Pacific Notes: Kings, Paul, Johnson

The Pacific Division figures to produce plenty of speculation heading into the draft. The Warriors and Lakers are potential landing spots for Kevin Love, and the Suns could turn their abundance of draft assets into an impact player to get them to the next level. Here’s a roundup of notes out of the division:

  • A Sacramento judge threw out a lawsuit challenging the recently approved plans to build a new arena for the Kings, reports Dale Kasler of The Sacramento Bee. The opposition to the plans will continue via other legal strategies, but the plans don’t appear to face any substantial threat to be overturned.
  • In an Insider-only piece, Larry Coon of looks at the NBPA’s precarious position regarding the Donald Sterling situation. Coon thinks aggressive moves by the union under president Chris Paul‘s direction would be risky, but that the star’s legacy could be damaged if he doesn’t do enough should Sterling continue to own the Clippers into next season.
  • Dave McMenamin of reviews Wesley Johnson‘s season with the Lakers. McMenamin suggests the unrestricted free agent has a chance at re-signing with Los Angeles thanks to his potential and sharing an agent with Kobe Bryant, but wonders if the team will be convinced Johnson will ever turn into a consistent role player.

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