Odds & Ends: Fratello, Draft, Wright

Mike Fratello, who is in charge of Ukraine's national team at EuroBasket, believes that now is the time for a European head coach to break the barrier and take the reins of an NBA team, writes Mark Woods for ESPN.com. "It will take a GM from somewhere who has a very understanding owner, a GM believing and trusting in the person that he's going to select and convincing his owner to trust that this guy can coach," the veteran coach said. Italian coach Ettore Messina has been linked to several jobs in recent years – including the Nets and Hawks – but he remains overseas.  Here's more from around the Association..

  • Eric Pincus of HoopsWorld runs down the picks that have changed hands in the 2014 Draft.  The Jazz, Magic, and Celtics are all guaranteed multiple first-round picks, meaning that they're not dependent on anyone else's performance in 2013/14.  Meanwhile, the Suns have their fingers crossed that they'll wind up with three first round picks in the talent rich draft.
  • Tommy Dee of Ridiculous Upside explains why Chris Wright is ready to stick with the Raptors.  The athletic tweener showed that he has talent in his time in the D-League, but he'll be going against guards Julyan Stone and Carlos Morais for the 15th and final spot.  Of course, the Raptors could also roll with 14 players to start the season.
  • Last week, Hoops Rumors debuted the brand new International Player Movement Tracker with the help of Mark Porcaro of Secret Rival.  Be sure to check it out today.

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