Western Notes: Ledo, Casspi, Jazz

January 31 at 8:41pm CDT By Zach Links

The Mavericks have dominated the Kings when playing in Dallas for more than ten years, but DeMarcus Cousins looked to be their kryptonite earlier this year.  Dallas won 15 of 16 home games against Sacramento dating back to 2003 before losing 112-97 on December 9th when Cousins led the way with 32 points and 19 rebounds.  Unfortunately for Sacramento, they don’t have Boogie in action tonight in Dallas thanks to his sprained ankle.  Here’s tonight’s look at the Western Conference..

  • The Mavs announced that they have recalled Ricky Ledo from the Texas Legends of the D-League.  The rookie has been assigned to the D-League three times this season and averaged 13.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 29.1 minutes per contest across 18 games.  In eleven games for the Mavs this season Ledo is averaging 1.7 points in just three minutes per game.  He could see action tonight as the club will be without Shawn Marion.
  • Omri Casspi is enjoying a career resurgence with the Rockets, but things didn’t go quite as smoothly with the Cavs.  The forward spoke with Jodie Valade of the Plain Dealer about the tougher times with Cleveland and how he’s enjoying things in Houston.
  • Former NBA coach Avery Johnson likes what he sees when he looks at the Jazz but he says that it’s crucial that they re-sign Gordon Hayward this summer. “He’s what I call a valuable asset. The worst thing you can do with a valuable asset is allow a valuable asset to walk without any compensation,” Johnson told Aaron Falk of The Salt Lake Tribune. Meanwhile, Johnson says that Julius Randle would make sense for Utah in the upcoming draft.
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