The free-agency period in the NBA has finally begun, and as teams attempt to bring in available players, there are more than a few rumors surrounding "The Association."
With names like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony available, multiple teams are trying to do whatever it takes to clear cap space and convince the superstars that they have enough talent to become championship contenders. At the same time, other teams are simply looking to add talent at certain positions this offseason.
Now that the free-agency period is underway, here are a few of the latest rumors going on around the NBA.
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Suns Pushing To Bring Back Channing Frye
Even at 31 years old, Channing Frye continues to be a productive player down low, and while he may have opted out of his contract with the Phoenix Suns, there's still a chance he'll be coming back.
Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo Sports tweeted that the Suns were trying to push for Frye to come back, although he's still looking at teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.
Suns pushing to re-sign Channing Frye, sources tell Yahoo. After opting-out of deal, Frye's surveying market, including Cavs, Warriors.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014
Since joining the Suns, Frye has scored at least 10 points per game all four seasons. This past season he played all 82 games for the first time in his career, averaging 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while shooting 43.2 percent from the floor.
Frye opted out of the final year of his deal, which would have been worth $6.8 million. That could mean that he wants more, but the Suns have plenty of cap space to work with, as they have a lot of young talent and few players with big deals.
Without Frye, the Suns would have a pretty significant hole down low at the power forward position. Without the 31-year-old, the Suns would have players like Markieff Morris and Shavlik Randolph unless they add someone in free agency.
With the ability Frye has to stretch the floor, the Suns will likely be pushing quite hard to bring him back, especially after how consistent he was this past season.
Brad Stevens Contacts Former Butler Star Gordon Hayward
Before he was the head coach of the Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens helped lead the Butler Bulldogs to two national championship games, with Gordon Hayward leading the way during the first against Duke. Now that both of them are in the NBA, it looks like there's a chance that they're reunited.
Hayward is now a restricted free agent, and according to Baxter Holmes from The Boston Globe, Stevens and Danny Ainge have contacted Hayward about joining Boston.
Have been told that both Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens have contacted Utah’s Gordon Hayward. #Celtics— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) July 1, 2014
Although not a realistic go-to scorer, Hayward has proven that he can be a solid player when not asked to do too much. The Utah Jazz asked him to do more than he probably should have, as he averaged 16.2 points per game but shot just 41.3 percent and 30.4 percent from behind the arc.
However, if in the right role, it looks like Hayward could thrive. If he joined the Celtics, he could be a nice option to join the backcourt along with Rajon Rondo and Marcus Smart and could take some pressure off of the point guard position.
The problem for Boston is that Hayward is a restricted free agent, and the Jazz won't give up their top scorer so easily, as they'll have the option to match whatever the Celtics offer him. A. Sherrod Blakely from CSN reported that the Jazz plan to match any offer.
While a former Butler reunion would be interesting in Boston, it looks like the 24-year-old will be staying put.
Warriors Still Pushing For Kevin Love Trade
With all of the rumors surrounding Kevin Love and his future with the Minnesota Timberwolves, it seems that the Warriors aren't done yet trying to acquire the very talented three-time All-Star.
After rumors heading into the draft about a potential trade, the Warriors are apparently still interested in making a move to get Love, although according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, they are trying not to give up Klay Thompson:
Wolves still focused on trying to land Klay Thompson from Warriors in Kevin Love deal, sources said, but Golden St still won't budge on Klay— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 1, 2014
The Warriors thrived last season because of the deadly backcourt of Steph Curry and Thompson. In 81 games, Thompson averaged an impressive 18.4 points per game while shooting 41.7 percent from behind the arc, which was the ninth-highest percentage in the NBA.
However, the Warriors need a major scoring threat down low. Love could be that player, as he averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. According to Basketball-Reference, he was also third in the NBA with 14.3 win shares.
While Love would give the Warriors a dominant presence down low, they apparently have no interest in giving up a player like Thompson. Andre Iguodala apparently has no desire for the team to trade Thompson either, telling NBA Radio on Sirius XM (h/t Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area):
I want to clear that up right now: We should not trade Klay Thompson. I tell Klay every day. I text Klay and say, `Don’t worry, I’m your man. I’m going to make sure you get paid. I’m going to get you the max (maximum contract). You’ll be taken care of. Don’t stress.'
Rumors about this potential trade have been cast away before, but the fact that they keep popping up means that the Warriors must be quite tempted to get Love. However, it appears the only way this deal will happen is if Golden State gives up Thompson, and we'll have to see if they eventually decide to do give up one of their best players.