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Northwest Rumors: Thunder, Mudiay, Jazz

The Thunder want a first-round pick to part with Perry Jones, according to two execs who spoke with Chris Mannix of SI.  Unfortunately for OKC, however, that doesn’t seem to be a realistic demand.  Here’s more from the Northwest Division..

  • Nuggets head coach Michael Malone spoke with Mannix about the chaos of draft night and the events leading up the selection of Emmanuel Mudiay.  Mudiay did not work out for Denver, but the Nuggets did watch a great deal of film on him.  Despite the uncertainty, Malone said that he trusted his front office and wasn’t hesitant about the pick.
  • The Jazz will have a conversation with Raul Neto, the Brazilian point guard they drafted two years ago, to gauge his interest in playing in the NBA next season, according to Aaron Falk, Tony Jones, and Steve Luhm of The Salt Lake Tribune.  The sense is that the Jazz want the 2013 second round pick to join them sooner rather than later.  However, it’s not clear where he’d fit in given the team’s current logjam at point guard.
  • The Raptors never considered Tomislav Zubčić, a late second-round pick in the 2012 draft whose rights Toronto sent to the Thunder today, to be an NBA prospect, according to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun (on Twitter).  Apparently, the Raptors drafted him mostly as a favor to help speed up the team’s buyout for Jonas Valanciunas, Wolstat writes.
  • Blazers GM Neil Olshey is prepared for what’s ahead, regardless of whether LaMarcus Aldridge stays or goes, Ian Thomsen of writes.
  • The Thunder announced that they have named Monty Williams, Maurice Cheeks, and Anthony Grant as assistant coaches.

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