The Finals are now in the rearview, and the draft is fast approaching. Yes, the NBA offseason is officially in full swing.
What would the offseason be without some juicy rumors involving some of the Association's brightest stars?
Franchises are constantly looking to acquire veteran talent at this point in the year, and 2014 features plenty of it. With names like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love generating a bevy of interest, we are certainly in store for a wild offseason.
Here's a look at a few recent rumors surrounding these three athletes circulating around the web.
Rockets All-In on LeBron
What NBA franchise couldn't use a player like James?
One of the most polarizing figures in the Association, James could opt out of Miami and test the waters in free agency. After the spectacle we saw when James left Cleveland, it can be assumed more of the same is on the horizon.
This time around, it's the Houston Rockets looking to make a big play for James, according to Bleacher Report's Howard Beck.
Beck writes, "League sources say that Houston is preparing to make an all-out push to land James when free agency opens on July 1, assuming James opts out, as expected. If the Rockets miss out on James, they will turn their full attention to Carmelo Anthony. Chris Bosh is also on the radar."
This is already a highly competitive team, and adding James' career average of 27.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game would certainly put the Rockets over the top.
Anthony Tempted by Windy City
As we all expected, Anthony is looking to opt out of New York and hit free agency, according to a tweet from Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:
A person close to Carmelo Anthony confirms that Melo, as expected, will inform Knicks on Monday that he's opting out. "One hundred percent."— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) June 22, 2014
With that news, one question remains: Where will Anthony call home next season?
At the moment, it appears home could be in Chicago.
According to a report from Ian Begley of ESPN, Anthony's been doing his homework on the Windy City.
"Anthony, according to league sources, has already done some homework on the Bulls and the city of Chicago. He has talked to more than one high-profile person who lives in Chicago about what it's like to be famous in the Windy City, league sources say."
This trend has been ongoing for quite some time. After all, Anthony has been speaking with Joakim Noah and also inquired about what it was like to play for coach Tom Thibodeau.
Bill Simmons of Grantland posted a very interesting potential Bulls roster on Twitter:
NBA peeps are worried about the Bulls right now. A starting 5 of Rose, Afflalo, Carmelo, Taj + Noah w/ Butler as 6th man is VERY doable.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) June 22, 2014
The writing was already on the wall, but now Anthony appears to be pulling out the permanent marker.
Derrick Rose Wants Some Love
Speaking of the Bulls, star point guard (when healthy) Derrick Rose appears to covet a different player to join the squad over the offseason.
According to sources close to Kevin Love, Rose's preference is for the Bulls to work out a deal as soon as possible for Minnesota's All-Star forward because he sees Love as more of a team player than Anthony. Chicago is in the mix with Golden State for Love, with Boston and Denver considered long shots. If it makes any difference to Melo, Rose has no plans to recruit Love, who is free next summer, either. But the Bulls already know whom he'd really prefer to play with in the future.
Looking at Love's numbers, it's easy to see why Rose would rather play with the power forward.
Love may be 6'10", but he shoots from outside like a guard. He averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last season—he's a team player who can do it all.
Both Love and Anthony are obviously legitimate scoring threats, and that's the biggest necessity considering the amount of time Rose has missed due to injury.
The Bulls ranked dead last in points per game this past season, but that can be expected to change significantly should the team strike gold in the Love sweepstakes.