Odds & Ends: Williams, Lorbek, Thunder

With the Grizzlies looking to stay alive in Los Angeles against the Clippers tonight, it sounds like Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will play.  Here are some links from around the league as we wait for that contest to get underway:

  • While we don't yet know who will be the Trail Blazers' new general manager or head coach, we do know who will not be their assistant coach.  Chris Haynes from CSNNW.com reports that the team will not renew Buck Williams' deal, as they will let the new head coach choose his own staff. 
  • Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress tweets that the Spurs signing 6-foot-10 center Erazem Lorbek is "very close to being a done deal."  The Spurs acquired the rights to Lorbek via a 2011 draft day trade with the Pacers for George Hill.  The Spurs figure to be desperate for size this summer, and bringing Lorbek over from the Spanish League could prove pivotal.
  • HOOPSWORLD's Tommy Beer gives his take on a question we posed several weeks ago:  Long term, should the Thunder pair Serge Ibaka or James Harden with their already-dynamic duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook?  Ideally Oklahoma City would like to keep both promising youngsters, but given their emergence as impact players that doesn't seem likely.
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