With another wild week of 2012 NBA regular-season basketball behind us, the rumors from across the league are starting to heat up.
Whether it’s the trade talk that surrounds Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, the possible free-agent signing of veteran Kenyon Martin or a major New York Knicks star reportedly taking a demotion, the buzz is through the roof.
If you love the NBA, these are the rumors you must keep an eye on as the season progresses.
While the transition to the Mike D’Antoni offense continues to be a slow process for star Los Angeles star forward Pau Gasol, the talk that the team would be looking to trade the veteran appears to be unfounded.
Marc Stein of ESPN.com is reporting on where the Lakers stand with the possibility of a trade involving Gasol:
Sources close to the situation stressed again this week that the Lakers don't want to even think about trading Gasol and making another huge on-the-fly change until after Steve Nash returns, based on the premise that it's impossible to make a judgment on whether the Gasol-Dwight Howard tag team is forever ill-meshing until Nash is playing 30-something minutes a night. I know Pau trade scenarios will continue to surface, but that's where things really stand as we speak.
The Lakers are hovering around .500 on the season and haven’t looked as elite as their talent would indicate. While many fans and experts want to blame Gasol for the team’s issues, the lack of Steve Nash and elite bench depth are two much bigger issues.
Gasol shouldn’t be traded at all; he is too good of a shooting power forward to not become a star in the fast-paced D’Antoni offense.
After the Los Angeles Clippers decided to not pursue the veteran power forward after last season, the attitude of Kenyon Martin has scared many teams away. One team still kicking the tires is the Boston Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting on the possibility of the Celtics signing Martin as the season progresses:
Boston hasn't completely ruled out an eventual conversation with Martin about a role on the team, but the most likely scenario would be for the Celtics to hold onto the roster spot and see who else might become available in the next couple of months.
The Boston Celtics need all the bodies they can get, and having Martin on the bench is a smart plan if the team goes down that road. With veteran leadership across the board and a coach like Doc Rivers, Martin would fall into line and be a productive player without much drama.
With the success of the New York Knicks to start the season without power forward Amar’e Stoudemire in the lineup, the questions about how the All-Star will fit into the rotation when he returns from injury has some thinking of the veteran as a bench player.
Ian Begley of ESPN New York is reporting on the possibility that Stoudemire will accept a role coming off the bench:
"All he cares about right now is helping the team and winning," said one source, who has been around Stoudemire regularly in recent weeks. "He'd be fine with coming off the bench if that's what they want."
This is a stunning development because of Stoudemire’s huge contract. There are very few times that a starter making the kind of money this young man is making would be considered for a bench spot, much less accept it.
If the Knicks can work Stoudemire off the bench early and finish the game with him on the floor like the Oklahoma City Thunder used to do with James Harden, this could be an amazing move for New York.
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