NBA rumors are swirling as the season’s opening night approaches on October 30, with the commissioner in transition and teams setting their final rosters while injuries begin to plague different teams.
Let’s sort out the real from the imaginary and keep the rumor mill spinning during the final days of preseason.
An NBA Team Back to Seattle?
Yahoo! Sports expert Adrian Wojnarowski reported that David Stern would like to get a team in Seattle before he retires in 2014. His column stated:
He [Stern] has become a strong ally of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's group to bring back the NBA there. Ballmer's group has been trying to get the Maloof family to sell the Sacramento Kings, so that the franchise can eventually play in a new arena in Seattle.
Reports from league officials have indicated that they are pushing the Maloof brothers to sell the team to a potential Seattle buyer.
The Maloofs haven’t helped themselves nor their position in this saga. Stern indicated in his press conference that they have not alleviated plans for a new arena, in so many words, while not entertaining any buyers’ offers.
They are walking a delicate line and without stating their position, the Kings may no longer reside in Sacramento. Meanwhile, the team in Seattle looks more promising by the day.
Utah Jazz Extend Young Core
The Jazz have agreed to fourth-year options (via nba.com) with Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward and third-year options with Enes Kanter and Alec Burks through next season.
The deals seem like no-brainers for the Utah organization, which slowly but surely rebuilt this squad from the Deron Williams trade with Favors and these three draft picks.
The question now becomes if Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap are part of this team’s future plans.
Both frontcourt players’ contracts expire at the end of this season; the Jazz would be wise to get some value out of these players before they come off the books, unless they think they will make a free-agent splash.
Many options the team can go with here, but this writer believes a sign-and-trade may be beneficial to get a point guard that can lead this young core into the next five years.
It will be interesting to see how the Jazz play together with a changing of the guard happening almost simultaneously.
Cutting Delonte West Lead to Eddy Curry Making the Mavericks?
The Delonte West saga hit a dead end after his second suspension in two weeks, resulting in his release from the team, as ESPNDallas reported. Both incidents concern conduct detrimental for the team, also known as "let's keep it as vague as possible."
West didn’t fill us in with any more answers but signed off from Dallas with a heartful goodbye:
And it just ain't right..imma leave it at that..no ill will towards no one...I'm just sittin here across from the arena wit tear in my eyes— Delonte West (@CharleeRedz13) October 25, 2012
Now with West out of the picture, Eddy Curry in a Mavericks uniform does not seem far-fetched. Curry was a member of the Spurs until Tuesday, when they decided to waive him. The former No. 4 pick in 2001 spoke about why he thought he would end up in Dallas:
"I talked to them this summer, so I knew there was some interest there,’’ he said. “When they (the Spurs) waived me, I kind of knew this was going to be a situation for me.’’
Friday night, he will get the start in Dallas’ final preseason game with Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman ailing. Curry is proof that NBA dreams that are dead one day, could be alive the next one. Don’t give up Delonte, there’s a home for you somewhere.
If Eddy Curry can do it Friday, anybody can.