Southwest Notes: Duncan, Gordon, Jordan

Antonio Daniels, Tim Duncan’s friend and former teammate with the Spurs, has an educated guess as to what the big man will do this summer.  “I would be very surprised if he retired,” said Daniels, according to Jeff McDonald of the Express News. “As long as he’s staying at a level where he feels like he’s relevant and competing, I can’t see it.”  Earlier this week, Manu Ginobili penned an article for an Argentinian outlet in which he said that he’s considering retirement more seriously than ever.  He also said that Duncan’s decision will affect his own. Here’s more from the Southwest..

  • When Eric Gordon was acquired by the Pelicans (née Hornets) in 2011, he was the centerpiece of the deal for New Orleans but never broke out as a star because of injuries.  Now, with the emergence of Tyreke Evans and Anthony Davis, Gordon says he no longer feels the pressure of trying to carry the team by himself, John Reid of The Times-Picayune writes.
  • In a recent chat with readers, Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News posited that despite his reported interest, DeAndre Jordan might have reservations about signing with the Mavericks.  If Jordan were to come to Dallas, Sefko writes that he’d be leaving a team on the doorstep of winning a title in order to join a team with iffy championship chances.
  • Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea recently joined KRLD-105.3 FM and was asked to name the one thing missing from the roster that could help Dallas compete against the best in the West.  “Well I think we got to get more athletic, and I think that’s why [Al-Farouq] Aminu did a great job because he’s athletic,” Barea said, according to “He’s quick. He’s long. He plays hard, with a lot of energy. So I think we got to get more guys like that. But other than that I think if we keep the same group together, we’re going to have a good chance.”

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