Odds & Ends: Howard, Walsh, Olympics

Cavs assistant general manager David Griffin has pulled his name out of consideration for the Clippers' general manager position, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com. Griffin spoke with officials from the Clippers organization while in Chicago for pre-draft camp but reportedly doesn't feel like now is the right time to make a career move. The Clippers have only formally interviewed former Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe for the opening after Neil Olshey left Los Angeles to take the same position with the Trail Blazers. Here are a few more stories and headlines from around the league…

  • Don't look for Dwight Howard to stay with the Rockets beyond this season if the center is traded to Houston, writes NBA.com's David Aldridge. The All-Star is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2013 and will seemingly look to sign with the Nets, especially if Deron Williams remains employed by the franchise.
  • Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News says Donnie Walsh has taken a job with the Pacers and will lead the team's free agency efforts this summer. The move shouldn't affect Larry Bird's status with the organization as general manager David Morway still appears to be the odd man out.
  • The effects of a condensed NBA season can be felt by Team USA as numerous stars will be absent in London, writes Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times. Dwyane Wade may potentially be added to list of players unable to play during the Olympics, which already includes Howard and Derrick Rose, among others.
  • Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld considers the future of eight players who could find themselves with a new team at some point over the next few days.


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