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Western Notes: Larkin, Kings, Miller, Robinson

The Mavericks announced, via press release, that first-round pick Shane Larkin underwent surgery today to repair a broken ankle he suffered last week in summer league action.  The recovery time for the surgery is approximately three months, putting Larkin's return right around the beginning of the regular season.  The team is reportedly in talks with Devin Harris again after nixing their original agreement with the point guard last week. 

Here's more out of the Western Conference:

  • The Kings will not use the amnesty provision before tonight's deadline, tweets Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.  Sacramento, one of seven teams that can still use the clause, will apparently retain the amnesty eligible John Salmons.  The team holds a player option on Salmons for the 2014/15 season.
  • In a separate tweet, Jones adds that the Kings are unlikely to make any additions that necessitate guaranteed money unless they're first able to unload money. 
  • Should Mike Miller clear the amnesty waiver process, the Clippers should have interest in the veteran sharpshooter, tweets Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.  Washburn cites Miller's time in Orlando under new Clips head coach Doc Rivers as the main reason for the match.  Miller was waived by the Heat today, and teams with cap space now have 48 hours to claim him on waivers.
  • The Nuggets have named Arturas Karnisovas as their assistant GM, according to a press release from the team issued earlier today.  Karnisovas, a native Lithuanian, was most recently the director of scouting for the Rockets under Houston GM Daryl Morey. 
  • It's only been about a year since Thomas Robinson was selected No. 5 by the Kings, but the Blazers forward has already been traded twice.  Robinson, drafted into a bad situation in Sacramento and then a casualty of the Dwight Howard signing in Houston, says he feels disrespected as a result of the trades and is determined to get his career on track in Portland, writes Ben Golliver of Blazer's Edge, who itemizes some quotes from Robinson from a couple of publications. 

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