Odds & Ends: Lakers, Nets, Meeks, Blazers

After previously looking at the biggest winners and losers of the NBA offseason, SI.com's Zach Lowe ran down the most intriguing teams of the summer.  Among them are the Nets, who have unquestionably upgraded their roster in the short-term, but may have hampered themselves in the long run.  The Nets now have roughly $65MM committed annually to four players across the next four years and may not be able to build on their roster if they can't swing a deal for Dwight Howard in January.  Here's more from around the Association..

  • A source told HoopsHype (via Twitter) that the Lakers are working out Rashad McCants and 2009 second-round pick Patrick Beverley today.  Beverley, 24, was named MVP of the Eurocup last season.
  • Jodie Meeks' agent, David Bauman, says that his client won't sign for a minimum contract, writes Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times.  Bauman added that there are four or five teams looking at Meeks, including the Lakers.
  • Even though the Blazers have ushered in a rebuilding period, guard Nolan Smith isn't sold on the perception that Portland will be lottery-bound for the second-straight year, writes Lang Greene of HoopsWorld.  Smith also supported Kaleb Canales returning as head coach but expects him to stay on with the organization in an important capacity regardless.
  • Ben Golliver of CBSSports.com likes the Jazz's hire of Dennis Lindsey as their next General Manager and tip his cap to the organization for conducting a swift and productive search for Kevin O'Connor's replacement.

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