NBA Trade Rumors: Analyzing Latest Reports Before Start of 2014 NBA Draft

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NBA Trade Rumors: Analyzing Latest Reports Before Start of 2014 NBA Draft
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The 2014 NBA draft is just hours away, and the Association has entered a frenzy of rumors, smokescreens and hype.

Each franchise has begun to divulge its thoughts to the media through certain sources in an effort to improve its position in the impending draft.

Whether that involves hyping a certain prospect, releasing sensitive information or making trade intentions known, they all have a plan.

Sorting though which of these rumors are true and which are false can become a daunting process. However, as we soak in this information, we can't help but speculate.

Here's a look at three juicy trade rumors to hit the Web prior to the 2014 NBA draft.

 

Knicks and Rockets Megadeal?

The New York Knicks are looking to right the ship this coming season under the watchful eye of Phil Jackson, while the Houston Rockets are looking for a superstar to get them over the hump and deep into the playoffs.

Well, according to a radio appearance from ESPN's Chris Broussard, via RealGM.com, the two teams may be looking to help each other: "In a radio appearance, Chris Broussard reported that the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks could agree upon a sign-and-trade of Carmelo Anthony for James Harden."

This is an intriguing move, and Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News gave his thoughts on the Rockets' situation:

Regardless, this move makes sense for both squads.

It would give the Knicks a great building block and scoring threat in Harden. The shooting guard averaged 25.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.1 assists last season in Houston.

For the Rockets, adding Anthony, followed by freeing up a bit of cap space, could allow for the signing of LeBron James. After all, Bleacher Report's Howard Beck reported the Rockets were going to make an "all-out push" for James.

This could be it.

 

Suns Looking to Make Moves

The Phoenix Suns have three first-round picks in this year's draft, and it appears as though the team isn't thinking about staying put.

According to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, the Suns have been extremely active in search of a trade:

Suns have been very active. They've talked to the Kings about moving up to 8. They've talked about moving their picks for veterans. Interestingly, they've been talking about point guards with teams which may reflect an uneasiness in re-signing Eric Bledsoe to a huge deal this summer. I'm told that the four prospects they seem to be focused on right now are Elfrid Payton, Zach LaVine, Rodney Hood and TJ Warren.

A trade with the Kings seems rather likely due to Sacramento's willingness to opt out of selecting at No. 8 overall.

Andy Katz of ESPN.com reported the team is already talking with potential suitors:

The Sacramento Kings are fielding offers from three teams for the No. 8 pick in Thursday's NBA draft, sources with direct knowledge told ESPN on Monday.

Sources said the Kings have two deals that could be done prior to Thursday's 2 p.m. ET trade deadline to change the draft order and one would be a draft night deal, depending on which players are available when the Kings select.

The three deals would return multiple draft picks and a veteran player to the Kings for the No. 8 pick.

With the Suns seemingly looking at guards, this makes plenty of sense given the amount of talent that will be available when the eighth overall pick rolls around.

 

Cleveland Gets No Love

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After a big jump to the top spot in this year's draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers have had a bevy of options at their disposal.

One such option would be to trade the pick for a quality veteran. Well, the team has looked into going that route, and according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Kevin Love put a quick end to it:

So, the Cavs won't get a deal done for Love; however, not all is lost for the franchise.

They still hold the draft's No. 1 overall selection and have the opportunity to select a polarizing prospect such as Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker.

A potential trade is also still in question, as Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated noted several teams are coveting the selection:

The options remain plentiful for the Cavaliers.

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