NBA news roundup: Knicks split on signing Earl Barron; Adam Silver says Bucks need new arena

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks are deciding among several big men, including Earl Barron. Meanwhile, Adam Silver believes the Bucks need to upgrade from the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The New York Knicks' coaching staff would like to sign free-agent big man Earl Barron, but team management is hesitant to pull the trigger, according to Bleacher Report's Jared Zwerling.

Barron appeared in 12 total games last season, with just one of those coming for New York. But in that game, Barron impressed Mike Woodson and the rest of the Knicks' coaching staff with an 11-point, 18-rebound effort after working out for the team just that same morning. The 32-year-old also played seven games for the Knicks in the 2009-10 season, posting averages of 11.7 points and 11.0 rebounds in 33.1 minutes per game.

New York currently has 12 players under guaranteed contract, so they have three roster spots left. While Barron is an option, the team is also considering Hamed Haddadi among other centers. Cole Aldrich and DeSagana Diop worked out for the Knicks earlier this week.

Silver says Bucks need a new arena

There have been rumors of moving the Milwaukee Bucks, but NBA commissioner-to-be Adam Silver recently said there are no plans to sell any teams in the near future. However, Silver said Wednesday that the Bucks need to upgrade their current home, according to Rich Kirchen of The Business Journal:

"One obvious issue we all have to deal with is we need a new arena in Milwaukee," said Adam Silver, deputy National Basketball Association commissioner, speaking of the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Bucks owner Herb Kohl and other city officials have claimed for years that the Bradley Center is outdated, and Silver's comments clearly concur with that. During a tour of the arena, Silver came to the conclusion that it was too small and lacked the amenities necessary for the NBA:

"At the end of the day compared to other modern arenas in the league, this arena is a few hundred thousand square feet too small," Silver said. "It doesn't have the sort of back-of-house space you need, doesn't have the kinds of amenities we need.

"It doesn't have the right sort of upper bowl/lower bowl (seating) configuration for the teams frankly that Milwaukee wants to compete against," he said.

Silver said Kohl is committed to keeping the Bucks viable and in Milwaukee, and they will work hard to come up with a solution to the arena issue.

World Peace predicts Lakers to NBA Finals

Metta World Peace may not be on the Los Angeles Lakers anymore, but he sounded like a Laker at heart with some comments he made at a signing for his children's book "Metta's Bedtime Stories" on Wednesday, which was attended by ESPN's Mike Mazzeo.

While most pundits believe the Lakers will struggle to even make the playoffs, World Peace believes his former team will reach the NBA Finals:

"I think Kobe [Bryant's] gonna be healthy, they're gonna get Pau [Gasol]. The Lakers are gonna make a big trade like they always do. They're gonna get another good player, boom, boom, and they're gonna go to the Finals. I believe it. Kobe's gonna come back, he's gonna play team ball, and Pau's gonna play well."

Probably a bit outlandish, but that's just par for the course for World Peace. The Knicks forward also spoke on a variety of other topics, including Lamar Odom, the Knicks' chances and the Brooklyn Nets. While World Peace didn't want to get drawn into the ongoing trash talk between the Knicks and Nets, he did say that he doesn't "even know who's on their team."

Bradley may miss start of camp

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley may miss the start of training camp as he continues to deal with the death of his mother, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England.

Bradley's mother died on Sept. 10, and Celtics president Danny Ainge said he's unsure whether that will force the young guard to be late for camp. It seems that Ainge understands the gravity of the situation, and if Bradley needs some extra time to cope with the loss, it would be just fine.

If Bradley isn't ready for the start of camp, the Celtics will likely be without their starting backcourt, as Rajon Rondo is still rehabbing his torn ACL.

Saunders expects Wolves to exercise option on Williams

The Minnesota Timberwolves have until Oct. 31 to decide whether or not to exercise the $6.3 million fourth-year option on Derrick Williams' rookie contract. The decision will be a tough one, but Wolves president Flip Saunders told Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN in Minnesota that he expects the option to be picked up.

Williams, the No. 2 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, has been a bit of a disappointment in Minnesota. Exercising the option could take away some flexibility and push the Wolves into luxury tax territory for that year, although Wolfson believes they will pick up the fourth year and look to trade Williams later.

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