Originally Published: Feb 8, 2013
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2. Western Conference


Much of the latest trade buzz emanating from the West tends to cover what won't happen between now and the Feb. 21 trade deadline as opposed to what will.

• The latest word out of Memphis is that Zach Randolph, irrespective of any whispers in circulation suggesting that the Grizzlies have another big move in them, is going nowhere. The Grizzlies, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, have taken the step of telling Randolph so this week, assuring him to ignore any further trade chatter because they're not entertaining the thought no matter how many calls they get. The Griz don't want to make any more significant moves, sources say, hoping to restore some calm to the locker room in the wake of the Rudy Gay deal that has clearly sent Gay's old teammates -- and especially his former coach -- into a woe-is-me funk.

• Maybe there is enough time before this month's trade deadline for Indiana to find a trade partner willing to gamble on Danny Granger. This much we do know, though: It's not going to be Houston. One source with knowledge of Houston's thinking left little doubt that recent reports portraying the Rockets as a potential suitor for Granger, as they were in the past long before James Harden showed up, are out of date. Houston is not chasing Granger, who is increasingly regarded as expendable in Indy in the wake of Paul George's rise to All-Star status.

• Is the following mere posturing or the real-deal stance in Denver? Only time will tell, but one source plugged into the Nuggets' plans insisted this week that Russian center Timofey Mozgov -- widely presumed to be a lock to be dealt before the deadline -- will not be moved unless the return is "crazy good." Don't know that such an offer is going to materialize for a player behind Kosta Koufos and JaVale McGee in George Karl's frontcourt rotation.


Some numbers of note in the West this week:

39: The Spurs -- as they did in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2010-11 -- have notched 39 wins through 50 games for the fourth time under Gregg Popovich. Only one other coach has pulled that off as many times as Pop: Phil Jackson did so three times with the Bulls and twice with the Lakers.

4: This is also the fourth time in the Popovich/Tim Duncan era that San Antonio had the league's best record through 50 games, as it did in 1998-99 (37-13), 2004-05 (39-11) and 2010-11 (42-8).

3: Only three players are averaging at least 20 points and seven assists this season: Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, Miami's LeBron James and San Antonio's Tony Parker.

12.1: Minnesota's Nikola Pekovic leads the Western Conference with 12.1 points per game in the paint this season, trailing only Miami's LeBron James (13.4) and Brooklyn's Brook Lopez (12.4) in that category. Pekovic also happens to bee the only player leading his team in both total points and rebounds who was born outside the United States. The Suns' Marcin Gortat is the only foreign-born player who held that distinction last season.

11.2: How much will Kobe Bryant & Co. miss Pau Gasol for the next six to eight weeks? During the Lakers' recent 6-1 turnaround, they were outscoring opponents by 11.2 points per 48 minutes with the Spaniard on the floor. Without Gasol in those seven games, L.A. was outscored by 3.2 points per 48 minutes.

3. One-On-One ... To Five

Jack

Five questions with Warriors guard Jarrett Jack:

Q: What were your realistic expectations when you were traded to the Warriors?

A: With me, I'm never one to put ceilings on anything, because I think the best part about playing basketball and playing sports in general is the unknown. Who knows what can possibly happen? Nobody knows where you're gonna be at...

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