The new NBA season is fast approaching with training camps opening and preseason starting at the end of the month. Teams around the league are working to finalize their rosters, and a pair of notable veteran players are trying to work their way back into the league. Here is all the latest news and rumors you need to know in today's NBA Rumors Roundup:
Lakers won't trade Larry Nance Jr.
The Los Angeles Lakers haven't been shy about their desire to clear as much cap space as possible in order to make a run at two superstars next offseason, and have made both Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson available for trade.
Young stars Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram are obviously untouchable, but team president Magic Johnson said the Lakers have also declined all trade offers for Larry Nance Jr. and will not trade him.
“Our secret weapon is Larry Nance [Jr.] because Larry... we’ve gotten calls from a lot of teams that want to trade for him and Brandon Ingram. We said no. But Larry is such a fundamentally sound basketball player,” Johnson said on ESPN's First Take.
Nance averaged 7.1 points and 5.9 rebounds in 22.9 minutes per game last season.
Los Angeles' plan is to sign both Paul George and LeBron James in 2018, something Magic and general manager Rob Pelinka have been shooting for ever since they took over.
Stephon Marbury wants to make NBA comeback
40-year-old Stephon Marbury has not played in the NBA since May 17, 2009, but the current Beijing Fly Dragons star plans to make an NBA comeback this season and finish the year on a roster.
I'm making a #nba come back for the fans who want to see me play my last year as a pro. After hearing so many people say come back I finally prayed about it and gave it major thought. I thought the perfect ending would of been retiring with the Beijing Ducks but it's clear the GM had other thoughts which is fine. My love for the ducks will always be A1 from day 1. I still have a lot of go in me as a player and at 40 being able to play at a high level is a gift. Being able to stay mentally focused and physically fit takes a different type of discipline. I'm motivated to make this the best year of my career as I end a 21 year long journey in the game I love. It's been a blessing to play 13 years in the @nba and this year 9 years in the @cbachina China has groomed my game and my style of play. China made me sharp and consistent. We practice Monday-Wed from 9-11:45 and 3-5:45. Thursday one practice 9-11:45 and Friday-Sat same schedule as M-W. I thought I would die at first coming from the NBA where you can't practice that long before the season starts. Oh and we do that for over 40 days. This way of training can either break you or make you. I'd like to look at it as it made me. So I'm ready and prepared to take on a challenge I once faced but with chips under my belt along with all that has come with winning chips in China. Statues, museum, green card, Honorary citizen, ambassador for the environmental protection bureau, key to the city, only 30 people ever to receive the key to the city of Beijing and MY PEACE something no one can ever take. So with all of these things I feel complete and ready to turn towards the last page of my basketball dairy that I've been writing since 95 when I left Lincoln High. I thank all of the positive energy from all those who showed it throughout my time away from the NBA. Thank you for always keeping it 100. @stephonmarbury_3 @espn @marcjspears @nytimes @nypost @nydailynews @newsday @slamonline #starburymovement #starbuy #loveislove
Marbury became a star for the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association after leaving the NBA and led the franchise to three CBA titles. He said he hoped to finish his career with the team, but the Ducks didn't re-sign him and asked him to join the coaching staff. Marbury wanted to continue his playing career, so he signed a one-year deal with the Fly Dragons.
The Chinese season will end in March, meaning Marbury would have to be a midseason acquisition for a team.
Marbury averaged 19.3 points and 7.6 assists per game during his 13-year NBA career.
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Andrew Bogut hopes to sign with a team next week
Bogut, currently a free agent after finishing last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, is fully recovered from a fractured tibia he suffered on March 6 and expects to sign with a team next week, according to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe.
FA Andrew Bogut to get final bone scan today & expects to be cleared for full return. 4 teams interested. Hopes to sign next wk, per source.— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) September 12, 2017
It's unclear who the four teams interested in him are, but the Boston Celtics are known to have had contact Bogut this offseason. They also have an open roster spot following the Kyrie Irving trade.
Bogut, who is expected to sign a one-year deal for the minimum of $2.32 million wherever he goes, averaged 2.9 points and 8.1 rebounds in 22.4 minutes per game last season.Back to the NBA Newsfeed