Odds & Ends: Ariza, Clippers, Brooks, Cavs, Draft

Trevor Ariza isn't giving much thought to a would-be trade that almost sent him to the Clippers at the deadline, as he tells Michael Lee of the Washington Post"Can’t really worry about that kind of stuff," the veteran swingman said. "I really don’t think about it. If it would’ve happened, cool. If it didn’t, even better. I’m not. . . . I like it here. Especially now that Im playing better and were starting to win games. Im not really worried about anything."  Here's more from around the Association as Sunday turns into Monday..

  • Kings decision maker Geoff Petrie struck out in the 2012 offseason, writes Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee.  The Kings gave guard Aaron Brooks a two-year, $6.6MM deal only to buy him out of his deal last week.
  • Speaking of Brooks, the Cavs could conceivably claim him off of waivers after parting ways with Josh Selby earlier today, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN.com.  However, his $3MM+ player option for next season could be enough to dissuade them from the signing (Twitter link).
  • The Cavs may also pass on Brooks in order to give Dion Waiters room to grow as a guard, tweets Sam Amick of USA Today.
  • Some NBA scouts like to downplay the talent in the draft each year, but a vast number are steadfast in terming this year's class as the worst in several decades, according to Ric Bucher of 95.7 The Game (on Sulia).  At this stage, there's consensus No. 1 pick and no real distinction between the first tier of talent and the second.

Chuck Myron contributed to this post.

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