The trade deadline is a big factor. That’s what makes the NBA exciting. “But if you give me four guys who are going to compete and play as hard as possible, then I feel like I can win every game.” Boston Herald

October 17, 2014 Updates

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