Waiting truly is the hardest part, and NBA front offices and fans alike are finding that out the hard way during the 2014 offseason.
While uber stars such as LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony ponder their respective destinations, even many of the second-tier free agents have to wait to see what the market is like. Of course, they could be waiting around to see which teams are more desperate for talent after striking out on the franchise-cornerstone guys.
There are plenty of rumors circulating as the offseason heats up. Without further ado, let’s dig into a few.
Boston Still Interested In Kevin Love?
Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe provided an update on a name that we haven’t heard for a while in Kevin Love:
A league source said Monday that president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is attempting to gather assets to acquire Kevin Love, convinced he can devise a package that would entice Minnesota Timberwolves president Flip Saunders to move the three-time All-Star, who will be a free agent next season.
Danny Ainge commented on the latest rumors and the offseason in general recently, via Washburn:
You never know what to expect. When you have conversations, I have a great deal of respect in the league and what they’re all trying to accomplish. I don’t know what’s going to shake out when it’s all said and done. There’s a lot more to do. It’s a long summer.
The Boston Celtics are arguably the most storied franchise in the history of the league, so it had to be particularly painful last year missing the playoffs. However, the Eastern Conference isn’t exactly loaded with dangerous teams, and pairing Love with Rajon Rondo would immediately put the Boston Celtics back in contention for a postseason spot and possible late-season run.
What’s more, it would give them a heck of an old-school NBA Jam combination.
James and Anthony could blow the Eastern Conference wide-open with their decisions, so acquiring a superstar such as Love would go a long way toward legitimizing the Celtics’ chances in the immediate future. If nothing else, Love would likely finally make the playoffs.
Carmelo Dreaming Of LeBron In The Big Apple
Marc Berman of the New York Post shared Anthony’s ideal scenario as the offseason unfolds:
This is Carmelo Anthony’s “dream” — play in New York with LeBron James this season.
That’s right. New York. Not Miami. ...
According to a friend of Anthony’s, Melo has held out faint hope Knicks president Phil Jackson can pull a miracle and clear out the necessary salary-cap space to get it done….
“He really wants LeBron to come to New York,’’ the source said. “That’s his dream right now. Phil is trying to get it done.’’
Phil Jackson may have a lot of jewelry on his fingers, but he’s not a miracle worker.
The Knicks would have to shed some serious salary and would likely start by attempting to unload the Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani's contracts. Perhaps even Iman Shumpert would have to be dealt, and James and Anthony would have to take less than a max contract.
Even if this doesn’t happen, optimistic Knicks fans could read the tea leaves and jump to the conclusion that Anthony doesn’t want to leave New York. Perhaps that could play a role in his ultimate decision.
Still, like so many other things circulating this offseason, it is merely speculation at this point
Charlotte Moving On From Josh McRoberts
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports noted that the Charlotte Hornets are looking for a replacement for Josh McRoberts:
After losing free agent Josh McRoberts to the Miami Heat, the Charlotte Hornets are pursuing free agent Marvin Williams to take over the power forward slot, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Hornets and Williams have discussed parameters of a deal, but no agreement is imminent, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Marvin Williams is an under-the-radar player this offseason, but there was a time when he was the No. 2 pick in the 2005 NBA draft. He has never quite lived up to that lofty distinction, but he did average nine points and five rebounds a game for the Utah Jazz last season in 25 minutes per night.
What's more, he is also only 28 years old, so there are still a few productive seasons ahead for him.
Charlotte has a significant need at forward, and Williams could be a double-double threat every time he steps on the floor if he received NBA starter minutes. Playing alongside Al Jefferson would also open up the other side of the basket for Williams, as the Hornets try to return to the postseason.
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