The NBA season is now a couple of weeks old, but there are a plethora of rumors already swirling around the league. A few teams are dealing with injury issues a few games into the new year, while others are looking to the trade market to help strengthen their roster. Here are the latest NBA rumors you need to know:
Thunder still interested in acquiring Rudy Gay
The Oklahoma City Thunder nearly reached a deal to acquire Rudy Gay this offseason, but the deal fell apart once backup point guard Cameron Payne suffered a broken foot. However, the Thunder are likely still interested in trading for Gay, according to Erik Horne of The Oklahoman:
I’d say every avenue will be explored. Since we know the Thunder has at least had interest in Rudy Gay, you’d imagine that interest is still open if the right deal comes along. Either way, Roberson may not be the guy at SF, particularly since they didn’t get that deal done. Doesn’t mean he can’t come back, but they clearly want to strengthen the position, be it through Grant or someone else.
Gay is averaging 22.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Sacramento Kings so far this season.
Pelicans waive Lance Stephenson, sign Archie Goodwin
New Orleans Pelicans guard Lance Stephenson will miss 6-10 weeks with a groin injury, so the team announced they have waived him and have signed Archie Goodwin
Pelicans sign Archie Goodwin https://t.co/EA9InHPpCP— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) November 7, 2016
Goodwin had spent the last three seasons with the Suns, who cut him at the end of the preseason. He averaged 8.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per game last season, and started in 13 games.
Pelicans open to re-signing Stephenson
However, that doesn't mean Stephenson's time with the team is done. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, New Orleans wanted to keep him and plan on re-signing him once he's healthy:
The Pelicans, sources say, will participate fully in Lance Stephenson's injury rehab and told him they're open to re-signing him once healed— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 7, 2016
New Orleans didn't want to waive Lance, sources said, but saw no alternative with 11 healthy players and no sure path to an injury exception— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 7, 2016
Stephenson was averaging 9.7 points, 4.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 27 minutes per game for the Pelicans before the injury.Back to the NBA Newsfeed