Tonight’s look at the Southwest Division as the Pelicans get set to take on the Kings..
- In an Insider-only piece for ESPN.com, Tom Haberstroh looks at what the teams outside of the “big four” of the Heat, Pacers, Thunder, and Spurs can do to put themselves in contention. The Rockets, according to Haberstroh, have to find a way to upgrade their turnstile perimeter defense. Wesley Matthews of the Blazers would give them a boost in that department and even though he doesn’t offer the same kind of D, C.J. Miles of the Cavs would also be an upgrade.
- Marco Belinelli says he had more lucrative offers than the two-year, $5.6MM deal he signed with the Spurs over the offseason, but the opportunity to play for one of the best teams in the NBA, alongside long-time idol Manu Ginobili, was too good to pass up, writes Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News. “I know money is important,” he said. “But I’m a young guy and I want to improve my game. Money will come. I just want to win.”
- Pelicans coach Monty Williams is unsure about the role that newly-acquired guard Tyshawn Taylor will fill for his club, writes John Reid of the Times-PIcayune.