The main portion of the NBA offseason is over. The initial free-agent rush has passed and the top prospects found their new homes in the draft. That doesn't mean everything is finalized heading into next season, however.
There are still some unsettled situations that could help shift the balance of power, depending on how they play out in the coming weeks. It showcases that the NBA, like most sports leagues nowadays, is truly a year-round association.
With that in mind, let's examine some of the latest talk involving some marquee names with uncertain futures. At the very least, the rumors give fans something to discuss while waiting for the new season to get underway.
Aldridge remains one of the league's most overlooked stars. He consistently averages around 21 points and nine rebounds while shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor. Despite those terrific numbers, his name is rarely mentioned when talking about elite big men.
Perhaps a change of scenery to a bigger market or a championship contender would change that. Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest reports Aldridge's representatives met with the Portland Trail Blazers to talk about potential trade ideas.
The camp for Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge arranged a meeting with general manger Neil Olshey in a Las Vegas hotel lobby on Sunday to suggest several trade scenarios, a league source informed CSNNW.com.
According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the situation, described the meeting as being productive with both sides focused on doing what's best for both parties.
Haynes admits the most likely outcome is remaining in Portland for another season, but the situation remains active. The biggest hurdle would be the return package. The Blazers should demand a king's ransom in order to move a major asset like Aldridge.
Where will Jennings start next season?
Jennings is an intriguing player. The only pressing concern is his lack of shooting efficiency. He's shot below 40 percent for his career. If he makes even marginal improvement in that area as he reaches his prime, he's got all the tools to become a superstar.
Whether that will happen with the Milwaukee Bucks is still up in the air. Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times reports the point guard still isn't a lock to return as the team continues to seek other players to potentially run the offense.
For those who think Brandon Jennings is now a lock to return to Bucks, guess again. As of this tweet, Bucks still looking at other PGs.— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) July 19, 2013
The Jennings situation is one that hasn't been as active as expected. It's actually been pretty quiet throughout the summer, but perhaps things are starting to heat up. The Bucks will want to have it settled one way or another before the season gets close.
Even though Miller struggled to make a consistent impact with the Miami Heat over the past couple seasons, he's still a knockdown shooter who can help in spurts. He showed that in Game 6 of the NBA Finals when he drained a couple threes and grabbed seven rebounds.
In other words, Miller can still be a valuable role player for a contending team after the Heat used the amnesty provision to waive him. Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports there's mutual interest between the swingman and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
There is mutual interest between the Thunder and Mike Miller, source says. OKC can only offer minimum, but Miller is owed $13M by Miami.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 18, 2013
It makes sense. The Thunder could use another outside scorer and Miller would get a chance to remain in the championship conversation. Whether he lands with Oklahoma City or another contender, expect him to carve out a niche for himself once again.