Odds & Ends: Pacers, Valanciunas, Wallace, Kidd

Let's consolidate all the odds and ends from Sunday night in this post:

  • Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York reports, via Twitter, that Mike Bibby likely won't sign with a team before the start of training camps.  The veteran point guard does expect to sign somewhere, however, but not the Knicks and we heard yesterday, probably not the Celtics.
  • Ben Golliver of CBS Sports provides his offseason report for the Clippers.  Golliver says that after decades where the goal was to not screw up their draft, the Clippers were able to employ a more competitive approach of acquiring established veterans to fit around Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
  • Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman outlines the roster changes and season outlook for each team in the Northwest division, including the hometown Thunder.
  • The Kamenetzky brothers of ESPN Los Angeles discuss via video who has the most to gain and the most to lose on the bolstered roster of the Lakers.

Earlier updates:

  • The staff at HoopsWorld puts together their season preview on the Pacers.  All five of their writers selected the Pacers to win the Central Division, a year after finishing second behind the Bulls.  Lacking the star power of the Heat, Indiana will need popular breakout candidate Paul George to fulfill his potential if they want to go deep into the playoffs. 
  • Raptors Lithuanian prospect Jonas Valanciunas injured his left foot, reports the Toronto Sun.  After Toronto used the fifth pick in last year's draft on him, Valanciunas enters his first NBA season with a ton of hype.  The seven footer was spotted with a walking boot, though all indications are that it is a minor injury.
  • Keith Schlosser of the Knicks Journal gives his take on the news that Rasheed Wallace is being considered by the Knicks.  If that move comes to fruition, Wallace would be joining a roster full of late 30-somethings.  Jason Kidd, in this NBA.com video, seems confident that the supplemental pieces that the team added could put them over the top. 

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