NBA Rumors: 2 Big Storylines at the Moment
An end to the NBA offseason sure didn't bring an end to the NBA rumor mill. As the 2012-13 season gets underway, we're seeing new stories every day.
Will anyone look to pick up veteran Kenyon Martin from free agency? Will the Lakers add another backup guard now that Steve Nash could potentially miss a month?
Let's break down these two rumors and speculate as to where they might lead in the future.
Lakers Will Not Sign Another Point Guard Despite Injury to Steve Nash
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The Los Angeles Lakers will not add another point guard to their squad despite the injury to Steve Nash, sources told the L.A. Times' Mike Bresnahan.
The Lakers have five point guards on their roster including Nash. Veteran Steve Blake started in Nash's place and had six points, six assists and five steals in the Lakers 108-79 win over Detroit on Thursday. Aside from Blake, the Lakers have Chris Duhon, Darius Morris and rookie Darius Johnson-Odom.
The free-agent landscape isn't exactly crawling with exceptionally strong point guards at the moment. Former Laker Derek Fisher may be the best out there, although Gilbert Arenas is also available as well. Considering the Lakers already own a $100-million roster, it makes sense that they wouldn't add to their salary.
Nash will miss anywhere between one to four weeks, according to Bresnahan, and they seem prepared to survive it without adding anyone else.
Kenyon Martin Remains Unsigned Despite Offseason Interest from Multiple Squads
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Former Clippers forward Kenyon Martin is still looking for NBA work, even though, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, there were multiple teams interested in Martin during the offseason.
Sources told Spears that the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs all were interested in Martin. He spent last season with the Los Angeles Clippers and averaged 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 22.2 minutes a game.
Despite the early interest, it seems it all evaporated. Multiple squads could still use a backup big man, and it is a bit surprising that one as solid as Martin remains unsigned.
The Lakers could use another big man to play backup center. While the Lakers roll out both Antawn Jamison and Jordan Hill off the bench, neither is considered a sharp defender. Martin's size could give the Lakers some extra muscle down low.
The Houston Rockets are hot off their addition of James Harden, but they're inexperienced in the post. Omer Aisk starts at center, but neither Patrick Patterson nor Marcus Morris has been especially effective for the Rockets so far. The addition of Martin for the young squad could add another savvy veteran.
Finally, the Knicks would make an excellent fit with Martin. The Knicks have Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas off the bench, but Thomas is 40 years old and Camby has a history of health issues. Adding in Martin to give them some more bench toughness should really help fortify New York's bench.