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Lakers reportedly interested in re-signing Jodie Meeks

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11:10 AM ET 04.13 | The Lakers are interested in re-signing Jodie Meeks, 26, a soon-to-be free agent who is paid $1.6 million in a league whose average salary is $5.5 million. He's interested in them, too. "When I signed here two years ago, I told my family that I would love to be here the rest of my career," Meeks said. "Learning from great players -- Kobe [Bryant], Pau Gasol, and at the time, Dwight [Howard], Steve Nash. Obviously, I want to be here and it's a great organization and I love playing here. But on the flip side it's a business. Both sides have to do what they do."

Los Angeles Times

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Report: Lakers looking for 'peaceful parting' with Mike D'Antoni

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10:23 AM ET 04.13 | It doesn't appear as if Mike D'Antoni will survive and make it to next season. The ex-Knicks coach has turned into a polarizing figure during what has been the Lakers' worst season since arriving in Los Angeles in 1960. So it would be extremely difficult for the Lakers to bring him back. They also are looking to change their style to one that better fits Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, whom they plan on re-signing this summer when he becomes free. One league source said there is sentiment within the Lakers' executive offices for a "peaceful, mutual parting" with D'Antoni, who has one season left on his contract at $4 million. There's another season beyond that, but it is at the team's option. "They don't want to fire Mike," the source said.

New York Daily News

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Kevin Durant studies Dirk Nowitzki to improve game

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09:04 AM ET 04.13 | Kevin Durant recently confessed that he's been swiping liberally all season from the Dirk Nowitzki playbook all season. Turns out that, since November, Durant has been working with Adam Harrington as his personal trainer beyond his daily duties with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Which is the same Adam Harrington who briefly played alongside Nowitzki with the Dallas Mavericks more than a decade ago and has been studying the unorthodox coaching techniques hatched by Nowitzki's longtime mentor and shot doctor from back home, Holger Geschwindner, ever since. "It's a lot more than just trying to copy the one-legger," Durant said, explaining that he's not merely focused on trying to mimic Nowitzki's signature shot. "Dirk's got a lot of moves I'm trying to steal." Practice shots with both hands, off both feet and launched from a variety of stances and spins to improve footwork. Planting the heels and shifting smoothly onto the toes for better balance. Breathing techniques as the ball is released. Keeping the fingers wide, too.

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Carmelo Anthony reportedly looking into Bulls coach

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10:18 AM ET 04.13 | Carmelo Anthony recently approached a former Chicago Bulls player and asked a loaded question that should make Phil Jackson a little nervous. "What is it like to play for Thibs?" Anthony said. Anthony's interest in Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau can be taken one of several ways. Anthony, who lives and breathes basketball, is merely interested in learning something about one of the NBA's top coaches. In fact, Anthony will be working with Thibodeau, who was named to USA Basketball's coaching staff last June. Of course, Anthony's impromptu background check on Thibodeau could also be his idea of due diligence since the Bulls loom as an attractive option this summer for the free-agent-to-be. The Bulls are emerging as one of several teams, along with the Lakers and Rockets, who are expected to pursue Anthony if and when he opts out of his contract on July 1. The Knicks can still offer Anthony the most money, and Jackson, the new Knicks president, is intent on re-signing the All-Star forward.

New York Daily News

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Can T-Wolves land Fred Hoiberg?

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10:30 AM ET 04.13 | The Timberwolves have targeted their former assistant GM, Fred Hoiberg, to succeed the outgoing Rick Adelman as their head coach. That's an inspired choice, but Hoiberg, who coaches Iowa State, is said to be reluctant to take the job, knowing that Kevin Love is probably going to leave via free agency after next season. While his Iowa State assistant coaches attended the Wolves' home game against Chicago this past week, Hoiberg stayed away. If he turns the Wolves down, GM Flip Saunders might have no other choice than to take over the coaching reins of a franchise that now has missed the playoffs in 10 straight seasons -- the longest such streak in the NBA.

New York Daily News

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