It was quantity over quality for Northwest Division clubs in the 2013 draft. None of them landed anyone picked higher than ninth, with Trey Burke heading to the Jazz, but seven of the 30 first-round picks wound up with Northwest teams, including two each for the Jazz, Timberwolves and Thunder. The only team from the division not to come away with a first-rounder was the Nuggets, who wound up with a pair of players from the second round. Here's more from the Northwest:
- LaMarcus Aldridge isn't completely sure he wants a trade, but if he is dealt, he would reportedly prefer to go to the Bulls. Unless the Blazers are willing to accept Carlos Boozer or Luol Deng in return, it's unlikely Aldridge ends up in the Windy City, writes K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
- Eric Maynor didn't get a qualifying offer from the Blazers, but that move was expected and both team and player expressed interest in a reunion via unrestricted free agency. The drafting of C.J. McCollum is a much stronger sign that Maynor won't be back, according to The Oregonian's Joe Freeman.
- Tim Leighton of the St. Paul Pioneer Press examines the uncertainty surrounding Andrei Kirilenko's pending decision on his $10.2MM player option for next season and speculates on possible free agent fits for the Wolves. He lists O.J. Mayo, J.J. Redick, Kevin Martin, Kyle Korver and Marco Belinelli as possible targets.