The NBA preseason is finally about to tip off, and the rumors are beginning to swirl around the association.
Here are a couple of interesting rumors heading into the beginning of the preseason that are already raising some eyebrows around the league.
Orlando Magic Looking to Clean House?
Things haven't been pretty for the Orlando Magic the past couple of seasons, and now it looks like the team wants to start from scratch and begin its rebuilding process.
Brett Poirier from SheridanHoops.com reported that the Magic could be looking to trade Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo and Glen Davis, according to a source.
Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo and Glen Davis could be on the trading block come the deadline in February, an Orlando Magic source tells me.— Brett Poirier NBA (@BrettNBA) October 3, 2013
All three of these players have been solid pieces for this Magic team, but it looks like it really wants to clean house. Nelson is 31 years old, and although he's averaged at least 10 points per game in all but one season, he's played in less than 60 games in each of the last two seasons.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Nelson appears to understand the situation, saying:
I’m just here right now, Nelson said. That’s my goal: to be here as long as I can. Like I said in past years, I love it here and I definitely would like to stay. I understand things happen and it’s a business. Right now, I’m here and my job is to help lead and to help get these guys where we need them to be as a team and as an organization.
Afflalo and Davis are two key pieces that could be valuable additions to any team. Davis has been a key piece in the paint for the Magic, averaging 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season. Meanwhile, in his first season in Orlando, Afflalo had his most productive season, putting up 16.5 points per game while shooting 43.9 percent from the floor.
The expectations aren't high in Orlando, after the Magic went just 20-62 last season. The team will be looking for Victor Oladipo to step up in his rookie season, but it's clear that it wants to find pieces to build around him in the long run.
Royce White Stays Home as 76ers go to Europe
After a rocky stint with the Houston Rockets, Royce White has appeared in the news again, this time after reportedly not traveling with the team to Europe.
Bob Cooney from the Philadelphia Daily News tweeted that a source confirmed White did not travel with the team, and that the Philadelphia 76ers "gave him a pass" to stay back.
Not with Sixers in Europe, but source says Royce White did not make trip.— Bob Cooney (@BobCooney76) October 4, 2013
White, who suffers from anxiety disorder, planned to make the flight but team "gave him a pass," source told me.— Bob Cooney (@BobCooney76) October 4, 2013
The No. 16 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft has yet to play in an NBA game after playing in the D-league with the Rockets last season.
It has been quite public that White has a fear of air travel, and that would make sense regarding flying overseas for the preseason. The 76ers will be playing an overseas team in Spain on Sunday then another game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in England on Tuesday.
White's NBA future is up in the air right now, and he's fighting for a spot on the 76ers roster. Only time will tell if he makes the team, however, so it will be interesting to see how this situation plays out.