Free agency is officially upon us, and the latest NBA rumors suggest that we're in for a busy offseason.
NBA teams are gearing up for big-time facelifts this summer. Multiple teams have the luxury of a ton of cap space, meaning we shouldn't be surprised if a team or two goes on a scary spending spree.
It might take some time for the bigger players to find new homes, but the rumors will be swirling around them until we know their respective fates. Below are the most recent rumors surrounding a few of the Association's top players.
Chandler Parsons is a restricted free agent, and the Houston Rockets will presumably make an effort to re-sign him if other offers aren't outlandish. That said, a player like Parsons might be worth something near a max deal.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports listed multiple teams that are known to be in pursuit of Parsons:
The Minnesota Timberwolves are still interested in acquiring [Klay] Thompson in a blockbuster trade that would send All-Star forward Kevin Love to the Warriors, a source said. But the T'wolves also have secondary interest in Parsons, the source said. If the Thompson trade doesn't happen, the source said Minnesota could attempt a deal sending Love to the Rockets and acquire Parsons in a sign-and-trade. The Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks have primary interest in signing [Carmelo] Anthony as a free agent, but also could chase Parsons if they don't, a source said.
Parsons is a very attractive option this offseason for a variety of reasons. For one, he has thrived in Houston as a second and third option. He doesn't need to have the ball in his hands, but when he gets it, he almost always makes good things happen.
Plus, Parsons is still on the rise. Check out the 25-year-old's career numbers:
Fitting in a big deal for Parsons might be difficult for the Rockets, especially if they have aspirations of bringing in superstars. While a star in his own right, the University of Florida product is not a superstar.
He has shown the ability to put the Rockets on his back at times, but there are still stretches where he struggles. That said, someone will pay him like one of the game's best young stars.
LeBron James/Carmelo Anthony/Chris Bosh
The Los Angeles Lakers are dreaming big this offseason, and you really can't blame them. They have the payroll flexibility to make some big moves. But just how big? ESPN's Chris Broussard tweeted that they're basically shooting for the stars:
Lakers' dream is to add LeBron & Melo this summer. If that fails would go for CBosh & Melo, sources say. That's assuming Bosh opts out— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 27, 2014
Pairing either of those duos with Kobe Bryant would be simply unfair for the rest of the Western Conference. Let's say they opt for the former. A trio of the Black Mamba, Melo and LeBron would feature three of the five best players in the game today. With Julius Randle and Steve Nash also on the roster, the Lakers could run out one of the most explosive starting fives in the league.
Which duo is the better fit?
Of course, luring in those players and convincing them that they can all coexist might be the hardest part. All three demand the ball, and all three are capable of running the show. With success, the Lakers could be a team that gets 70-plus points per game from their three stars. With failure, the Lakers might see three players shoot poorly from the field and disarray ensue on the court.
The better option from a team standpoint is likely the latter.
Bosh is more of a role player in the sense of your traditional Big Three. Considering his role in Miami, he wouldn't be afraid to step into a similar one in Los Angeles.
With Bryant, Anthony and Bosh, the Lakers would likely utilize Bosh as a strong third option on the perimeter. He'd also be the go-to guy down low.
The Lakers have options this offseason, but realism might have to step in before they start making big decisions.
Could the face of the Miami Heat walk this offseason?
Broussard told Alan Hahn of ESPN New York that Dwyane Wade might not be re-signed by the Heat if they can lure in Anthony:
Should be noted that @Chris_Broussard on my show today said there is a chance Riley/Heat walk away from Wade and go after Melo.— Alan Hahn (@alanhahn) June 28, 2014
This isn't a move that makes financial sense, but it's a move that certainly makes sense performance-wise. Wade is now a liability on the court. His knees aren't always 100 percent, and there are stretches of the season where he'll have to sit to rest up.
Take this past season, for example. He played in just 54 games (and also came off the bench once for the first time since 2007-08) because head coach Erik Spoelstra wanted to rest his knees. This kept him semi-productive during the long season, but is this a plan the Heat want to continue using in the future?
I say, "no," and that's why I think this Broussard rumor might actually gain some steam.
Anthony is a far different player than Wade, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't be a good fit in Miami. He adds more of a deep threat, and when he wants to, Anthony can be a very effective scorer near the basket.
He often settles for jumpers, but in the right system, he can be consistent from everywhere on the court.
If Wade were to leave, it would be interesting to see where he'd go. Perhaps a deep team looking for some more veteran talent would give him a shot, but I personally feel as if his days as a starter in the NBA are very close to over.
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