This offseason promises to be one of the NBA's most active of the last few years.
Here's a little sampling of what you can look forward two over the coming months: LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony's possible free agency, the 2014 NBA draft—which features such a deep talent pool that everybody's trying to move around—and the Kevin Love sweepstakes.
Any one of those events would be enough to fuel headlines for an entire summer, but throw them all together and you've got a reporter's dream.
Here are the latest updates on three players who may be on the move.
The Love saga has been one of the biggest non-NBA postseason stories of the last few months. Minnesota Timberwolves management has dealt with questions every day as to whether Love will be dealt before he activates his early termination option next year.
Ticking clocks always make for the best narratives.
Joe Kotoch of Sheridan Hoops spoke to an NBA general manager who thinks the T-Wolves might want to get out now before the situation becomes too much:
One GM I spoke to thinks the Timberwolves trade Kevin Love by draft night. "The distraction will only get worse the longer he's there."— Probasketballdraft (@Probballdraft) June 14, 2014
Same GM thinks Chicago, LA, Houston, Boston, Golden State & Cleveland will be the teams actively trying to make a deal for Love.— Probasketballdraft (@Probballdraft) June 14, 2014
This may seem like a bit of foolish motivation for trading such a talented player, but you can see how the constant speculation could end up hurting Minnesota more than moving him would. By cutting ties altogether, the franchise could move on and begin working on its post-Love future.
It would be an unsatisfactory conclusion, but this story has few conclusions left in which Timberwolves fans will feel satisfied.
If the New York Knicks lose Carmelo Anthony and fail to have a first-round pick in the 2014 draft, it would be the ultimate insult. After all, it's the trade that sent Anthony to New York that cost the franchise its first-rounder.
Team president Phil Jackson is working to fix at least one of those problems. According to SportsNet New York's Moke Hamilton, the Knicks are looking at trade scenarios that will get them into the first round. Iman Shumpert may be dangled as bait:
Shumpert has been here before. ESPN.com's Chris Broussard reported back in February that the Knicks guard drew interest from both the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers before the trade deadline. To see him moved wouldn't be a surprise.
New York has few movable assets, so if it is serious about grabbing a first-rounder, Shumpert will likely be the cost. The reward could be a player like C.J. Wilcox or P.J. Hairston, both of whom are as good from long range as Shumpert and will come at a lower cost.
At this point, Chicago Bulls fans don't care how it's done. They want to see the end of Carlos Boozer and his massive contract in Chicago.
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Bulls are hoping to sign a marquee free agent and work a sign-and-trade that would send Boozer the other way:
Bulls' ideal remains sign-and-trade involving Boozer. Keeps them capped and allows use of exceptions.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) June 14, 2014
According to Johnson, the move would allow the team to have enough financial room to pursue some of the big-name free agents this offseason:
Draft will tell a lot. Bulls looking to avoid two rookie scale contracts.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) June 14, 2014
Remember, Bulls confident they'd land LBJ, DWade or both in 2010 and traded Kirk away for nothing. No chance they do that again unless sure.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) June 14, 2014
Boozer's contract has been an albatross for the team almost since the day it was signed. He's actually played much better than some give him credit for, but when you're making an average of $15 million a year, you can't be a slightly above-average player.
Now that Boozer's deal is expiring, teams might be much more willing to work a deal.