Odds & Ends: Bledsoe, Cuban, Gortat

Yannis Koutroupis of Basketball Insiders runs down six things you need to know about the Suns, including their enviable cap position.  While some might think that Phoenix would have a hard time landing big free agents, Eric Bledsoe is the kind of guy who other elite players will want to play with because he’s a fierce competitor and unselfish.  It also helps that Jeff Hornacek is a player’s coach, being a former player himself.

  • Can an NBA owner do a sufficient job while living on the other side of the world?  No, says Mavs owner Mark Cuban, according to Tim Bontemps of the New York Post.  “Absolutely not,” Cuban said.  “Hypothetically speaking — and this only applies to individuals 6-foot-5 and under — you can’t,” Cuban said as an obvious shot at 6-foot-7 Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. “That’s why I sit so close. It’s like trying to run a company and not being able to go to the sales meetings, not being able to go to the customer service meetings or the support meeting.”
  • The Hawks announced that they have recalled guard Jared Cunningham from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.  Cunningham, who was re-assigned to Bakersfield on January 1st, has averaged 15.2 points, 4.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 29.8 minutes in 17 games (14 starts) over three stints with the Jam this season. He has appeared in three games with the Hawks this year and will be available tonight at Milwaukee.  To keep up with all of this year’s D-League assignments and recalls, check out our running list.
  • Wizards big man Marcin Gortat says he looks back on his time with the Suns fondly, writes Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.  Gortat has also found a nice home for himself in Washington and the Wizards are very interested in locking him up long-term.
  • Scott Rafferty of Ridiculous Upside has a breakdown of P.J. Hairston’s 40 point performance for the D-League’s Texas Legends.  The former UNC standout figures to be a first-rounder in the 2014 draft and could vault himself up the board with more performances like that one.
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