The NBA rumors keep coming, and they are now starting to involve some of the bigger stars and some of the best teams in the game.
Let’s take a look at which players could be on the move and more of the latest buzz from around the Association in today’s rumor roundup.
Lakers to Wait and See on Gasol
Ever since new Los Angeles Lakers head coach benched Pau Gasol for the entirety of the fourth quarter in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, there has been a ton of speculation that the franchise would be looking to trade the PF.
Fortunately for the Spaniard, team brass has elected to take a more cautious approach. According to the Los Angeles Times’ Mike Bresnahan, the Lakers will evaluate how Gasol performs with Steve Nash back in the lineup and healthy upon his return from a leg fracture.
There has to be a reason that the 32-year-old is averaging a scant 13.4 points—well below his career average (18.6) and usual figures for this team. Gasol told Bresnahan that it is D’Antoni’s system and he’s trying hard to figure out how to contribute in a new fashion.
It's a different personnel, different need, different look, different system, different positioning. As a professional, you adjust to a different position in your company and try to do your best so the company still finds you a valuable asset and the company still performs as well as it did before.
It’s good to see the star is taking a professional approach to his unenviable situation, but there is still a chance the team looks to move him by the trade deadline. We’ll keep you updated with the latest on any potential trade right here on B/R.
Gooden on the Block
The Milwaukee Bucks don’t have a spot in their rotation for Drew Gooden, a serviceable 31-year-old power forward. He hasn’t seen a minute of floor time in 2012-13, despite averaging 13.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and a highly respectable Hollinger PER rating of 18.88.
Instead of Gooden, the Bucks are using rookie John Henson and Ekpe Udoh to man the 4, leaving the big man expendable.
According to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times, it’s probable that the franchise will move Gooden if a team is willing to absorb the remaining $20 or so million left on the five-year deal he signed back in 2010.
He’d be a valuable veteran on a contending team, but the Bucks would likely have to take on a bad contract. If they can get someone with the chance to soak up minutes, it’d be worth it for the 7-5 squad. If anything gets done or more specifics come out of Milwaukee, we’ll let you know immediately on B/R’s NBA page.
Bell’s Hollywood Dreams
Raja Bell has fallen out of favor with the Utah Jazz, and would love to reunite with coach D’Antoni in L.A., according to RealGM’s Shams Charania.
Raja Bell's camp continues to play the waiting game and stresses he'd love to end up w/ #Lakers, but succinct path to L.A. has a ways to go.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 27, 2012
Through 15 games, Bell hasn’t sniffed the floor for the Jazz and has irreconcilable differences with coach Tyrone Corbin. The veteran guard and the team need a split and a buyout or trade would be optimal.
If he’s free to sign with any franchise, we highly expect that Bell would land with the Lakers.
That’s not likely to happen anytime soon, but as we’ve come to realize, anything can happen in the NBA.