NBA Rumors: Highlighting the Latest Roster Buzz Around the League

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NBA Rumors: Highlighting the Latest Roster Buzz Around the League
Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

With the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season just days away, it's an unfortunate time to be a fringe player, as teams must cut down their preseason fat to a maximum of 15 players before Monday's deadline.

That means it will be the end of the line for a cavalcade of players in the coming days. Among those are breakout preseason stars, former first-round picks and a heap of guys you've never heard of and will likely never hear from again.

Nevertheless, with all this roster movement, it's nearly impossible for even the most strident NBA fan to keep up. 

For that reason, here is a look at all the latest roster buzz flying around the Association. 

 

Preseason Star Copeland to Make Knicks Roster?

Because most NBA preseason statistics are utterly meaningless, the rise of Chris Copeland has been mostly kept under the radar outside of the Big Apple thus far.

Nonetheless, he's easily been the New York Knicks' breakout star in preseason play. Averaging 15.5 points per game, including a brilliant 34-point game against the Boston Celtics, Copeland has shown an ability to score against NBA talent. 

Copeland is also a fantastic story. At 28 years old, the 6'8" forward is trying to latch onto the Knicks' roster after five years playing in the D-League and professionally in four other countries. 

Well, according to ESPN New York's Jared Zwerling, Copeland is looking to be a promising bet to make the roster. 

A source close to Chris Copeland told ESPNNewYork.com on Wednesday evening that the forward, a training camp invite, hasn't been given a clear indication from the Knicks whether or not they'll offer him one of their last two guaranteed roster spots. 

But the source said, "I believe they will. The deadline is the 29th of October, so he might be up against the actual deadline." 

The problem with Copeland is that he struggles mightily on the defensive end. He lacks the lateral quickness and athleticism to guard power forwards at the NBA level, and the Knicks desperately need defensive help at the moment.

With the injuries piling up in New York, it'll certainly be interesting to see whether the team believes enough in the preseason performance to keep Copeland on the roster.

 

Suns Ready to Set Opening Night Roster?

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Though it's not exactly the most groundbreaking news, the Phoenix Suns have seemingly settled on their 15-man roster.

According to the Arizona Republic's Paul Coro, the Suns have cut Ike Diogu and Solomon Jones, ostensibly to clear the roster for Luke Zeller and Diante Garrett.

Via AZCentral.com:

It was not easy or even likely for Luke Zeller and Diante Garrett to break into the NBA but they found their way into the league through Phoenix.

The Suns appear to have settled on keeping Zeller and Garrett for a 15-man opening night roster after waiving veteran power forwards Ike Diogu and Solomon Jones on Wednesday.

Though the news will likely not be confirmed until after the Suns' preseason game on Friday, it seems like a great sign for Zeller and Garrett. 

A center, Zeller is the brother of Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Tyler Zeller. The 25-year-old big man shot just 27.8 percent from the field in the preseason, but provides much-needed size to the Phoenix front line.

Garrett spent his time overseas last season after going undrafted in 2011. A combo guard with the length to defend either position, Garrett could actually get some rotation minutes if he continues to impress. 

 

Adam Morrison to be Cut on Saturday?

Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

With 15 players under contract, there was not exactly a ton of suspense for the Portland Trail Blazers' roster selections.

Nonetheless, former No. 3 pick Adam Morrison's presence put some murkiness into what looked like a clear picture. 

Unfortunately for Morrison, who struggled in the preseason after a strong summer league performance, the Blazers will move on as expected and cut the small forward along with others on Saturday.

Via The Oregonian's Mike Tokito

The Blazers already have 15 players under contract for the season, meaning [Coby] Karl, [Adam] Morrison and Justin Holiday will likely be cut Saturday. Teams have to turn in their final rosters Monday, but most will trim their rosters by Saturday to give players a chance to clear waivers by Monday.

Being released by Portland may mark the end of the NBA line for Morrison, who has openly speculated about retiring if he did not make the final roster (via CSNNW.com's Chris Haynes).

 

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