As we look forward to the first meeting of the season tonight between the Thunder and Clippers, two title contenders, let’s round up a few items from around the Western Conference:
- Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post suggests (via Twitter) not to put too much stock in the rumblings about Kenneth Faried and the Knicks. According to Dempsey, Faried “is and will remain a Nugget.”
- DeJuan Blair didn’t get the playing time he wanted with the Spurs, but is off to a very nice start with the Mavericks, telling Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News: “Another man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
- While the Suns have to be pleased with Eric Bledsoe‘s impressive play so far this season, he may be driving up his price tag and taking Phoenix out of the running for a top pick in 2014, writes Tom Ziller of SBNation.com.
- In his latest piece for The Score, Mark Deeks of ShamSports.com explains why the Nuggets lost the draft-night trade that sent Kosta Koufos to the Grizzlies for Darrell Arthur.