NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz on Kobe Bryant and More Stars Around the League

Alex KayCorrespondent INovember 7, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 21:  Dwight Howard #12 (L) and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers talks as they warm up to play the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center on October 21, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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With the NBA season just getting off the ground, it’s tough to find good trade rumors and other transaction-based talk, but there is still plenty of interesting buzz surrounding the association.

Read on for a condensed roundup of some of the early whispers and rumors flying about.

 

Kobe Bryant Playing ‘til 40?

It sounds ridiculous, but the Black Mamba is seriously considering playing until he’s 40.

According to TrendBasket.net (h/t ProBasketballTalk), Bryant’s goal is to play for six more years now that he has Steve Nash and Dwight Howard surrounding him, making him feel younger and more productive than he has felt in recent years.

While Bryant didn’t specifically mention that he’d stay in the NBA during that time period—as he delved into offers he had from Besiktas in Turkey and other interested parties abroad—it’s going to be quite hard to pry the superstar away from the only professional team he’s known.

As long as Kobe is putting up points and making a difference, while inching closer to surpassing Michael Jordan’s six championships, there’s a great chance he keeps coming back.

 

Steve Nash Out At Least Another Week

While we're on the subject of the Lakers, CBS Sports’ Ken Berger has some insider information from L.A.’s medical staff concerning their superstar point guard.

Latest info from Lakers' medical staff has Steve Nash missing about 7-10 days, according to a person briefed on the point guard's prognosis.

— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) November 5, 2012

The future Hall of Famer is likely to return to the court in seven to 10 days, as he is still recovering from a small fracture in his left fibula.

Considering the club was prepared to wait up to a month for Nash to get back in action, this is a great prognosis.

 

K-Mart Looking for a Team, Any Team

Kenyon Martin is healthy and hungry to get back to the NBA, but he can’t find a squad that is interested in taking him.

According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, Martin is quite upset about this and can’t figure out why.

"If someone calls me tomorrow, I don't care who it is, whether it's losing or winning at this point," Martin said. "If someone calls me tomorrow and wants me to come in, I'm going. Guys are going down and [teams] are like, 'Well, we are going to stick with what we got.' I'm like, 'Really?' I started questioning myself, 'Am I that bad of a guy?' "

While Martin doesn’t have the best reputation, there is no doubt that he’s a much more productive player than many currently on NBA rosters.

 

Stay tuned to B/R to find out the latest on Martin and his quest to find a franchise, plus more NBA news and rumors.