Just days after the 2014 NBA season officially came to the end with a fifth ring on Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich's fingers, rumors are already swirling.
Now it's time for every other franchise to catch up to the San Antonio Spurs. Whether they choose to do so through the draft, trades or free agency, there is a wide-open market this season.
One of the hottest names on the trade market will of course be Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Rumors about Love have been swirling in nearly every major market and even in some smaller ones with teams on the cusp of playoff berths.
With the 2014 NBA draft just over a week away and rumors growing by the day, here's a look at the latest talk.
Celtics Trading the Draft for Kevin Love
Years ago, the Boston Celtics struck a deal with the Seattle SuperSonics to move Ray Allen to Boston for the No. 5 overall pick and prospects.
Now, the Celtics are hoping to make another mega deal with the Timberwolves to bring in Love. What would that deal entail exactly? Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders has the latest:
Word is Boston would do both of their picks this year and a possible future picks for Kevin Love... they have roster players too— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) June 17, 2014
It will be interesting to see if the Wolves, hold their "we're not trading him" line. There are real offers out there.— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) June 17, 2014
Let's be honest here, doesn't everyone want Love this offseason? Teams like the Phoenix Suns are willing to trade the house for him, while the Timberwolves are still clearly interested in keeping their franchise player.
Then there's another report out there from Chad Ford of ESPN (subscription required) of a potential offer for Love from Boston:
I continue to get strong signals that the Celtics are trying hard to use pick No. 6 and 17 along with future No. 1s and young players such as Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk to persuade the Minnesota Timberwolves to trade them Kevin Love. One source close to the Wolves said that while Flip Saunders does not want to trade Love, he realizes the team likely will lose him this summer and the package the Celtics are offering is probably the best he's going to get.
In my eyes, both franchises win here. That is, if Boston can keep him in green for the next decade.
For Minnesota, this gives it a stranglehold on the draft with picks No. 6, 13 and 17 and the potential to draft a player like Aaron Gordon to immediately replace Love. No, I'm not saying Gordon is or ever will be on Love's level, but he's certainly a great developmental player.
Sixers Looking to Move Up by Trading Thaddeus Young
While this deal could go down to the wire and take until the start of the NBA draft, it appears to be a distinct possibility.
Thaddeus Young had a career year during the 2013-14 season. The 25-year-old started in 78 contests, averaged 17.9 points, six rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Outside of the rebounds, all of those numbers are career highs.
But for a Philadelphia 76ers team looking to go young, 25 is apparently too old. Therefore, the Sixers are reportedly looking to deal the seventh-year player out of Philly, per Ford:
The Sixers have been actively trying to trade up to make sure they land him, and I'm told a swap of No. 1 for No. 3 and Thaddeus Young isn't totally out of the question—as long as the Cavs have some reasonable belief that the Bucks would pass on Joel Embiid at No. 2.
However, the deal might not be necessary, as I think the most likely scenario right now is that Wiggins falls to No. 3.
Is this deal a fair one for both sides?
All of this, of course, rests on the belief that the Milwaukee Bucks would pass on the player with arguably the most upside in the draft. If the Cleveland Cavaliers have learned anything from last year's draft, it's that nothing goes as planned.
Here's the thing, even if the Sixers trade away the No. 3 pick and Young, they have yet another top-10 pick later in the night to add more depth. While Young is clearly coveted by other franchises, Philly is continuing to build for the future with a plethora of prospects.
As for the Cavs, adding another big body down low with Bennett and potentially Joel Embiid or even pairing Kyrie Irving with Jabari Parker both seem like good situations.
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