Southwest Links: Boykins, Thomas, Hornets, Mavs

With the Mavericks in action in Orlando and the Rockets hosting the Grizzlies, here is a look at some links from the Southwest division:

  • Tim Griffin of the San Antonio Express-News provides some interesting Spurs tidbits centering on how the international play of Patrick Mills and Boris Diaw helped to lead the two recent additions to San Antonio.
  • NBA sources have told Fox 26 in Houston that the Rockets are likely to retain guard Earl Boykins and forward Malcolm Thomas after their 10-day contracts expire, tweets Mark Berman.  Boykins signed his contract on March 26 and Thomas signed his on March 27.
  • Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated thoroughly examines the state of the Hornets franchise, which is expected to be sold by the NBA in the coming weeks in a deal that will keep the team in New Orleans until at least 2024.  Thomsen says the Hornets are headed towards profitability and he also delves into the vetoed Chris Paul trade. 
  • Jason Terry's comments aside, there was some other news after the Mavericks Thursday night loss in Miami.  ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon writes that Lamar Odom has shown signs of effectiveness lately for Dallas.  With Delonte West back in the lineup, the duo could provide a much needed boost down the stretch. 
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