NBA Rumors: Latest News on Carmelo Anthony, Pau Gasol and More

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 7, 2014

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, right, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol of Spain defends during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 99-82.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Carmelo Anthony is to the 2014 NBA free-agency period what Kevin Bacon is to Hollywood stars. Somehow Melo is seemingly connected to everyone.

The seven-time All Star has gone on his recruiting visits and heard the pitches, but he still hasn't made his decision public—perhaps not at all.

Anthony spoke with Vice Sports about the factors involved in making his decision.

Once he makes it known where he'll be scoring 20-plus points per game next season, the rest of the dominoes will begin to fall in free agency. Royce Young of ESPN.com says Melo's decision is affecting fellow free agent Pau Gasol.

Gasol is reportedly being wooed by a number of teams, with the Oklahoma City Thunder recognized as perhaps the front-runner.

Could all that change with Anthony's choice?

 

Gasol Back to the Lakers?

Apr 1, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) waits to be introduced before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Per ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne, Gasol might be eyeing a return to L.A. if Anthony or LeBron James says yes to the Los Angeles Lakers' overtures.

Despite a seemingly endless stream of trade rumors over the last three seasons, Gasol still seems to have an affinity toward the Lakers organization. Some players might be tearing down the door to get away from what has been an unstable environment.

Yet even without a head coach on board, the Lakers, with Gasol's good friend Kobe Bryant, could still be who the four-time All Star wants to play for.

Go figure.

 

Heat Hot for Marvin Williams

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The Miami Heat are busy trying to strengthen the roster in hopes of convincing James to stay in South Beach.

Per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, the Heat brain trust flew to North Carolina to speak with free agent Marvin Williams.

There's probably a way to draw a correlation to Anthony in this rumor, but I won't bore you with the steps. 

The former No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft hasn't become the star some believed he could be, but at 28, he could still be a solid role player for the Heat. 

It's unclear how much the Heat would have to offer Williams to lure him to Miami, but a deal worth the mid-level exception seems sensible if the Heat bring back the Big Three and go over the salary cap.

 

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