NBA Rumors: Breaking Down Latest Buzz Around the Association
Now that some guy named Dwight Howard has been signed, teams have been looking into less expensive options on the market this summer.
Teams are also trying to find ways to shed salary and cut down their rosters.
Whether it be a fast-paced squad interested in a high-flying point guard or a team in Texas hoping to sign a former player, here's a breakdown of the latest rumors buzzing around the NBA.
Nate Robinson Headed for Denver?
Should the Nuggets sign Nate Robinson this summer?
According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Denver Nuggets are interested in free agent point guard Nate Robinson.
Robinson, who averaged 25 minutes per game with the Chicago Bulls last season in the absence of injured star Derrick Rose, isn't expected to be re-signed by the Bulls because Rose is due back next season, per Stein.
Stein wrote, "The prospect of a return to Chicago appears increasingly unlikely."
Robinson averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 assists last season. He shot 41 percent from beyond the arc. He ranked just above the league average in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5) among point guards who averaged at least 25 minutes per game, via Hoopdata.com.
The Nuggets, who ranked second in the NBA in pace last season (via NBA.com), would appear to be a good fit for the flashy guard. As a backup to Ty Lawson, Robinson could keep the tempo up off the bench.
Will Devin Harris Still End Up with Mavericks?
Point guard Devin Harris, who played for the Atlanta Hawks last season, agreed to a three-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks this summer, but a dislocated toe nixed the agreement.
However, the Mavericks are still thinking about signing Harris after his recovery, which should take about two to three months, according to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News. Harris would likely back up guards Jose Calderon and Monta Ellis in Dallas next season.
The 30-year-old, who played his first four NBA seasons with the Mavericks, averaged 9.9 points, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 58 games (34 starts) with the Hawks last season, averaging just under 25 minutes per game. He ranked below the league average in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.24) among point guards who averaged at least 20 minutes per game, via Hoopdata.com.
While most of Harris' numbers were down from 2011-12 last season, he did play a bit better defensively, holding opposing point guards to a PER of 13.6, via 82games.com.
Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries Headed Out of Boston?
After the blockbuster trade that sent Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets, it's not a surprise that the Boston Celtics are reportedly attempting to unload the hefty contracts of Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries.
According to CSNNE Celtics insider Sherrod Blakely (via CSNNE.com), the Celtics are looking for suitors for Wallace and Humphries this summer.
It's not only the money both players demand, it's also the fact that the Celtics don't currently have enough roster spots to keep everyone.
Wallace had a miserable campaign last season, averaging 7.7 points on 40 percent shooting (including making just 28 percent of his three-point attempts). On the other hand, he averaged 15.2 points, 6.6 rebounds. 2.7 assists and 1.5 steals in 16 games with the Nets in 2011-12. Still, his PER was below the league average among small forwards who averaged at least 30 minutes per game during that time, via Hoopdata.com.
As for Humphries, the 28-year-old power forward averaged 5.8 points and 5.6 rebounds for the Nets last season. His rebounding numbers weren't bad, considering he averaged just 18 minutes per game. He ranked ninth in total rebound rate among all power forwards who averaged at least 15 minutes per game, via Hoopdata.com.
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