The NBA trade deadline may have been a dud this year, but free agency is around the corner. And with it, a lot of superstars may be on their way to new homes.
There are boatloads of NBA rumors swirling around players like Carmelo Anthony, Rajon Rondo, Josh Smith and LeBron James—but a closer inspection shows that not all of them should be taken as gospel.
With the implementation of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, a lot of the mega-blockbuster deals that were missing during the trading period in past years later happened that following summer.
Zach Lowe of Grantland explains the situation:
Shorter contracts also mean more free agents every summer. Teams may hesitate to trade for a $10 million guy today in hopes of signing a better one in July. If the new CBA does end up chilling the trade deadline, it will probably also invigorate free agency. July is the new February, on steroids.
If steroids doesn't get the upcoming free agency period pumped up, the talent level of this year’s free agency class will. In particular, this free agency period is swollen with high-caliber players that have the ability to change a franchise for the better and lead a team to a championship.
So without further ado, here are the latest NBA Free Agency rumors for the league’s superstars.