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Odds & Ends: Mack, Suns, Favors, Smith, Dirk

While there are no games on the NBA docket tonight, there are still plenty of news items to pass along.  Here are some odds and ends from around the league:

  • Shelvin Mack has finally found a home in Atlanta, writes's Jon Cooper.  Mack, who re-signed with the Hawks after the expiration of his second 10-day contract on March 26, has received a bump in minutes of late and has responded with a handful of solid performances. 
  • Along with their own first round pick, which figures to be high, the Suns will also have another selection in round one – either the Lakers pick if they miss the playoffs or the Heat's pick if L.A. sneaks in.  Jay Dieffenbach of AzCentral takes a look at the top, middle and back of the past four NBA draft's to give Suns fans an idea of what they should expect.  
  • Jazz big man Derrick Favors has made the most of the increased playing time that has resulted from Enes Kanter's season-ending injury, writes Steve Luhm of The Salt Lake Tribune.  According to Luhm, Favors is also completely settled in as a member of the Jazz after being dealt to Utah two years ago as a teenager. 
  • Here is a transcript of a J.R. Smith interview on ESPN Radio New York, courtesy of, within which Smith details the keys to his breakout season with the Knicks.  Smith is the owner of a $2.93MM player option this offseason.  If declined, he will become a free agent coming off a career year.  
  • In HoopsWorld's NBA PM column, Bill Ingram writes that it won't be a surprise if Dirk Nowitzki's patience runs out should the Mavericks strike out once again this offseason.  Nowitzki has repeatedly professed his loyalty to the Dallas organization, despite the dismantling of the 2010-11 title team and the disappointment of what was supposed to be a huge summer in 2012.  The Mavs are again ideally positioned to make an impact this summer, but it remains to be seen what players make it to free agency.

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