While there aren’t a ton of rumors flying around with the NBA season just getting started—most teams will wait a few more weeks before attempting to blow things up—there are still quite a few juicy tidbits leaking out from certain franchises.
We’ve done you the service of picking out some of the more intriguing ones that are floating around the rumor mill right now and condensed them below, so read on to catch up on the latest basketball buzz.
Lakers Not Pursuing Another PG
With Steve Nash sidelined for potentially another four weeks with a fracture in his left leg, the Los Angeles Lakers are opting not to hit the free agency pile to bring in another point guard.
Should the Lakers bring in a different backup/replacement for Nash?
According to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, team brass isn’t going to explore bringing beloved veteran guard Derek Fisher back into the fold just yet, and recently released Delonte West isn’t on the radar either.
Steve Blake is currently starting, with Darius Morris playing the backup role and Chris Duhon coming in as a reserve. Darius Johnson-Odom is also an available PG, although he’s yet to see an NBA minute.
The Lakers recently won their first game and are expected to keep their roster consistent in order to build on that. Nash will certainly get the job back as soon as he's able to contribute again.
Flynn in the Land Down Under
Jonny Flynn never lived up to his No. 6 overall selection in the 2009 draft, bouncing to three different franchises and a stint in the D-League during his unimpressive four-year NBA career.
Now he’s reportedly taking his talents to Australia, where he will join the Melbourne Tigers of the Australian National Basketball League—according to a press release from the NBL.
It’s disappointing that the 23-year-old is already out of the NBA, and we wish him in the best in his quest to make it back.
Kobe Playing Until 40?
It sounds ridiculous, but apparently Kobe Bryant’s new goal is to play until he is 40 years old.
According to CNN Turk (h/t Mete Aktas), the Los Angeles Lakers superstar wants to continue his NBA career another six years. This news contradicts Kobe’s statement earlier this year in which the SG indicated he would like to retire within two years.
Bryant has been in the NBA since 1996 and the league would certainly seem a bit different without him playing, so here’s to the Black Mamba hopefully sticking around for another half decade.