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Friday morning one liners: Where Afflalo gets some love

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Our daily list of things you should know about that didn’t fit in our other posts.

Who is the most coveted free agent not over 6’11? Arron Afflalo of the Nuggets, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. He is restricted and Denver will match any reasonable offer.

Brandon Rush made some tweets that would have gotten him heavily fined if there was a CBA in place, but it doesn’t mean the Pacers are happy.

We’re still waiting on the details of the owners revenue sharing plan.

The Bulls need a two guard and are apparently interested in restricted free agent Marco Belinelli. Caron Butler would be a much better fit.

David Stern is not popular on twitter.

Derrick Rose says he is to blame for the Bulls loss to the Heat. That’s not true, we all know Benny the Bull is to blame.

The Jazz are apparently not showing a lot of interest in bringing back Andrei Kirilenko, but they are interested in Sebastian Telfair, Rasual Butler, and Roger Mason.

The Grizzlies owner reiterates that they will match any offer for Marc Gasol. As they should.

The Toronto Raptors are going hard after all the key bigs on the free agent market (Nene, Tyson Chandler, Marc Gasol).

Corey Maggette is going to have to carry the offensive load in Charlotte.

Nicolas Batum is open to talking contract extension with the Blazers.

The Portland Trail Blazers have reached out to the agents of Carl Landry and Chuck Hayes.

What the Nets need to do to make Brooklyn hipsters feel at home next year.

Josh McRoberts not feeling the love from the Pacers.

Don’t be shocked if Samuel Dalembert stays with Sacramento… although he will have plenty of suitors.

The Hawks Josh Smith has reportedly dropped 30 pounds.

Martell Webster does not like the idea of the Blazers using amnesty on Brandon Roy.

Toney Douglas showed up at the Knicks facilities looking stronger and saying his shoulder was healed.

Josh Howard’s agent has had conversations with Chicago, Washington, Boston, New Jersey, Denver, New Orleans, Atlanta and San Antonio, reports ESPN.

The Bucks would like to re-sign Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.

Bostjan Nachbar is coming back to the NBA after a couple of years in Turkey and the Celtics, Knicks and Nets have spoken to the forward.

There’s a report that if the Trail Blazers use their amnesty on Brandon Roy he might just retire. I don’t buy this one in the least but passing it along.

Chris “Birdman” Anderson is showing his ink off to help PETA.

Sonny Weems shows the right way to end a game with the and-1 dunk in EuroLeague.

Check out Shaquille O’Neal on Jimmy Kimmel. Complete with an impressive feat of strength by his Shaq’s girlfriend.

Report: Rockets will try to sign Alessandro Gentile next summer

Alessandro Gentile, Paulius Jankunas
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The Rockets tried signing Sergio Llull this summer, but he opted for a long-term extension with Real Madrid.

So, they’ll just turn to another player in their large chest of stashed draft picks – Alessandro Gentile.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Gentile, who was selected No. 53 in the 2014, is a 22-year-old wing for Armani Milano. He’s a good scorer, but he primarily works from mid-range – an area the Rockets eschew. He can get to the rim in Europe, but his subpar athleticism might hinder him in the NBA.

If Gentile comes stateside, he’ll face a steep learning curve. But he’s young enough and talented enough that he could develop into a rotation player.

Report: Hawks co-owner made more money by exposing Danny Ferry’s Luol Deng comments

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A terribly kept secret: Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. wanted to get rid of general manager Danny Ferry.

Many believe that’s why Gearon made such a big deal about Ferry’s pejorative “African” comment about Luol Deng – that Gearon was more concerned about ousting Ferry than showing real concern over racism.

Gearon had another, no less sinister, reason to raise concern over Ferry’s remarks.

Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

While Gearon felt that Ferry, as he wrote in the June 2014 email to Levenson, “put the entire franchise in jeopardy,” Gearon also figured to benefit financially from a Sterling-esque fallout.

In the spring of 2014, Gearon was in the process of selling more of his interest in the team to Levenson and the partners he had sold to in September. The agreed-upon price for roughly a third of Gearon’s remaining shares valued the Hawks at approximately $450 million, according to reports from sources.

“We accept your offer to buy the remaining 31 million,” Gearon wrote in an email to Levenson on April 17, 2014. “Let me know next steps so we can keep this simple as you suggested without a bunch of lawyers and bankers.”

Approximately five weeks later — just a little more than a week before the fateful conference call — Steve Ballmer agreed to pay $2 billion for the Clippers, a record-smashing price that completely changed the assessed value of NBA franchises. Gearon firmly maintains he was acting out of the sincerity of his convictions to safeguard the franchise from the Sterling stench, but such a spectacle also allowed him to wiggle out of selling his shares at far below market value.

Gearon and his legal team later challenged the notion that the sell-down was bound by any sort of contractual obligation and that any papers were signed. Once the organization became involved in the investigation, the sale of the shares was postponed.

Arnovitz and Windhorst did an incredible amount of reporting here. I suggest you read the full piece, which includes much more background on the Gearon-Ferry rift.

Considering the Hawks sold for $850 million, Gearon definitely made more money than if he’d sold his shares at a $450 million valuation.

Did that motivate him? Probably, though it doesn’t have to be one or the other. Most likely, his actions were derived from at least three desires – making more money, ousting Ferry and combating racism. Parsing how much each contributed is much more difficult.

What Ferry said was racist, whether or not he was looking at more racism on the sheet of paper in front of him. His comments deserved punishment.

But if Gearon didn’t have incentive to use them for his own benefit, would we even know about them? How many other teams, with more functional front offices, would have kept similar remarks under wraps or just ignored them?