The NBA rumor mill has been extremely active the past few days, as plenty of juicy information has been leaking out from team sources around the league.
Whether it concerns former players making comebacks, franchises that could be on the move or anything else, there’s been plenty of exciting basketball talk lately.
Let’s take a look at some of the best and most notable buzz that is taking the Association by storm in Thursday’s rumor roundup.
Greg Oden’s Possible Return
The former Portland Trail Blazers bust made headlines when ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein’s sources found the big man is eyeing a return to the NBA.
Widely regarded as one of the biggest draft busts in basketball history, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2007 draft has appeared in just 82 games during a five-year career that ended when the Blazers waived him in March of 2012.
Now, the Miami Heat are one of the handful of teams keeping tabs on Oden, and there is talk that the team could sign him in order to facilitate his rehabilitation and get a potential star on a minimum contract.
The 24-year-old is currently enrolled in classes at Ohio State and working to get back in the league, so it will be worth monitoring this situation over the next few weeks to see how his recovery is coming along.
Latest on Sacramento Kings Potential Move
As of Wednesday, it seemed that a deal was imminent between the Maloofs and Seattle investor Chris Hansen’s group for ownership of the Kings. 24 hours later, things aren’t so clear.
According to Tony Bizjak, Dale Kasler and Ryan Lillis of The Sacramento Bee:
Two sources with knowledge of the situation adamantly told The Bee no deal is done and no formal offer has been made.
It seems that the two parties are further apart than initially thought and it’s possible that another buyer may step in with an offer, or Joe and Gavin Maloof may elect to hold onto the franchise.
We suspect it’s going to be a much longer and more arduous path to an eventual sale than was first being reported, so we will keep you updated with any further breaks in the developing story right here on B/R.
Kenyon Martin to New York Knicks?
The Knicks possess a plethora of creaky, veteran big men—but may be interested in adding another to the roster.
There has been talk that the organization is intrigued by Kenyon Martin, who last played for the Clippers during their Western Conference semifinals run in 2011-12. Martin would be an ideal fill-in while Amar’e Stoudemire adjusts to his return to the hardwood and Rasheed Wallace is out with a foot injury.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the franchise did an inquiry concerning the 35-year-old power forward, but is apparently willing to wait out the storm and see how Wallace recovers from the soreness in his left foot.
If things look gloomy for ‘Sheed or any of the other PF/C’s, expect K-Mart to get a ring and potentially sign with the Knickerbockers.