The 2014 NBA Finals are set to kick off, as the San Antonio Spurs look to get revenge on the Miami Heat for last season's Finals loss. But that doesn't mean rumors aren't circulating regarding the other 28 teams in the Association.
It looks like this summer will be remembered for all the top-tier players on the market. Some of the best players in the NBA have been involved in rumors already, and it's only a matter of time before at least one of them changes scenery.
The weeks leading up to the 2014 NBA draft could see a few players move, as teams looking to move up in the draft will need to get rid of talent to do so.
New rumors come to light every day. Here are some of the latest ones.
Kevin Love to the Sacramento Kings?
The Sacramento Kings might look to be bold this offseason, as Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that the team could look to bring in star Kevin Love:
The Kings are willing to give up their eighth overall pick in this year's NBA draft and a combination of players for Love, even though he would not be expected to sign a contract extension before next season – if ever, with the rebuilding, small-market franchise, the source said.
Such a scenario is interesting to think about.
The Kings apparently seek to win now, as a frontcourt of Love and DeMarcus Cousins would be dominant. Throw in Rudy Gay—who has a player option for next season—and the Kings could surprise some people.
But bringing in Love in this way would also jeopardize the team's future. Without a guarantee that Love would agree to a new contract, the Kings would seriously risk long-term success if they tank again next season.
The No. 8 pick could presumably net them a player like Noah Vonleh or Aaron Gordon. While not on the tier of Love, both players provide upside and athleticism to a team that needs some young talent.
It would certainly be a big splash if the Kings were able to acquire Love. But would it be the best for the team's future?
Will Luis Scola Be on the Move Again?
Luis Scola is an extremely valuable forward because of his efficiency and energy level when on the court. Zach Lowe of Grantland thinks that the Indiana Pacers forward could be on the move this offseason:
... Scola is a true basketball character, a superstar on the international stage for the legendary Argentina team that dethroned Team USA early in the 2000s. Teammates and coaches revere him. [Shane] Battier cited him this weekend as one of his favorite teammates, and Daryl Morey said Kevin McHale is still asking if the Rockets could reacquire Scola.
The Rockets waived Scola per the NBA amnesty provision in July of 2012.
Scola would be a welcome addition to the Houston Rockets. A pairing of Dwight Howard and Scola along with Terrence Jones coming off the bench would be one of the top frontcourts in the league.
A potential pursuit of Scola could hinge on how actively the Rockets go after Love. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Rockets could make a move for Love, but the likelihood of that happening is up in the air due to the price attached.
Scola, the more traditional forward, would come at a cheaper price and would be a better fit with Howard and James Harden. While not the traditional "star" who would normally comprise a "Big Three," Scola would work well with Harden and Howard.
A Team in the Top 3 Could Trade Up to No. 1
The Cleveland Cavaliers are getting calls in regard to the top overall selection in this year's draft, and Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reported that a team within the top three could be interested in moving up a few spots:
Several teams have called the Cavs to gauge their interest in potentially trading the No. 1 pick. That includes another team in the top three (either the Bucks or Sixers), a source said. The Bucks own the second overall pick. The Sixers own picks Nos. 3 and 10.
The Philadelphia 76ers could present the Cavs with the most attractive package, as both the No. 3 and No. 10 picks could be in play. For the Milwaukee Bucks to move up, the No. 2 pick would have to be paired with a future pick to entice Cleveland general manager David Griffin.
Nobody knows what Cleveland is really going to do with the pick. By moving up to No. 1, the Bucks or the Sixers would likely take Andrew Wiggins—the consensus top player in the draft.
The Bucks could still land Wiggins at No. 2, but the chances of that are unknown. Joel Embiid is in play for the No. 1 pick. If that happens, then Wiggins will go no further than Milwaukee.
Depending on the package, Cleveland would be wise to deal within the top three.
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