The 2012-13 NBA season is quickly coming to a close, but that hasn’t coincided with a slow down in rumors.
In fact, there’s been plenty of buzz recently concerning some of the most notable players in the league. While much of the focus is no longer on trades, there are still injuries, signings, impending free-agency plans and much more to discuss.
Let’s take a look at the latest talk surrounding some of the Association’s biggest stars in Monday’s rumor roundup.
With Gasol still sidelined with injury, the trade deadline behind us and the Lakers on the cusp of making the playoffs, it’s a bit surprising that the Spaniard is once again prominently involved in speculation regarding a potential transaction.
What should the Lakers do with Gasol?
This time, Comcast NBA insider Ric Bucher spoke with NBA salary cap expert Tom Penn about L.A. possibly using its amnesty clause on the veteran forward.
Apparently, the option of clearing his $19 million cap figure from the books is being discussed, as it could possibly save a lot more than that if the team winds up avoiding the luxury and repeater taxes.
Any required action is still months away, but it’s certainly worth it for the organization to internally discuss this issue and the ramifications of amnestying Gasol, trading him or keeping him for the 2013-14 campaign.
We imagine the 32-year-old’s play upon his return will have a huge impact on what direction the franchise decides to go in this summer.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly been in hot pursuit of this injury-plagued big man for a while now and seemed to be a step closer to nabbing him this past Friday.
According to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, Oden was in attendance for the Cavs' contest against the Memphis Grizzlies as Mike Conley Jr.’s guest.
Conley Jr., the Griz’s starting point guard, is a childhood friend and former teammate at Ohio State. He got his friend some great seats, just five rows behind the Cleveland bench.
However, Oden didn’t stay seated there for long, instead being invited by arena officials to sit in absent owner Dan Gilbert’s courtside spot. It was a nice gesture and could help the Cavs finally ink the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft to a contract.
As per Lloyd, the organization has a two-year deal on the table, one that would begin immediately and includes a team option for a third season.
It appears that Oden is in no hurry to ink his name to the deal, despite having only appeared in 82 games during his five-year NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Should the seven-footer decide to wait until this summer, there’s a chance he can sweeten the pot by inflating his value and inciting a bidding war between numerous teams expected to have cap room.
The New York Knicks will be without Amar’e Stoudemire for approximately six weeks as he undergoes and recovers from right-knee surgery, leaving the door wide open for Kenyon Martin to sign a long-term deal with the organization.
Ian Begley of ESPN New York reported:
The Knicks, of course, have the option to get rid of Martin at the end of his current 10-day deal. That wasn't likely to happen before the Stoudemire injury and it's almost definitely not going to happen now.
K-Mart struggled in his first real action of the 2012-13 season, scoring just four points and grabbing one rebound before fouling out in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
However, the veteran recovered and came back strong this past Saturday, dropping 10 points and grabbing six boards in 22 minutes versus the Utah Jazz.
With the free-agent market so thin, we can’t see the Knicks front office dropping Martin for another big man. Expect K-Mart to sign on for the remainder of the campaign in the near future.