Odds & Ends: Blazers, Hibbert, Bulls, Farmar

Tonight we saw the 76ers and Celtics advance to the second round in a pair of closely-contested Game 6s.  Here are some links from around the Association as we wait to see if the Lakers can put the Nuggets away in Denver..

  • The Blazers hope to bring former first-round picks Joel Freeland and Victor Claver on to the roster for next season, writes Joe Freeman of The Oregonian.
  • The Rockets could have interest in Pacers big man Roy Hibbert as he enters restricted free agency, writes Bill Ingram of HoopsWorld.  However, it seems that Indiana is prepared to match any offer that isn't unreasonable.
  • When asked if the Bulls should keep their core in tact this summer, Joakim Noah responded, "I'm not the GM," tweets Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com.
  • Nets guard Jordan Farmar wants to be a starter and wasn't terribly happy with his role last season, tweets Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.  However, it's unlikely that Farmar will decline his $4.25MM player option.
  • Most agree that the Pistons' main need in the draft is another big man to pair alongside center Greg Monroe, but team president Joe Dumars says that isn't neccessarily the case, writes Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.  Ellis writes that it wouldn't be a shock to see Detroit tab a shooter like North Carolina's Harrison Barnes if they don't like any of the big men on the board.
  • One Western Conference exec told Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio (via Twitter) that there is no way that Columbus will land an NBA franchise.  Earlier today, we learned that the mayor of Columbus has informed David Stern that his city is interested in adding an NBA team.
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