News and notes out of the Southwest Division..
- In a recent chat, Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News was asked if the Mavericks cut center Eddy Curry prematurely. Sefko notes that the strong play of Brandan Wright gave the staff enough wiggle room to move on without Curry. Curry’s minutes also would have disappeared once Chris Kaman and Dirk Nowitzki returned to action.
- More from Sefko, who sees the Mavericks retaining O.J. Mayo beyond this season. The guard holds a $4.20MM player option for 2013/14, but he is unlikely to exercise that if his early season play is a sign of things to come.
- Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated isn’t siding with Rockets star James Harden when it comes to his gripe with Thunder General Manager Sam Presti. Harden said earlier today that he was hurt to only be given an hour to think about Oklahoma City’s offer before being traded to Houston.