With NBA training camps getting underway at the start of the week, it’s time to find out which rumors are making the latest rounds across the NBA. With a handful of veteran free agents still available and teams in both conferences still looking to improve their respective rosters, let’s find out what we’re hearing in the latest look at the National Basketball Association rumor mill so you can get all set to make your bets against their NBA odds.
Latest NBA Rumors for the Upcoming 2021 Season
Wall, Westbrook Swap Jerseys
Late Wednesday, the Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets agreed to trade disgruntled star point guards, John Wall and Russell Westbrook, in a blockbuster deal.
The Wizards are sending Wall and a lottery-protected 2023 first-round draft pick to the Rockets for Westbrook in a deal that both players wanted and had been on the burner for weeks. Westbrook and Wizards coach Scott Brooks have a long history, spending seven years as player and coach together in Oklahoma City.
The 32-year-old Westbrook has $133 million over three seasons remaining on his contract, with a player option for the final year. Wall, 30, hasn’t played since Dec. 26, 2018, missing two seasons with injuries to his Achilles tendon and knee. He’s sowed three years and $132 million on his contract.
LeBron Staying Put in LA
Also on Wednesday, it was announced that LeBron James has signed a two-year, $85 million contract extension to stay with the reigning champion Los Angeles Lakers.
AD Set To Re-sign Too
With James re-signed, reports say that all-star forward Anthony Davis is finalizing a five-year, $190 million maximum contract to stay with the Lakers as well. The rumored deal includes an early-termination option prior to the fifth year of the deal in 2024-25, Paul said.
Dubs and Nets On Opening Night!
On Wednesday, the NBA announced its national TV schedule for the first three days of the season — Dec. 22, 23 and 25. Opening night will feature nine games involving many of the league’s biggest names.
Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors will take on Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets in what will be Durant’s first game since suffering a torn Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. The matchup will be Durant’s first game against his former team since joining the Nets as a free agent that summer.
Third Ball Brother Signs
Reports say that LiAngelo Ball is signing a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Detroit Pistons. The brother of Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (No. 2 overall pick in 2017) and Hornets No. 3 pick LaMelo Ball, is signing an Exhibit 10 deal, sources said.
Mavs and Luka Doncic – Linked!
The Dallas Mavericks have decided to exercise the team’s fourth-year team option ($10.1M) on all-star forward Luka Doncic for the 2021-22 season. Doncic finished fourth in the MVP race last season.
Clippers sign Batum, waive Noah
Nicolas Batum has signed his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, who are also reportedly set to sign free agent swingman Rayjon Tucker. The Clippers have waived veteran center Joakim Noah, who is reportedly leaning toward retirement.
Reggie Jackson Stays With Clippers
Veteran point guard Reggie Jackson will be back with the LA Clippers on a one-year deal.
Kemba Walker out until January
Celtics guard Kemba Walker will reportedly be out of Boston’s lineup until at least January as he continues to deal with knee issues. Walker is expected to resume on-court activities early this month after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee and a strengthening program to prepare for the upcoming season.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to Minnesota
Veteran forward Rondae Holllis-Jefferson, who is entering his sixth NBA season, reached an agreement with the Timberwolves.
Jared Dudley stays with the Lakers
13-year veteran Jared Dudley will remain with the Lakers on a one-year deal.
Andrew Bogut Retires
Former NBA performer Andrew Bogut, the top pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, announced he is retiring from basketball. Bogut played for the Bucks, Warriors, Mavericks, Cavaliers and Lakers and spent the last two years in Sydney.
Evan Turner to become a coach
Ten-year NBA veteran swingman Evan Turner is finalizing a deal to join the Boston Celtics as an assistant coach that will focus on player development.
Gerald Green stays in Houston
Veteran swingman Gerald Green will return to the Rockets on a one-year, non-guaranteed veteran’s minimum.