We are more than two-thirds of the way into the 2012-13 NBA regular season. With the final stretch upon us and the postseason in sight, one might be inclined to believe that the only focus across the league is the playoffs.
In the words of Lee Corso, not so fast, my friend! The rumor mill is running rampant, even with the regular season approaching its conclusion.
So who's going where and what should we know as the postseason takes shape and the offseason looms?
For some, there is an instance of swallowing pride and taking the proper steps towards a return to the NBA. For others, they're simply hoping to heal from injury before making a decision on their future.
As we can only expect, the inevitable buyout talks have gained traction, as well.
The question is, what players are finding their respective names along the rumor mill? Furthermore, which teams could benefit from their arrival or departure?
Let's find out.
Delonte West to the D-League
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Delonte West will report to the NBA D-League. West will play for the Dallas Mavericks' affiliate, the Texas Legends.
This comes after a February report via Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports in which West reportedly declined a spot on the Legends' roster.
Wojnarowski reports that teams were skeptical of signing West due to questions about his character. He was suspended twice during the preseason and was eventually waived by the Mavericks before the regular season began (via ESPN Dallas).
After experiencing the ills of unemployment, West is expected to join the Legends in an attempt to make an NBA roster by season's end.
For his career, West is averaging 9.7 points, 3.6 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 27.4 minutes. He's also a career 37.2 percent shooter from three-point range.
With 58 games of postseason experience, one has to imagine teams will watch West's situation closely.
Greg Oden Won't Sign Until Summer
According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, former No. 1 pick Greg Oden will not sign with an NBA franchise until the summer. Oden had garnered interest from multiple teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Since being drafted in 2007, Ogden has played in just 82 regular season games. The last time he saw regular season game action was December 5, 2009.
Per Amico, Oden has undergone three micro-fracture knee surgeries and is now pursuing a comeback.
During his 82 career games, Oden displayed the signs of a future star. Despite averaging just 22.1 minutes, he posted 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks on 57.7 percent shooting.
Prior to his injury in 2010, he was averaging 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 23.9 minutes.
Houston Rockets Pursuing Aaron Brooks
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Houston Rockets are the prime candidate to acquire point guard Aaron Brooks. This comes after Brooks agreed to a buyout with the Sacramento Kings (via ESPN).
Brooks played for the Rockets from 2007 to 2011.
While with Houston, the former Oregon Duck standout won the 2010 Most Improved Player of the Year award. He averaged 19.6 points and 5.3 assists that season.
Since then, Brooks has played for the Phoenix Suns, Kings and Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.
Prior to his recent buyout, Brooks was averaging 8.0 points and 2.3 assists in 20.8 minutes with the Kings. As Sacramento acquired Toney Douglas, however, Brooks became expendable.
Seeing as Douglas came over from Houston, the Rockets are now left with a void in the backcourt—it appears as if they plan on filling that hole with an ex-Rocket.
DeJuan Blair Buyout Update
The never-ending saga between the San Antonio Spurs and big man DeJuan Blair continues. Unfortunately, that's all it's going to do until Blair becomes a free agent this summer—continue.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Blair was seeking a buyout. The Spurs refused to oblige, however, as they didn't want to help the competition.
With a large market for the big man, the Spurs don't want to damage their postseason chances by allowing Blair to improve another team's ability to win.
...sources close to the situation say that Blair had interest in negotiating a buyout before Friday's deadline for playoff eligibility, since it's clear that neither Blair nor the Spurs have any interest in continuing the relationship beyond next season.
The Spurs, though, don't want to let Blair go now, since he'd surely be snapped up immediately by another playoff team.
Right or wrong, that's the way it is.
For what it's worth, Blair is making the Spurs look brilliant for holding on to him. He's averaging 15.5 points over the past two games, shooting 71.4 percent in the process.
Perhaps the 23-year-old has a brighter future in San Antonio than we had presumed.