The 2012-13 NBA season is still over a month away from tipping off, but that doesn’t stop fans, reporters and insider sources from leaking and discussing the latest news and rumors from around the league.
While there may not be as much buzz going around in mid-September as there was in the early offseason, there definitely are still some rumors worth following up on.
Let’s take a look at a few.
Michael Redd in Memphis?
The Memphis Grizzlies are denying reports that three-point specialist Michael Redd will be joining them for training camp.
According to Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal, the Grizzlies simply can’t afford to bring on the marksman due to financial restrictions.
The team is $3 million over the luxury-tax threshold and will reportedly not go any higher unless prospective owner Roberta Pera acquires the team and decides to spend more.
Flip Murray, Ronald Dupree, Jerome Jordan, Michael Dunigan and Jarrid Famous are the five players who will be at Memphis’ training camp without a guaranteed contract.
Unless Pera wants to dig into his own pockets a bit more after buying the Grizzlies, expect Redd to wind up with a different organization this fall.
Wizards Looking at Cook and Evans?
The Washington Wizards are once again overhauling their roster this summer.
They drafted Florida Gator SG Bradley Beal and are looking to build around him, Trevor Ariza, Emeka Okafor, Jan Vesely and John Wall.
However, the team also needs some veterans and rotation players, which is why they are looking at Brian Cook and Maurice Evans.
These two veterans have reportedly been invited to the Wizards camp this fall, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post.
The 33-year-old Evans was apparently considering involvement with the organization as a coach or executive but right now would like to continue his career on the hardwood.
If he doesn’t make the cut, expect him to try to join the team in a coaching or front office role.