The NBA rumor mill is in full swing, and there are a number of big names that could be either finding a new home or missing substantial time.
Stars like Andrew Bynum and Josh Smith are in the news, and the uncertainty around their futures has these players’ names on the lips of every NBA fan.
All of the following rumors have been spreading like wildfire, but how much the NBA fans take out of each is really up to them.
Andre Bynum, C, Philadelphia 76ers
Despite working through a knee injury that has kept the newest Philadelphia 76ers acquisition off the floor so far this season, the latest report coming out is that star center Andrew Bynum hurt his other knee as well, setting back his recovery process.
Brian Windhorst and Chris Broussard of ESPN.com are reporting about Bynum’s current injury situation and what caused the damage to the other knee:
Multiple sources told ESPN on Saturday that Bynum suffered an unspecified injury this month while bowling. On Friday, Bynum revealed that -- on top of the issues with his right knee that could keep him sidelined until January -- he also had suffered a "setback" with his left knee.
This is bad news for a Sixers team that gave up their best player to get Bynum on the roster, and if this is the case, Philadelphia should be worried about the star’s future.
Bynum can become a free agent after this season, and if the injuries to the center’s knees don’t improve fast, the Sixers will have no choice but to let him walk.
Alec Burks, G, Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz are moving in a new direction as an organization, and it looks as if second-year guard Alec Burks is not part of that plan. With Utah underutilizing the talented, young player, the trade talk has already begun.
Sam Amico of Fox Sports is reporting on the rumors about Burks' availability:
Word around NBA is Jazz G Alec Burks is available. Burks, the 12th overall draft pick in 2011, has played in just 5 of Jazz's 10 games.— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) November 17, 2012
After a solid freshman season that saw him begin to develop an NBA-worthy game, the Jazz have pulled the plug and aren’t giving him a chance to shine.
Whatever the reason, there are teams with the need for guard depth that would kill for Burks; if he is truly available, a team will make a move.
Josh Smith, F, Atlanta Hawks
After an offseason full of free-agency departures, the Atlanta Hawks have been rumored to be looking to move star forward Josh Smith. Despite hitting free agency at the end of the season, the reports coming out now claim the team is not interested in moving Smith.
As least not for Pau Gasol.
Marc Stein of ESPN.com is reporting about the internal discussions in the Hawks organization about possibly dealing Smith this season:
Sources say that the Hawks, at present, have no interest in parting with Josh Smith and Kyle Korver for Gasol. Or even Smith and lesser parts for Gasol.
Positions can obviously change between now and the Feb. 21 trade deadline, but sources maintain that Atlanta has not been enticed in the least by the prospect of parting with the 26-year-old Smith -- even as he heads into unrestricted free agency -- for the 32-year-old Gasol.
While there is no doubt that this is would be a great move the Los Angeles Lakers, the Hawks are smart not to part ways with their star yet. If Smith won’t re-sign with the team, though, Atlanta must pull the trigger on the best deal possible.
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