The NBA rumor mill knows no limits.
Although most teams are just seven or eight games into the 2013-14 season, you're seeing plenty of talk surrounding big names being swapped. For some owners and general managers, it's never too early to hit the panic button.
In addition, it's also not too early to start looking ahead to the summer of 2014 or even 2015 in terms of which free agents might be hitting the market.
With that in mind, here's the latest batch of rumors swirling around the NBA.
After all, what will there be to talk about after this summer, when LeBron James has decided whether he'll stay with the Miami Heat or play elsewhere?
Once that's over, the focus will shift to Kevin Love. The Minnesota Timberwolves big man can opt out of his contract after the 2014-15 season, and at least one team is already preparing for how it'll sign Love in the event he hits the open market.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported the New York Knicks will look to pair Love with Carmelo Anthony as they try to keep Melo and become an NBA title contender again:
Almost assuredly, Love will exercise his early termination option in two years and take a strong look at where the free-agent landscape stands with the T'wolves. He could re-sign a longer, richer deal with Minnesota, or chase big-market platforms in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and perhaps elsewhere.
The Knicks are buried in salary-cap hell through 2014, awaiting Amar'e Stoudemire ($23.4 million), Tyson Chandler ($14.3 million) and Andrea Bargnani ($12 million) to expire. The Knicks are sold on Love in 2015, sources tell Yahoo Sports, and they've already begun devising a strategy to lure him when the time comes.
Whether it's New York or somewhere else, come the summer of 2015, Love will likely be calling a new team home.
Denver has made it clear to Kenneth Faried's reps: There are no active talks involving him. Knicks offered Shumpert. Denver rejected idea.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) November 13, 2013
Earlier in the day, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported the Nuggets had been discussing a trade involving Faried and the Knicks' Iman Shumpert. The 6'8" Faried would help a New York frontcourt that is still without Tyson Chandler.
There's been significant interest NBA-wide in Faried, but short of including him into a blockbuster deal, it's unlikely Denver moves him.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) November 13, 2013
However, Stein reported Denver would want Shumpert in addition to a draft pick in return for Faried. That may be too much for the Knicks.
The third-year forward is one of the Nuggets' emerging stars. He's averaging 8.8 points and 8.5 rebounds a game with a player efficiency rating of 18.0, according to Basketball Reference. Although those numbers are down from last year's totals, it's way too early in the season to be too concerned about Faried if you're a Denver fan.
Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reported the 76ers might be open to trading the fourth-year guard. He wrote that the Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves would be interested if Turner is made available.
However, Amico posited that the Dallas Mavericks could make a push for Turner. Throwing in Shawn Marion's expiring contract with a draft pick might be enough to entice Philadelphia.
Turner is so far having the best season of his career. Coming into Wednesday night, he's averaging 23.0 points a night on 50.7 percent shooting, per Basketball Reference. That's roughly 10 more points and almost 10 percentage points higher than last year's numbers.