August is going to be a lean month for NBA news, but that won’t stop the rumor mill from constantly churning and bringing fresh stories about potential trades, free-agent signings and more to the top.
Even though all of the big-name, highly paid players have signed deals and most blockbuster trades have been discussed to death, there should still be plenty of fresh talk concerning veteran buyouts, deep-bench acquisitions and even a marquee player signing.
Let’s take a look at the former star that will likely sign soon, plus more of the latest buzz from around the league in Tuesday’s rumor roundup.
Greg Oden May Be Narrowing Down Choices
Last week, ESPN’s Marc Stein and Jeff Goodman reported that Greg Oden had narrowed his potential suitors down to six—the Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans, Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks—and would be making his decision soon.
Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears found that Oden is still considering these teams, but seems more intrigued by the Heat and Pelicans.
Free agent center Greg Oden appears most intrigued by Pelicans & Heat, source told Y! Sports. Decision still expected this week.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 28, 2013
Both offer distinct advantages and disadvantages that could completely alter how his comeback takes place.
In South Beach, Oden would only need to play limited minutes and has a real chance to win a championship. However, the weight of expectations would constantly be pushing down on him, and many of his contests would be nationally televised.
That comes in stark contrast to the Pelicans, as they are an under-the-radar squad that has playoff aspirations but little fanfare outside of the Big Easy. Oden could play a bigger role and stay out of the pressure cooker that is the national spotlight.
Regardless of where the former No. 1 overall draft pick ends up playing, it will be great to see him back in the league.
Oden has not participated in an NBA contest since Dec. 5 of 2009 and has played just 82 games during his five-year career.
Knicks Give Toure Murry Training Camp Invite
The New York Knicks are close to completing their final roster but still have a few contracts left to dole out.
With the re-signing of Kenyon Martin in the books, there is a good chance that the team uses training camp to find three more serviceable bodies for the upcoming 2013-14 campaign.
According to ESPN New York’s Jared Zwerling, Toure Murry has been invited to try out for one of those roster spots.
Source: Toure Murry has received a #Knicks training camp invite. But he's still weighing next season options.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) July 28, 2013
The former Wichita State star played D-League basketball with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers last year. He helped lead them to a championship and put up a triple-double in one of the final games.
He’s clearly a big-time player and could certainly contribute at the highest level but has to find the right situation.
If Murray can make some guaranteed money overseas and provide for himself and his family, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him jump at that chance.
The Knicks would be a great place to land, but the competition will be tough.
Celtics Hire Former Butler Guard
Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens is making his new position a bit more comfortable and a little like his old one.
According to Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe, Stevens has hired former Butler Bulldogs point guard Ronald Nored to a role in player development, a job that will include D-League responsibilities.
The recent South Alabama assistant joins his former coach in Beantown and is known as a front-office star on the rise. He could play a big role in the team’s future down the line.
As Holmes noted, Nored will join Micah Shrewsberry and Drew Cannon as the hires that have ties to Butler.
It may not be a bad thing, especially considering the success of that mid-major program over the past few years under Stevens.