West Notes: Rockets, Dillon Brooks, Warriors, Draymond Green, Lakers


Forward Dillon Brooks said he never wanted to leave the Grizzlies at the end of last season, despite the fact they made it clear they were moving on.Dillon Brooks

“It wasn’t what I wanted,” he said, via Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated. “The whole season was not what I wanted. I feel like we did better when I was a focal point in that organization. They chose a different route. But I’m happy that through all the bulls— I was able to get what I always deserved.”

The Grizzlies finished with the West’s second-best record, then lost in the first round of the playoffs to the seventh-seeded Lakers.

“What I didn’t like about Memphis was they allowed that so they can get out of the woodwork, and then I’m the scapegoat of it all,” Brooks said, via Mannix. “That’s what I didn’t appreciate. And then ultimately they’ll come to me on the low, as men, one on one and tell me something, but then not defend me when everything went down.”


Coach Steve Kerr said he felt forward Draymond Green went too far in grabbing Jazz center Rudy Gobert around the neck during a fight against the Timberwolves the other night. Green was suspended for five games.

“Draymond has to find a way to not cross the line — I’m not talking about an ejection or a technical — I’m talking about a physical act of violence,” Kerr told reporters, via Kendra Andrews of ESPN. “That’s inexcusable.”


  • Guard Gabe Vincent will have his left knee injury re-evaluated in two weeks, the team announced. Per Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Vincent had his knee drained and underwent a PRP treatment.
  • The Lakers are again in the middle of trade rumors, this time involving Zach LaVine and other members of the Bulls. We have all the latest right here.
  • The fact LA is back on the rumors makes you think they realize they again do not have enough to get past the best of the West despite several offseason additions.

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