Odds & Ends: Maggette, Kirilenko, Harrington

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban spoke about his team's offseason moves during the broadcast of a summer league game on Friday, reports Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News. Cuban expressed lament over Dallas' inability to sign Deron Williams, but is confident that his roster has a strong young nucleus heading into next season. "… We can keep these guys, let them jell and play together, build around Dirk and have room for hopefully someone to come or to trade or whatever happens." Here's the latest news and happenings from around the league…

  • Corey Maggette says he's ready to mentor the younger players on the Pistons roster after arriving in Detroit via trade from Charlotte this offseason, writes Stephen Brotherston of HoopsWorld. The 32-year-old former Duke star's benefit to the franchise will be to serve as a leader for head coach Lawrence Frank both on and off the court. "I am very happy to be there," Maggette said. "I have been following the team for a long time going back to the Detroit Pistons with the ‘Bad Boys’ and Joe Dumars, who is the president right now. This is a great opportunity."
  • Nets general manager Billy King told FOX Sports Radio on Saturday that Brooklyn is in talks with Andrei Kirilenko to fill one of its two remaining roster spots, according to NetsDaily.com. King said Kirilenko looked strong while playing in Europe and would be a good fit for the Nets at the forward position. "We got a couple guys we're talking to. Nazr Mohammed is visiting now in New Jersey with his wife. We'd like to sign him as a back-up and then … We're talking to Kirilenko."
  • Nuggets forward Al Harrington spoke to InsideHoops.com about his recovery from three different surgeries and his hopes to be healthy enough to play on opening night of the regular season.

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