Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Final issue still being worked out in trade — fiitting Hibbert’s 15 percent trade kicker into Lakers room. Sides working that out. Trade kicker is $2.3M bonus Pacers pay Hibbert — but impacts Lakers salary cap. No deal can be completed until July 9. Time to complete it. Lakers angling to preserve as much salary cap space as possible — and bring on Hibbert in the deal. Sides believe it’ll get worked out.
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The Dallas Mavericks are firmly in the mix to sign free-agent point guard Jeremy Lin, according to league sources. Dallas has limited funds to offer, but sources told ESPN.com that Lin is giving the Mavericks strong consideration even though he can likely make more money elsewhere. Lin’s relationship with Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons from their days as teammates in Houston, sources said, has kept Dallas in the race despite its lack of financial flexibility. Parsons, of course, had a huge hand in the recruiting of DeAndre Jordan to the Mavericks in the richest free-agent score in team history.
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The Mavericks are close to striking a deal to re-sign veteran guard J.J. Barea and still have Raymond Felton on the books, but Lin has emerged as Dallas’ top free-agent priority at this point after the team landed Jordan and Matthews. One possibility, sources said, is that the Mavericks could waive-and-stretch Felton’s contract if they get a commitment from Lin to create a salary slot of $2.6 million.
LaMarcus Aldridge currently has no plans to make out-of-town visits and, at this stage, plans to take “a couple of days” to digest all the pitches he’s received after meeting with multiple teams, sources told ESPN.com on Friday. The Los Angeles Lakers got a second chance to impress Aldridge, their top free-agent target, on Thursday night in a meeting that lasted about 90 minutes and focused entirely on basketball, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
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Asked about that deadline in a radio appearance with KPCC on Thursday, Jeanie Buss reiterated that timeline is still in place and that if the Lakers don’t reach their goals by then, she’s ready for change. “Yeah, absolutely,” Buss said. “This is my job. I’m part-owner of the team, but I’m also the president. The Buss family is the majority owner but we have other partners as well who are also shareholders, and I have an obligation to them. Would I make those changes? Yes. My brother understands that we have to continue to strive for greatness, and I think he would be the first one to feel that he would need to step down if he can’t get us to that point.”