NBA Rumors: Lakers Nick Young To Leave, Gerald Green Re-signs With Heat And More

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NBA fans, listen up. Here’s the roundup for what’s been seen and heard in the basketball grapevine.

1. Sacramento Kings

In light of rookie Willie Cauley-Stein’s injury, head coach George Karl has moved Omri Casspi into the starting lineup. Word is, Karl plans to move Casspi in and out of the first until while Cauley-Stein is sidelined for the time being.

“I felt a little naked (Saturday at Houston) without Omri on our bench,” Karl admitted to The Sacramento Bee. “He and Darren Collison and Marco Belinelli have gotten kind of a nice rhythm (off the bench), I think.”

2. Phoenix Suns

Forward player Markieff Morris received a DNP-CD (Did Not Play-Coach’s Decision) as the Suns played against Memphis on Sunday. According to The Arizona Republic, Morris declined to take questions regarding the benching from head coach Jeff Hornacek following the game.

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Markieff Morris. (Image source: Wikimedia).

As per ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, the Houston Rockets have shown a trade interest in Morris. “Sources told ESPN.com that forward Terrence Jones would like be included if a trade for Morris came to fruition,” Stein wrote.

3. Chicago Bulls

Rookie forward Bobby Portis is currently behind Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic, and Joakin Noah on the charts, and now, having played in just three games, Portis is looking forward to more minutes from head coach Fred Hoiberg.

“Once I got drafted I kind of knew,” Portis told CSN Chicago. “They’ve been here longer than I have and obviously I’m a rookie so I have to play to my role and my role is to be a positive guy on the bench and cheer for my teammates and be the best teammate possible.”

4. Indiana Pacers

The Pacers have made forward Solomon Hill available in the trade market, according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. The Times-Picayune has confirmed the New Orleans Pelicans have “done nothing more than inquire about Hill” after they were linked to showing some interest. In light of this, Hill will be an unrestricted free agent in July after the Pacers declined his team option for 2016-17.

5. New Orleans Pelicans

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Omer Asik previously played for the Houston Rockets from 2012 to 2014. (Image source: Wikimedia).

“It’s always tough to get in shape during the season,” said center player Omer Asik of his calf injury that has affected his performance in the first quarter of 2015-16. “I’m still far away from where I want to be. I missed the whole preseason and I’m just trying to get my rhythm back. I’m still far away from where I want to be.”

Currently, Asik is averaging 15.2 minutes, 2.0 points, and 4.4 rebounds. “I think he has struggled with his conditioning,” commented Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry. “I think that’s a major part of it really.”

Meanwhile, center Kendrick Perkins is hoping to rejoin the active roster on Friday, according to CSN New England. He has been out since October 31 due to a right pectoral injury.

6. Golden State Warriors

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Harrison Barnes. (Image source: Wikimedia).

Due to a sprained left ankle, forward Harrison Barnes has been absent in the last five games, and will additionally be away during the Warriors’ road trip. Next Sunday, November 13, Barnes will be re-evaluated to determine when he may rejoin the active roster.

In the meantime, Brandon Rush will likely continue to start at small forward.

7. Los Angeles Lakers

Backup guard Nick Young was ejected from Sunday’s game after he pushed Anthony Tolliver following the Pistons forward fouling him.

“I kind of sense that when it happened, that it was more frustration than anything,” said Lakers head coach Byron Scott, speaking to ESPNLosAngeles.com. “It wasn’t so much what Tolliver did. Because like it did, from my point of view, from where I was sitting, I didn’t think it was that hard of a foul.”

Reports claim Young has not been satisfied with his minor role this season. He did not play in the previous two games and Sunday Scott mentioned that Young may be benched even longer.

8. Philadelphia 76ers

Reports from The Philadelphia Inquirer claim that point guard Kendall Marshall is likely to make his debut on Thursday when the Sixers play Brooklyn. The Sixers have been gradually getting their injured players back; guard Tony Wroten played on Saturday for the first time this season.

9. Miami Heat

Gerald Green is hoping to re-sign with the Heat as he becomes a free agent on July 1. “I’m trying to find a home, and can’t Miami be my home?” told Green to the Palm Beach Post. “That’s where my intentions are. So what is a Miami Heat requirement? To D-up. I know if I want to be here for the rest of my career, (forget) offense. I gotta D-up. That’s where my mind is at.”

10. Dallas Mavericks

Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons is currently under a minutes restriction and will remain in this status until sometime in January. Following this, head coach Rick Carlisle is like to play him off the bench until he can play more.

“I hate not playing in the fourth quarter,” Parsons told ESPNDallas. “So I just went to [Carlisle]. I want to win. I feel like this would give our team the best opportunity to win and be successful.”

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