Odds & Ends: Rose, Williams, Kobe, Melo, Dirk

It’s deja vu for the Bulls as they’ll be without Derrick Rose for a while.  The question now is whether they should keep this gang together in hopes of putting it all together late in the season upon Rose’s return, or cut bait and begin repurposing, writes Zach Lowe of Grantland.  Breaking the team up could also have the added benefit of lightening this season’s tax bill in the process.  Here’s more from around the Association..

  • The Nets were linked to Derrick Williams before he was shipped to the Kings earlier tonight, but team sources tell Fred Kerber of the New York Post (on Twitter) that they weren’t among the interested clubs.
  • Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com looks at how Kobe Bryant‘s new deal affects Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.  Melo will hit the open market after the 2013/14 season and Los Angeles has been linked to him for quite some time.  The question now is, will Anthony still be attracted to L.A. now that they likely would have to fill out the roster with minimum salary retreads.
  • Meanwhile, Brad Townsend of the Dallas News wonders what an extension for Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki might look like in the wake of Kobe’s new deal.
  • Heat veteran Rashard Lewis gave serious thought to retiring, but he’s very happy with his choice to continue, writes Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.  Lewis thought he was finished, but he now finds himself as a significant contributor in Miami.

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