Lakers coach Byron Scott thinks Nuggets rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay will be “pretty good,” but he had concerns about his three-point shooting and wasn’t as high on him coming into the draft as he was on D’Angelo Russell, whom the Lakers picked second overall, writes Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. Discussing what stood out about Russell leading up to the draft, Scott said, “His workouts were extremely good. You saw the leadership qualities that he had. You saw the ability to pass the ball and make other guys better, the ability to get to the basket and the ability to knock down 3s, open jump shots and off-the-dribble shots. He had the total package offensively. Defensively, the one thing I thought he did was he competed.”
Here’s more from out of the Western Conference:
- Unrestricted free agent Glen Davis, who was reportedly garnering strong interest from the Clippers prior to undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments, a cyst, and bone spurs in his left ankle, is expected to resume basketball activities by the end of this month, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports relays (via Twitter).
- Power forward David West knew that he’d be sacrificing playing time as well as money when he signed with the Spurs this past offseason, a move that he hopes will result in him winning an NBA title, Jeff McDonald of The San Antonio Express-News writes. “If I was worried about that stuff, I would have stayed in Indy,” said West, who is coming off the bench for the first time since his second NBA season. “At this stage, it’s just not about that for me.”
- Mavericks camp cut Jarrid Famous has signed with Fujian of China, as the Chinese outlet LeTV reported last week (hat tip to the Altius Culture agency) and as international journalist David Pick confirms (Twitter link). Famous replaces Nikoloz Tskitishvili, who’s now signed to play in Japan and who was reportedly engaged in a dispute with Fujian, the team with which he signed after his brief comeback attempt with the Clippers, notes Sportando’s Emiliano Carchia.
Chuck Myron contributed to this post.