Southwest Notes: Douglas, Kazemi, Pachulia

Toney Douglas new contract with the Pelicans covers two years, with the second year non-guaranteed, tweets Michael Scotto of SheridanHoops. New Orleans signed the 29-year-old guard Friday after waiving Nate Robinson. This is the second stint with the Pelicans for Douglas, who signed two 10-day contracts and a multiyear deal with the team last season. However, the Pelicans waived him in July to avoid guaranteeing his salary for this season.  Douglas cleared waivers earlier this week after being released by the Pacers.

There’s more from the Southwest Division:

  • Arsalan Kazemi, who was with the Rockets briefly this preseason, will play overseas rather than in the D-League, tweets Calvin Watkins of Kazemi was waived last week after being claimed on waivers from the Hawks on October 12th.  He appeared in one preseason game with Houston.
  • Dirk Nowitzki is a already a huge fan of new teammate Zaza Pachulia, tweets Tim MacMahon of Pachulia, who came to Dallas in a July trade with the Bucks, had 10 points and 10 rebounds in his first game with the Mavericks“I don’t think I’ve played with a smarter center than he is,” Nowitzki said.
    “Just making smart plays, setting good picks, getting guys open. He’s a good passer for his size and just makes really, really smart plays.”
  • The Grizzlies know what to expect from their core starters, but their level of success could depend on complementary players, writes Chris Herrington of The Commercial Appeal. Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and Tony Allen are established after playing in 279 games together entering this season, according to Herrington, but it’s the contribution of other players, such as offseason addition Brandan Wright, who could determine if Memphis makes a serious run at the title.
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