Western Notes: Williams, Scott, Clippers

July 16 at 8:10pm CST By Cray Allred

While the Eastern Conference might be in for some major re-shuffling next season, the contenders in the West are all fighting to maintain or improve their positioning for the 2014/15 playoffs. Here’s a rundown from the Western Conference:

  • The Mavs are still hoping to land a point guard, namely Mo Williams, tweets Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Dallas wasn’t overly optimistic the veteran would choose them over other what other teams could offer as of yesterday. Jeff Caplan of NBA.com tweets that Williams does have offers on the table exceeding the $2.73MM Dallas can offer from their room exception.
  • Caplan writes in a separate piece that Dallas could be a contender this season thanks to the reduced salary Dirk Nowitzki accepted to stay with the Mavs, which gave the team flexibility to add Chandler Parsons, among other moves.
  • As expected, the Lakers meeting with coaching candidate Byron Scott passed without a contract offer, reports Mark Medina of Los Angeles Daily News (Twitter links). Medina says that Los Angeles plans to fill out more of their roster before following up with Scott, and that no timetable is clear at this point.
  • The Clippers are largely done with their offseason moves, as coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers tells Eric Patten of Clippers.com. Rivers added that the club had begun researching guards during the latter part of this past season in anticipation of the departure of Darren Collison.
  • Commissioner Adam Silver and Shelly Sterling have talked about reducing Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban, and Silver said Tuesday that he’d be willing to listen to more discussion of the idea if Donald agreed to sell the Clippers, according to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe (Twitter link). Silver also said Tuesday that it’s possible, given Donald’s legal challenges to the league’s attempt to force him out, that he will continue to own the team at the start of next season, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

Chuck Myron and Ryan Raroque contributed to this post.

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