NBA Rumor Round Up For Tuesday, October 13:
Houston Rockets: According to ESPN.com's Calvin Watkins, the Rockets have claimed forward Arsalan Kazemi off waivers after the Atlanta Hawks released him on Saturday. ... With this move, GM Daryl Morey will likely waive Kazemi late in the preseason so the forward can be designated to the Rockets D-League team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Denver Nuggets: According to RealGM.com, the Nuggets have exercised the 2016-17 team options for guard Gary Harris and center Jusuf Nurkic. These moves were expected by the Nov. 2 deadline and now their business is already done. Harris is now guaranteed $1.65 million for 2016-17, while Nurkic is locked in at $1.92 million.
Dallas Mavericks: On Monday, Gery Woelfel of The Journal Times tweeted: "You knew this was inevitable: A source tells me a Western Conference team has had internal talks about possibly signing Larry Sanders. ... That was later followed by Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com: "Multiple Mavs sources say they have nothing brewing with Larry Sanders. But they'd be in front of line if he wanted to play ball again." ... Currently the Mavs have a full roster, so a move would have to be made should Sanders want to play and sign with Dallas. At this point, Sanders playing pro ball is a long-shot.
Norris Cole: Point guard Jrue Holiday will have his time on the floor limited until we get to 2016 and that means Cole should get plenty of minutes early in the season. Well, that was the plan, but now Cole is sidelined due to a high ankle sprain and his return to the New Orleans Pelicans lineup is uncertain. "It's hurting and we'll see how it takes to get him back," head coach Alvin Gentry told The Times-Picayune. "It also comes down to the player and how much pain he can stand and things like that. We'll just wait and see. We don't have a specific timeline for when he will be back. So we'll see once we get another update." ... With Cole out and Holiday under a time restriction, Gentry will give the extra minutes at point guard to Tyreke Evans and possibly Eric Gordon.
Hassan Whiteside: The Miami Heat continue to be without their starting center due to a calf strain. There is a chance Whiteside may play before the preseason concludes next week. "We're shooting for a couple more days off and then slowly try to get a practice or so in this week and see how things go," Whiteside told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Monday.
Darrell Arthur: The Nuggets backup forward/center has not played in the preseason due to a bone bruise in his right knee, however come Friday he may finally see his first game action. "They were relieved from the results of the MRI," Nuggets coach Michael Malone told The Denver Post. "So hopefully by the beginning of the regular season he's back in the flow of things." ... Arthur will provide depth off the bench this season at the power forward and center positions.
Indiana Pacers: The team really likes rookie point guard Joseph Young and Monday head coach Frank Vogel tabbed him to be the main backup behind starter George Hill to begin the season. “If you don’t give them minutes early and they sit on the bench and watch the whole time, then they’re not really going to help you that much late in the season when we need them to,” Vogel told The Indianapolis Star. “He’s going to struggle at times. We’re committed to getting (Young and first-round rookie Myles Turner) some minutes early on as long as they keep proving themselves and having the right approach. We want to see they develop early on.” ... The decision by Vogel likely means backup Toney Douglas will not make the regular season roster, despite receiving $600,000 worth of salary protection for the 2015-16 season, as Rodney Stuckey can also play the point guard position off the bench.
Boris Diaw: San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich continues to sit Diaw to give the forward/center some additional rest following EuroBasket 2015. “He’s a little hurt,” Popovich tells the San Antonio Express-News. “He’s French." ... Diaw will likely only get limited minutes over the next 10 days or may not play at all to make sure he is healthy for the start of the regular season in two weeks.
Philadelphia 76ers: The team is short on healthy point guards due to injuries, so when Nik Stauskas returns from his issue (stress reaction in his right tibia) next week, there is a chance head coach Brett Brown will play him at that spot. “I think Stauskas has something in him that he could play a little bit at [point guard] like [Spurs guard] Manu Ginobli used to way back when. A little bit,” Brown told CSN Philly. “The three I said, I stand by, but I think Stauskas, in a pinch, can be used there from time to time." ... Brown was asked prior to Monday's preseason game if the team would still carry just three points guards into the season as two may not be ready in two weeks. The three locks to make the roster are Kendall Marshall and Tony Wroten, both injured, and Isaiah Canaan, the current starter at point guard.
Steven Adams: The Oklahoma City Thunder center had a new look on Monday as his beard and mustache were trimmed off. “It wasn't planned,” Adams told The Oklahoman. "Do you know when you have a mustache and it overgrows your lip and you start tasting it? I woke up in the morning and I tried to trim it and for some reason I twitched. It just (cut) and I had a huge line in my mustache. So I was like, ah, everything has to go now because it looked stupid. ... I miss my little guy."
Los Angeles Lakers: The team currently has a 19-man roster and some of the players may be cut after Tuesday's game against Sacramento. “I’m looking for the 15 guys that best fit the team,” head coach Byron Scott told The Orange County Register. “It could be one guy is much better on the defensive end than another guy. It could also be the balance of the roster as well. It’s a few things I’ve really got to take a look at.” ... The players on the roster bubble include Michael Frazier, Jonathan Holmes, Robert Upshaw, Jabari Brown, Tarik Black and Metta World Peace.