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Odds & Ends: Ayon, Brooks, Mavericks

Bucks center Gustavo Ayon expressed some frustration about not being able to find court time in Milwaukee, and told reporters that he could return to Europe when his contract runs out, writes Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinel. Though coach Jim Boylan reportedly likes what he sees from the Mexican-born center, there hasn't been enough practice time to incorporate him into the rotation. We've got a few more tidbits to share from around the league tonight, and you can find them below: 

  • In addition to wondering what the 76ers will do with Andrew Bynum, Tom Moore of Philly Burbs also ponders the future of Evan Turner, who will be eligible for an $8.7MM qualifying offer after he finishes his fourth year option worth $6.7MM next season. Moore adds that if Turner doesn't figure to be in the team's plans, the Sixers could look to trade him this summer or during next year's trade deadline. 
  • HoopsWorld's Derek Page held his weekly chat with fans earlier today, and here are some of the highlights: he sees DeMarcus Cousins as a max-level player, thinks Josh Smith could be the biggest name to move in free agency, predicts that Dwight Howard and Chris Paul remain in Los Angeles beyond this season, and isn't sure that O.J. Mayo or Tyreke Evans are long-term solutions for the Mavericks.
  • Darnell Mayberry of NewsOK delves into what could have been as he revisits Scott Brooks' challenging contract negotiations with the Thunder last summer, and discussing the possibility that he could have joined the Trail Blazers
  • Dwain Price of the Star-Telegram reeled in some quotes about upcoming free agency from Mavericks owner Mark Cuban: "Our goal is to win championships, not win the summer, and so we have to see what’s available and what’s out there…We do the same thing we do every year and be opportunistic. We’re going to be opportunistic, and depending on how things go, we’ll make our decision." 

  • Even after a season ending foot injury, Knicks forward Kurt Thomas hasn't ruled out returning for a 19th season, says Al Iannazzone of Newsday. The 6'9 big man will turn 41-years-old in October.
  • A day before what could be his final game coached in Sacramento, Rick Adelman reflects on the special times he had with the Kings as their head coach (Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports). 
  • In addition to the challenge of catching the Lakers in the Western Conference standings, the Jazz now have the Mavericks to worry about, writes Mike Sorensen of the Deseret News. The meeting between the two teams on Sunday night will have a full game implication in the standings, with Dallas coincidentally one game behind Utah. 


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