Western Notes: Powell, Bazemore, Holiday, Brown, Timberwolves

Mavericks big man Dwight Powell, who is signed through the 2022/23 season, is showing good progress as he rehabs from a torn right Achilles, Callie Caplan of the Dallas Morning News reports. Powell, who underwent surgery in January, has no movement limitations. However, the closure of the Mavericks practice facility has created an obstacle to get on-court time. It typically takes an NBA player a year or more to return to action from an Achilles tear but the delayed start of next season should work in his favor.

We have more from the Western Conference:

  • The Warriors could consider adding one of their former players,  the Kings’ Kent Bazemore or the Pacers’ Justin Holiday, in free agency, according to Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area. Poole breaks down the pros and cons of both players and concludes Holiday would be a better fit, since he has proven more durable in recent years. However, it’s also likely he’d cost more than Bazemore, Poole adds.
  • It’s unclear if former Sixers coach Brett Brown is a candidate for the Thunder’s opening but there is a strong connection to the front office, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman notes. Brown worked with GM Sam Presti in the Spurs organization from 2002-07.
  • The Timberwolves mini-camp facilitated Jarrett Culver‘s development and Josh Okogie‘s playmaking skills, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. It also reinforced the value of forward Jake Layman, though he suffered a broken nose during the workouts.
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6 thoughts on “Western Notes: Powell, Bazemore, Holiday, Brown, Timberwolves

  1. Sillivan

    I would give Howard 3 years 19.8m contract with 3rd year team option
    Holiday and Bazemore can be replaced easily

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      No GM in the NBA would even consider doing that, it’s simply ridiculous. He turns 35 in a couple of months and will almost certainly sign for the veteran minimum of about $3M next season.

  2. Sillivan

    I predict that Brett Brown and Mike Dantoni won’t have head coaches jobs this year
    But ….

  3. x%sure

    That was interesting, the Wolves article on who had what kind of minicamp. Good news is Culver’s shooting. Bad news apparently is that Towns has suffered setbacks, missed the start of camp, then wasn’t allowed to start late for covid reasons. Maybe he knew the rules and wanted to skip. But in the comments, the locals lashed out at Towns pretty consistently. Bear in mind they’re watching Butler play brilliantly for Miami and Wolves players are tweeting appreciation.

    I thought things were solidifying in Minnesota (except for the defense) with D’Lo joining friend Towns, the #1 pick, Culver hitting, all three rookies with plus on/offs. The problems even have silver linings: owner Tayor who “wants out” and gunman Malik Beasley are not that helpful IMO, indeed with all the turnover, except for Covington, the team increased the pluses and decreased the minuses.

    I have seen no complaints about KLove skipping the camp except maybe one at HR. I think that is the common reaction. Maybe the the Wolves will collapse again despite positives?— their D will not help.

  4. KnickerbockerAl

    Culver needs to start playing mins. He was considered a good pick. Considering he is more a big SG. Makes you wonder about Beasley and drafting Edwards. To me the best fit for this team. Would be Okongwu. He can slide right in next to KAT. He would help team D immensely. If the Beasley troubles are real. They just might have to go with Edwards. Otherwise trading a few slots for Okongwu and another player or pick. Could really help team overall. I think Atlanta is solid place for Edwards. Young team who can use a player taking pressure off Trae. Edwards also has good two way potential. Chemistry and team wise. Edwards is good fit in Atlanta. Always like Culver. Like to see start showing.

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