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Western Notes: Jazz, Kanter, Davis, Donovan

The National Basketball Players Association plans to file the action next week after the Kings voided Luc Mbah a Moute‘s contract over a failed physical. Meanwhile, we learned earlier today that the Kings are standing by their medical findings, which indicated a problem with the forward’s right shoulder.  While we wait to see how that plays out, here’s more from the West..

  • Matt Moore of looked back at the Jazz‘s decision to move Enes Kanter.  Kanter received a max deal from the Thunder, and while he was worth those big bucks to OKC, the Jazz simply didn’t value him the same way.  It would seem that many teams shared Utah’s opinion as Kanter sat on the restricted free-agent market for most of the free agency period without receiving an offer sheet, before the desperate Blazers offered up the max.  Meanwhile, Moore says that there are compelling reasons to think Kanter’s attitude and defensive limitations will make the deal look like a bad idea for OKC.
  • Big man Glen Davis is still talking to the Clippers but he’s open to playing overseas if he doesn’t sign a contract in the NBA, a source told Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.  On Friday it was reported that there was “optimism” on both sides that a pact could be reached.  The eight-year veteran averaged career lows in points and minutes per game in 2014/15. Still, the John Hamilton client was one of only eight players to average more than 10 minutes per game in the playoffs for the Clippers this spring.
  • The Oklahoman’s Anthony Slater profiled the path of Billy Donovan, who was appointed as the new coach of the Thunder in April.  Donovan was hired as the coach of the Magic for a cup of coffee years ago before bailing on the agreement and returning to Florida.  Now, Donovan says that he’s ready for the challenges of the NBA.
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One thought on “Western Notes: Jazz, Kanter, Davis, Donovan

  1. Chuck Myron

    Context was everything when it came to the Kanter deal. The fact that OKC had no means to replace him this year made matching the offer sheet a virtual imperative if the Thunder are truly going all in for 2016.

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