The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs’ attempts to set up an NBA Finals rematch may be making the biggest headlines in the Association, but there is plenty abuzz for the rest of the league’s teams as well.
Kevin Love is still searching for a potential new home, and there are some updates regarding the coaching positions of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards.
Without further ado, let’s dig into some of the latest rumors around the NBA.
Cleveland looking to the college ranks?
The Cleveland Cavaliers landed the No. 1 pick in the recent NBA lottery, and now all they need is a head coach. Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com pointed out that they may be heading to school in that pursuit:
The Cleveland Cavaliers have contacted Florida's Billy Donovan about their coaching vacancy, sources told ESPN.com. …
In addition to Donovan, they have tested the interest of Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg, sources said. The Cavs also inquired about UConn's Kevin Ollie before he signed a long-term extension to stay with the Huskies.
For his part, Donovan commented on the situation, although he seemed pleased at Florida, via Windhorst: “I have spoken to a couple NBA teams, and that’s all I’m going to say. It’s always flattering, but at the same time, I’ve always said that I’m very happy here and like it here.”
If we are to look ahead, the Cleveland job looks much more attractive now that the Cavs have that No. 1 pick.
What’s more, Kyrie Irving is one of the more dynamic young players in the NBA and will make an enticing pairing with whoever Cleveland picks. Perhaps the Cavaliers could even land a transcendent star like Kevin Love via trade or LeBron James in free agency.
That’s a lot of what-ifs, but the offseason is a time for dreaming for teams that missed out on the playoffs.
Kevin Love heading West?
Kevin Love plans on using his early-termination option to become a free agent in 2015, so the Minnesota Timberwolves may be in position to trade their superstar. Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle noted that the Golden State Warriors could get involved in those discussions:
After Tuesday's news conference to introduce Steve Kerr as Golden State's head coach, some team sources confidently outlined their reasoning for being considered a top contender in the Love sweepstakes.
Where will Kevin Love end up?
Simmons delves into potential trade scenarios with various teams and suggests that Golden State could package David Lee, Harrison Barnes and a future draft pick. Whether that is enough to compete with teams like Chicago, Phoenix or Boston, which all could offer multiple first-round picks (in 2014 or beyond), or a destination like Los Angeles or New York remains to be seen.
Still, a potential pairing of Love and Stephen Curry could entice Love to sign an extension with Golden State, which could be enough to move a deal forward.
Randy Wittman’s future up in the air?
The Washington Wizards surprised many this year by making it to the second round of the playoffs and challenging the No. 1 seed Indiana Pacers when they got there. Still, Michael Lee of The Washington Post notes that it hasn’t been enough to get Randy Wittman an extension yet:
Two of Wittman’s peers were able to quickly turn playoff appearances into contract extensions, with Toronto’s Dwane Casey and Portland’s Terry Stotts both getting multi-year deals the day after their respective seasons ended. The Wizards haven’t rushed to any decision with regards to Wittman; one person with knowledge of the situation said there is “no timetable” to get something done.
It’s hard to imagine Wittman not coming back, though.
The Wizards tallied their most second-round victories in 35 years this season, and Wittman has the respect and drew endorsements from John Wall and Bradley Beal, among others. Washington has a talented young core, and Wittman should have them in the postseason for years to come.
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