Earlier today, NBA.com released their annual survey of the league's GMs and the Lakers were voted as the favorite to come out of the Western Conference with 60% of the vote over the Thunder (36.7%) and Nuggets (3.3%). Not surprisingly, 86.2% of GMs had the Lakers as the team with the best summer moves, but the Warriors were also among those receiving votes. Here's more out of the Pacific...
- The Warriors and Stephen Curry decided to table contract talks until the end of preseason, but his situation seems more uncertain after being held out of the last two preseason games, writes Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com. Golden State has kept Curry on the sidelines out of concern for his ankle, the same injury that caused him to miss 40 of last year's 66 games.
- Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times (via Twitter) thought that Chris Douglas-Roberts had a chance to make the Lakers as his size could have allowed him to contribute at multiple spots. With Douglas-Roberts now out of the picture, Pincus sees Robert Sacre as the guy who makes the cut (Twitter link). Andrew Goudelock is also in the mix but coach Mike Brown is looking to develop him as a point guard while the club already has four players at the one.
- Suns forward Luis Scola had hoped to retire with the Rockets, but says that he's happy being in Phoenix, writes Bill Ingram of HoopsWorld. Scola was amnestied by the Rockets over the summer to remove the $19.4MM that would have been owed to him through 2013/14 from the cp. The final year of his deal was worth $11MM but just $1MM of that amount was guaranteed.