Odds & Ends: Harkless, Clark, Bynum, Oladipo

With only five games on the NBA schedule for Tuesday night, let's round up some odds and ends from around the league here:

  • Now getting extended minutes, Magic rookie Maurice Harkless – acquired from Philadelphia in the Dwight Howard trade – has begun to show the skills that made him the 15th overall selecton last June, writes Josh Robbins of Orlando Sentinel.  Coupled with the pleasant surprise that is Nikola Vucevic, Harkless' development makes the haul that Orlando received for Howard look better and better, especially considering past deals involving a departing superstar.
  • Another forgotten piece of the Howard deal, Earl Clark has thrived since joining the Lakers, writes Josh Newman of Zags Blog.  Now in his fourth year out of Lousiville, Clark has seen his minutes double in Los Angeles. 
  • Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops calls the Pistons' Will Bynum a prime trade target, mentioning the Thunder as an ideal candidates for a match.  With James Harden in Houston and Eric Maynor and Reggie Jackson unlikely solutions to spelling Russell Westbrook, Sheridan says Bynum would be a better pick up for Oklahoma City than Derek Fisher was a year ago. 
  • Scheduled for June 27, the NBA Draft is just less than five months away.  But as the NCAA calendar moves towards March, draft talk should start to heat up.  Jeff Goodman, CBS Sports' NCAA guru, provides his updated prospect rankings as well as a mock draft
  • Three days following Indiana's thrilling win over No. 1 Michigan, Draft Express publishes a scouting report on Hoosiers' guard Victor Oladipo.  Previously thought to be a defensive specialist, the ultra-athletic Oladipo has nearly ensured himself a first round grade with a breakout offensive performance as a junior.

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