NBA Rumors: Latest on Royce White, Josh Howard, NBA in Virginia Beach and More

Alex KayCorrespondent INovember 16, 2012

October 24, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Houston Rockets power forward Royce White (30) against the New Orleans Hornets during the first half of a preseason game at the New Orleans Arena.   Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

With the NBA season finally in full swing, there have been plenty of exciting rumors and speculation around the association.

Considering that no team has played more than nine games, it’s crazy that the Los Angeles Lakers have already fired Mike Brown and hired Mike D’Antoni as coach and the Charlotte Bobcats have made a splash by trading for Hakim Warrick.

It’s quite obvious the 2012-13 season is going to be a wild one, so let’s take a look at some other potential blockbuster moves that are churning through the rumor mill.


Rockets Sticking with Royce

The Houston Rockets and rookie Royce White are having a bit of a tough time right now, but it’s highly unlikely that the team will give up on the high-potential youngster.

According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, White is upset with not earning any playing time, plus feels the organization doesn’t support his mental illness and is now electing to “stay away” from the team.

White was last seen at Friday night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies, but he didn’t attend practice on Sunday, skipped the game vs. Miami on Monday, once again missed practice on Tuesday and was a no-show for Wednesday’s contest vs. the Hornets.

This behavior has drawn the ire of the Rockets' brass, and they intend to fine White for missing practices and not attending therapy sessions with a team doctor.

While owner Leslie Alexander made some comments that indicate he may regret drafting White, there are no plans to give up on him yet.

As per Feigen’s report:

“The Rockets, however, have no plans to trade or release White, the person familiar with their thinking said.”

Hopefully, White can get back on the court and work through this mental issue sooner than later.


T-Wolves Sign Howard

With Chase Budinger out up to four months with a torn meniscus, the Timberwolves direly needed to bolster their dwindling depth with a replacement swingman.

They have reportedly opted to sign Josh Howard to a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal, as per ESPN’s Chris Broussard.

Minnesota & Josh Howard agree to terms on 1- year, vets minimum deal, sources say

— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) November 15, 2012

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN had the scoop on Tuesday, noting that team president David Kahn brought in the former Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards and Utah Jazz guard/forward to workout earlier in the week.

Because of how injury-plagued the franchise has been to start the season, there was little time to evaluate many options. Howard has an All-Star pedigree and logged over 20 minutes per game last season with the Jazz, a team that wound up in the postseason.

His presence should certainly help the T-Wolves in the short term, and he could potentially become a key role-player for Minnesota’s potential playoff run.


Virginia Beach Still Hungry for NBA

While Virginia Beach may not sound like the most enticing destination for NBA basketball, the city is making a hard push to land a team.

Tony Bizjak of the Sacramento Bee is reporting that Mayor Will Sessions has met with numerous league officials and representatives to discuss moving a certain franchise to his city.

While it was never specified, numerous sources around the league are reporting that it’s the Sacramento Kings, an organization that has fallen on hard times in recent seasons.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Kings move from their current locale, but it might be a shocker to see them wind up all the way in Virginia.