Now that the top 60 prospects of the 2014 NBA draft know their new homes, it's time to figure out where the most talked-about veterans in the Association will be playing in 2014-15.
There will be players on the move this offseason—we just don't know who yet. Sure, plenty of names are floating about in the rumor mill right now, but anything can happen in today's ever-shifting market.
Not every team values a player the same way, so deals for superstars may not materialize because of a discrepancy in price.
With that said, expect big names to relocate this summer.
Below you'll find three big rumors concerning three big names.
Josh Smith just joined the Detroit Pistons last offseason, but he might already be on the move. Marc Stein of ESPN.com broke down potential packages that are being discussed:
Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the Pistons have engaged the Sacramento Kings in trade discussions this week that would potentially land Josh Smith in the same Sacramento frontcourt as DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay.
Sources say that Smith being swapped in exchange for the combination of Sacramento's Jason Thompson andDerrick Williams is one trade construction that the teams have discussed. Although one source insisted Tuesday that no deal is imminent, another source told ESPN.com that the teams have continued to exchange proposals, with Williams potentially being replaced by another Kings player such as Jason Terry or Carl Landry.
New president Stan Van Gundy is apparently wasting no time in making this team his own. Experimenting with Smith didn't work for the Pistons last season, as they still finished with a poor record (29-53).
Smith is a big-time defender who loves playing above the rim, though he isn't a particularly good shooter. That actually fits the Kings perfectly, as they now have an excess of shooters on the perimeter after drafting Nik Stauskas.
The last thing Sacramento needs is another winger to play on the perimeter. Smith is a forward who excels in the post and in the mid-range game.
He would likely play power forward because of Gay's presence in the starting five, but he's capable of handling himself against big men and getting his way offensively.
I like this move for the Kings if they can make it happen.
The Houston Rockets are preparing to steal headlines this offseason.
Chris Broussard of ESPN (subscription required) broke down their master plans to potentially dominate the Western Conference:
In any event, assuming the Rockets obtain the cap room to sign [LeBron] James or [Carmelo] Anthony, the next step would be to give up star guard James Harden in a sign-and-trade for whichever superstar (James or Anthony) they don't sign as a free agent. Faced with the prospect of losing their superstars, both New York and Miami would be open to accepting [James] Harden in a sign-and-trade.
Anthony will be one of the most coveted free agents this offseason. The New York Knicks are certainly still players for the superstar, but it actually makes a lot of sense to make this trade if the Rockets come forth with the proposal.
WFAN's Joe Giglio (h/t CBS New York) provides the reason why:
Harden may be a defensive liability that was exposed in the postseason, but don’t let a few bad games in May change the bottom line with the 24-year-old scorer. Harden, years from his prime, is the perfect two guard for Jackson’s triangle offense and an ideal building block for the next contending Knicks team. ...
Much has been made about Jackson’s immense success when coaching some of the league’s best players and tandems. With more championship rings than fingers, Jackson’s famous triangle offense has always been at its best with a scoring shooting guard leading the pace.
It would be bold for the Rockets to trade Harden after seeing him rise the ranks of NBA stars these past two seasons, but their goal is clearly to lure both Melo and James to Houston.
In order to make room for Anthony and James, the Rockets will have to get rid of more salary. They already made a little room by dealing Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans, but Jeremy Lin is another player with movable salary.
Marcus Thompson of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Golden State Warriors might be interested in bringing Lin back:
The Warriors, per a league source, have informed the Houston they would consider acquiring Lin from the Rockets via trade. Houston is reportedly shopping Lin in case they need to create cap space for Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James.
The Warriors have a $9.8 million trade exception leftover from the trade that sent Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson’s expiring contract to Utah. Though Lin is scheduled to make $14.9 million, only $8.37 will count against the salary cap. That means the Warriors can absorb Lin’s contract without giving up any players.
Prior to the birth of "Linsanity," the 25-year-old was a reserve on the Warriors. In 2010-11 (his rookie year), Lin averaged just 2.6 points, 1.4 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per game.
With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on the roster, Lin would likely become the first guard off the bench. This isn't a bad role for Lin, as he has always been a high-energy guy capable of dictating the pace of games in spurts.
If the Warriors find this is the best way to improve the roster, then I like the move. They have the cap space.
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