Here's a look at the latest out of the Southwest Division..
- We can add the Pelicans to the list of teams that are in the mix for free agent center Greg Oden, tweets Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld. The former No. 1 overall pick is also attracting interest from the Spurs, Mavericks, and Kings.
- Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News explains why the Mavericks would gamble on Oden but not on Andrew Bynum. Oden, of course, will come much cheaper than the new Cavs center and while he's a gamble, he's an affordable gamble.
The latest Morning Tip column from David Aldridge at NBA.com includes an examination of the Mavericks' retooling plan. Aldridge asked one league exec if Dallas could get a decent return for Dirk Nowitzki if they decided to start shopping him. "It is possible," one general manager texted Sunday. "It is a tough set of circumstances to get value…1 year deal, 35/36 year old, big dollar contract, trade rules. The team receiving Dirk would have to be close to the title; does Dirk stay in a year. Mark Cuban and [Mavs GM] Donnie [Nelson] are good at what they do, but they have always been loyal to keeping Dirk."