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NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Rumblings on Potential Deals Around the League

Mar 20, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) on the court during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports
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David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 29, 2014

Less picks and more players are flooding NBA trade rumors now that the draft has passed.

Of course, that doesn't necessarily make trades any less likely.

Here's the latest buzz on the trade block around the league.

 

Kevin Love to the Golden State Warriors

According to Diamond Leung of Bay Area News Group, Golden State general manager Bob Myers said late last week that a big trade this offseason is "unlikely." Love to the Warriors qualifies as a big trade.

Landing Love would cost them Klay Thompson and David Lee, who Stephen Curry showed no desire to separate from.

I love Klay. I love playing with him as well as David Lee. Those are my teammates, the guys that I love. We've fought so hard the last three years together growing, and it would be very, very difficult to see that end. As great as Kevin Love is, it would be very hard to see your teammates and your brothers leave at this time. So we'll see what happens, but it'd definitely be a tough situation.

However, Curry never said the words, "I'd be furious if we traded for Love." He gave the usual I'd-miss-my-friends speech. No doubt he would, and—considering Curry has one of the highest basketball IQs in the league—he also knows Golden State's odds of winning a title would skyrocket with Love.

Of course, Curry likely holds little influence in organizational decisions. The Warriors fired Mark Jackson, despite Curry's desire to keep him. If they know what they're doing, they'll do whatever it takes to trade for Love, despite Curry's desire to keep Thompson and Lee—whether genuine or not.

 

Jeremy Lin to the Golden State Warriors

Depending on who you ask, Lin to the Warriors may not qualify as a big trade.

Marcus Thompson of Bay Area News Group reported that Lin is another player who could be traded to the Warriors this offseason. Thompson explained that, unlike dealing for Love, Golden State wouldn't need to blow up its core for Lin.

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.

Mar 8, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) reacts after the Rockets were called for kicking the ball against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at ORACLE arena. The Rockets defeated the Warriors 94-88. Mandatory Credit
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In the postseason, Jordan Crawford and Steve Blake combined for just 8.0 points per game. Lin averaged 11.3 points and 4.3 assists per game in the playoffs. He'd Linstantly instantly be the Warriors' best guard off the bench.

If Golden State doesn't make at least one of these moves, it doesn't deserve to improve next season. Of course, maybe it's already agreed to a trade for Lin if the Houston Rockets sign LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, which is what must happen according to Bleacher Report's Howard Beck.

 

Norris Cole to Anywhere

Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy reported that Cole is officially on the trade block.

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With impressive postseason play, Cole could've drawn the Miami Heat several quality offers from teams in need of a backup point guard. However, Cole's postseason play was anything but impressive.

After averaging 6.4 points and 3.0 assists per game in the regular season, his numbers plummeted to 4.6 points and 1.8 assists. The fact that he couldn't even beat out Mario Chalmers in the rotation despite Chalmers' pitiful play makes Cole even less attractive.

Miami's best shot to trade Cole may be to let him play his way back to relevance during the upcoming regular season and deal him at the deadline. 

 

David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.

 

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