NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding LA Lakers, Chicago Bulls and More – Bleacher Report

NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding LA Lakers, Chicago Bulls and More
Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press

Injuries are an unfortunate part of sports, but they have hit some teams harder than others in the early going of the 2014-15 NBA season. As a result, rumors about free-agent pickups are circulating around the Association because of available roster spots.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls in particular are in need of some more healthy players, so it should come as no surprise that they are the teams in some of the most recent speculation.

Read on to see the latest from Los Angeles and Chicago and some interesting developments in the fate of one of the top NBA draft prospects.

Los Angeles Lakers

John Locher/Associated Press

David Pick of Eurobasket provided an update on the Lakers:

The Los Angeles Lakers, I’m hearing, aren’t making immediate moves after holding free agent workouts.

— David Pick (@IAmDPick) November 22, 2014

Gal Mekel, Jordan Hamilton, Dwight Buycks, Quincy Miller, Tyrus Thomas and Roscoe Smith have all reportedly been called in for recent tryouts. There is everything from pass-first point guards to athletic forwards who can slash to the rim on that list, so it is difficult to pin down exactly what Los Angeles is looking for here.

The Lakers do have a disabled player exception thanks to the injury of Julius Randle and could land another one because Steve Nash is out.

Alex Gallardo/Associated Press

Between season-ending injuries to both Randle and Nash and hamstring issues that have kept Ryan Kelly off the floor, the Lakers simply need healthy bodies. With so many players working out, it may take some time to evaluate which player to keep, if any.

Of course, the Lakers have won two of three games, so perhaps the front office is seeing if the current roster comes together a bit with Nick Young healthy again before making any moves.

Chicago Bulls

Jeff Haynes/Associated Press

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune provided an update on the Bulls’ short-term plans:

There’s hope Rose returns for Monday in Utah. If not, Bulls will consider signing a PG. No official timetable on Hinrich but he’s hurting.

— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) November 21, 2014

Chicago plays the Utah Jazz on Monday as the next step in its current seven-game road trip. It is only November, but Derrick Rose has missed most of the season with various ailments, <a class="colorbox" rel="nofollow" …read more

This entry was posted in Basketball News. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Post a comment or leave a trackback.