Western Notes: Tucker, Draft, Spurs

P.J. Tucker is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but is expected to be back with the Suns, writes Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic. Speaking about the free agent process, Tucker said, “It’s always kind of crazy. You don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t think teams know all the time when another team is going to jump out there. I’m excited to go through it. I don’t know what their (the Suns’) direction is. I know I had great years and that they like me, but they might look another direction. It’s a business. Always has been, always will be. Maybe they draft a player who they think can do what I do at my position. Maybe they move on, maybe they don’t. I don’t know. I’m excited to see, though.

More from the wild west:

  • The NBA is a copycat league, and the success of the Spurs will spark many imitators, writes Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post. Dempsey analyzes how the franchise does business and opines on how difficult it will be for other teams to follow suit.
  • The Timberwolves were “pleasantly surprised” by Adreian Payne‘s performance during his pre-draft workout with the team, and are considering taking him with the 13th pick, reports Enea Trapani of Sportando.
  • With three first-round picks, the Suns are poised to be big players on draft night. Adi Joseph of USA Today looks at the team’s needs. Joseph opines the team should look to add a small forward and a backup point guard with their selections.
  • In a separate article Joseph looks at the draft needs of the Warriors, who currently don’t have any picks that night. Their two biggest priorities are at center and point guard.
  • Joseph also looks at the draft needs of the Clippers in a different piece. According to Joseph, the team has needs at center, point guard, and small forward.

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