NBA News and Buzz: Breaking Down the Latest League-Wide Chatter
Even though we are just getting into the 2012-2013 NBA season, there is plenty going on within the league.
Some teams are dealing with serious injuries that could hinder their hopes of a successful season. Others are making small adjustments to their rosters to cope with early injuries or to increase their chances at a postseason run.
If that's not enough, the trade rumors for players and their expiring deals are already starting to gather momentum and will continue to generate buzz throughout the season up until the trade deadline in February.
Let's go around the league and take a look at some of the more notable NBA buzz.
Steve Nash's Knee Status
In the Lakers' Halloween matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers, they may have lost a lot more than just the game.
During the first half, All-Star point guard Steve Nash got his feet tangled up with Portland rookie Damian Lillard, resulting in a knee injury that caused him to leave the game.
After not suiting up for the next couple games, a further evaluation revealed a small fracture in Nash's left leg. This could force the 38-year-old to miss up to four weeks of action, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.
If this is the case, the Lakers will have to continue starting the underwhelming Steve Blake and hope that they can right the ship in the wake of a 1-3 start.
Eric Gordon and the Mysterious Knee Injury
The New Orleans Hornets and high-scoring shooting guard Eric Gordon have had a strange relationship ever since he came over from the Clippers as part of last year's Chris Paul trade.
After a knee injury limited Gordon to nine games last season, he entered into this past summer as a restricted free agent and a hot commodity for a team willing to pay the high price tag necessary to sign him away from New Orleans.
The Phoenix Suns answered that call, and Gordon signed their offer sheet, seemingly ready to become a centerpiece for the Suns, only to have New Orleans match the offer. It was an awkward situation for him to come back to a team that he had just attempted to leave.
Gordon's knee injury persisted throughout the offseason and preseason, but questions were raised regarding the ailment. Some speculated whether his absences were merely the result of not wanting to be a part of the Hornets organization.
Then Hornets head coach Monty Williams ruled Gordon "out indefinitely," and that was followed by some vague, noncommittal remarks Gordon made to the media after the news about his undefined absence came out.
However, things have become more clear as of late after Gordon received a more precise evaluation of his knee. He will miss roughly four to six weeks of action, as reported by Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Furthermore, Ken Berger of CBS Sports has reported that Gordon has not made any sort of trade requests.
Is Eric Gordon really ready to be a long-term member of the New Orleans Hornets, or will he look for a way out once he heals up?
Josh Smith on the Move?
As a player who frequented the trade rumors last season, Josh Smith is definitely in familiar territory early into the 2012-2013 campaign.
Now that Smith is in the last year of his contract with the Atlanta Hawks, the 26-year-old forward may be on the move.
Two contending teams that could possibly pique the interest of a ringless Smith are the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers' interest is very unknown right now. Former Lakers star Magic Johnson made on-air comments a few months ago recommending that Los Angeles deal Pau Gasol in exchange for Smith.
While these are simply just comments from a former player, Magic Johnson may have just lit a fire that could reach the Lakers organization.
As for the Celtics, their involvement stems from a slow start and an article by Andrew Silva of HardwoodHoudini.com, suggesting the Celtics may need some quality help for their frontcourt, which lacks depth behind the likes of Brandon Bass and Kevin Garnett.
For right now, these are nothing but murmurs by people who don't have direct involvement with either organization, but that doesn't mean that these can't start snowballing into something substantial as the season progresses.
Kevin Love's Road to Returning
After suffering a broken hand during a workout just before the start of the regular season, Kevin Love was slated to miss anywhere between six to eight weeks with his injury.
However, as time has progressed, so has Love, who hopes to return to the court even sooner than his original timetable, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.
Berreman also reported that Love saw a hand specialist in New York this past week and will go in for another evaluation sometime this coming week.
Love carried the T'Wolves last season with his All-Star-worthy numbers of 26 points and 13.3 rebounds per contest, in addition to his 1.9 three-pointers per game, which made him one of the deadliest inside-out threats in the league last year.
The sooner Love returns, the better for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are also missing their other young star, Ricky Rubio, who was sidelined toward the end of last season with an ACL injury.
Quentin Richardson To Become a Chicago Bull?
With the Bulls awaiting the return of Derrick Rose, they are going to need all hands on deck if they want to survive and stay in postseason contention.
Quentin Richardson is a name that came up for the Bulls, who are reportedly interested in the recently waived Chicago native, according to reports from Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago.
With Richardson, the Bulls would get a decent scoring option for a small chunk of change, and his services would help a defensive-minded team that may be looking for help on offense as the season progresses.
Kenyon Martin Still Without Work
As a former No. 1 overall draft selection, you would think that power forward Kenyon Martin could at least warrant some interest going into his 13th NBA season.
So far this year, this is not the case. The 34-year-old Martin has not received any contract offers, according to reports from Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Martin has also expressed his willingness to play for the veteran's minimum salary of around $1.3 million, but he hasn't had any takers thus far.
Last season as a member of the Clippers, Martin pitched in averages of 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest. He also stepped up on defense during the Clippers' postseason run last year, averaging 1.7 blocks in just 17.5 minutes per game.
Whenever Martin does get picked up, the team that signs him can rest assured that they will be getting a player who will be happy just to have a job in the NBA.