With the 2013 NBA Trade Deadline behind us, the league has breathed a sigh of relief and returned its focus to the on-court aspects. With that being said, there is never a shortage of information on the rumor mill.
So what's the latest buzz going around the NBA?
From potential moves in free agency to buyouts and restructured contracts, we're hearing it all. Whether or not anything will come to fruition is unclear, but one thing is understood.
The rumor mill is running rampant, once again.
Houston Rockets to Pursue Andrew Bynum
According to Howard Eskin of Fox 29 TV, the Houston Rockets are expected to pursue Andrew Bynum when he becomes a free agent this summer. Their interest is reportedly high, as they are set to go the extra mile.
General manager Daryl Morey is already prepared to offer Bynum a contract.
Bynum averaged 18.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game in 2011-12.
Thus far in 2012-13, Bynum has missed every single game due to injury. He has now missed 185 games, and counting, since 2008—an average of 30.8 per season.
At 25, however, Bynum remains a hot commodity on the open market—Houston appears to be the first in line.
Raja Bell Buyout Update
Bill Oram of The Salt Lake Tribune transcribed an interview conducted by Spencer Checketts and Gordon Monson. During the interview, Checketts and Monson spoke with Utah Jazz Vice President of Basketball Operations Kevin O'Connor
As one might expect, the topic of Raja Bell arose.
We'll be willing to look at a buyout. We're not just going to let him walk away. We're paying him the money. [Checketts: Right] He's going to get money. He can't get all the money from us and then go make more with the Lakers. Oh, thank you. I'd get fired for that. I'd fire me for that.
Checketts: Is it a situation where you would be motivated to keep him under contract so he doesn't play for the Lakers?
O'Connor: Yeah, if we thought that was the best interest of the team. I'd like not to do that. I don't think you want to be in a situation where you're holding somebody hostage in that respect, but let's go back. Raja said, "Hey, I'll take a buyout." We've said it from the start: All we want is a minimum buyout. We never heard from him. He never said yes to it. We would have done it right away.
If Bell is unwilling to accept a minimum buyout, could it be that no team is willing to offer him another contract?
Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com reported last week that Bell has been telling those close to him that he will end up with the Los Angeles Lakers. With that being said, Bell's actions don't seem to be matching up with his words.
Perhaps a Bell to Los Angeles deal is not such a sure thing, after all.
Samuel Dalembert Buyout Update
Per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Milwaukee Bucks have suspended center Samuel Dalembert for one game. This comes after Dalembert was, reportedly, tardy for a team activity.
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, this has no impact on a potential buyout.
Bucks C Samuel Dalembert will not be receiving a buyout, a source told Y! Sports. He's suspended vs Dallas tonight for violating team policy— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 26, 2013
Dalembert is in the final year of his current contract.
The Bucks acquired Dalembert via trade during the offseason. The common theory was that he would have a major role, as the Bucks gave up a first round draft choice to acquire him.
Unfortunately, recently fired head coach Scott Skiles scarcely used him—that appears to have lingered in Dalembert's mind as he thinks of a future elsewhere.