NBA Rumors: Joakim Noah Leaves Chicago Bulls, Dwight Howard Unhappy With Houston?

It may be the holidays, but that is no reason for the NBA talks to cease and desist. Here’s the latest on some basketball favorites.

1. Miami Heat

All guard Tyler Johnson wants for Christmas is to get back in the game, and after missing six of the last seven games due to a left shoulder issue, he is hoping to play on Christmas day itself. “I haven’t shot yet,” he told The Miami Herald. “We’ll probably do that the next couple days, maybe [Wednesday] or Thuesday. We’ll start shooting and see if it can hold up a whole practice. If it can, then we’ll be ready to go.”

2. Boston Celtics

In light of point guard Marcus Smart nearing his reunion with the team, will head coach Brad Stevens be bringing him back as a starter or backup? “Stevens has said he’s likely to utilize Smart in a bench role upon his initial return, in part to help limit his minutes while ramping back up his activity after an extended absence,” ESPNBoston.com reports. Isaiah Thomas will be at a starting role in Smart’s absence.

3. Brooklyn Nets

Mikhail Prokhorov’s deal to become the sole owner of the Nets and Barclays Center has been finalized; together, the two businesses are worth an estimated $1.7 billion — $875 million for the basketball team, and $825 million for Barclays Center.

4. Chicago Bulls

Amidst Joakim Noah’s absence due to a sprained left shoulder, rookie Bobby Portis will be seeing more action on the court. While he has shown a lot of potential in the preseason, Portis has been unable to get many minutes in the regular season, what with being overshadowed by the likes of Noah, Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson, and Nikola Mirotic.

5. New Orleans Pelicans

“I’m making progress every day. I look forward to getting out there with my teammates. I’m looking forward to see how it feels tomorrow,” said small forward Quincy Pondexter of his efforts to return to the lineup whilst recovering from left knee surgery. However, head coach Alvin Gentry remains unsure as to when Pondexter will be cleared to play.

Meanwhile, forward Ryan Anderson’s name has been circulating on the NBA grapevine, with ESPN’s Jalen Rose sharing, “The major change that’s going to take place is going to take place with Ryan Anderson. He’s one of the better stretch forwards in the league.”

“However, Anthony Davis also prefers to play power forward, so for a lot of lineups, they truly play the same spot,” Rose continued. “So if and when a move does happen, I think it’s going to take place, and he’ll be involved.”

6. Golden State Warriors

Head coach Steve Kerr still has no timetable when he might return to the bench for a game in 2016, but he remains positive that he’ll be back in no time. “I felt pretty good, but I’m not 100 percent healthwise,” he said of running Tuesday’s practice session. “But I’m getting better, building some strength. Today was a good day. I’m confident I’ll be back on the bench.”

On the other hand, Andrew Bogut will play Wednesday, following his absence in the previous game due to a back issue. “I knew it wasn’t going to be a long-term thing,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle. “It was just a matter of getting the spasms to calm down.’

In other news, it looks like there is a chance management will be looking into moving Marreese Speights at some point. “The front office is studying the trade market, because if Speights can’t find his form, and soon, the Warriors will seek out another stretch four, somebody Luke Walton or Kerr can call when they need a scoring punch,” wrote Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area.

7. Philadelphia 76ers

Head coach Brett Brown has shut down rumors regarding NBA veterans Chuck Hayes and John Luca III joining The Sixers. “No, that’s not true,” he said to CSN Philly. “I think that we’re looking at a lot of things, but to say they will join the team at this stage is not true.”

8. Washington Wizards

According to reports, the team will be waiving center Ryan Hollins and signing Jarrell Eddie. Eddie’s deal will not offer any salary protection, and it is likely he will be waived no later than January 7, before it becomes guaranteed for the season. There is a possibility for Hollins, on the other hand, to be re-signed later in the season should the team still need depth at center.

9. Minnesota Timberwolves

Despite the possibility of this season being Kevin Garnett’s last, it will not necessarily mean the termination of his time with the Wolves, as there is a chance he may become a minority owner. “Garnett’s contract with the Wolves allows him the option of playing another season for $8 million if he wants or investing in the team before next season,” wrote Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press.

10. Houston Rockets

It looks like center Dwight Howard is fine staying where he is, as he reiterated on Tuesday taht he is happy in Houston. “It’s like they always say: if you ain’t here it from the horse’s mouth, then it ain’t true,” he said to ESPN.com.

Meanwhile, general manager Daryl Morey may be struggling to move Ty Lawson. “The only team that makes sense already has Rajon Rondo,” Morey told CBS Sports. “There’s no market.”

11. Dallas Mavericks

Following Tuesday’s loss to the Raptors, head coach Rick Carlisle discussed the possibility of making some changes, telling ESPNDallas.com, “Look, if it’s going to be like that, these guys aren’t going to be Mavericks very long. I can promise you that.”

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