NBA Rumors: Recapping Most Interesting Buzz from the Last Week
There has been plenty of buzz in the NBA this past week: Free agency, the Olympics and other news are all pouring in from many different sources.
Dwight Howard could be traded soon. Seattle took another step toward reclaiming NBA relevance. No one can agree on NBA players and the Olympics.
The NBA offseason is never dull, but this particular offseason has been even more newsworthy than normal.
It can be difficult to follow all at once; luckily, you have come to the perfect place to get all the highlights.
Without further delay, here is a recap of the best news items.
Seattle’s Arena Plan Approved
Seattle fans may still be upset about losing their hometown team to Oklahoma City, but they may finally have something to feel good about.
According to the Associated Press (via ESPN), the Metropolitan King County Council approving an amended proposal from investor Chris Hansen. Hansen’s plan is for a $490 million arena, and it will go to the Seattle City Council next for further approval.
This is good news for Seattle fans, but it is still a very small step. There are many more hoops that Hansen will have to jump through and probably many more tweaks he will have to make to the plan.
Still, it is a small step in the direction of bringing back the SuperSonics.
LeBron James Does Not Want This to Be His Last Olympics
LeBron James is trying to win his second gold medal this year in London, but he does not want that want to be his last.
According to Michael C. Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune, James said he disagreed with a proposal that would restrict Olympic play to NBA players under the age of 23.
When asked why, James stated the obvious: “Because I’m 27.”
Fellow NBA Olympians—including power forward Kevin Love—who have commented on the issue, side with James, stating that they want the choice to remain with them.
I have to say that I agree with the players. I understand the owners and their “plight,” but representing one’s country should not be restricted by an employer. If Team USA deems a player good enough to play for it, it should be the player’s choice alone as to whether or not they do so.
Orlando Magic Stepping Up Efforts to Trade Dwight Howard
The Dwight Howard trade saga is no longer the boy who cried wolf.
It passed that threshold a long time ago. However, the Magic appear to be refocusing on trading the All-Star center.
The Magic will once again step up their efforts to deal Howard, according to Sam Amico of FOXSportsOhio.com. Apparently, Howard has repeated his stance that he does not want to remain in Orlando.
Whether we can believe this or not is completely unknowable.
I am not doubting Amico, but rather his sources. So much random information has been floating around this story for so long that no one can be blamed for refusing to believe the newest reports.
I suppose we will just have to wait and see what happens.
Kobe Bryant and the Lakers to Switch to Princeton Offense
Now, Bryant and Brown think they have found the answer in the Princeton offense.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Lakers are approaching Eddie Jordan, an expert on the Princeton offense, as a possible candidate for an assistant coaching position. Apparently, Jordan really sold the offense to Bryant, who is convinced it will make his team better in 2013.
This offensive system, combined with future Hall-of-Fame point guard Steve Nash, should help answer a big need.
Carl Landry to Golden State Warriors
Carl Landry is a five-year veteran who has proven he can play in this league.
That is why the Golden State Warriors want his services.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Landry has signed a two-year deal with Golden State worth approximately $8 million. Landry was considered by many to be the top remaining unrestricted free agent on the market.
He averaged 12.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for New Orleans last season, coming primarily off the bench. He is a talented player and should have similar success in a similar role for the Warriors.
Nate Robinson to the Chicago Bulls
Nate Robinson has played on many teams throughout his career, including five since the 2009-10 NBA season.
It looks like Chicago will be his next destination.
According to Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick, Robinson’s agent, Aaron Goodwin, believes the Bulls will sign the veteran guard. It is a move that makes sense for Chicago, who will be thin as far as perimeter scoring goes since Derrick Rose is out for a good chunk of the season.
Robinson has been inconsistent in his NBA career, but he showed that he could still play last season with Golden State, averaging 11.2 points and 4.5 assists (a career high) per game off the bench.
If he can even come close to those numbers, he will make a great pickup for Chicago.
Ricky Rubio Gets Good News
The knee injury suffered by Ricky Rubio last season can be blamed for the Minnesota Timberwolves being unable to make the playoffs. However, Rubio—and Timberwolves fans—got some good news this past week.
According to the Spanish point guard’s tweet from Monday afternoon, a recent checkup went “great,” and his knee is looking even better than the doctor expected.
Great news for Minnesota fans, who need Rubio to be healthy for next season. He could be a huge piece in keeping star power forward Kevin Love in Minnesota long-term, especially if the twosome can propel their squad to a playoff run.