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Western Notes: Ennis, Lakers, Suns, Little, Jazz

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Before free agent James Ennis worked for the Lakers this week, sources tell Jovan Buha of The Athletic (Twitter link). Ennis, who was linked with Los Angeles earlier in free agency, would make sense as a depth piece on the wing for the Lakers, who only have 13 players with guaranteed contracts.

As we relayed earlier today, the Lakers plan to keep 15th place in the roster during the regular season to control their expected tax bill, but 14th place is still up for grabs.

Here are others from the West:

  • The Suns today issued a press release announcing additions to their coaching staff, including Michel ruffin as an assistant. Ruffin has some experience working under Monty williams in the past, having served as a Pelicans ‘staff assistant from 2014-2020. The 2014/15 season was Williams’ last as New Orleans head coach.
  • Nassir Petit, the 25th pick in the 2019 draft, did not have a major impact on the Trail Blazers during his first two years in the NBA, but he’s been turning heads this offseason, according to The Athletic’s Jason Quick. Quick says the team leaders are intrigued by Little and think he can “contribute in a unique way.” While the 21-year-old characters will primarily play a three-way and D-role, Little says the new head coach Chauncey Billups also wants to see him improve his gaming skills.
  • Sarah Todd of The Deseret News examines nine questions Jazz should respond by the end of training camp next week, including if their Star Guards – Donovan mitchell and Mike Conley – are healthy and pain free after suffering injuries at the end of last season.