For all of the exciting things actually happening in the NBA, there are many that are trending through the rumor mill, but don’t always have immediate truth to them. In the sports realm, that’s called speculation, and boy is there a lot of it. Let’s have a look at the latest NBA rumors and news making the rounds so you can bet against their NBA odds.
Latest NBA Rumors and News Out There – January 21st Update
Scott Brooks on the Hot Seat?
In Scott Brooks first year coaching in DC, things were looking up. He helped the Wizards to a game 7 with the Celtics in round two, unfortunately, they could not make it past. And things have slowly spiraled in the years since, with injuries and lack of talented wing players serving as the main cause.
The Wizards have been by far the worst defensive team in the NBA over the past couple of years, and the early 2020-21 disaster has unquestionably left him on the hot seat, the possibility of a firing very real. Though they have been having games postponed for a week now, Washington had been just 3-8 prior to this.
Russell Westbrook hasn’t played in every game, plus star center Thomas Bryant suffered a torn ACL. The circumstances aren’t great, but there is enough talent here to be better. You don’t just trade John Wall for Russ and go about losing a lot.
Look for news of a possible firing to ramp up within the next month if things don’t improve.
Kyrie Expected to Make Return to Nets?
There is plenty of speculation about why Kyrie Irving might have been away from the Nets. And it seems that the answer to it was that he needed personal time off and had some family things to deal with. Attending his sister’s birthday party that wasn’t socially-distanced, not wearing a mask is still a bad look.
Irving accumulated close to $1 million in fines during his prolonged absence, which has to teeter on a record for the most money forfeited for walking away from the organization without really telling them.
Irving generally avoids playing against former teams, but he is expected to suit up in Cleveland. So, he bucks the trend. Unless he has a last-minute mind change.
Do the Cavs Have a Big Man Problem?
Over the past two weeks, anybody that has watched Cavs basketball has probably noticed that it strays from the NBA norm. With injuries at all of the guard positions, they have been reverting to lineups featuring two centers, and two forwards. JaVale McGee and Andre Drummond have logged a lot of minutes together.
And with the acquisition of Jarrett Allen from Brooklyn, the room gets a little more crowded. He expects to be part of the future, but he isn’t going to be starting, so long as Drummond (19 points, 16 rebounds per game) is present. And with how effective JaVale has been, does he really get benched now?
The team will likely examine pairings featuring two of them on the floor at once, though it may be a little difficult, given that Jarrett Allen hasn’t even been a Cav for a week yet.
It will be intriguing to see. The Cavs likely do not have a big man problem, given how JB Bickerstaff can use them. But, the team should be working on trading either Drummond or McGee to clear things up.