Jim Buss was so confident Kevin Durant would sign with the Lakers, Buss told people late last season that it’d happen. But Durant didn’t even schedule a meeting with the Lakers. Like the Knicks and unlike the Wizards, the Lakers – and Hawks – are still trying to get on the docket. Marc Stein of ESPN: The Atlanta Hawks’ free-agent priorities are re-signing forward Al Horford and swingman Kent Bazemore, but the Hawks are also trying to wedge their way into the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Hawks, like the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, have been working to try to convince Durant and his representatives to grant them a face-to-face
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Charles Barkley claims there is only one time in his NBA career he was overweight … and it was because he gained weight for a cause. Barkley had this to say to Bill Simmons on some Any Given Wednesday clips (via Sporting News) that didn’t make Wednesday’s premiere: “The only year that I was fat was my last year in Houston, because they had promised me $12 million. When I showed up, the contract was only for $8 million. And I said, ‘What happened to my other $4 million?’ They said, ‘Well, we just decided to keep it.’ … “I was so [ticked off]. What had happened was I took a paycut so we could sign Scottie Pippen,” Barkley said. “So they said, ‘We need you to take a paycut so we can sign Scottie.’