NBA Rumors Roundup: LA Clippers could welcome Rockets guard in cut-price offer, Lakers cleared to interview former Nets coach and more

NBA rumors continue to heat up ahead of the 2022 offseason. The LA Clippers and LA Lakers are mentioned again, with the former set to explore options to bolster the point guard position. They are continuing their search for a new head coach.

Meanwhile, Dallas Mavericks goaltender Jalen Brunson continues to be a hot prospect due to his stellar performance in the 2022 playoffs. The New Orleans Pelicans have also been part of the rumor mill as they are aiming to capitalize on their impressive 2021-22 season and further improve their roster.

On that note, let’s take a look at the latest NBA rumors around the league below.

LA Clippers could welcome John Wall at a reduced price

NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers vs. Houston Rockets

The LA Clippers acquired some quality role players over the past season. They acquired Norman Powell, Robert Covington and Isaiah Hartenstein, among others.

The Clippers are still short of point guard, especially after trading Eric Bledsoe in a deal to sign Powell and Covington.

Reggie Jackson is currently the only true playmaker on their roster. According to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, the Clippers may be interested in signing Rockets guard John Wall.

The five-time All-Star and Houston mutually decided to find him a new home before the start of the 2021-22 campaign. However, his $44 million salary proved to be a deal breaker.

Wall and the Rockets haven’t entered into buyout talks either, but that could change in the upcoming offseason.

If Wall takes a significant pay cut, he could be on his way to Los Angeles to play alongside Kawhi Leonard and Paul George next season. Here’s what Fischer recently reported on the NBA rumors regarding the Clippers and Wall:

“A much simpler solution for the Clippers could be pending a possible contract buyout for John Wall in Houston.

“While a source with knowledge of the situation insisted to B/R that Wall-to-Miami speculation has become obsolete following the Heat’s acquisition of Kyle Lowry, the Clippers could welcome Wall on a cut-price offer in a loaded pay sheet is expected to rise well above the luxury tax threshold next season.”

LA Lakers cleared to interview Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson

Brooklyn Nets vs. Charlotte Hornets
Brooklyn Nets vs. Charlotte Hornets

The LA Lakers’ search for a new head coach has started in full swing. According to NBA rumors, they have been linked to Darvin Ham, Adrian Griffin, Mark Jackson and Terry Stotts, among others. The latest addition to this list is former Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson.

ESPN Sources: The Los Angeles Lakers have been cleared to interview Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson for the franchise head coach job. Atkinson has previously interviewed for the Charlotte Hornets job.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers have received permission to interview the Warriors assistant coach. Atkinson has a losing record as a head coach (118-190). However, he coached the rebuilding Nets for most of his head coaching career.

Atkinson, however, managed to reverse their fortunes by leading them to the playoffs in the 2018-19 season.

New York Knicks attempted to free up space for Jalen Brunson ahead of 2022 NBA trade deadline

Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks
Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks

Jalen Brunson will likely be one of the most coveted point guards this offseason. The Dallas Mavericks star has been outstanding this year, averaging 16.3 points and 4.8 assists per game. He carried that production over into the playoffs and improved his numbers.

Brunson had 23.3 points per game in 11 appearances.

According to the latest NBA rumours, Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported that the Knicks’ main motive for acting ahead of this year’s NBA trade deadline was to free up space to offer Brunson a competitive agency deal. free.

Here is what the report reads:

The Knicks executives’ controversial appearance in Dallas has also raised eyebrows due to the expectation that New York will aggressively pursue Mavericks ball handler Jalen Brunson as an unrestricted free agent.

“A source with knowledge of the Knicks’ front office even suggested to B/R that New York’s efforts ahead of the February trade deadline were primarily aimed at freeing up enough cap space to offer Brunson a competitive contract in July.”

The Knicks, Pistons and Pacers are set to pursue Jalen Brunson this offseason, via @JakeLFischer.Mavs is going to have to spend big. 👀

Gregg Popovich motivated to return as San Antonio Spurs head coach next season

San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans - Play-In Tournament
San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans – Play-In Tournament

One of the most successful NBA coaches of all time, Gregg Popovich may still be a long way from retiring as head coach of the San Antonio Spurs. Several NBA rumors in the past have suggested he may be drawing a line under his illustrious career which spans more than 26 years.

Here’s what Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer had to say about it:

“Although he seems motivated to return to the San Antonio sidelines for at least one more season, Popovich is known to be currently traveling and considering his coaching future. A source told B/R that Popovich plans to move on. travel to Belgrade for the EuroLeague Final Four later in May.”

Popovich has a young team at his disposal. Spurs haven’t made the playoffs since 2020, but there’s huge potential in the players they have. That could have been key to motivating Popovich to make a comeback and help his players develop under his guidance.

Devonte’ Graham could be a potential trade candidate this offseason

Phoenix Suns vs. New Orleans Pelicans – Game 3 (2022 NBA Playoffs)
Phoenix Suns vs. New Orleans Pelicans – Game 3 (2022 NBA Playoffs)

The New Orleans Pelicans made their return to the playoffs for the first time since 2018 this season. The Pelicans started 1-12 under new head coach Willie Green, but made some big moves at the trade deadline. They acquired CJ McCollum and Larry Nance Jr. to turn around and fight for a playoff spot.

They finished as the ninth seed and won consecutive knockout matches in the play-in tournament to book their place as the eighth seed in the playoffs.

They faced the league-leading Phoenix Suns and also managed to tie the game 2-2 before ultimately losing in six games.

The Pelicans will be thrilled to have Zion Williamson back next season. They could be looking to make the most of his desire to stay with the franchise long-term by building an even stronger roster around him.

Devonte’ Graham seems like a trade candidate who could help them sign some quality players. Here’s what Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported regarding Graham’s future with the Pelicans:

“New Orleans has no shortage of ball handlers capable of initiating the offense between CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram, as well as the expected return of sensational forward Zion Williamson.

“Yet while Devonte’ Graham slipped out of the Pelicans’ playoff rotation, league numbers pointed to the 27-year-old as a potential trade candidate this offseason.”

Fischer also reported that the Pelicans are not yet motivated to part ways with Graham. However, their front office has taken some bold steps since last offseason, so they’ll be keen to make improvements to their current squad.

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