NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Kevin Love, Klay Thompson and More

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NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Kevin Love, Klay Thompson and More
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Even though the playoffs are ongoing and the upcoming draft looms large, there's no shortage of trade rumors circulating around the NBA.

At this point in the year, each franchise—from playoff contenders to teams in rebuilding mode—is looking to bolster its roster for the future. Much of that will come via the draft, but acquiring a top-notch free agent is certainly an intriguing option.

Several big names have surfaced lately in regards to potential trades, as the rumor mill keeps on spinning.

Let's take a look at the rumors involving these players and the teams associated with them based on what we're hearing around the Web.

 

Everyone Wants Some Love

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Kevin Love has been the biggest name linked to multiple teams of late—and rightfully so.

Who couldn't use a 6'10" power forward who has a better stroke from three-point range than most guards?

According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Love remains a hot commodity:

The Boston CelticsGolden State WarriorsLos Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns are among many teams determined to make hard runs at trades for Love, league sources said. Boston and Los Angeles plan to make high-lottery picks in the 2014 NBA draft available in offers for Love, sources said.

These teams should have opportunities to make proposals for the forward, given Minnesota Timberwolves president Flip Saunders' new stance on Love.

Wojnarowski writes, "For the first time, [Saunders] sounds like looking at deals for [Love] is an option," one rival executive told Yahoo Sports.

A tweet from theScore notes the Warriors' confidence in getting a deal done:

The Timberwolves are listening and many teams are interested. Things could get very interesting in the near future.

 

Klay Thompson Staying Put

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So, we know the Warriors figure to be big players in the Love sweepstakes. However, the team doesn't appear willing to sell the farm for him.

According to Marcus Thompson II of the San Jose Mercury News, Golden State has no intentions of parting ways with shooting guard Klay Thompson.

He writes, "A team source said the Warriors don't want to give up Klay Thompson to land Love. Draymond Green doesn't make enough to impact the trade financially. That leaves Barnes, whom the Warriors stuck by during his sophomore slump."

It makes sense for the Warriors to hang on to Thompson. He averaged a career-high 18.4 points per game last season, as well as career highs in field-goal percentage (.444) and three-point percentage (.417).

The Warriors' official Twitter account noted Thompson's fantastic season:

If Golden State is intent on keeping him, what can the team give up for Love?

Thompson gives his suggestion, "Ideally, the Warriors could pull it off with a package of Lee, forward Harrison Barnes and the 2015 draft pick. That's probably the best the Warriors could offer."

We'll have to wait and see if that's enough.

 

David Lee Set for a Cross-Country Trip?

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Golden State's David Lee continues to play solid basketball each season. At 31 years of age, Lee has hit his peak but still has plenty to offer.

Last season, he averaged 18.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists  per game to go along with his stellar .523 field-goal percentage.

Lee has apparently caught the eye of the Orlando Magic.

According to a report from Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Magic may be looking to acquire his services.

Kyler writes, "The Magic have been linked to Golden State's David Lee, although sources in Orlando down played that report as one of many things being presented their way. Take that to mean, it's something they could do if they wanted to."

Lee is currently in the midst of a six-year, $79.5 million contract and is owed a base salary of just over $15 million next season, according to Spotrac.com.

A tweet from Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk indicates Golden State's willingness to get a deal done:

The Magic have plenty of opportunities to bring in some great talent in a very deep draft class this year. It makes sense the team would like to pair a savvy veteran with their incoming players.

For Golden State, freeing up cap space would allow the team to find another veteran to pair with Stephen Curry in its backcourt.

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