With July at its endpoint, the once-busy NBA offseason has begun to slow down, and the surging stream of interesting tidbits from the rumor mill has been reduced to a trickle.
Regardless, there are still quite a few intriguing stories for basketball junkies to keep an eye on as the summer winds to a close.
Let’s take a look at some of the day’s best buzz in Tuesday’s rumor roundup.
Knicks Considering Delonte West
The New York Knicks are strapped for cap space, but they are still trying to maximize value and find an impact player to round out their roster.
According to CSNNW.com’s Chris B. Haynes (via ESPN New York’s Ian Begley), the team has had preliminary discussions with veteran guard Delonte West, but they have yet to make an offer.
West is best known for his on-court efforts with the Boston Celtics—the team that selected him No. 24 overall in the 2004 draft—Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks.
He holds averages of 9.7 points, 3.6 assists and 2.9 rebounds, plus he is more than capable of playing solid defense against opposing guards.
However, his off-the-court troubles have kept him out of the league since 2012, and his bipolar disorder has been an issue since 2008.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Knicks take a chance on West, as he has a ton of potential and is capable of contributing, but he may be a headache in the locker room and away from the game.
Sixers May Be Closer to Ending Coaching Search
Doug Collins resigned as head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers back on April 18 of this year, but the team has yet to hire a new candidate to the position.
It seems that new general manager Sam Hinkie is getting closer to making his decision, as Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has found that current Portland Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool has emerged as a top option for the gig.
Wojnarowski also noted that San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown, Boston Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga and Michael Curry—a holdover from Collins’ staff—have all made great impressions during the process.
Whomever the Sixers end up tabbing will have their work cut out for them.
The team is entering a full-blown rebuild mode around two prospects selected in the 2013 NBA draft—Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams—plus the potential to bring in two more lottery picks next summer.
Expect the next coach to have a long leash and plenty of leeway to identify and develop talent during his tenure at the top.
DeJuan Blair to Mavs?
DeJuan Blair has held out for much of the free-agency period waiting for the right contract offer to come along.
That looks like it will pay off, as ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that the Dallas Mavericks are on the verge of reaching an agreement with the free-agent big man.
Stein found that the projected signing is “promising,” as the Mavs look to surround superstar Dirk Nowitzki with a number of new faces in the frontcourt.
Blair had his poorest season since entering the league last year, as he fell out of the San Antonio Spurs rotation and didn’t receive his normal minutes.
He should play a much bigger role in Dallas and could be one of the nicer success stories of the 2013-14 season if everything pans out.
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