Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles looked at some specific names that could surface on the Lakers' radar if Ramon Sessions is not on the roster next season, mentioning Aaron Brooks, Raymond Felton, and Kirk Hinrich as guards who could be available for the team's mini mid-level exception. You can read more of tonight's miscellaneous links here, including rumblings about Atlanta's offseason activity, a minor update on Derrick Rose, and an in-depth look at Charlotte's new head coach…
- Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld (via Twitter) clarified that the Lakers' traded player's exception (from the Lamar Odom deal) can only be used to acquire a free agent in a sign-and-trade, and not as a means of re-signing their own free agents.
- Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio writes that the Hawks are looking to improve their draft position, and one GM said that the team has dangled Josh Smith and Marvin Williams as potential trading chips. Amico also adds that Jamal Crawford, Ray Allen, and Alonzo Gee are possible free agent targets for Atlanta.
- According to an ESPN Chicago report, Derrick Rose's rehabilitation process appears to be going well, and the 23-year-old guard visited Dr. James Andrews in Alabama just to have him take a look at his surgically repaired knee. Dr. Andrews is a renowned surgeon and has worked on many athletes.
- Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago (Twitter link) believes that Bulls GM Gar Foreman has placed a high priority on keeping Omer Asik.
- Stephen Brotherston of HoopsWorld explores what direction the Celtics should go at this point. Boston will have nearly $27 MM in cap space to work with this summer and will have a lot of questions to answer with regards to free agency.
- David Scott of The Charlotte Observer gives a closer look at the background of Mike Dunlap, the newly hired head coach of the Bobcats.
- Eddie Sefko of SportsDay DFW continued the countdown of top 10 free agents who could help the Mavericks, examining Chauncey Billups at number six.