The offseason is already well underway for 26 franchises, and for the 14 lottery teams, their draft positions will come to fruition on Tuesday night.
With the 2014 NBA draft creeping ever so closer, teams are scrambling to get organized from top to bottom in preparation for next season.
At this point in the year, rumors begin to run rampant. From coaching changes to blockbuster trades, there's plenty of gossip circulating around the NBA.
Let's take a look at a few juicy rumors that have recently surfaced.
Kevin Love to New York Knicks?
The Knicks have been in the headlines for plenty of reasons this year—from the hiring of Phil Jackson to the possible departure of Carmelo Anthony.
Now, there's another name linked to the franchise—Kevin Love.
Love is a highly sought-after prospect. Acquiring the 6'10", do-it-all power forward's services would bring a huge boost to just about any team.
Recently, the Minnesota Timberwolves have softened their stance on trading their star forward, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune: "The Associated Press, citing two unnamed sources, reported Sunday that, with Tuesday’s draft lottery and the June 26 draft approaching, the Wolves are softening their position that they won’t trade Love and are open to the idea of doing so for the right deal."
Writes Berman, "According to an NBA source, Knicks president Phil Jackson has been plotting to be involved in making something happen with Love via a trade."
Adding Love could be a major factor in keeping the services of Anthony. We'll see if Jackson can work his magic with this one.
Derek Fisher a Possibility for Knicks Head Coaching Job?
After Steve Kerr joined the Golden State Warriors, the Knicks had to call an audible in regards to their head coaching vacancy.
Jackson doesn't seem in a rush to name a coach just yet; however, according to a report from Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com, there's some interest in Oklahoma City Thunder's reserve guard Derek Fisher:
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson continues to send out signals that he's in no rush to hire a coach until he can seriously discuss the position with Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher, according to sources close to the process.
Sources told ESPN.com on Sunday that Jackson is planning to proceed with a deliberate coaching search after the Knicks, convinced they were getting Steve Kerr, watched their runaway No. 1 candidate choose the Golden State Warriors instead.
Fisher is an intelligent player who spent time under Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers. The move would make sense given the familiarity with each other.
Jackson may have to wait a bit to get his interview with Fisher, according to the guard's media statement, via the Chicago Tribune:
I would tell people to allow me to finish my career as a player before they give me another job after that. It's humbling, just to think about people thinking of me in that manner, especially while I'm still playing. (But) I promise you this is the last thing on my mind at this point. I really haven't thought about it that much. Hopefully there's a lot of basketball left to be played this season for sure. Once that's done we'll go from there.
The upcoming portion of the offseason will surely continue to be a whirlwind for the Knicks organization.
Cleveland Cavaliers to Trade Tristan Thompson?
Former first-round selection Tristan Thompson may be on the trading block, according to a tweet from ProBasketballDraft:
The power forward is entering the fourth year of his contract next season and is due a base salary of just over $5.1 million, according to Spotrac.com.
Thompson has been visibly frustrated with the franchise after a third coaching change in his three years with the team.
The forward spoke to Doug Smith of the Toronto Star, via Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer, about the situation:
It's the business of basketball. Whenever you lose someone or someone leaves the family it's tough, but like I tell young guys: It's the business of basketball, you always have to prepare for anything, that's why you have to keep working on your game every day and keep getting better.
Thompson averaged 11.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game last season. He's still only 23 and could improve another team's roster in a big way should they be willing to take on his contract.
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