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• The Warriors insist that, contrary to ongoing speculation, they are not chasing a trade for Boozer. At all. Seems they're rather pleased with a summer league star named Anthony Randolph, who is reminding everyone in town why he's as close to untouchable as anyone on Golden State's roster. • After his inclusion in the Shawn Marion deal and spending a day-plus as a member of the Grizzlies, Jerry Stackhouse won't clear waivers until week's end. But word is he already is drawing free-agent feelers from a handful of playoff teams while readying for his return -- after a virtual season off in Dallas -- by apparently bossing summer pickup games at the University of North Carolina. • The Milwaukee Bucks continue to make Bruce Bowen's $4 million expiring contract available, but word is no trade is close. If the Bucks don't strike a deal in the next two weeks, Bowen will be waived by Aug. 1 at a cost of just $2 million, making him a free agent sure to interest various rivals of the San Antonio Spurs since Bowen is not expected to return to the silver and black. • I've been advised by one especially knowledgeable observer not to be surprised if Delonte West is traded at some point this season, not because Cleveland is eager to part with him but because West is surely more movable from that massive Cavs payroll than Daniel Gibson. • Before Orlando matched the offer sheet to Gortat, Dallas was aggressively shopping newly acquired Kris Humphries in search of another guard. And I'm told that hasn't changed in spite of the Mavericks' sudden need for size after losing Bass and missing out on Gortat. • Sasha Pavlovic isn't in the Suns' future plans any more than Ben Wallace was, but Phoenix can keep Pavlovic on the roster for 52 days of the 2009-10 season before the cost involved exceeds the $1.5 million required to buy out his contract immediately, as just seen with Big Ben. So the Suns will hang on to Pavlovic for now, treating his $5 million contract (with the $1.5 million buyout) as a nice trade chip into December. Marc Stein is the senior NBA writer for ESPN.com. To e-mail him, click here.
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