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NBA Rumors: 3 Players Dominating the Current Headlines

Nov 3, 2012; New York, NY, USA;  Brooklyn Nets small forward Gerald Wallace (45) looks to drive around Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the third quarter at Barclays Center.  Nets won 107-100.  Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
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Stephen FenechCorrespondent INovember 12, 2012

While most of our focus is on the play that takes place on the court, that doesn't mean that there aren't headlines elsewhere as well. 

The NBA regular season is about two weeks old, and there have already been a handful of unforgettable moments. 

The play on the court dominates the conversation, but the eventual success of many teams may be decided upon actions that take place off the court.

It is impossible to know all of the ramifications regarding offseason player movement, as it is too early in the season to make fair judgments regarding how things will ultimately play out. 

Here are a few of the players that are currently dominating the NBA headlines:

 

Gerald Wallace: Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets traded for Gerald Wallace prior to the 2012 deadline in hopes that he would aid in the team's attempt to retain Deron Williams. 

The Nets achieved their goal, as the team re-signed both Williams and Wallace in the offseason to ensure that they put a competitive team on the court in their first season in Brooklyn. 

After the Nets finalized their roster, speculation began about whether or not they were legitimate contenders in the Eastern Conference. 

Since the Miami Heat have represented the conference for the past two years in the NBA Finals, they are the team that all contenders are compared to. 

In an attempt to make the Wallace acquisition and subsequent four-year $40 million contract look better, rumors are circulating via NYDailyNews.com that Nets GM Billy King made the move to give the team an answer for LeBron James

While it doesn't matter why King made the trade, it is highly unlikely that his main reasoning behind trading for Wallace was to guard James in a far-off playoff series. 

Wallace was acquired in order to retain Williams, and the same could be said for the Joe Johnson trade that occurred in the offseason.  

Wallace is a good option to guard James ,but the Nets have a lot of work to do before they earn the right to face off with the defending champions in the playoffs.

Andrew Bynum: Philadelphia 76ers

Andrew Bynum will change the outlook of the Philadelphia 76ers when he returns from injury.

Since Bynum is the franchise cornerstone but has been unable to play, his name has been in the headlines almost nonstop. 

According to a rumor via NYDailyNews.com, some 76ers executives are starting to get concerned about Bynum's rehab and his potential debut date. 

The 76ers traded their previous franchise player in Andre Iguodala to acquire Bynum, and the trade was viewed in a positive light by the majority of the fanbase. 

When healthy, Bynum is the best center in the Eastern Conference and will create mismatches on a nightly basis.

If Bynum's return to the court doesn't come in the near future, then the front office may start to receive some criticism for putting the franchise in the hands of an injury-prone player.  

In the NBA, executives are judged based on what they have done recently and on the risky transactions that were made during their tenure. 

While it is way too early to truly panic about Bynum's future, that has not stopped the media storm that currently surrounds the center's injury and return to the court. 

Amar'e Stoudemire: New York Knicks

The New York Knicks are off to a 4-0 start, which is even more impressive considering that they have been without the services of Amar'e Stoudemire. 

After struggling with injuries during the majority of the lockout-shortened 2012 season, Knicks fans hoped that Stoudemire would stay healthy in order to start to build some chemistry with Carmelo Anthony

That has not been the case, as Stoudemire hasn't made his season debut due to a left knee injury. 

According to Mitch Lawrence of the NYDailyNews.com, there are rumors that the Knicks are fearful that Stoudemire might not be ready to return until the end of December. 

As long as the Knicks are winning, the calls for Stoudemire's return will be quiet.

The return of Amar'e is concerning, because he is yet to prove that he can complement Anthony's game on the court. 

If Anthony and Stoudemire can find a way to coexist, then they would quickly become a team that nobody wants to play in the postseason. 

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