'Basketball Wives: LA' season 5 spoilers: Draya Michelle definitely isn't returning; Shaunie O'Neal hints at changes for the new season


With the fourth season of VH1’s hit reality series, “Basketball Wives: Los Angeles” wrapping up with the recently aired reunion special, viewers speculate that maybe some of the girls will not be returning in the series.

Rumors have it that Shaunie O’ Neal, as the executive producer and at the same time cast member, reportedly told her co-star Brandi Maxiell that she thanked her for her services.

The former wife of Charlotte Hornets’ power forward Jason Maxiell clashed with O’Neal during the second part of the past season. The former apparently called the latter a “b*tch” and referred to her as someone with no other distinction than being Shaquille O’Neal’s ex-wife.

During the last episode, the two were able to get a chance to face each other as mediated by host John Salley. When he asked O’Neal if she is bringing back all the girls for the next installment, she vaguely answered with, “I think that we do need to sit down and maybe make a few changes and additions and things like that, but I can’t say who will and will not be back.”

Moreover, before the taping of the reunion, Maxiell also shared her thoughts about fellow star Draya Michelle regarding her comment about the cancer storyline being boring.

Referring to the fiance of Orlando Scandrick, Maxiell said, “She can call me boring, she can call me whatever. At the end of the day, I’m relevant to this whole situation. The show is called ‘Basketball Wives’ and you’re supposed to follow the life of a basketball wife. That’s exactly what I am, that’s exactly what I’m gonna be and that’s exactly what she’s not.”

Meanwhile, Michelle has confirmed that she will not reprise her part in Basketball Wives, but it does not mean that she is turning her back on reality shows, “I never say never for reality TV. I’ll just need it to make sense for myself and my business and the direction I’m heading in life. I’m not opposed to reality TV as long as it’s a solely Draya project.”

It remains to be seen who will be replacing Michelle and possibly Maxiell before the production of the new season begins.