NBA Rumors: Buying or Selling the Latest Whispers Around the League
As training camp creeps toward us, we must look far and wide to find NBA news snippets to keep our basketball appetites quenched until the sport finally returns to us for the 2012-13 NBA season. That is why NBA rumors are so important, even though they cannot all be trusted.
Let’s face it. Our sports lives just are not any fun without the NBA. The lockout last year was terrible, but, luckily for us fans, we will get a full season of watching our favorite stars play the game we love.
Until that time comes, we must sustain ourselves on rumors about NBA free agents and teams. Many of the current rumors out there will prove to be false, while a small percentage will end up becoming fact. Here, you will find out which ones are which.
Rasheed Wallace to the New York Knicks
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There are some NBA players whose antics and play you just miss after they are gone. Rasheed Wallace’s unique combination of on-the-court skill and ability to get technical fouls makes him one of those players. That is why this particular rumor is exciting.
According to Ric Bucher of ESPN, Wallace could be an option for the Knicks:
NBA news: Rasheed Wallace working out at NYK practice facility w/Camby and Kurt Thomas. Knicks' considering.— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) September 23, 2012
This rumor got me pretty excited, which is exactly why I am SELLING it. I’m sorry, but I just cannot see the Knicks signing Wallace. At age 38, it just does not make sense for the team or really for him. It would be awesome, but that is another reason why it probably will not happen.
Wallace last played in Boston, where he averaged career-lows in just about everything. This is not the same player who helped the Detroit Pistons win a title almost a decade ago.
Quincy Acy Will Not Play Much in Toronto
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Much like former college teammate Perry Jones III, former Baylor Bear Quincy Acy is much more talented than his 2012 NBA draft position would lead you to believe. The 6’7” forward was picked 37th overall in that draft.
However, that does not mean he will see much playing time as a rookie. In fact, it is unlikely that Acy will see the court at all, per Doug Smith of the Toronto Star.
According to Smith, Acy’s likely role will be to simply learn how to play the game at the NBA level. He even went so far as to say that Acy is likely sixth on the depth chart in terms of the Raptors’ frontcourt.
This is a huge BUY. Acy will be competing with Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas, Amir Johnson and Ed Davis for playing time. Despite his talent, he is just not ready to play over those types of players.
One day, he will probably be a very good player for Toronto, but not in 2012-13.
Derek Fisher Headed Back to Oklahoma City
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To anyone who watched the team consistently, it was obvious that Derek Fisher had a huge impact on the Oklahoma City Thunder last season. While his impact was primarily restricted to off-the-court, he did fill a role they needed.
According to an interview with Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times, Thunder head coach Scott Brooks believes there is still a chance that Fisher could return to OKC for the 2012-13 season. “Everything is still fluid” as Brooks says, which would indicate that anything is possible up until the season starts.
However, considering the circumstances of the team and its roster heading into training camp, I have to SELL this rumor. The Thunder needed Fisher as a backup point guard because normal backup Eric Maynor was out with a knee injury and rookie Reggie Jackson was not ready for the role.
Now, Maynor is healthy, and Jackson is a year older. Comparing the on-the-court value of Maynor to Fisher is laughable, as Maynor is one of the best backup point guards in the NBA.
Brooks may want Fisher back, but Thunder GM Sam Presti is the one making the personnel decisions, not Brooks.
Dwight Howard Wants to Be a Laker for a Long Time
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The seemingly never-ending saga of where Dwight Howard would end up did come to somewhat of an end after he was traded to the Lakers from the Orlando Magic in a trade during the 2012 offseason. However, he will be a free agent yet again after the 2012-13 season.
Although, according to Fox Sports West, Howard has dropped hints about wanting a “long career” with the Lakers. He has talked about how much he loves the coaching staff and the organization.
This is another BUY. There is very little doubt in anyone’s mind that Howard will re-sign with the Lakers as a free agent in 2013.
That is why his free agency drama seems to have come to an end, even though it really has not. No one can envision a better chance at winning than in Los Angeles, and that is because there is not one.
Teammates Will Influence James Harden to Extend
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Kendrick Perkins has made a name for himself in the NBA as being that big guy who scowls you away from the basket. Recently though, he has been weighing in on James Harden’s contract situation.
According to The Oklahoman, Perkins stated that Harden will be swayed into signing an extension by being around his teammates and “family” when training camp starts.
Perkins had said a few weeks previously that Harden was close to a deal with the Thunder, only to be refuted quickly by Chris Broussard of ESPN.
This one is a SELL. Sorry, OKC fans, but you cannot take Perkins at his word. Harden wants the max, and no one can blame him considering that there are teams out there who are probably willing to give it to him. Unfortunately, the Thunder is not one of those teams.
Do not forget the last time the Thunder was in a similar situation. While Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka both signed extensions before they became restricted free agents, Jeff Green did not.
He ended up being sent to Boston in the same trade deadline deal that brought Perkins to OKC. Thunder GM Sam Presti is not afraid to trade valuable pieces if it is what he believes is best for the franchise.