NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz on Dwight Howard, Delonte West and More

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2013

Jan 20, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) reacts to a technical foul called against him against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Lakers 108-103. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA trade deadline is a few short weeks away and the rumors leading up to it have become more and more intriguing as the days go by.

There’s plenty of exciting buzz concerning potential transactions, but there’s also talk about long-time players returning to the league and much more.

Let’s take a look at some of the hottest rumors out there in our Friday roundup.


Dwight Howard

The Dwightmare continues in 2012-13. The Los Angeles Lakers are mightily struggling and reports are starting to surface that the superstar center is struggling to get along with his teammates.

According to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, there was a team-only meeting before Wednesday’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies and Kobe Bryant apparently called out the big man.

Howard seemed shaken by allegedly being asked if he liked playing with the Black Mamba. Following the meeting, he apologized in front of reporters.

"It starts with me," he said Wednesday. "I have to be more of a player out there on the court and not worry about anything, not complain. Just do what I do best."

With the Lakers down to 17-25 on the season, it will be interesting to see what the franchise elects to do with the trade deadline looming and time running out to make a playoff run.


Delonte West

The former Dallas Mavericks guard has been out of the league since November, but is attempting to make a comeback and will start by joining the D-League.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, there are a number of teams interested in his services, including the Memphis Grizzlies—who have roster space after trading away Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington and Josh Selby to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jon Leuer.

The organization is apparently weighing whether or not to dole out a 10-day contract to the eight-year veteran, who would join the top team on the D-League waiver wire if not given a deal by Memphis.

Keep an eye out for where West lands over the next few days.


Zach Randolph

While much of the trade talk in Memphis has been about Rudy Gay, it seems Zach Randolph could be the player on the move come the Feb. 21 deadline.

According to Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD, the Houston Rockets are interested in the veteran power forward and there is a possibility that the two franchises get a deal done.

Source says that the Memphis Grizzlies may keep Rudy Gay, and instead trade Zach Randolph to the Houston Rockets. Houston loves Randolph.

— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) January 20, 2013

It’s looking like there’s certainly going to be a blockbuster involving the Grizzlies sooner or later, and we’ll be keeping close tabs on this situation.