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Odds & Ends: Pietrus, Johnson, Raptors, Thomas

Here's today's look around the Association..

  • While the Timberwolves continue to talk with Mickael Pietrus' camp, Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (via Twitter) is told that there is a better chance the veteran wing winds up with a team in the Eastern Conference.  This week it was reported that three teams have major interest in Pietrus with two clubs highly motivated to get a deal done.  Pietrus also has a viable option overseas that would include an NBA opt-out.
  • Doug Smith of the Toronto Star wouldn't be surprised to see either Amir Johnson or Ed Davis traded this season as one is likely to be squeezed out of the rotation in favor of the other.  However, Smith is unwilling to handicap the odds of a trade happening or to predict which one will be on the block.
  • Joel Brigham of HoopsWorld is surprised to see summer league standout Malcolm Thomas still without a guaranteed contract.  Thomas posted a double-double in every Summer League game he played for the Bulls, averaging 17.9 PPG and 12.3 RPG for the week in Vegas.
  • Eric Koreen of the National Post looks at how the Raptors are using advanced statistics to gain an edge going forward.  Toronto has contracted KBAR Consulting to handle the analytics for the front office.
  • Jim Cavan of the New York Times wonders if Adam Morrison will stick with the Blazers in his latest NBA go-round.

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