Southwest Notes: Tate, Brooks, Buyout Market, McCollum, Williamson

Jae’Sean Tate remained with the Rockets, but that doesn’t mean there was a lack of interest in the young forward, Kelly Iko of The Athletic tweets. A number of teams brought up Tate prior to the trade deadline but the Rockets obviously didn’t receive a strong enough offer. He’s averaging 12.3 PPG, 5.6 RPG and 3.1 APG this season.

We have more from the Southwest Division:

  • Grizzlies swingman Dillon Brooks is expected to return early next month, Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian tweets. Brooks has been sidelined since January 8 due to a left ankle injury.
  • The Pelicans emerged from the trade deadline with an open roster spot. They’ll likely target a defensive-minded wing on the buyout market, Christian Clark of the New Orleans Times Picayune tweets.
  • CJ McCollum said he was involved in the process of the Trail Blazers’ negotiations to trade him, Will Guillory of The Athletic tweets. McCollum was intrigued with the idea of joining the Pelicans due to their young talent and the opportunity to play with Brandon Ingram.
  • Pelicans forward Zion Williamson will have more scans done on his injured right foot at the end of next week or the following week, Andrew Lopez of ESPN tweets. GM Trajan Langdon visited with Williamson in Oregon last week and said Williamson “feels good.”
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