NBA Rumor Round Up For Tuesday, October 6:
Anthony Davis: The New Orleans Pelicans will be without backup center Alexis Ajinca for 4-6 weeks due to a strained right hamstring. As a result, head coach Alvin Gentry will likely play Davis at times at center. "We'll just try different combinations of players," Gentry told The Times-Picayune. "One of the things we'll do is experiment a little bit with A.D. as a five-man. I think this is the time of year where you really got to find out the combination of guys you can play and the chemistry and how they fit together." ... The Pelicans signed veteran Kendrick Perkins in July and he could get some of Ajinca's minutes, too.
Jabari Parker: The Bucks forward needs more time, so he will sit out Tuesday's preseason game against Chicago. "I want to wait until at least we play here (in Milwaukee) first, if anything," Parker tells the Journal Sentinel. "Just because I want to show my loyalty; all my loyalty is in Milwaukee. I can care less about Chicago right now." ... Parker's knee is doing well and he will continue to participate and all of the practice drills moving forward.
Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks forward is all in with the team, even if they struggle this season, and he has no desire to ask for a trade. “No, hell no,” Anthony told ESPNNewYork.com on Monday. “I haven’t even -- for me to get to that point and decide this is not what it’s going to be, I already came this far. That don’t even come across my mind at this point.” ... Anthony owns a no-trade provision in his contract, so he can't be moved without his consent. Anthony may be difficult to trade due to recent injuries and the $101 million remaining on his contract.
Chandler Parsons: The Mavs starting forward, recovering from right knee surgery in May, is targeting a return to the active roster by the start of the regular season. "All along my hope is to play opening night,: Parsons told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Monday. "I’ve said that from Day One. It all depends on how it goes and if anything happens between now and then. So I said it doesn’t matter to me if I play zero preseason games, or two, three or one, as long as I’m ready for the regular season."
LeBron James: The Cavs forward wears the No. 6 during practices and No. 23 during games. ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin writes: "James compared the jersey flip-flop to how former football star Deion Sanders would practice while wearing No. 2 -- the same number he wore in college at Florida State University -- but play games while wearing a different number. 'When he went to the pros he wore 2 in practice but wore 21 on the playing field,' James said of Sanders. 'It's like that.' Sanders wore No. 21 the first 12 seasons of his career with Atlanta, San Francisco, Dallas and Washington and No. 37 in his final two years in Baltimore, but he practiced in No. 2 throughout his NFL career."
Golden State Warriors: There are currently six players competing for the 15th roster position and they include Chris Babb, Ian Clark, Jarell Eddie, Ben Gordon, Tony Mitchell and Juwan Staten. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the current favorites to win the spot are Clark and Gordon. The six players have no salary protection for 2015-16, so the Warriors could decide to waive all of them.
Donatas Motiejunas: The Rockets forward cleared his first hurdle on Monday as he was allowed to sprint during his rehab sessions, per the Houston Chronicle. Motiejunas is recovering from back surgery and there is still no timeline when he might return, which could come after the start of the regular season later this month.
Nik Stauskas: The Sixers will be without their projected starting shooting guard for two weeks due to a right tibia stress reaction. "It is precautionary, but that is a decent amount of time," head coach Brett Brown told The Intelligencer.
Detroit Pistons: The Pistons play the Pacers on Tuesday and they are down to one point guard -- Spencer Dinwiddie. Starter Reggie Jackson is dealing with a sore Achilles, while Steve Blake is unavailable due to a concussion. Brandon Jennings is still recovering from Achilles surgery in January and may not play until sometime in December. "Nobody's got anything serious at this point, so other than Brandon - obviously - you're not worried about it," Stan Van Gundy told MLive.com. "If anything, it's frustrating with practice. I thought we did a really, really good job with our defensive work, but our offensive work was just difficult when you've only got one point guard out there."
Houston Rockets: According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the Rockets may bring Alessandro Gentile over next year. Gentile, the No. 53 pick in the 2014 NBA draft, is currently signed with Olimpia Milano until 2018, although he likely has a buyout in his deal after next season.