Western Notes: Hairston, Suns, Thompson

June 22 at 11:26am CST By Eddie Scarito

P.J. Hairston is this draft’s best-kept secret, writes Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post. Hairston has already caught Knicks president Phil Jackson’s eye, and the Knicks are desperately trying to find a way into the first round in order to have a chance to grab him, notes Dempsey. But Dempsey believes that the Nuggets should consider selecting Hairston with the 11th pick, citing his lottery-level talent and the added experience of having already played in the NBA D-League.

More from way out west:

  •  The Suns front office is looking to build off of this past season’s success, writes Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic. Coro details a number of the options the team can explore this summer in the draft or via trades.
  • Joel Embiid is the “X-Factor” in this year’s draft,  and in a separate article, Coro speculates on whether or not Embiid could slide and be available when the Suns pick at No. 14.
  • With Klay Thompson being discussed in multiple trade rumors, Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group examines why the Warriors are so reluctant to part with him in a deal.
  • Mike Sorensen of The Deseret News looks at the options the Jazz will have with the No. 5 pick in Thursday night’s draft.
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