Western Notes: Vanderbilt, Burks, Drummond, Howard

Nuggets reserve forwards Jarred Vanderbilt and Vlatko Cancar could be the beneficiaries of Mason Plumlee‘s misfortune, according to Mike Singer of the Denver Post.

Plumlee will be out 2-4 weeks with a foot injury. Vanderbilt, a 2018 second-round pick, had played in 13 G League games and four with the NBA club this season. Cancar had appeared in seven Nuggets games entering Wednesday’s action.

“Just find ways, that’s our biggest challenge right now,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said of Plumlee’s injury. “Don’t waste an ounce of energy on the guys that can’t play, let’s figure out who can play and go out there, fight and give ourselves a chance.”

We have more Western Conference news:

  • Alec Burks is the Warriors’ most valuable trade chip and the team is likely to make at least one deal before February’s deadline, Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area relays. The versatile wing, who scored 33 points on Monday, is making just $2.32MM this season. Several teams in recent weeks have expressed interest in Burks, according to Poole.
  • Detroit’s Andre Drummond, Sacramento’s Nemanja Bjelica, Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love and San Antonio’s Jakob Poeltl are potential trade targets for the Mavericks, Callie Caplan of the Dallas Morning News writes. The Mavs are seeking help in the wake of Dwight Powell‘s season-ending injury.
  • In an unusual decision for a player of his age, Dwight Howard has decided to participate in the Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star weekend, according to a league press release. Howard, who has turned into a valuable member of the Lakers’ bench, participated in three previous dunk contests early in his career but hasn’t been in one since 2009.
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12 thoughts on “Western Notes: Vanderbilt, Burks, Drummond, Howard

  1. david

    Highly doubt mavs trade for kevin love… even though he be a perfect fit… just that contract though…

    • spinach

      Contract is fine, everything is inflated in the league. You have to fill out your roster somehow- not every deal will be an amazing “value”- just get good players and be happy with that.

      • specialfriedrice

        Sorry but a generous estimate of a 25% cap hit for one guy is not ‘fine’.

        But in a nutshell he is a good fit, if you go for the ignore D approach.

  2. stevep-4

    Are they going to give Howard some if those shoes with springs in the soles?

  3. Tazza

    I know it’s not on subject but with the Suns falling off the pace after their hot start, they now sit 3 wins from the 8th seed and 3 loses from second to last in the West. Do they plan on making a trade to get better or making a trade to semi tank in order to get a better pick?

    Personally I think if they should target either Aaron Gordon or Julius Randle. I’d throw both teams a package of:
    Tyler Johnson, Dario Saric and a second round pick

    You clear salary with Johnson, get Saric to see if he’s worth paying and get a pick. Meanwhile the Suns get to build a young core of Booker 23, Oubre 24, Bridges 23, Ayton 21, Johnson 23 and either Gordon 24 or Randle 25.

    For Randle you could also try pinch DSJ aswell, he would be a cheap, high upside, back up point guard.

    They could also swap Aaron Baynes for Jerome Robinson from the Clippers if they just plan on getting in more young talent.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Phoenix isn’t making the playoffs, they should tank like they usually do. The top 6 teams are all locks, and there about 5 teams fighting for the final two spots: OKC, Memphis, San Antonio, Portland, and New Orleans.

      • Tazza

        Yeah I don’t think they will make the playoffs either but they are currently in that in between good and bad area. I think a core of Rubio Booker Oubre Gordon/Randle and Ayton with back ups Bridges Johnson and Kaminsky etc make them a better team than Memphis, San Antonio, and possibly Portland.
        It also gives them a brighter future heading forward

  4. rbell1951

    Previously Dwight Howard made a statement that his goal is to help the lakers win a championship . He said that he has all the accolades already. Now he’s going to risk getting hurt in a slam dunk contest, go figured!!!

    • kawg

      I understand your sentiment, but has anyone actually ever been hurt in the Dunk Contest?

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