The Southwest Division's only sub-.500 finisher may not have been the most buzz-worthy team on the court, but that's changed this summer now that the Hornets hold two top-ten picks in the draft. While Anthony Davis is a lock to be picked first overall, we still don't know what the Hornets plan to do with pick No. 10. Last night, we heard that GM Dell Demps and the front office will continue to explore all their options and will make a deal "if it makes sense." Here are a few more notes out of the Southwest….
- According to David Lord and Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com, the Mavericks are exploring a way to push back the decision date on Lamar Odom's non-guaranteed deal. If the Mavs can wait until July rather than June, Lord and Fisher explain, a trade with the Lakers becomes a possibility. I'm a little skeptical that the Lakers would have interest in re-acquiring Odom via trade, but delaying the June 29th deadline can only help the Mavs.
- The Rockets received confirmation from the league that they can officially sign last year's first-rounder Donatas Motiejunas as early as July 1st, rather than waiting for the July moratorium to end, says Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
- The Spurs' Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili aren't about to listen to Charles Barkley's suggestion to retire, writes Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express-News.