Eastern Notes: Ariza, Stephenson, Humphries

July 6 at 4:29pm CDT By Zach Links

Marcin Gortat badly wants to see Trevor Ariza return to the Wizards, writes Michael Lee of the Washington Post. “Trevor is a big part of our success, and we’d like to have him back,” Gortat said. “I understand at the end of the day, it’s a business and he has to make the right decision for him and for his family. But we love him, we want him back and I believe that [GM] Ernie [Grunfeld] and [senior VP of basketball operations] Tommy Sheppard is going to do the right thing.” More from the East..

  • Some Pacers fans are nervous about the impasse in discussions between Lance Stephenson and Indiana, but Candace Buckner of the Indy Star implores fans to be patient and not panic.
  • In addition to the previously reported Heat and Celtics, the Wizards and Hornets are also interested in big man Kris Humphries, tweets Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report.
  • There’s no denying that he’s talented, but there’s a lot to consider when weighing Stephenson.  David Nurse of HoopsHype looks at the pros and cons of the frustrating Pacers talent.
  • Re-signing Kyle Lowry was one of the final pieces of the puzzle for the Raptors, opines Jonathan Tjarks of RealGM.  With Lowry under contract for the next four years, Toronto has every member of their starting five locked up for the forseeable future.
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