NBA Rumor Round Up For Thursday, February 11:
Memphis Grizzlies: According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Grizzlies are going to be one of the plethora of teams who will try to get a meeting with Kevin Durant once free agency begins in July. Durant may say yes, however he won't leave OKC to sign with Memphis.
Charlotte Hornets: Forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played in his first game of the season on Jan. 29 after recovering from right shoulder surgery and his last game of 2015-16 might have come Wednesday in Indiana. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a dislocated right shoulder and his timeline to recover is uncertain at this time, reports The Charlotte Observer. With Kidd-Gilchrist sidelined once again, head coach Steve Clifford will likely go back to starting P.J. Hairston at small forward.
Philadelphia 76ers: The Sixers need an upgrade at the point guard position and according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the team has contacted Atlanta regarding Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder. An offer has not been made by the Sixers and it will likely wait until the offseason. Teams have called the Sixers to see if Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor are available and they are not at this time. That scenario could change in the summer should Joel Embiid finally be cleared to play.
New York Knicks: There has been some speculation by followers of the Knicks that president Phil Jackson may not finish out his five-year, $60 million contract. According to ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard, Jackson can opt out of his contract after the 2016-17 NBA season.
Atlanta Hawks: Backup center Tiago Splitter is dealing with a hip injury and at this time he and the team are considering all options. “We are still gathering the information and trying to figure out the best course of action,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Splitter met with a doctor on Monday to get a second opinion regarding the injury and possible remedies to fix the problem.
Orlando Magic: The NBA trade deadline is one week from today and the Orlando players are prepared to read plenty of rumors in the coming days. "Everybody hears rumors," Victor Oladipo told the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday. "But at the end of the day you control what you can control. My Lord and Savior will put me wherever He wants me to be. So I've just got to trust that and just go out and play for my team. I'm worried about winning games. I'm not worried about all the other stuff I can't control."