May 14, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd (center) talks with center Kevin Garnett (2) and guard Shaun Livingston (14t) during the second half in game five of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 96-94. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday afternoon links: Around the NBA

Hopefully you all are enjoying a relaxing Sunday afternoon. I’m happy to provide you with this edition of Sunday Afternoon Links: Around the NBA. Some are directly Wolves-related and some are not, but please peruse them all.

– Over at Canis Hoopus, you’ll find a nice piece by Zachary Bennett that explores exactly how the Wolves expect to use #40 overall draft pick Glen Robinson III — namely, it involves lobs at the rim. His prowess in attacking the basket off the ball on cuts and around back-screens is well-documented.

– On the FanSided mother ship, enjoy a wonderful piece by Miles Wray that discusses why Shabazz Napier was not the best point guard in this year’s draft. (Sorry, LeBron.)

– If you haven’t heard about the Jason Kidd/Brooklyn/Milwaukee news yet, well….wow. This ESPN article sums it up fairly concisely, but long story short: it’s a mess.

– If you have ESPN Insider, check out Chad Ford’s draft grades. (He gives Minnesota a B+, since most national writers are infatuated with Zach LaVine’s potential. I, on the other hand, am not.)

– Also over the weekend, the Memphis Grizzlies signed Zach Randolph to a two-year, $20 million extension that will begin after next season. Randolph opted in for the 2014-15 season at $16.5 million, and gave the Grizzlies a very good deal to stick around for another two seasons after he’s overpaid a bit in the coming months.

No new news on the Kevin Love front, other than some additional rumblings that a Love-to-Houston in a Chandler Parsons sign-and-trade is still a remote possibility. Parsons is absolutely, no question, a superior player to Klay Thompson. Is either player worth a max contract? Unequivocally, no. But Parsons on a near-max is certainly more palatable than the mess that would be a maxed-out Thompson.

We’ll see you all back here tomorrow for any pre-free agency news before the madness begins at 11:01 p.m. C.T. tomorrow evening.

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