Odds & Ends: Rockets, Magic, Whiteside

Jan Hubbard of Sheridan Hoops offered his reflections on the biggest stories of the NBA offseason, including the Lakers' fleecing of the Magic in the Dwight Howard trade.  New General Manager Rob Hennigan obviously wasn't working from a position of strength when he made the deal and wound up getting players taken at at 15, 16, 25, 27, 30 and 37 in their respective drafts in exchange for the league's best center.  Here's more from around the Association..

  • Rockets coach Kevin McHale told Jason Friedman of Rockets.com that he plans on playing an inside-out game with the team as currently constructed.  We looked at part one of Friedman's interview with McHale yesterday.
  • In an interview with HoopsWorld, Hassan Whiteside disclosed that he has a workout set with the Timberwolves for this week.  Minnesota is on the lookout for free agent bigs and reportedly watched the 7-footer in Houston as a part of John Lucas' camp last month.
  • While the Clippers' hire of Gary Sacks as General Manager may seem like an uninspired choice from the outside, it was actually a smart one given his support throughout the organization, writes Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com.  Sacks picked up major endorsements from players this offseason, including star forward Blake Griffin.
  • Bill Ingram of HoopsWorld (via Twitter) doesn't believe that Tracy McGrady could help the Bobcats as he is more of a distraction than a savvy veteran that can help young players.  The Bobcats are reportedly looking at McGrady and may work him out sometime soon.

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