NBA Rumors: Buying or Selling the Latest Chatter Around the League
The NBA is full of rumors that seem to be reputable, and others that appear ridiculous. But how do you know which ones you can buy and which ones are ripe for selling? By reading this article, that’s how.
Seriously though, this is one of the deadest times of the year for an NBA fan, which makes it an ideal time for rumors to thrive when they really have no basis in fact. In this slideshow, we will look at some of most recent rumors around the league and give you a definitive answer as to whether you should buy or sell each rumor.
Teams are looking for specific free agents, first-round draft picks are headed to the D-League and a team is not really moving all the way across the country. Read on to find out what you should believe and what you should disregard.
Miami Heat Looking for Help in the Frontcourt
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The Miami Heat fought their way to a title during the 2012 postseason using a potent brand of small-ball. However, that does not mean they are not looking for help at the center position.
According to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, the Heat are looking to make a couple of possible additions to shore up the center position on their roster. Chris Bosh will probably continue to start at center as he did last season, but behind him the team only has Dexter Pittman and Joel Anthony.
Those are obviously not the best options to have, so this is a rumor you should BUY. Even though Bosh will start and the Heat will continue to play small, injury insurance is necessary, especially as Bosh ages. Anthony and Pittman are not very good insurance at all.
Minnesota Timberwolves May Add Andray Blatche
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have already made a few significant additions this offseason, but they may not be done yet. Adding a certain amnestied big man could be in their future as well.
According to ESPN 1500 Twin Cities, Timberwolves’ scout Milton Barnes was in Houston to watch Blatche and a few other free-agent big men. Blatche has been rumored to be open to taking the veteran’s minimum, which is probably all Minnesota could offer.
I understand the necessity of building depth, especially on the front line, but this is a rumor to SELL. It makes sense in some respects, but I do not think Blatche is worth the risk he could pose. Minnesota is a young, promising team, and the problems Blatche has had with work ethic could disrupt such a squad.
No Chance the Kings Leave Sacramento for Virginia Beach
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There have been numerous reports out there that the Sacramento Kings could be on the move to Virginia Beach, Virginia, at some point in the near future. Apparently each and every one of those reports was dead wrong.
According to NBA.com writer Scott Howard-Cooper’s Twitter, there is no chance of this happening:
Virginia Beach city council meeting today confirms what was already obvious: Nothing in place for arena, no real chance to get the Kings.— Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) August 28, 2012
This is a rumor that you should BUY. Well, this most recent update of it that is.
The Kings moving to Virginia Beach is a preposterous idea. It makes no sense geographically or really for the NBA. My guess would be that this was a big PR stunt to help the team in its negotiations with Sacramento and other cities.
Evan Fournier Will Likely Play in the D-League This Season
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Evan Fournier, the first-round pick of the Denver Nuggets, is a very talented player. However, his youth and inexperience puts him behind many other, more experienced wings on the Nuggets’ roster.
According to Aaron J. Lopez of NBA.com, Fournier will not see much time for the Nuggets this season due to the team’s depth at the wing position. The French player will likely spend most of the season with the Iowa Energy of the D-League.
This is a rumor worth BUYing. Corey Brewer, Wilson Chandler, and Jordan Hamilton will all be competing for time behind the starter at the shooting guard position, Andre Iguodala. Fournier has a bright future, but it is still a future and yet to be fulfilled in the present.
Brian Scalabrine to Join Chicago Bulls' Coaching Staff
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Brian Scalabrine has been a fan favorite in the NBA for quite a while. Now, it looks like the “White Mamba” will be taking on a new role in the NBA landscape.
According to Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com, Scalabrine is in line to join Tom Thibodeau’s coaching staff in Chicago. He will reportedly fill the role vacated by Rick Brunson, who departed to join the Charlotte Bobcats’ coaching staff.
Apparently, Scalabrine and Thibodeau have a great relationship that goes back to their time together in Boston. This is a BUY for that reason. Also, it makes sense for Scalabrine, who has a good knowledge of the game and a career that really is not much to speak of.
How awesome would it be if he became the next great NBA head coach one day?