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Kevin Pelton @kpelton

"2 contracts worth considering [with Ezeli] according to one league executive, [...] Omer Asik last summer and [...] Al Jefferson in 2013."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Charles Barkley responded to ex-Knick Charles Oakley, who questioned Barkley's toughness in a tweet on Wednesday night. "Charles Oakley doesn't like me, which is no big deal," Barkley said on TNT, per an accounting in the New York Post. "I don't like him or dislike him; I don't think about him. He's not important enough for me to think about. … He don't like me. I have no idea why."

Bird won't consider McHale for top job

Pacers president Larry Bird tells reporters his relationship with former Celtics teammate Kevin McHale is too important to him to consider McHale for the Pacers' coaching opening.


Kate Fagan @katefagan3

That would be like if Steve Kerr got paid $60 million to coach the Warriors. There are ways for WNBA to get creative with its $ structure.

Seth Greenberg @SethOnHoops

You coach the roster you are given by the GM and put them in position to play to their strengths and win. That's what Frank Vogel did.

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Pacers assistant Nate McMillan and ex-Pacers aide Brian Shaw are two of the first names you hear in terms of coaches to replace Frank Vogel

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets announce staff additions with former judicial law clerk Natalie Jay becoming a cap specialist and ex-Net Sheldon Williams being named a pro scout.

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after today's shootaround that it's good to get some level of clarity in the Chris Bosh situation. Bosh and the team released a statement confirming that he won't return for the playoffs, but the sides will continue to work together to resume his career as soon as possible.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

It's interesting that Larry Bird told Frank Vogel about his decision not to renew his contract over the phone. He let Rick Carlisle (2007) and Jim O'Brien (2001) go in person. Carlisle and Bird sat and talked for a while after he let him go. O'Brien was with Bird when he called Vogel in 2011 to let him know that he was being named interim coach.