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

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Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJune 22, 2014

With the 2014 NBA season having reached its conclusion upon the summation of the Finals, all 30 teams are now completely focused on improving during the offseason.

While many teams will look to the impending draft on June 26 to bolster their rosters, others are already targeting NBA veterans who could serve as immediate upgrades.

Plenty of big names are surfacing in regards to trade talks, and as a result, the rumor mill has churned out some juicy gossip.

Let's take a look at some rumors involving the biggest NBA names swirling around the web right now.

 

Three-Way Megadeal Not Happening

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While plenty of franchises are making headlines regarding offseason movement, none has been quite as apparent as the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Kevin Love sweepstakes.

Last season, Love—a power forward with the shooting ability of a guardaveraged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. It's easy to see why he's coveted around the league.

As teams attempt to enter the sweepstakes, big deals are always a possibility. One of those deals has recently been shut down, according to a tweet from Darren Wolfson of ESPN:

That trade would have sent Klay Thompson to the Los Angeles Lakers and Love to the Golden State Warriors and would have given the Timberwolves the No. 7 selection in this year's draft.

 

Thompson Predicament for Warriors

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Klay Thompson was one of the players mentioned in the aforementioned trade rumor that went bust. Well, as it turns out, Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of ESPN.com shed some light as to why:

After it appeared that the Warriors were prepared to part with Thompson in a deal to land Minnesota's Love, sources told ESPN.com that Hall of Fame consultant Jerry West and new Warriors coach Steve Kerr have voiced opposition to surrendering both Thompson and a future first-round pick to the Timberwolves along with former All-Star forward David Leefor Love and Wolves guard Kevin Martin.

While surrendering a first-round pick and Thompson may seem like a legitimate offer to acquire Love's services, the hesitation from the Warriors is certainly warranted.

Thompson was phenomenal for Golden State last season. He averaged 16 points per game while shooting 43.5 percent from the field and 41.0 percent from downtown.

The loss of his talents—as well as a future first-round pick—could be too much for the Warriors to part with.

 

Bulls Coveting Afflalo

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The Chicago Bulls have been mentioned quite a few times regarding expected offseason activity, and Arron Afflalo is one name recently linked to the team.

According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Bulls are actively pursuing Afflalo.

Wojnarowski writes, "The Chicago Bulls are pursuing a trade for Orlando Magic swingman Arron Afflalo, league sources told Yahoo Sports."

Afflalo recorded an average of 18.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game last season while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 42.7 percent from behind the arc.

His presence will certainly bolster an offense that finished dead last in points per game this past season, but one question must be asked: How will this affect the Bulls' chances of possibly landing Carmelo Anthony in free agency?

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