As the NBA draft approaches, the rumors are beginning to look more substantial. Most recently, the chase for Kevin Love seemed to be energized by a potential blockbuster between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors.
ESPN's Chris Broussard tweeted the following:
Sources: Twolves & Warriors discussing Possible trade: KLove, KMartin, JJBarea, 13th pick for Klay Thompson and David Lee— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 19, 2014
There has been much discussion about the potential swap since the news originally broke on Thursday, but nothing definitive has emerged from either team.
If any team hopes to compete with the Warriors' potential haul, draft picks and roster players will have to be included.
A team like the Chicago Bulls would seemingly be able to counter with a similar offer. Perhaps packaging Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, Tony Snell and one or both of the team's first-round picks would seem like enough to get Minny's attention.
That said, the Bulls may be hesitant to go all in for Love, as it may hurt the team's chances of landing potential free agent Carmelo Anthony.
We'll see what happens in the next five days leading up to the June 26 draft, but things are going to get even more interesting on this front over the next week.
Alvin Gentry in Demand
The Warriors might be welcoming a new member to their coaching staff as well as new players to their roster. Per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, Golden State has interest in current Los Angeles Clippers assistant Alvin Gentry.
Warriors expected to make a stronger $ offer to convince Alvin Gentry to leave the Clippers to become elite paid assoc. HC soon,sources said— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 20, 2014
Gentry is known for his skill at coaching offense. New Warriors head coach Steve Kerr had Gentry as a head coach in Phoenix when Kerr was the general manager.
The familiarity between the two undoubtedly has something to do with the interest. Whether any of these deals goes through, Golden State is proving it has every intention of being a major force in the NBA now and into the future.
Shabazz Napier's Stock is Rising
Previously thought to be a late first-round selection at best, UConn standout Shabazz Napier has now seen his stock rise according to sources who spoke with Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
As further proof of how far Shabazz Napier's stock has risen: He's accepted an invite to green room for NBA Draft, source tells Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 20, 2014
Napier's collegiate pedigree and confidence have endeared him to pro scouts. He's more than likely one of the most NBA-ready prospects in the draft, even if he doesn't have as much potential as someone like Australia's Dante Exum or Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart.
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