NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz from Around the Association

Ethan NorofCorrespondent IMarch 29, 2012

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With the NBA trade deadline behind us and the postseason right around the corner, teams and players are in the midst of a crucial juncture of the lockout-shortened season.

There is some intriguing news and scuttlebutt floating around the league. Here is a tidy roundup of the headline items heading into Thursday.


Glen Davis fined $35,000 for obscene gesture

There were a lot of eyebrows raised around the league when Davis was signed to a four-year, $25 million contract as a free agent in the offseason, and "Big Baby" hasn't done anything on the court to justify his salary.

Averaging just 7.6 points and 4.7 rebounds on woeful 38.7 percent shooting, Davis has had a tough time finding his comfort zone with the Magic.

Davis was fined a whopping $35,000 for an obscene gesture made during Orlando's game against the Toronto Raptors.


Kobe wants his old teammates back

Lakers fans were not happy when Lamar Odom was initially traded to Dallas before the season, and many found themselves questioning why Derek Fisher was dealt before the deadline.

Scott Howard-Cooper of reports that Bryant is looking to make a "hard push" to bring back both players as free agents to the Lakers next season.

There is no doubt both Odom and Fisher would love to return to Los Angeles and play with Kobe and the Lakers in the future, but each would have to take serious pay cuts in order to make it happen.

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Stephen Curry's ankle problems continue

The Davidson product hasn't played in a game since March 11 and has spent a good deal of the season on the sidelines as he continues to have issues with his ankle.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that Curry would miss at least two more weeks as he continues to rehab his injury, and there is a possibility he'll be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign.

Curry met with a specialist in Los Angeles in order to determine the best course of action, and he'll be reevaluated after two weeks.

He's been limited to just 26 games this year and is averaging 14.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game.


Trail Blazers re-open search for new general manager

Acting general manager Chad Buchanan can't seem to get the support of the front office to take on the gig in a full-time role.

Jason Quick of The Oregonian reports that the Trail Blazers will restart the search for a permanent general manager with "experience" more than 300 days after former GM Rich Cho was fired.

Quick throws out Steve Kerr's name as one potential candidate to take the job, and it will be very interesting to see who is ultimately hired.


Could NBA jerseys have advertisements on them in the future?

This is an idea that has been flirted with previously, and it's likely something that we'll hear more about moving forward.

Mark Cuban is an entrepreneur and loves to think outside the box in terms of how to turn a profit, and he would be in favor of the idea if a company wanted to present an offer he couldn't refuse.

It's not a thought that sits well with a lot of fans.