Side Issue

It’s starting to look less likely that recruit Maurice Simmons will resolve his legal issues before school starts in August. But aside from the legal issues, we hear Simmons’ injured ankle might make a year off less damaging than it sounds because he could be limited physically.

Draft talk

An NBA source said the Timberwolves (No. 3) and Knicks (No. 6) are most intrigued by O.J. Mayo right now. He also said Sonics are prepared to select Arizona guard Jerryd Bayless is with the No. 4 pick.
Throw in Kevin Love (UCLA) and Brook Lopez (Stanford) and the Pac-10 could have four of the top eight picks.