The 2013-14 NBA season is just around the corner, but there are still plenty of teams looking to make some last-minute adjustments to their rosters at the midpoint of October.
Whether these minor changes occur via trade or free agency remains to be seen, but there is a fair amount of buzz surrounding both types of transactions.
Let’s take a look at the latest from the around the league in Wednesday’s rumor roundup.
Rip Hamilton Drawing Interest
There are a number of organizations looking for some veteran help at shooting guard going into the upcoming campaign, so it makes sense that Richard Hamilton is reportedly topping a number of shortlists.
As per Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico, Hamilton has piqued the interest of the Denver Nuggets and should continue to garner consideration for a roster spot as the season draws nearer.
The 35-year-old most recently played for the Chicago Bulls and holds averages of 17.1 points, 3.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds during his 14-year career.
Even though he’s lost a step and dealt with numerous injuries in his advanced age, Hamilton still contributed 9.8 points, 2.4 assists and 1.7 rebounds per contest in 50 games during the 2012-13 campaign.
Hamilton still has plenty of value in this league, whether it is as a veteran option shoring up a deep bench for a playoff contender or serving as a sage mentor for a rebuilding team.
Marquis Teague Trade Talk Heating Up
The Chicago Bulls finally returned Derrick Rose to solidify their lineup and point guard position, which is possibly why the backup point guard could be dealt in the coming weeks.
Utah would be bringing in Teague as a replacement for injured rookie Trey Burke, who is out for the next 8-12 weeks after fracturing his index finger and undergoing surgery.
The Timberwolves are an interesting spot for the 20-year-old to wind up, as J.J. Barea and Alexey Shved are both capable of playing minutes behind Ricky Rubio at the 1. Regardless, Teague is a more natural point guard and would bolster the backcourt rotation and inject it with some youth.
Teague holds averages of 2.1 points, 1.3 assists and 0.9 rebounds while playing just 8.2 minutes in 48 contests last season. He was the No. 29 overall pick in the 2012 draft and still possesses plenty of upside.
Lakers Ready for “Substantial” Trade?
It’s never a quiet offseason in Los Angeles, as the Lakers may be on the verge of making a splash ahead of the 2013-14 tipoff.
As per Amico, there’s some buzz around the league that the organization could make a “substantial” move in the coming weeks and doesn’t consider veteran forward Pau Gasol an untouchable asset.
The 33-year-old Gasol is in the last year of his contract and is being paid over $19 million. He could help a contender get over the hump or help a rebuilding team clear up a significant chunk of cap space next summer and is arguably L.A.’s most valuable trading chip at this juncture.
With Kobe Bryant still working his way back from injury and a host of unproven talent on the team’s roster, it wouldn’t come as a major shock if general manager Mitch Kupchak pulled the trigger on a mega-deal involving Gasol or any of L.A.’s other assets.
The Lakers are a fringe contender at best right now, so a desperate move to try to improve their position in the Western Conference could be the organization’s best option.