Trans. Jun 27 2:05 ET (Jun 27 2:05 ET ) A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C : @sephgat . Nearly eight years after the Chicago Bulls traded Eddy Curry, Antonio Davis and and a 2007 first-round pick to the New York Knicks for Jermaine Jackson, Mike Sweetney, Tim Thomas, first-rounders in 2006 and 2007, and second-rounders in 2007 and 2009, @sephgat has traced the travels of those draft picks and subsequent dealings to create the handy flow chart you see before you. Every path you travel gets worse and worse for Knicks fans, which just feels so appropriate as we prepare for the annual NBA draft.
PF : HoopsAnalyst and DraftExpress . As we draw nearer to the kickoff of Thursday's 2013 NBA Draft , compare the top prospect lists of Ed Weiland and Jonathan Givony, two of the best of the best when it comes to projecting pro talent.
SF : Slate . Ten years after the Detroit Pistons' infamous selection of Darko Milicic before Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, Jack Hamilton revisits the "magical thinking and racism" that led to one of the biggest draft errors in NBA history.
Coming into this season, Delonte West was expected to play a major role in a rebuilt Dallas Mavericks backcourt that featured new starters at both guard positions. Things went sour just before the start of the campaign, though, with Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle suspending West "indefinitely" after a preseason outburst, reinstating him the next day after hashing things out, only to put him back on ice eight days later for "conduct detrimental to the team." The second shelving stuck, as the Mavs waived West four days later to open up a roster spot for, of all people , center Eddy Curry. (That marriage didn't last too long .)
We haven't heard much from West since; since Halloween, when he laid out his resume for prospective NBA suitors, West has tweeted just once — to share a bulletin about Carlisle threatening other Mavs with suspensions , a sort of "I'm just going to leave this right here" tweet without any added commentary. The quiet on the West-ern front (oof) broke this week, though, with the Memphis Grizzlies reportedly considering a 10-day contract offer for West to fill out their roster following Tuesday's multiplayer deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. On Wednesday night, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported that the combo guard's hedging his bets a bit by entering the player pool for the D-League in the hopes, it seems, of getting back to the league by mending some Lone Star fences:
[...] if the Grizzlies pass, West would be eligible to join the team at the front of the D-League waiver line, which sources say is the Donnie Nelson-owned Texas Legends, Frisco-based affiliate of the Mavericks.
Sources say that West hopes to play his way back into the league just like Mike James did earlier this month, earning a call-up from the Mavericks after a brief but successful stint in Frisco. James is nearing the end of his second 10-day contract with the Mavs and, according sources, is a strong possibility to be signed for the rest of the season next week.
A source close to West told Jeff "Skin" Wade of the Ben and Skin Show on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM that the guard prefers a potential situation with the Legends to the Grizzlies scenario in hopes that a good showing with the D-League team could put him back into favor with the Mavs, who released him before the regular season began.
The Eddy Curry era is over for the Dallas Mavericks after just two games. The Mavericks announced Friday that they've waived the journeyman center and replaced him on the 15-man roster with newly signed free-agent center Troy Murphy. The team didn't reveal any of the terms agreed to by Murphy.
The Scoop:In two games, Curry averaged 4.5 points and two rebounds in 12.5 minutes. The Mavericks are the sixth team on Murphy's resume. Golden State took him 14th overall in the 2001 NBA Draft out of Notre Dame, where he was a two-time All-America selection. He's donned the uniforms of the Warriors, Indiana, New Jersey, Boston and the Los Angeles Lakers before signing with Dallas. His career averages are 10.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 27.5 minutes per game.