Odds & Ends: Warriors, Curry, Kirilenko, Rivers

Saturday night linkage..

  • Coach Avery Johnson says that it is now noticably easier to recruit free agents to the Nets since the move to Brooklyn, writes Roderick Boone of Newsday.  Veteran Gerald Wallace noted that this is the most talented team that he has been on since his time in Sacramento.
  • Stephen Curry and the Warriors agreed to table contract talks until after the preseason  are through and coach Mark Jackson will sit the guard for one of the first two games in order to rest his ankle, writes Rusty Simmons of The San Francisco Chronicle.  On the surface, it may seem like a conflict of interest to bench the guard as he looks to prove his value, but Curry says that he doesn't see it that way.
  • Andrei Kirilenko declined to comment on how close he may have been to joining the Nets this offseason but did acknowledge that he was in touch with Mikhail Prokhorov when he played for his Russian team years ago, writes Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com.  The forward was a member of CSKA Moscow from 1998 to 2001 before making the jump to the NBA.
  • Jimmy Smith of The Times-Picayune looks at how Greivis Vasquez, battling rookie Austin Rivers for the Hornets starting point guard job, is gaining trust in New Orleans.

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