There isn't an overwhelming amount of chatter on the NBA rumor mill at the moment, but there are some noteworthy developments to monitor early in the 2013-14 season.
Even though the Los Angeles Clippers are off to a strong 10-5 start, they are still seeking help in the frontcourt. With Lamar Odom's impending return to the league still up in the air, LA is looking elsewhere for depth.
A lot of speculation is surrounding the injury timeline of Memphis Grizzlies star center Marc Gasol, too, and depending on when he's able to come back, it will go a long way in shaping the fate of his squad's season.
Read on for more analysis on these situations and some other buzz from around the Association.
Chris Wilcox Reportedly Drawing Clippers' Interest
The best bigs that head coach Doc Rivers has coming off the bench include Antawn Jamison and Ryan Hollins—not exactly promising.
However, as Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports, the lack of past relationship between Odom and Rivers isn't helping a deal get accomplished between the two sides. Sources tell Stein that Odom should eventually have a third stint with the franchise.
If it doesn't happen, multiple sources say that Wilcox could be brought in, since Rivers coached Wilcox with the Boston Celtics for two seasons.
The Clippers may not want to wait too long to add to their frontcourt, because according to ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne, Odom and the team are in no rush to strike a deal:
Wilcox was the Clippers' eighth overall pick in the 2002 draft, and although he has never lived up to that billing, he is a serviceable role player who is an efficient shooter from the field and can rebound well.
Uncertainty About Gasol's Return from Injured Knee
Sam Amick of USA Today has spoken with sources who have knowledge of Gasol's injury situation, and the recovery timetable could be as short as four weeks or as long as 10 weeks.
...The best-case scenario for Memphis has [Gasol] returning in approximately four or five weeks. Or, depending on the uniqueness of his physiology, his ligament could take as much as 10 weeks to heal. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the timetable has not been determined officially.
Considering Gasol serves as the anchor for one of the best defenses in the game, the sooner he can get back to the hardwood, the better.
Memphis struggled when Gasol left its contest against the San Antonio Spurs in losing 102-86, with the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year logging just 10 minutes.
The coaching staff will have to count on Kosta Koufos in the meantime, and that might be too much for the Grizzlies to overcome to contend in the deep Western Conference.
Already sitting at 7-6, losing Gasol might knock Memphis far enough out of the playoff chase to recover by the time he returns. Thankfully for head coach Dave Joerger's team, there is still a lot of basketball to be played.
Multiple Teams Calling Denver Nuggets About Kenneth Faried
In his latest mailbag for the Denver Post, Chris Dempsey fortified the notion that multiple teams have contacted the Nuggets about standout forward Kenneth Faried.
Although the 2011 No. 22 overall pick is undersized at the 4, Faried is a dynamic, athletic and explosive leaper. He is currently averaging 11.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game despite being listed at 6'8" and 228 pounds.
Being able to post those kind of numbers at that size is just one element of what has multiple executives tantalized by the Morehead State product's abilities and his potential moving forward.
Some of Faried's physical gifts were also on display at last year's slam-dunk contest on All-Star Weekend.
Dempsey elaborated on the buzz Faried has been generating:
There have already been rumors about Kenneth Faried trades twice early this season, but the team is not shopping their young big. Faried, however, is one of the hottest names on the roster, so expect to hear more of this as the season progresses.
A number of teams have already called the Nuggets to inquire about the availability of Faried, and I don't expect that to just come to a screeching halt.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported earlier this month about a potential swap that involved Faried and the New York Knicks' Iman Shumpert, but it never materialized.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported on Nov. 13 that it would take a blockbuster trade for Faried to be on the move from Denver.
Faried is only 24 and still has plenty of upside.
Although there haven't been as many specific rumors to point to recently, the fact that it's being asked about in fan mail shows that it's still holding some water.
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