The NBA offseason has died down and with the summer league complete, the league has reached a quiet point. However, there are a still few notable rumblings, including an injury update for John Wall. Here are the latest NBA rumors you need to know.
When Will John Wall Return?
The Wizards' star underwent surgery on both of his knees after season ended. His goal has been to make it back for the season opener, but that's not guaranteed.
"I’m right where I’m supposed to be but I’m not in no rush," Wall told reporters today. "I’m just taking it day by day and just hopeful that I’m ready for the opening of the season."
The right knee surgery was relatively minor, although the left knee one was more serious. Wall has been cleared to workout, but not to play one-on-one yet.
J.J. Hickson Leaving NBA?
After playing for both the Wizards and Nuggets last year, J.J. Hickson is on the verge of leaving the NBA.
J.J. Hickson, last with Nuggets and Wizards, negotiating a deal in China, according to source.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) August 19, 2016
It's a massive fall for a player the Cavs once refused to trade as part of a deal for Amare Stoudemire. The 27-year-old power forward has failed to top double-digits points per game in each years since the 2013-14 season.
Kyle Singler Expects To Start?
With Kevin Durant gone, the Thunder need a new starting small forward. And Kyle Singler hopes he'll be the beneficary of at least a few more minutes this year.
"When I was trying to think about how I want to maximize my summer, my first thing I wanted to do was play as much basketball as possible,” Singler told The Oklahoman. "I knew that summer league was coming around and guys were gonna be here working out, playing. I thought that was a great opportunity to come in for sure."
The problem is, Singler is coming off a season that perhaps his worst ever.Josh Huestis and maybe even Andre Roberson will push for minutes at small forward.
Thunder Add Semaj Christon
Sticking with OKC, they've signed guard Semaj Christon. A late second round pick by the Thunder in 2014, Christon lit up the D-League in his first year. Last season, he played in Italy and also put up impressive numbers. After dropping nearly 17 points per game in the Summer League, Christon is expected to make the roster this year as a backup.