NBA Rumor Round Up For Wednesday, October 7:
Detroit Pistons: The Phoenix Suns traded Marcus Morris to Detroit in the summer and since that time his twin, Markieff Morris, has not been happy. Markieff Morris is saying all the right things now, however a trade would be welcomed. There may be a scenario where the twins could be reunited. Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press writes: "I mentioned the Pistons interest in the other Morris twin earlier in the chat. They would definitely be interested in acquiring, but the Suns aren't interested currently and the asking price is high. Hearing a starter and a first to even get the Suns to listen."
Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavs currently have an unsettled rotation due to a bunch of injuries and the contract dispute with free agent forward Tristan Thompson. Regrading Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, Love will play on opening night, while Irving needs more time. "That would be fair and realistic," head coach David Blatt told the Northeast Ohio Media Group on Tuesday.
Hassan Whiteside: The Miami Heat center has not practiced during training camp due to a strained right calf and it needs a bit more time to heal. "It'll be maybe a week or maybe more," Whiteside told ESPN.com's Michael Wallace. "It really is just day-to-day at this point. I expect to play before the season starts. Hopefully, I can catch a couple of these preseason games before the season starts, to get out there with the team."
Zach LaVine: Sam Mitchell has taken over the head coach duties as Flip Saunders is away dealing with health issues. Mitchell has already made an important decision with the plan to start LaVine at shooting guard ahead of veteran Kevin Martin. Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune writes: "Mitchell told a visiting Sirius/XM NBA Radio crew that he 'absolutely' plans to start LaVine at the team’s shooting-guard spot, with a caveat. 'I tell him all the time that it’s not written in permanent ink, it’s pencil,' Mitchell told the radio network for whom he worked when he was between coaching jobs. 'I asked him the difference between an ink pen and a pencil and he said, ‘Coach, a pencil has an eraser.’ So I said it’s your job until you lose it or give it away.' ... Mitchell told Martin of his plans before the Wolves’ first training-camp workout last week."
Ricky Rubio: The Timberwolves starting point guard is dealing with a quadriceps strain and won't play Wednesday against Oklahoma City. "If you're not practicing him, it doesn't make sense to play him in a preseason game," Sam Mitchell told the Pioneer Press. "Everybody else is ready to go." ... Until Rubio returns to the practice floor, Andre Miller or rookie Tyus Jones will start at point guard.
Jason Terry: The 16-year NBA veteran knows how to get ready for the regular season, so he won't play that much in the preseason. “Oct. 28, I’ll see you then,” Terry tells the Houston Chronicle. "About my 10th year, when I was in Dallas, I played maybe four games. It doesn’t really affect me. I have my set routine, how I know to prepare my body, to be ready for the first flight." ... Terry will spend the 2015-16 season as the third point guard behind Ty Lawson and Patrick Beverley.
Denver Nuggets: Head coach Michael Malone will use the preseason to determine his playing rotation and depth charts. With that in mind, Erick Green and Nick Johnson are currently competing for the third point guard position on the roster. Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post writes: " While the situation may be stressful to the players involved, the Nuggets are in the enviable position of there being no wrong answer. Both are more than capable of making the roster. Green is already familiar with the organization, being acquired by the Nuggets in the second round of the 2013 NBA draft. ... Johnson, meanwhile, has cut his chops on the defensive end, both in college at Arizona and in his one season in the NBA. He joined the Nuggets as the only player retained by the team in the July trade with Houston for point guard Ty Lawson." ... Not only are Green and Johnson competing for the third PG spot, but also a position on the roster. Whichever player loses the battle, will probably be the last cut when the Nuggets set the regular season roster on Oct. 26.
Memphis Grizzlies: The team filled the 20th preseason roster spot on Tuesday by signing forward Sampson Carter, per the club website. Carter, undrafted in 2014, won't make the Grizzlies regular season roster, but may play for their D-League.