NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz on Mike Brown Replacement and More

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 02:  Head coach Mike Brown of the Los Angeles Lakers gives instructions during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on November 2, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  The Clippers won 105-95.  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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The NBA season is just over a week old, yet we are already hearing talk of veteran comebacks, potential trades and even the return of a legendary coach. You would think that things would have time to breathe before panic sets in, but there is no time for rest in this game.

Trying to separate what is real from what is fiction is a lesson in futility. If a team had high expectations coming into the season but gets off to a slow start, you might be able to see the writing on the wall.

This is an exciting time for the NBA, so why waste any more time? Here is the latest chatter from around the Association.


Jerry Sloan Taking His Talents to Hollywood?

The Los Angeles Lakers and Mike Brown have always seemed like they were headed for a bitter separation from the moment he was hired as head coach. When one of the most hyped teams in recent NBA history gets off to a 1-4 start, heads are going to start rolling. 

According to Sam Amick of USA Today, that process has already begun. According to Brown's agent, Warren Legarie, the embattled head coach has been fired. There are some people within the game who believe that Brown's successor will be someone basketball fans know very well:

“Jerry Sloan to L.A. by December 1,” one league source predicted. “Nash and Howard are the new Stockton and Malone. He wants a ring, not to mention the money. He didn’t seriously consider Orlando, Charlotte or Portland [openings] over the summer because he knew Los Angeles would open up.”

I've always found it fascinating that teams just want to put the biggest-name head coach they possibly can in a situation with a lot of big egos. What happens if the big-name coach doesn't work out? Who will the fans and players blame then? It can't be the fault of the players, right?

The Lakers will be fine, regardless of who their coach is. There is too much talent for them not to at least be a playoff team. We went through all the panic last year, and the Lakers still managed to win 41 games and the Pacific Division.


Richard Hamilton Is Ripe for the Picking

The Bulls have seemingly been trying to trade Richard Hamilton from the moment he first signed with them. That holds true as the 2012-13 season gets under way, though they aren't having much luck, according to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News.

It’s really no surprise, but the Bulls are having no luck trying to move Richard Hamilton, whose $5 million in 2012-13 is fully guaranteed.

Aside from just trying to dump salary, it doesn't make much sense for the Bulls to keep shopping Hamilton. He is not the player he used to be with the Pistons, but he is giving the Bulls nearly 12 points per game off the bench.

For a team that doesn't have much offensive firepower, Hamilton is a luxury that the Bulls can't afford to part with, especially with Derrick Rose on the shelf rehabbing from a torn ACL.


Veteran on the Comeback Trail?

When last we saw Antonio McDyess, he was playing with the San Antonio Spurs two years ago. He played sparingly but did average 5.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in that final season before retirement. 

Now, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that McDyess wants to see about a possible comeback this season:

After sitting out a season in retirement, former All-Star forward Antonio McDyess is contemplating a return to the NBA.

McDyess, 38, has been working out in Houston and has instructed his agent, Andy Miller, to gauge league interest in him.

Considering all the problems McDyess has had with his knees, it would be a surprise to see him land a job. But you can never say never, especially with someone who really went about his job the right way.

McDyess was never a superstar in the NBA, but he put up solid numbers throughout his career, made an All-Star team and represented himself and the league in the most professional manner.