Odds & Ends: Varejao, Olympics, Hornets, Spurs

Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao has seen his name pop up in trade rumors this month, mostly in connection with a possible three-team Dwight Howard trade.  However, the Brazilian says that the speculation doesn’t bother him, tweets Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.  “There’s nothing that I can do. If they trade me, they trade me,” Varejao said.  Here’s more from around the Association..

  • Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tells told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter) that “…the Olympics are a huge for-profit endeavor. It makes no sense that NBA owners subsidize it.”  An NBA GM agreed with Cuban’s assessment, suggesting that players shouldn’t have their salaries guaranteed in the event of injuries in the Olympic games (Twitter link).
  • Hornets owner Tom Benson is hoping to raise the club’s profile to the level of his New Orleans Saints, writes Peter Finney of The Times-Picayune.  The Hornets sold 10,000 season tickets last season and Benson has an ambitious goal of selling 17,000 for the upcoming year.
  • Mark Nugent of HoopsWorld runs down the best remaining free agents by position.  The best player left on the open market, he writes, is arguably forward Carl Landry.
  • Raul Barrigon of HoopsHype caught up with Hall Of Famer David Robinson to discuss Tim Duncan‘s new contract, the Spurs‘ knack for finding international talent, and the Dream Team.

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