The second, third and fourth overall picks in the 2001 draft (Tyson Chandler, Pau Gasol, and now Eddy Curry) have won titles in consecutive years since 2009, HoopsHype notes (via Twitter). The draft's top pick, Kwame Brown, continues to wait. Here's tonight's look around the Association..
- There's a strong possibility that former Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh will return to the franchise in some capacity, sources tell Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star (via Twitter). Wells tweets that things are expected to become clearer next week once owner Herb Simon returns for meetings.
- Agent Tolga Tugsavul says that even though client Semih Erden has appealing opportunities overseas, the center hopes to stay in the NBA, writes Jorge Sierra of HoopsHype. The 25-year-old big man averaged 3.5 PPG and 2.6 RPG for the Cavs last season.
- Kevin Jones‘ agent Bill Neff says that the West Virginia standout has a first-round guarantee in Thursday's draft, writes Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog. However, Neff admits that no promise is ever a sure thing. “A team in the first round has committed to him,” Neff said. “The question is, what does that mean? I never trust anything other than what happens on draft night."
- Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com doesn't see anything wrong with the Warriors kicking the tires on Brandon Roy. Earlier today, Golden State GM Bob Myers wouldn't rule out pursuing the veteran.
- This year's draft class doesn't have a whole lot of sure fire prospects, opines Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.