Although many teams are headed to the 2014 NBA playoffs, other teams assured of lottery picks are not only looking toward the draft, but doing their due diligence on impending free agents.
It's not only certain teams looking into adding new talent. Some players are already making their rounds in attempts to find a new home for next season.
This offseason will certainly put many new faces in new places, and that process has already begun.
Let's take a glimpse at recent rumors surrounding players and teams ready to make a move.
Lamar Odom to Knicks?
Apparently Phil Jackson is already hard at work as the new president of the New York Knicks.
According to a report from Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Knicks are eyeing up a player very familiar with Jackson—Lamar Odom:
Sources told ESPN.com that the Knicks, at the behest of new team president Phil Jackson, have been looking into the possibility of signing Odom since the 34-year-old's short stint playing in Spain ended and are weighing whether to go through with adding the Queens native to their roster before the regular season ends.
It seems as though things may be more serious between these parties than initially expected, as Stein reports:
ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reported during the telecast of last week's Knicks-Nets game that Jackson met with Odom during the contest. It was initally believed the meeting was more personal in nature, but sources told ESPN.com this week that Jackson is interested in pursuing an on-court reunion with the former Laker if Odom convinces the Knicks he's serious about a comeback.
The Knicks will certainly be undergoing a massive overhaul this offseason. Yes, the team will be looking to fill certain voids with younger players through the draft; however, having a solid mentor like Odom around could allow this team to right the ship much sooner.
Carmelo Making Rounds?
The Knicks are now officially eliminated from playoff contention, and Carmelo Anthony hasn't wasted any time acclimating himself with the possibility of finding a new home for next season, according to a report from Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
Isola reported Anthony approached an unnamed former Chicago Bulls player and asked a very significant question:
"What is it like to play for Thibs?"
"Thibs" obviously being Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.
Thibodeau was named to USA basketball's coaching staff—a team that could wind up including Anthony. The forward could have simply been wondering what it will be like playing for the coach in that regard; however, one simply can't deny the possibility of Chicago being a coveted destination for Melo.
The Bulls need an additional scoring threat alongside Derrick Rose, and the 27.4 points per game Anthony averaged this season would certainly be attractive to Chicago.
Meeks Return to Lakers?
Like most soon-to-be free agents, Jodie Meeks is unsure where he will wind up next season.
Although, according to a report from Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, there may already be an answer to that question:
"The Lakers are interested in Meeks, 26, a soon-to-be free agent who is paid $1.6 million in a league whose average salary is $5.5 million. He's interested in them, too."
Meeks has been one of the few bright spots during a dismal season for the Lakers. He's averaging a career-high 15.6 points per game and is one of the members of the team avoiding injury.
Bresnahan spoke with Meeks about the possibility of returning and his thoughts on free agency:
When I signed here two years ago, I told my family that I would love to be here the rest of my career. Learning from great players—Kobe [Bryant], Pau Gasol, and at the time, Dwight [Howard], Steve Nash. Obviously, I want to be here and it's a great organization and I love playing here.
But on the flip side it's a business. Both sides have to do what they do.
Currently, Meeks was only given a base salary this season of $1.45 million, according to Spotrac.com. He'll certainly be in line for a big pay raise should he choose to remain in Los Angeles.
It would be a smart move for the Lakers to keep him around. He's a solid, durable player who could continue to flourish and help this team stay afloat as it enters a rebuilding phase.
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