The 2012-13 NBA season is just getting off the ground, but there are still plenty of juicy whispers making their rounds through the rumor mill.
Let’s take a look at some of the most current buzz and analyze the rumors that have a chance to make a mark on the league sooner than later.
Rip Staying Put?
The Chicago Bulls acquired Rip Hamilton prior to the 2011-12 campaign to help solve their shooting guard woes, but haven’t had the greatest success with the former Detroit Piston.
Rip has dealt with consistent injuries that have kept him sidelined and only enabled him to see action in 28 regular season games in 2011-12. It’s likely a large reason why the Bulls aren’t able to move him, even though he’s healthy this year.
According to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, the team cannot find a taker for his $5 million guaranteed contract. It’s possibly the last year of his current deal, as the 34-year-old has a team option for the 2013-14 season.
Expect to see Hamilton in a Bulls uniform until next summer, although he’s going to be a popular name when the trade deadline rolls around.
Gordon Not Leaving?
Eric Gordon and the New Orleans Hornets hasn’t been an ideal match. The fourth-year man out of Indiana has only played in nine total games for the franchise after being the Los Angeles Clippers main trade piece in their deal for Chris Paul.
He’s yet to suit up in 2012-13 and may have to wait another month or more to do so, due to a nagging knee injury. However, the Hornets don’t have to worry about trying to find a suitor for the talented but hurt shooting guard.
According to CBS Sports’ Ken Berger, neither the player nor his agent, Rob Pelinka, has requested a trade and it’s unlikely that either will anytime soon.
The 23-year-old is under contract until the 2014-15 season and has a player option for the following year. NOLA fans are hoping that he sticks around for the duration of the deal and actually gets back on the court.
Rush Done for the Year
It’s of little surprise, but Brandon Rush is done for the year after tearing his left ACL. The Golden State Warriors' best bench player was injured after a collision with Memphis’ Zach Randolph. His knee bent awkwardly after coming down from a dunk attempt and he limped to the locker room shortly after.
According to the Associated Press (via ESPN), Rush will undergo surgery and has a nine-month timetable on his rehabilitation.
It’s a major blow to the W’s chances at making the postseason for the first time since 2007. Rush was expected to be the sixth-man and back up both the SG and SF position.