The NBA trade market has remained relatively quiet aside from some activity during the draft. Once a couple of big moves happen, however, things should become far more interesting as options come off the board and teams are forced to make final decisions.
Exactly when those high-profile moves, whether they be trades or free-agent signings, will occur to spur further player movement is the biggest question mark. That said, it should still be an active summer despite a slow start as players and front offices weigh their options.
With that in mind, let's check out some of the latest trade buzz from around the league and examine what it could mean for those involved. Given the number of key players available through one avenue or another, the outlook for next season could change drastically in the weeks ahead.
Love, who led the league in double-doubles by a pretty wide margin last season, has been at the forefront of trade rumors in recent weeks. Now, things have seemed to hit a standstill. It appears teams are waiting to see if the Minnesota Timberwolves will budge.
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Golden State Warriors aren't prepared to include Klay Thompson in any deal for the power forward. That doesn't mean they are giving up hope of landing him, though:
The Warriors execs believe the star power forward wants to be a Warrior; they believe there isn't another hot offer for Love out there (or else he would've been traded by now).
And they believe Minnesota has to pull the trigger at some point before next summer, when Love can be a free agent.
Golden State is a logical fit. Love would be the perfect interior presence to pair with Stephen Curry and a solid supporting cast. Being able to maintain some of that depth is crucial, which is why the Warriors don't want to move Thompson and a deal isn't done. Whether the Wolves will accept less is unclear.
Gasol was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise forgettable season for the Los Angeles Lakers. He averaged 17 points and nearly 10 rebounds while shooting 48 percent from the field. Now, he's a free agent and is apparently enjoying the process:
One team interested in adding him to the mix is the Chicago Bulls. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports that Chicago is hoping it will be able to convince the big man to join and then work out a sign-and-trade agreement with the Lakers:
A source said the Bulls would hope to engage the Lakers in sign-and-trade possibilities should they get a verbal commitment from Gasol. The Bulls would dangle the expiring $16.8 million contract of Carlos Boozer and likely would have to include sweeteners, possibly in the form of draft picks. Steve Nash has an expiring deal the Lakers have shopped in the past.
Teaming Gasol with Joakim Noah and what the Bulls hope is a healthy and rejuvenated Derrick Rose would make them a major threat. Having two productive post players is a major advantage. But working out a sign-and-trade deal is usually a tricky task.
The days of "Linsanity" have come and gone. He wasn't able to live up to that hype following his move to the to the Houston Rockets from the New York Knicks. Yet he could still be a valuable role player if given the right opportunity.
The Rockets haven't decided whether they plan on moving him. Jake Fischer of The Boston Globe reports that the Philadelphia 76ers have been involved in trade talks for the point guard, but a lot depends on whether Houston is able to add a top target:
Philadelphia has a pretty crowded backcourt, which wouldn't make it an ideal landing spot for Lin. But if the Sixers are willing to move assets for him, they must have a plan. For now, the Rockets seem focused on convincing LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony to join the squad.