Western Notes: Brooks, Nuggets, Granger

After a long, frustrating stretch to begin the season, Donatas Motiejunas is happy to be getting extended playing time for the first time, he tells Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. In his second NBA season, Motiejunas has continued to work and prove that he belongs: “It’s much harder when you get no attention when you’re working day-by-day really hard. That was happening for the most part of the season, almost half of the season. Right now, I get my chance. Whatever it takes, I try not to blow it away.” Here’s more from the Western Conference:

  • Aaron Brooks told Aaron J. Lopez of Nuggets.com that he declined the deal that sent him to the Nuggets last week before changing his mind and waiving his no-trade clause: “I have a lot of family and friends in Houston. I was there almost five years total in my career. The connection I have with them was real close. It’s funny because I actually declined (the trade) at first and then went back and thought about it and OK’d it. Denver’s an up-and-coming team. They have talent and I thought it was a good opportunity.”
  • Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post thinks the Nuggets made the right choice in keeping their roster mostly intact through last week’s trade deadline. Dempsey doesn’t think the team that has been ravaged by injuries could improve much through trades this season, and was wise to take more time to evaluate its young players through the summer and hope to add a difference maker with a lottery pick in the draft.
  • Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reiterated that the Clippers and Spurs are the top suitors for Danny Granger following his buyout. Stein and Shelburne say the Clippers have the edge, since they can offer more playing time to Granger. The report also notes that Granger has an offseason home in Los Angeles. 
  • Shelburne also says that the Clippers are not a lock since Granger wants to keep the process open, although Granger’s representatives were present at the Clippers/Rockets game to meet with Los Angeles officials (Twitter links). Shelburne adds that the Rockets’ push to sign Granger could have something to do with his representatives’ presence.
  • Clippers coach Doc Rivers said that he would take part in recruiting Granger, per a tweet from Arash Markazi of ESPN LA.
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