Western Notes: Gasol, Lillard, Williams, Mavs

The latest news and notes around the Western Conference on Friday evening:

  • Robert Silverman of the New York Times wonders what sort of return the Lakers could get if they decided to trade Pau Gasol.
  • Nicole Auerbach of USA Today has a feature on Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and the impact he is having on other players hoping to make it to the NBA from mid-major schools.
  • HoopsWorld.com's Bill Ingram thinks it's too early for the Timberwolves to give up on Derrick Williams.
  • Ingram also thinks the Mavericks will be able to get a couple more high-level seasons out of Dirk Nowitzki.
  • John Reid of the Times-Picayune writes that Hornets coach Monty Williams is urging guard Brian Roberts to shoot more.
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