With the season over for all but four teams, lots of folks are looking ahead to the draft and free agency, which were big topics in today’s NBA news. So while we await Game 4 between the Spurs and Thunder, check out our roundup of what’s been going on today.
- If Steve Nash leaves Phoenix, the Suns are looking to make a push for Deron Williams, says Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, citing a person with knowledge of the team’s plans. That doesn’t mean the Suns aren’t going to try to retain Nash as the two-time MVP nears his 40th birthday, but in the event he goes to the Knicks, Raptors, or elsewhere, Williams will probably be their contingency plan. They’ll face a significant challenge from the Mavericks, who will “pull out all stops” to bring Williams, a Dallas-area native, home, Lawrence cites a team source as saying.
- Chris Bosh is out for Game 4, says Ethan J. Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post. Erik Spoelstra hasn’t even been summoned to watch him work out, which means a return is anything but imminent.
- The Hornets were the big winners in the draft lottery, getting the #1 pick and almost certainly Kentucky PF Anthony Davis. But that doesn’t necessarily mean young SG Eric Gordon will stick around. Gordon said that while he thinks New Orleans has a bright future with Davis, he’s still going to listen to the offers he gets in free agency, writes John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld, though, thinks Gordon will be a Hornet next season. “… I think the New Orleans Hornets will match any offer he receives, especially now that they have the top overall pick. They’ll want to put talented, up-and-coming players around Anthony Davis and re-signing Gordon makes sense for them. I don’t think they’ll sign-and-trade Gordon,” Kennedy writes.
- A little tidbit courtesy of ESPN’s Chris Broussard on Twitter: “I asked 22 NBA execs if they ran OKC & had to trade either Westbrook or Harden for $ reasons, which would they trade. 14 said RW, 8 said JH“
- Also from Mitch Lawrence: Kris Humphries has played his last game as a Net. The team is looking at unrestricted free agent Ersan Ilyasova to take his place.
- The Brandon Roy comeback rumors continue to heat up. Alex Kennedy says he’s “talked to people who are close to Brandon and they believe he’ll play.” Earlier in the day, Jason Quick of the Oregonian talked to Roy’s agent, Greg Lawrence, who said that he and Roy “haven’t really discussed” a return, which Quick notes is “softer than previous denials of return.” Lawrence added that he was “sure” he and Roy would talk about it “soon,” according to Quick.
- Tim Griffin at Spurs Nation has some interesting quotes from James Harden, who compared Manu Ginobili to Kobe Bryant, saying “You can’t just throw one option at him. It’s like last series against Kobe. He had three or four options on him.”
- LaMarcus Aldridge updated his blog with some good news for Blazers fans: he’s totally off crutches, and is okay after having a scare from a blood virus.
- Finally, from TMZ: DeShawn Stevenson has an ATM in his kitchen, an idea he says he got from Rob Dyrdek. The link features a fantastic photo of Stevenson rocking a bow tie and pork pie hat while standing next to his ATM.
Dan Malone just completed his sophomore year at University of Kings College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is spending the summer in Baltimore, where he covers the Single-A minor-league baseball team the Aberdeen IronBirds for OriolesHangout.com. He will be blogging for SheridanHoops this summer.