Western Notes: Gasol, Love, Mavs, Deng

July 13 at 9:56pm CST By Zach Links

The Lakers have officially renounced the rights to Pau Gasol along with an entertaining list of long-retired players, according to Mark Deeks of ShamSports (via Twitter).  Prepare for a stroll down memory lane.  The Lakers renounced the rights to Horace Grant, Ron Harper, Jim Jackson, Karl Malone, Ira Newble, Theo Ratliff, Mitch Richmond, John Salley, Brian ShawJoe Smith, and Shammond Williams.  The Lakers had to drop the rights to those players in order to help make the Jeremy Lin trade possible.  For more on cap holds, check out our cap holds entry in the Hoops Rumors Glossary. More out of the West..

  • The main holdup in the Kevin Love talks between the Wolves and Warriors is obviously Klay Thompson, but there’s more to it, as Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News explains.  The Wolves don’t regard David Lee and Harrison Barnes as highly as Golden State does, thanks to Lee’s hefty contract and Barnes’ down season in 2013/14.
  • Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak told reporters, including Bill Oram of the Orange County Register, that he wasn’t banking on landing Carmelo Anthony this summer.  “We always felt like it was a longshot,” Kupchak said. “We gave it our best shot and we’re happy to accomplish what we did and we still have more work to do.”
  • Lance Stephenson could prove to be this summer’s Monta Ellis for the Mavericks, tweets Jeff Caplan of NBA.com.  The Mavs weren’t necessarily high on Ellis last summer but he fell to them at a great price after everyone else passed.
  • The Cavaliers’ re-signing of James complicated Deng’s situation, as sign-and-trade options that could have led to a bigger payday for him were no longer available and James’ decision to sign a two-year deal set a new precedent on the market that came into play, writes Sam Amick of USA Today.  The Mavericks‘ preference to go after Stephenson if they can’t land Chandler Parsons also limited Deng’s options.
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