Last night at the Staples Center, the Clippers topped the Jazz 107-96 to complete a perfect 16-0 December. The Jazz were within three points heading into the fourth quarter, but left forward Paul Millsap on the bench for all twelve minutes. When asked if he was frustrated by that after the game, Millsap responded, "What you think? I'll let you answer that," according to Jody Genessy of the Deseret News (on Twitter). Millsap has been a rumored trade candidate for some time as he plays out the final year of his deal in Utah. Here's more from around the Association..
- Most executives that Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio spoke to seem to think Phil Jackson will consider coaching the Nets. “With Phil, it’s all about how much control he has,” said one GM. “I think he’s probably OK with not winning another championship. It’s more about getting the most from his team without a bunch of annoying interferences.”
- Amico also writes that even though the Kings have denied they’re trying to trade DeMarcus Cousins, multiple sources say they have taken Sacramento's calls. The asking price, however, "is way too high right now," according to one opposing GM.
- Ric Bucher of 95.7 The Game (on Twitter) asked a handful of NBA GMs to "re-do" the 2009 Draft knowing what they know now. The collective results had Clippers forward Blake Griffin still at No. 1, James Harden going second instead of third, and Jrue Holiday jumping from 17th to third.