NBA Betting: Players Rumors, Coaches on Hot Seat & More Apr. 13 Edition
Now that the NBA trade deadline has passed, the buyout market has basically dried up, and there are only 20 games left in the season, the NBA rumor mill has been fairly quiet. Contending teams are now making their final pushes for playoff positions, while the others are playing for more ping pong balls in the draft lottery. Let’s take a look at some NBA news, with maybe a hot rumor or two mixed in there so you can keep betting against their NBA odds.
NBA News and Rumors: AD, Alex Rodriguez, Luke Walton, and Cade Cunningham
The big news coming out of Los Angeles is that Anthony Davis could return to the Lakers lineup in the next week to 10 days. Davis has been out since mid-February with a calf strain. Since he and LeBron James have missed significant time, the Lakers have fallen all the way to the fifth position in the Western Conference playoff standings. Lakers team doctors will evaluate Davis when the Lakers return from a long road trip on Thursday.
Alex Rodriguez has been trying to buy a professional sports franchise for the last few years. After getting close to purchasing the New York Mets, the former Major League Baseball superstar and budding entrepreneur can finally say that he owns a professional sports team, and actually, he can say that he owns professional sports teams. Glen Taylor has sold the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx to Rodriguez and his partner Marc Lore for $1.5 billion. The Wolves have never won an NBA title, and this new ownership group intends to make the changes necessary to make the Wolves annual contenders for the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
The rumors have already started swirling around Luke Walton heading back to college to take the University of Arizona head coaching position. Sean Miller was fired last week, and many have speculated that Walton would love to come back to his alma mater and rebuild the Wildcats program. Walton hasn’t had much success as the Sacramento Kings head coach. Walton does have some experience at the college level, as during the 2011 NBA lockout, he served as an assistant coach at the University of Memphis under Josh Pastner. Walton has declined that he has any interest in the position, stating that he is very happy in Sacramento and has no intentions of leaving the Kings.
With many college players declaring for the NBA Draft, draft talk is getting hot and heavy. As of now, Cade Cunningham is the top pick in many mock drafts. Evan Mobley out of USC and Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs out of USC are rumored to be the next two selections. A new look to this year’s draft are the players that never went to college and instead went to the NBA’s G League. Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga are two players who chose to take this route. They have been very successful playing for the G League’s Ignite squad, and they are right now projected to be drafted inside the top 10 of the upcoming draft. With new players declaring daily, many draft boards are undergoing changes rapidly.