Pacific Notes: Barbosa, Hill, Warriors, Suns

We heard earlier this week that former Suns guard Leandro Barbosa, who finished last season in Indiana, had spoken with the Suns, the Nets and the Lakers about his destination this year.  The Nets roster looks set at guard, and yesterday it looked like the Suns weren't interested either.  We will keep an eye on the Lakers' interest in Barbosa, but in the meantime let's round up all things Pacific Division:

  • We learned yesterday that Dwight Howard will not be ready for the Lakers first preseason game in early October.  According to Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers will likely shift Pau Gasol to center and insert Jordan Hill into the starting power forward spot in Howard's absence.  The uncertainty that the Lakers face with Howard's back problems makes their ability to keep Gasol in the deal look even better, if that is possible. 
  • Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area hosted a Warriors chat today.  Among the topics covered are the expectations for Andrew Bogut in his first year in Oakland, Stephen Curry's future with the Warriors as well as newcomer Harrison Barnes' rookie role. 
  • Paul Coro from the Arizona Republic checks up on the Suns as we get closer to the starting of training camp.  He says the only three players who haven't shown their face in Phoenix of late are Jermaine O'Neal, Marcin Gortat and Michael Beasley.  In addition to a Beasley update, Coro says their is word that Goran Dragic, Markieff Morris and Kendall Marshall look good.  He also reiterates what we heard yesterday, that Leandro Barbosa's interest in coming back to Phoenix is one-sided.

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