Odds & Ends: Howard, Korver, Thunder

The Lakers are in limbo as they await Dwight Howard's free agent decision, writes Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.  The situation isn't entirely new to L.A. though as they went through a similar in 2004 when Kobe Bryant gave some thought to leaving the team but staying in the same building by signing with the Clippers.  Ultimately, an eleventh-hour phone call from the late Jerry Buss kept him in purple-and-gold.  Here's the latest from around the Association..

  • The Nets are among the club's with interest in Kyle Korver but they're far from alone in that, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN.com.  Brooklyn's extremely high payroll also limits them in their pursuit of the free agent sharpshooter.
  • The Thunder's draft was underwhelming to some, but star Kevin Durant likes OKC's haul and believes that most of the criticism comes from  a lack of name recognition, writes Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman.  The Thunder took Pitt center Steven Adams at No. 12, traded up three spots to take Colorado forward Andre Roberson at No. 26, took Alex Abrines out of Spain at No. 32, and acquired Grant Jerrett, originally the 40th pick out of Arizona by Portland.
  • Undrafted free agent Laurence Bowers will play for the Grizzlies' summer league team, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld (on Twitter).  The Missouri forward has promise but is viewed as a tweener.
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