NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding League's Injured Stars
The 2012-13 NBA season is just a little more than two weeks young, but already we've witnessed a handful of devastating injuries.
Arguably the most high profile injury was suffered by Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash in his second game with the Lake Show on Halloween. The good news for Lakers fans, according to Kevin Ding of The Orange County Register, is that Nash is expected to return sometime close to Thanksgiving.
With that being said, the two-time MVP isn't the only superstar rehabbing a body part this November.
Let's take a look at the latest NBA injury buzz.
Tyler Zeller to Return Saturday vs. Mavs?
Cleveland Cavaliers rookie center Tyler Zeller, who suffered a concussion two weeks ago in a win over the Clippers in Los Angeles, could be back on the floor for the Cavs in their next game against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.
Head coach Byron Scott had the following to say about Zeller's potential return (via Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal):
"Hopefully he’ll get a chance to practice Thursday or Friday. Then if all goes well, I’m hoping he’ll be ready to play Saturday."
The former North Carolina Tar Heel has played in four games for Cleveland this season and is averaging 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in less than 19 minutes per game.
The Cavs are 0-4 without Zeller and desperately need the seven-footer back to boost the second unit.
Andrew Bogut Out Until Thanksgiving Eve
Golden State Warriors big man Andrew Bogut will likely be out of the team's lineup until next week in order to rest his left ankle, which he injured last season with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Head coach Mark Jackson announced that Bogut would miss Golden State's three-game road trip, which is set to begin on Friday in Minnesota (via CSNBayArea.com's Matt Steinmetz):
No, he won’t make the trip. We’re going to stick true to the rehab and try to get him as strong as possible and when he’s ready to play, he’ll play. But he won’t be on the trip.
The former No. 1 overall pick in 2005 has started four games for the Warriors in 2012-13, but only averaged six points and 3.8 rebounds in a little more than 18 minutes per night. The Warriors are 1-2 without Bogut and will return home from their road trip to host the Brooklyn Nets on Thanksgiving Eve.
Assuming Bogut's ankle is ready by then, that's when he could play soonest.
T-Wolves Targeting Veterans to Replace Injured Chase Budinger
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Chase Budinger is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after having surgery done to "repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee," according to a release on Tuesday from the team's official website.
According to 1500 ESPN's Darren Wolfson, the T-Wolves have been working out veterans they could potentially sign in the coming days:
Two league sources said the Wolves worked out free agent wing Josh Howard in Dallas on Monday. The team had a healthy contingent there for the night's game vs. the Mavericks. The Wolves have also started talks again with free agent wing Mickael Pietrus' camp. With no salary cap flexibility barring a trade, it's a matter of convincing someone to take what they can offer and enjoy the minutes.
Pietrus is the better option if the T-Wolves are looking for a sharpshooter to run to the wing and a player who can play solid individual defense. However, Howard has been a better scorer during his time in the league, averaging 14.5 points per game compared to Pietrus' 8.4 per game.
In addition to Budinger, Brandon Roy, J.J. Barea and Nikola Pekovic are all banged up for Minnesota.
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