With Thanksgiving now behind us, the NBA season is truly in full swing—meaning the rumor mill is churning out some plausible potential trades and deals, and slumping teams are seriously considering all sorts of transactions to turn their 2012-13 campaign around.
Let’s take a look at some of the latest whispers and buzz being generated around the league, and highlight some of the more interesting rumors floating around the net.
Darko Milicic Cut
In sad news, the Boston Celtics have waived reserve big man Darko Milicic, an offseason acquisition expected to bolster their depth down low.
Unfortunately, the seven-footer reportedly returned to his native Serbia to tend to his ill mother, something far more important than basketball.
ESPN’s Chris Forsberg found that Doc Rivers encouraged the former No. 2 overall pick to take a break from the game.
"It's pretty much unemotional because you never got a chance," Rivers said. "I'd liked to have had that opportunity, I thought we were building him. But you know how I feel about all the other stuff outside of basketball -- I think that's more important."
With Milicic out of the picture, Boston now has an empty roster spot. They could call up Fab Melo from the D-League or bring in a veteran big man. Regardless of what the team brass decides to do, it doesn’t seem like there is much urgency to the situation.
Andrew Bynum Done?
Those are three words that the Philadelphia 76ers fear, but it seems that might be the case if an independent surgeon is correct in his diagnosis.
According to Jason Wolf of The Delaware News Journal, this unaffiliated doctor—who hasn’t seen any MRI results or anything beyond what the Sixers have released to the public—believes that Bynum is suffering from “osteochondritis dessicans lesions” and could miss the entire 2012-13 season.
There is even a chance the big man will need surgery and up to a year to recover, according to Wolf’s discussion with this outside doctor.
While this isn’t anything close to an official report, it’s not good news for hungry Sixers fans looking for any information or updates on when they’ll see their new center on the court.
Considering Bynum is making $16.5 million this season and cost Philly a star in Andre Iguodala, plus draft picks, it would be an absolute travesty to see him on the bench for the entire 2012-13 campaign and become an unrestricted free agent over the summer.
Flopping Rule Enforced
It seems the NBA is quite serious about punishing floppers, with Reggie Evans of the Brooklyn Nets drawing a $5,000 fine from the league office for his second offense.
Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski had the scoop on this infraction and penalty.
This is the first fine that the league has doled out to a flopper, and interesting enough it was Evans—the player featured in the demonstration video outlining what referees and those who review the tape should look for when penalizing.
As a league executive texted on Reggie Evans as NBA's first fined flopper: "...fitting, since he was the star of the demonstration video."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) November 21, 2012
It’ll be interesting to see if this minor financial setback will deter Evans from his egregious acting on defense, or if the wily forward will continue to incur violations for flops.