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NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Bradley Beal, Nate Robinson and More

Jared Johnson@@jaredtjohnson21Featured ColumnistSeptember 7, 2015

Apr 14, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) is guarded by Indiana Pacers forward Solomon Hill (44) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Washington 99-95 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Are you ready for some basketball? The NBA offseason has rounded the final curve and is now headed toward the home stretch, with training camps starting September 26 and preseason competition beginning October 2.

Get pumped—you're now less than a month away from seeing your favorite basketball stars back in action.

League news is lean at this point, but a few names have been in the news recently. Let's look at some recent developments in the situations of Bradley Beal, Nate Robinson and Kendall Marshall.

Bradley Beal

The Washington Wizards have one of the best young backcourt duos in the NBA heading into the 2015-16 season. John Wall, who turned 25 on September 6, is a two-time All-Star point guard, and 22-year-old Bradley Beal is a knockdown shooter who's shown the potential to be an elite scorer in Washington's past two playoff runs.

However, Beal and the Wizards are having trouble coming to an agreement on a contract extension.

May 15, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) dribbles past Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) during the second half in game six of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA T
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

According to J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic, the two parties have reached an impasse because Beal wants a maximum extension, but the Wizards aren't willing to commit to that sort of money at this point. Michael speculates that the ball is in Beal's court, and the deal will go undone if the young shooting guard doesn't lower his demands.

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The move seems to be a smart one on the Wizards' part. Beal hasn't yet shown enough consistency to warrant a max contract, and entering the season without one guaranteed should motivate him to prove his mettle. From a financial standpoint, not committing to an extension now saves Washington cap space for next summer, when many assume it will go after D.C. native Kevin Durant and other big-name free agents.

Nate Robinson

For someone just 5'9" and 180 pounds, Nate Robinson has had a remarkable NBA career. He's played 10 seasons and pumped in 6,807 points, most of which have come in a reserve role.

As of Friday, though, it looks like Robinson could be taking his talents across the Pacific Ocean, per pro basketball reporter David Pick.

David Pick @IAmDPick

Source: Nate Robinson - with 648 NBA showings - mulling offer from Sichuan Blue Whales, China.

The Chinese Basketball Association is littered with former NBA players, including Robinson's former New York Knicks teammate, Stephon Marbury. Marbury, a star point guard for the Beijing Ducks, is the league's reigning Finals MVP and has won a total of three CBA championships.

Robinson's athleticism, diminutive size and playfulness have made him a fan favorite in the United States, but Chinese basketball followers would also be endeared to his scoring ability, no doubt.

Players regularly score more than 30 points per game in the CBA, but don't be surprised if KryptoNate gets close to 40 if he plays in China next season.

Kendall Marshall

The Philadelphia 76ers have been content drafting big men almost exclusively with their top draft picks as of late, but they've actually been stockpiling point guards this summer. They've acquired Pierre Jackson, Scottie Wilbekin and are now planning to sign Kendall Marshall, per Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski

Last season, it was mainly Michael Carter-Williams, Tony Wroten, Ish Smith and Isaiah Canaan manning the starting point guard position. Carter-Williams was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks at midseason, Wroten and Canaan are still with the Sixers and Smith has yet to sign with a team for next season.

So, who's the favorite to win the starting job? It's anybody's guess, but if I were head coach Brett Brown, it would be Marshall.

Dec 3, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Kendall Marshall (5) during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at BMO Harris Bradley Center.  Dallas won 107-105.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

As the No. 13 overall draft pick in 2012, he's a talented passer who averaged an impressive 8.8 assists in 29.0 minutes per game with the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2013-14 season. Yes, he's a negative in basically every other aspect of the game, but Philly's main objective for the upcoming campaign should be developing the Sixers' two franchise building blocks, big men Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor.

Marshall, with his top-notch court vision, should set up both for plenty of easy baskets down low.

Note: All dates, statistics and measurements are from Basketball-Reference.com and RealGM unless otherwise indicated.

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