A pair of Pacific Division clubs hit the floor for winnable games this afternoon, with the Clippers up against the depleted Celtics and the Lakers looking to gather momentum against the Pistons. Ric Bucher of 95.7 The Game passed along a few notes of interest on clubs from the Pacific last night, and we'll round up the highlights here (All links via Sulia):
- Last month, Bucher heard that Suns players preferred that Dan Majerle, not Lindsey Hunter, take over for Alvin Gentry as head coach, but another source indicates that more players were in favor of Hunter. In any case, owner Robert Sarver may make wholesale changes to the front office if Hunter does not work out. That backs up a report last month from Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News suggesting team president Lon Babby and GM Lance Blanks might not be long for Phoenix.
- The Lakers may be more inclined to make moves at the trade deadline if they fall further out of contention for a playoff spot, a GM tells Bucher. L.A. sits four games back of the eighth-place Rockets in the Western Conference.
- The Warriors wouldn't pass up a chance to improve, but Golden State isn't fishing for a deal at the deadline. Bucher hears the team didn't make a strong push to land Rudy Gay, as other reports indicated.