NBA Rumor Rundown: Meeks an option in NY?
Don't worry Sixers fans -- you could still be seeing plenty more of Jodie Meeks.
The New York Knicks currently have 13 players on their 2012 roster, but Iman Shumpert is likely out until January with a knee injury, and the team needs depth at the shooting guard spot. The problem for New York is that they're hamstrung by the salary cap and can only offer the veteran minimum to free agents in order to fill out their roster.
As such, ESPNNewYork's Jared Zwerling
put together a list of the potential shooting guard on the market who the Knicks might still be able to land with their limited means. As you've probably guessed, Meeks name was included.
The Kentucky product spent the last 2 1/2 seasons with the Sixers, before the team decided not to issue him a qualifying offer earlier this summer.The latest on Dwight
The Los Angeles Lakers have re-entered the mix as a trade partner in the Dwight Howard saga.
Howard had previously said he would not sign a long-term deal beyond the 2012-2013 season if traded to the Lakers. But Jarrod Rudolph or Real GM Sports
) tweeted early Thursday morning that Howard has had a change of heart, and would sign an extension if he were traded to the Lakers.
Of course, any Howard-to-the Lakers deal involves Andrew Bynum, and any team that receives Bynum would want a guarantee that he, like Howard, will sign an extension before they agree to a deal. Bynum has been reluctant to do so with the Magic, but has expressed a greater willingness to commit Cleveland, who has re-entered trade talks with Orlando, if the Cavaliers acquire him in a multi-team trade.Bulls working on extension with Gibson
While the Bulls are still debating whether or not to match the offer sheet center Omer Asik signed with the Rockets, there is one big man they know they want to lock up: Taj Gibson. CSNChicago.com's Aggrey Sam
(via Pro Basketball Talk
) reported Thursday that the Bulls are working on a contract extension with the 27-year-old Gibson, who is known for his tenacious defense but averaged 7.7 poitns per game and 5.3 rebounds per game last season. In the opening round of the playoffs against the Sixers he averaged 10 points per game.