Let's check in on a few Wednesday items out of the Pacific Division….
- John Salmons, who had been an amnesty candidate this summer, wasn't sure he'd back with the Kings, as he tells Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee. "A little bit," Salmons said, when asked if he was surprised to be back. "I can't lie about that… I'm good with being here, but I am a little surprised."
- Andrew Bogut, who hopes to play a full 82-game slate for the Warriors this season, would also like to stay with the team beyond 2014, as he tells Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News. Bogut admitted that there hadn't been extension talks with the team yet, but suggested he'd welcome them: "I like the organization, I like the direction, I like the owners, I love the coaches, I love the players."
- The next few weeks will be crucial for Kendall Marshall's future, according to Bob Young of the Arizona Republic, who writes that the Suns may decline the 2014/15 option on Marshall if they don't see enough from him during camp and the preseason.
- Eric Bledsoe of the Suns and Marcus Thornton of the Kings are among the players on Zach Lowe's All-Intriguing team in his latest piece for Grantland.com.