Odds & Ends: Rondo, Dragic, Speights, Rumors

With seven NBA games on the docket for Monday night, here are some odds and ends from around the Association:

  • J.J. Redick has made Orlando his home and hopes to stay, he told Michael Scotto of RealGM.  But Redick also realizes that trade speculation is inevitable and therefore has stayed in close contact with his agent and the Magic general manager Rob Hennigan.
  • Ben Golliver of Blazers Edge provides a transcript of an interview of Neil Olshey in which the Blazers GM discusses his team's roster and potential future moves.
  • Andrei Kirilenko handpicked Minnesota as his destination this offseason because he found the roster intriguing as well as conducive to his game.  Unfortunately, due to the Timberwolves' long list of injuries, Kirilenko has yet to find out if his vision was as good as it seemed this offseason, writes Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.
  • Danny Ainge said that he fully expect Rajon Rondo to be ready for training camp come October, tweets Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.  How realistic that truly is will go a long way in determining the Celtics' next move.
  • Despite sitting at 15-30 and in last place in the Pacific division, the Suns have a reason for optimism in Goran Dragic, writes Derek Page of HoopsWorld.  Dragic, Page says, is the most important piece of Phoenix's rebuilding plans. 
  • We've already heard that Marreese Speights could be moved before the trade deadline despite rumors that the Cavaliers have coveted him for years.  The Plain Dealer rounds up some Speights-related buzz, linking to a Sam Amico article that says whether the team keeps Speights depends on whether it can do so without sacrificing its financial flexibility.  Amico, of Fox Sports Ohio, says that Speights will likely opt out of his deal after the season and seek a payday. 
  • Sean Deveney of Sporting News addresses several popular rumors that are floating around the NBA of late, the most notable of which include Rudy Gay, Paul Pierce and Pau Gasol.

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