NBA rumors keep circulating as teams are currently in vacation mode. However, the work hasn't stopped. Players and franchises decide on their futures with a whole host of free agents still not picked up by any team in the NBA.
The futures of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving continue to dominate the headlines. LeBron James' and Russell Westbrook's futures have been the subjects of intense speculation. The Brooklyn Nets and the LA Lakers have been centerpieces in these recent NBA rumors.
Here are the latest NBA rumors for August 2, 2022, brought to you by Sportskeeda.
Zion Williamson's contract theory debunked
One of the biggest NBA rumors during the summer was the imminent signing of Zion Williamson to the Rookie max contract. That came to fruition quickly. However, rumors were circulating about the clauses in the contract regarding Williamson's physical shape and weight.
However, NBA insider Marc Stein has debunked the claims that the New Orleans Pelicans could save money if Williamson doesn't meet those requirements.
"There seems to be a notion in circulation that Williamson would instantly lose money if he were summoned by the Pelicans for a weigh-in and his combined total (pounds plus body-fat percentage) exceeds 295. Not true. The Pelicans would have to waive (yes, waive) Williamson to realize any significant savings," Stein wrote.
Chicago Bulls planning a summer workout in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is the home for Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan. According to NBC Sports Chicago's KC Johnson, the Bulls are planning a summer workout in the city of Angels. Coby White, Patrick Williams and former LA Lakers guard Alex Caruso are all set to join their superstar duo.
"This is the week several Bulls planned to be in the Los Angeles area for group workouts. It’s already the off-season base for Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan, who obviously is a native. At least Alex Caruso, Patrick Williams, Coby White and Ayo Dosunmu planned to join," Johnson wrote.
Russell Westbrook finds a new agent
One of the massive NBA rumors this summer was Russell Westbrook parting ways with his long-time agent Thad Foucher. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the superstar guard has found a replacement in Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports. Schwartz represents Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray in the NBA. He has signed a new high-profile client in Westbrook.
"Los Angeles Lakers star Russell Westbrook has signed with agent Jeff Schwartz of @ExcelSports for his representation, Westbrook told ESPN on Monday afternoon," Woj wrote.
Stalemate between Collin Sexton and the Cleveland Cavaliers
Hoops Wire's Sam Amico says the Cleveland Cavaliers and Collin Sexton have had contract talks recently. However, the atmosphere has been disputable. Amico believes there isn't any hope that Sexton and the Cavaliers will reach an agreement soon.
"Sources have told Hoops Wire that negotiations between Sexton and the Cavs have not been contentious — but a fairly large gap remains. An agreement is not expected to be reached anytime soon, sources predicted," Amico wrote.
Anthony Davis ramps up off-season training
Anthony Davis had a disappointing season and recently said he hasn't touched a basketball since April 5. According to NBA analyst Marc Stein, Davis has ramped up his off-season training. AD's conditioning and shooting let him down during the 2021-22 NBA season.
"Some potential good news for the aforementioned Lakers and the soon-to-be-extension-eligible James: Anthony Davis’ surprising disclosure in mid-June that he hadn’t shot a basketball since early April might have been a blessing in disguise. Davis, by all accounts, has been working out with increased diligence ever since his comments generated a wave of strong criticism," Stein wrote.