NBA Rumor Round Up For Friday, August 28:
Tristan Thompson: The Cleveland Cavaliers big man remains unsigned with a month to go until training camp opens. At this time, Thompson can hold out for the right deal for himself from the Cavs or sign the qualifying offer, which will make him an unrestricted free agent in 2016. If Thompson chooses the second option, there are "rumblings" he could go back home in 2016 and sign with the Toronto Raptors, reports Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops. “I always thought he was going to end up (in Toronto) this year,” says an Eastern Conference GM. "There’s going to be so much money next year so I think he will get it." Currently the Raptors don't have enough money to bring in Thompson, should he end up a free agent in 2016, however moves could be made to create the necessary salary cap room. The Cavs are hesitant to match Thompson's asking price as they already signed fellow power forward Kevin Love to a max contract and currently have a tax bill of 15.29 million to the NBA. That will dramatically increase once they sign Thompson.
Kobe Bryant: At this time it is expected that 2015-16 will be the last season in the NBA for Bryant. Should he decide to return in 2016-17, the Lakers will welcome him with open arms. "We're going to approach it like it is, but that doesn't mean it is," part-owner and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss told the Los Angeles Times. "I'm not going to sit there and say, 'This is it, Kobe, you're done,' because it's not my decision, it's his decision." Bryant has had three out of the last four years cut short by injuries. "My arms are like this," Buss said, holding his arms wide open, about Bryant's future. "He just has to know, at that age, and that many miles on you, what is your role? We'll explain the role, and if he still wants to do that and that's how he wants to go out, that's fine with me."
Kyrie Irving: The Cleveland Cavaliers starting point guard is currently recovering from a fractured left kneecap and the team won't bring him back to game action until he's ready. That wait may last until the start of 2016, a source tells Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Until Irving is cleared to play, Mo Williams will start at point guard.
Chuck Hayes: Back in July, there were reports from both sides claiming Chuck Hayes had accepted a partially guaranteed, veteran minimum contract to return to the Houston Rockets. Well, Thursday came word that Hayes won't be going back to Houston and right now he is looking at other options. "I think when we came up with the agreement, after that point, they had some other activity, the Ty Lawson trade, the Jason Terry signing,' Hayes' agent, Calvin Andrews told the Houston Chronicle. “That put Chuck in a precarious situation. The result of that squeezed him out of the equation. They had some cap stuff they were concerned with. We didn’t get into a lot of details. It’s a tough situation. It’s very disappointing. This is the business. These things happen. I commend them for telling us now as opposed to dragging us through camp." Currently the Rockets are over the tax line by $1.47 million, which results in a $2.21 million bill. At this time they may only sign 2015 second round pick Montrezl Harrell to a guaranteed salary for 2015-16 to keep their tax bill as low as possible. Once Harrell signs his deal, the Rockets will have 14 players under contract and that might be the group that starts the upcoming regular season.
Ryan Hollins: According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, the free agent center is drawing interest from the Clippers, Wizards and the Kings. Hollins played with Sacramento last season and averaged 3.0 points and 2.2 rebounds. Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times likely has the same source as Spears because he heard the same info.
Sacramento Kings: According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, guard Marshall Henderson has accepted a training camp invitation. Spears also reports Henderson played in the Middle East last season , including the Iraqi Super League.