NBA Rumors: San Antonio Matt Bonner Retiring, Chicago Joakim Noah Free Agent And More

Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, and more — here’s the scoop on the NBA’s seen and heard.

1. Toronto Raptors

In light of his sparse gameplay this season, forward Anthony Bennett has requested management to assign him to Raptors 905 so that he can log some minutes on Sunday during the D-League game against the Delaware 87ers.

“It’s nothing but positive for himself, conditioning wise and for us when he comes back,” commented Toronto head coach Dwane Cosey to the Toronto Star. “We’ll hopefully do that quite a bit more when the schedule allows that to happen.”

2. Chicago Bulls

On wether or not center Joakim Noah will re-sign with the Bulls in light of his becoming a free agent on July 1, the Daily Herald wrote, “The Bulls love how Noah’s intensity plays with the fans. And he’s done well recently in Hoiberg’s system. If I had to guess now, I’d say Noah will re-sign with the Bulls and eventually have his number retired.”

3. San Antonio Spurs

Forward/center Matt Bonner, 35, may be playing his 12th NBA season, but retirement is far from his mind. “I’ve always planned to play as long as possible,” he told the San Antonio Express-News. “Whether that’s for health reasons I can’t play anymore or because nobody wants me. Those are the two ways I’m going out.”

July 1 marks Bonner becoming a free agent after his one-year, veteran minimum contract with San Antonio. After being with the Spurs since the 2006-07 NBA season, will he choose to play for another team?

“The Spurs are my first option every summer, which is terrible business on my end to put that out there,” Bonner stated. “I’m not negotiating max deals. I’m basically a vet minimum guy, unless someone out there wants to pay me a lot more money.”

4. Golden State Warriors

In light of his current back issue, center Andrew Bogut may remain off the court. “When we were getting killed on the glass, I went up to him at halftime to see if he could go again,” said Luke Walton of Bogut’s condition. “By that time, he had been laying for so long that we decided it’d be better not to.” Festus Ezeli may replace Bogut at center should the latter be sidelined for the time being.

5. Portland Trail Blazers

Despite finishing the game against Miami with a flare up of plantar fasciitis to his left heel on Sunday, starting point guard Damian Lillard isn’t worried it will sideline him. “Before today it was a little bit sore… and in the game I think I aggravated it a little bit.. it got a little tight, a little sore,” said Lillard to CSNNW.com.

6. Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant was forced to miss the game in Oklahoma City due to his sore right shoulder following his dunk over Houston’s Clint Capela last week. “I don’t want him to dunk no more,” joked head coach Byron Scott. “I’ll tell him to save it for Game 82. Then he can dunk again.”

Last January, Bryant tore the right rotator cuff after the dunking the ball, subsequently ending his season. For Tuesday’s game in Denver, he is listed as “probable.”

7. Boston Celtics

Center Amir Johnson may be forced to miss some games due to having to deal with plantar fasciitis. He has been part of the first unit for the last 24 games, so his team is hoping Johnson can pull through it.

“We’ve had him in a boot just to be conservative,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens to ESPNBoston.com. “I don’t know what they’ll list him as for (Monday), but I would say somewhere north of 50-percent likely that he plays.”

8. Milwaukee Bucks

According to ESPN.com, head coach Jason Kidd may be sidelined for at least six weeks due to surgery for his ailing right hip. Until Kidd’s sure return, assistant coach Joe Prunty will be heading the team.

9. Detroit Pistons

Unless president of basketball operations/head coach Stan Van Gundy gets a “pretty clear step-up in terms of talent,” the Pistons won’t be making any moves in trade for the time being. However, they will soon be getting Brandon Jennings back, with Jodie Meeks returning in February. A deal may possibly by finalized by then.

As per The Detroit News, GM Jeff Bower stated, “We’re at a point where we like how we’re playing, we feel we can compete with the teams in the the Eastern Conference. (Jennings and Meeks) really haven’t played for us yet this year. When they do return, they probably can add more to our group than any player that we would make a trade for.”

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