Odds & Ends: Miller, Neal, Cavs, Warriors

In a radio appearance this morning with William Qualkinbush on WCCP-FM in Clemson, South Carolina, I praised the Pacers‘ acquisition of Evan Turner and deemed the inability of the Suns to find a taker for Emeka Okafor and his expiring contract a missed opportunity. There’s plenty more reaction to Thursday’s trade deadline amid our latest look around the NBA:

  • The Nuggets are relieved to move on from the Andre Miller situation, writes Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post.  For his part, GM Tim Connelly took the high road when discussing the 37-year-old guard.  “There’s always going to be issues that pop up,” said Connelly. “There’s no villain here. Unfortunately what happened, happened. We have to have the full support of our coach. I think it’s important that everyone understands that is Brian (Shaw)‘s locker room. (Miller) was out of character. He’s a pro. I’m sure he’s excited to move on to D.C. and help that team make a playoff push.
  • Gary Neal didn’t see a whole lot of playing time with the Bucks and head coach Larry Drew acknowledged that the rapid progress of rookie Nate Wolters was partially responsible for that, writes Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinel.  Neal will now hope to see more burn with the Bobcats.
  • GM David Griffin says the Cavs will “take a swing at someone” in an effort to fill the open roster spot that Thursday’s trade created, notes Bob Finnan of The News-Journal.
  • The Warriors would have more interest in Earl Clark than Glen Davistweets Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group. Both hit waivers today and should become free agents on Sunday.
  • The Hawks have recalled Jared Cunningham from the D-League, the team announced. The 24th overall pick in 2012 has made 22 appearances for the Bakersfield Jam this year and only five for Atlanta.

Zach Links contributed to this post.

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3 thoughts on “Odds & Ends: Miller, Neal, Cavs, Warriors

  1. Z....

    I’m super surprised the Suns didnt do anything. They had Okafor’s contract and 4 1st round picks. I thought for sure they were going to get a star or at least a really good role player. Thaddeus Young could have been interesting, but maybe they would have wanted someone with a little better outside shot. Sill, there had to be someone out there for them to go out and get. Its not like it kills them to keep their picks and Okafor’s expiring contract, so we’ll see how things go in the summer

    • HoopsRumors

      Yeah, there are never guarantees at the deadline, but I thought the Suns making a trade was as close to a lock as it gets. I think it shows how the value of expiring contracts has really declined. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Okafor get dealt at the draft.



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