The 2014 NBA playoffs are in full swing for 16 teams. However, the others are already looking to make offseason improvements—on the roster, coaching staff and front office.
At this time of the year, there is never a shortage of rumors circulating around the NBA.
Big names are plentiful and ripe for the picking, and teams are doing their due diligence to get in contact with potential players and staff in an effort to rebound from disappointing seasons and get back on track.
Let's run down a few recent rumors that have surfaced regarding some of the biggest names in basketball.
Carmelo Anthony to Bulls?
Anthony's name has been linked to several teams since the New York Knicks were officially eliminated from playoff contention.
The most recent of these teams is the Chicago Bulls.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Chicago feels it has a great shot at acquiring Anthony's services:
Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that the Bulls—even before these developments came to light Friday night via noted NBA salary-cap expert Larry Coon—were already feeling increasingly optimistic behind the scenes about their chances of convincing Anthony to leave the Knicks in the wake of New York's failure to make the playoffs. This is the first season Anthony has failed to reach the playoffs in his 11-year career.
Bringing Anthony into the fold will likely cause some major shifts on Chicago's roster. The team will need to free up some cap space, and names like Carlos Boozer could be on the way out.
Mike Zarren to be New Pistons GM?
The Pistons will be in the market for a new general manager this offseason after it was reported Joe Dumars will not have his contract renewed.
Report: Mike Zarren "under consideration" as Pistons look for a GM http://t.co/W2QxNRRvxv— Jay King (@ByJayKing) April 19, 2014
According to A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast Sports Network, owner Tom Gores is eyeing up Boston Celtics executive Mike Zarren:
Mike Zarren, the Celtics' well-respected, numbers-crunching, assistant general manager, is again under consideration for another job. He is among the early names to surface for the soon-to-be vacant GM job with the Detroit Pistons.
Zarren, a big numbers-cruncher, was a finalist for the Philadelphia 76ers general manager position but pulled out before the team hired Sam Hinkie. He's been a hot name for a while now and should top the list of all the Pistons' potential candidates.
Mike Woodson Done in New York?
Mike Woodson's fate with the Knicks will be decided in short order, according to Chris Broussard and Marc Stein of ESPN.com. Even though there has been speculation of the coach's impending termination, nothing has happened yet.
Broussard and Stein reported Woodson is bracing for the worst:
"Sources close to the situation told ESPN that Woodson is "bracing" for the worst, especially after the Knicks conducted exit interviews with players Thursday without the coach present."
Knicks coach Mike Woodson is reportedly 'bracing for the worst' with his professional fate still looming. http://t.co/ahNqFBo4W6— theScore (@theScore) April 19, 2014
Team president Phil Jackson will surely shake things up this offseason, and according to ESPN's report, Woodson has no intention of meeting with Jackson in the near future:
"A league source told ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley that Woodson is not interested in having a face-to-face meeting with team president Phil Jackson until he gets further clarification on his status."
Woodson may not have to wait long to get clarification on his status, as Jackson is intent on getting changes underway in New York.
Wilbon: "Mike Woodson, to me, is not the primary problem with the Knicks... The Knicks players are the issue, not the coach."— PTI (@PTI) April 18, 2014
After all, Broussard and Stein spoke to a Knicks player about Jackson's intent to make some moves this summer, and the player's comment was very telling:
"He credited Woody. But he also said that there's going to be changes, some of us won't be in this room next year."