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April 15, 2015 Updates

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

April 10, 2015 Updates

SLAM: When the Lakers signed you before the start of the season, you had to look at the roster and think that you guys could make a little bit of noise. What were your expectations? Ed Davis: I knew it was going to be an old team with some veteran leadership. At the time, when I signed, we didn’t have a coach. I knew once we got a coach in here and set up that I would have an opportunity to be able to play, help contribute and just try and pick up from where I left off before I was traded from Toronto. I just wanted to show teams that I could play and I’m not a guy that’s going to be at the end of the bench his whole career. SLAM

April 8, 2015 Updates

Coach Brett Brown was not quite on board with the deal that sent away Carter-Williams, and that’s led to rumors of tension between Brown and general manager Sam Hinkie. Sources around the league, though, say such tension has been minimal, and that though Brown would like to start winning sooner rather than later, he understands Hinkie’s focus on the long term. Brown refused to take the job in 2013 without a four-year contract to ensure security as the losses piled up, and it appears he is not going anywhere for now. Sporting News

April 7, 2015 Updates
April 5, 2015 Updates

Kevin Durant to Bill Simmons: Stop bringing up the James Harden trade. Bill Simmons: OKC newspaper piece about the Harden trade leaves out the key point - they didn't have to trade him when they did. http://newsok.com/article/5407507 Twitter @BillSimmons

Carter-Williams is starting over in his second year in the NBA. The Hamilton native is playing for one of the best point guards of all time in Jason Kidd and is trying to regain his confidence after being unnerved by the trade and thrown into a playoff situation with the emerging Bucks. “It was the first time I’ve ever been traded, I didn’t know how to handle things,” Carter-Williams said. “I was still having some feelings toward me leaving my old teammates. We got a lot of things out on the table. I think the guys here did a great job of helping me feel comfortable. Just talking to coaches and building a relationship with them and the players. It took a little bit, but it’s there now. We just want to win on the court and continue to build relationships.” Boston Globe

Despite rumors that the 76ers had been trying to deal him since the summer, the trade took Carter-Williams by surprise. The 76ers lost 63 games last season, but Carter-Williams, along with Everett native Nerlens Noel, had become potential cornerstones, and Carter-Williams felt comfortable being part of a growing organization. “I didn’t know it was coming,” he said. “But I’m in a good situation now. I’m trying to move on from it. It’s good to be stable and have teammates for more than however time. It’s good to know that I’m going to be here growing with guys and knowing the chemistry, just to build on relationships. [Losing in Philadelphia] was tough, but Philly treated me great. I’ve got nothing really bad to say about them. I’m a Milwaukee Buck now and I hope I’m here for a while.” Boston Globe

April 4, 2015 Updates

Williams, who will make $21 million next season and holds an early-termination option ($22.3 million) for 2016-17, didn’t want to think about what-ifs. “I don’t care about trade rumors, who they bring in here,” he said. “That doesn’t bother me one bit. I could care less. I motivate myself.” ESPN.com

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