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Odds & Ends: Jenkins, Wizards, Warriors, Amnesty

It’s already been a busy night, as news broke of Andrei Kirilenko‘s deal with the Nets followed shortly after by word that the Lakers would amnesty Metta World Peace.  Here are some other odds and ends from around the NBA on Thursday night:

  • The Hawks have named Taylor Jenkins as an assistant coach, the team announced
    today in a press release.  Jenkins had most recently been the head coach of the D-League’s Austin Toros.
  • The Wizards are in no rush to fill their final roster spot,
    since they want to have flexibility for when the right player comes along,
    according to GM Ernie Grunfeld (Twitter link).  Grunfeld sounded optimistic about the team’s offseason today, as the Wiz wrapped us their summer minicamp, writes Gene Wang of the Washington Post.
  • The Wiz cut ties with roster longshots Josh Boone, Kevin Dillard and James Harris today, tweets Michael Lee of the Washington Post.
  • Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News outlines how the Warriors front office has changed the way the team is viewed around the NBA, to the point where he says Golden State has “switched places” with the Lakers.  Kawakami also provides a transcript of Andre Iguodala‘s introductory press conference.
  • Now that the Lakers have amnestied World Peace, only 12 teams remain that haven’t utilized the provision and within those teams, only 30 players are left that fit the criteria for amnesty eligibility.  Here is the list, courtesy of Marc Stein of ESPN.

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