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NBA Franchise Notes: Teams Get Creative In Battle For Free Agent Deron Williams
Published June 27, 2012
DECISIONS, DECISIONS: In Philadelphia, John Smallwood notes the 76ers “face a lot [of] decisions this summer that will lay the foundation for the next few seasons,” and team President & GM Rod Thorn should “not make those calls.” Thorn is "a lame duck,” and unless coach Doug Collins is “already secretly the ‘grand basketball god of everything,’ he should not" be the making the decisions either. Smallwood: "These crucial decisions should be made by the new team president/general manager, a guy the Sixers might not hire for up to another year” (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 6/27).
YOUR BIGGEST FAN: In Memphis, Kyle Veazey notes prospective Grizzlies buyer Robert Pera and his father Larry Goldfield are “estranged.” But Goldfield said, "I happen to love my son, regardless of our estrangement. I love him and I'm proud of him, so I follow him.” He added, "He's like the anti-Mark Cuban. He's got the same enthusiasm, but he doesn't show it. I think he's going to be a very enthusiastic owner and he's going to have high ambitions for the team" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 6/27).