The 2012-13 campaign is only a couple of weeks old, and yet the NBA's rumor mill is already in midseason form.
There's some sort of gossip surrounding all 30 teams as we slowly figure out which franchises we can put into the "contender" and "pretender" camps. The league's trade deadline is still a few months away, but as we learned with the James Harden situation, anything is possible at any given time.
While there are a few rumors that have actual weight to them, there is a fair amount of speculation that should be taken with a grain of salt. Then again, very few people thought that the Los Angeles Lakers would fire head coach Mike Brown five games into the 2012-13 season, and that's exactly what happened.
Both Gordon and Hornets head coach Monty Williams gave vague, yet telling answers about Gordon's knee injury at the start of the season, and two weeks later, it's still difficult to determine what the truth really is. Add into the mix the fact that Gordon all but begged New Orleans not to match the offer sheet that he signed with Phoenix in July, and you have a situation in the Big Easy that appears to be highly combustible.
Whatever the relationship between Gordon and the Hornets is at this point, it hasn't deteriorated to the level where a trade is being discussed, and the lack of such talk is probably best for all parties involved.
There was some scuttlebutt before the season that concerned a possible trade for Anderson Varejao, but it's safe to say such talk is dead in the water.
The Cleveland Cavaliers' 6'10" big man is averaging career highs in both points and rebounds and is clearly the second-best player on a Cleveland team that has playoff aspirations. There's pretty much zero chance that Varejao gets dealt this year, especially since the Cavs have plenty of cap room to keep him in the fold until his contract runs out in 2015.
It's no secret that Cleveland would like an upgrade over its current situation at small forward, but Varejao will not be the trade chip that makes that happen.
Before James Harden was traded to the Houston Rockets, the Minnesota Timberwolves made a feeble attempt to acquire the former Oklahoma City sixth man.
According to 1500ESPN, the Timberwolves reportedly offered forward Derrick Williams and a few first-round picks to the Thunder, but the talks didn't go anywhere. Oklahoma City wound up getting a bounty for Harden from the Rockets and also avoided trading their former star to one of their division rivals in the process.
The fact that Minnesota actually believed that such a half-baked package could land them Harden is laughable, and for that reason alone, this rumor/story borders on the ridiculous.
In the wake of the Mike Brown firing, Jerry Sloan's name was floated out on the rumor mill as one of the finalists for the vacant head coaching position. However, the former Utah Jazz coach isn't actively campaigning for the job, nor has anyone from the Lakers even contacted him.
"I haven't talked to anybody (from the Lakers)," Sloan told Sam Amick of USA Today. "That's what's interesting is that I didn't talk to anybody because it looks like I'm just trying to take every job that comes up, and I don't like that. So I'll just keep out of it."
Sloan has maintained a low profile since he parted ways with the Jazz back in February 2011, but he remains interested in coaching in the NBA again. That said, it doesn't appear that he'll be heading up the Lakers anytime soon.
The rumors of a possible move by the Sacramento Kings to Virginia Beach simply won't go away, despite the multiple denials coming out of the Sacramento front office.
Kings co-owner Joe Maloof flatly denied a report that a representative of the team had met with Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell regarding a possible move. Live Nation and Comcast-Spectacor are extremely interested in luring a major sports franchise to the Virginia Beach market, but the rumor simply doesn't have any legs as of yet.
Meanwhile, the Kings' future home is still to be determined, but it's highly unlikely that the owners will decide to move the franchise across the country without a very lucrative arena deal.