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Odds & Ends: Wall, James, OKC, Haddadi

With John Wall's long-awaited max contract finally on the books for the Wizards, NBA writers around the league have already begun to weigh in.  Sean Highkin of USA Today writes that Wall is definitely worth the risk for the Wiz, while J. Michael of CSN Washington crunches the numbers to show why the team values Wall like they do.  There is sure to be more where that came from.  Until then, let's take a look at what else is going on in the Association on Wednesday night:

  • Free agent point guard Mike James, who spent last season with the Mavericks, will not retire at age 38 and is determined to play his 12th NBA season next year, tweets Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest.  James emerged as a viable backup, starting 23 of the 45 games he appeared in last season for Dallas and averaging 6.1 points and 3.1 assists per contest.
  • The Thunder have named Robert Pack and Mike Terpstra as assistant coaches, the team announced today in a press release.  Pack spent the past three years on the Clippers staff after a year in New Orleans.  This will be Terpstra's NBA coaching debut, but he has experience working in the D-League. “We’re excited to add Robert and Mike to our coaching staff for the upcoming season,” said head coach Scott Brooks in the release. “These additions bring diverse backgrounds to our group that will help the further development of our players.”
  • The Knicks have shown interest in center Hamed Haddadi, tweets Al Iannazzone of Newsday, adding that nothing is imminent.  Only able to offer minimum salary contracts, we heard today the Knicks were hoping to land Beno Udrih and yesterday that they had some interest in Delonte West.  Haddadi finished last season in Phoenix after more than four years with the Grizzlies. 
  • Alan Anderson, who signed with the Nets yesterday, says he took less money to join a winner, writes Iannazzone.  At 30 years old, it sounds like the veteran guard was more concerned with contention than playing time and therefore agreed to a contract in Brooklyn for the league minimum.  He was a double-digit scorer in Toronto last season for the first time in his career, but the Raptors missed the playoffs.  In his four NBA seasons, Anderson has yet to see the postseason. 

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