Are you ready for the offseason mayhem?
After one of the deepest drafts in recent memory, NBA franchises are now focused on a free-agent market full of the league's brightest stars.
Needless to say, we will see some league-altering player movement over the summer.
So, which teams have the best chances of acquiring the talents of these NBA superstars? Well, we have a slight indication due to recent rumors that have surfaced around the Web.
James is the ultimate free-agent acquisition. Certainly every NBA franchise would love to bring him aboard; however, only a few have a fair shot at doing so.
As we await James' "Decision 2.0," many rumors have surfaced regarding the teams currently coveting the talented small forward.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are really hoping for a homecoming. The team has been very active this offseason, ensuring James would have a nice supporting cast while freeing up enough cap space to give him his max contract.
Although, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal tweeted an interesting development on Thursday:
LeBron James has cancelled plans to return to Akron, per ABJ sources. Now flying directly from Las Vegas to Brazil.— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) July 10, 2014
So, a return to Cleveland may not be imminent after all. However, this doesn't mean the Cavaliers are out of the discussion all of a sudden. David Aldridge of NBA.com tweeted LeBron already has all of the information he needs:
Per source, LeBron James has all the information he needs from teams & will take no more meetings. Will spend next day+ talking w/family.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 10, 2014
Obviously, the Miami Heat are still well in the mix; however, like the Cavaliers, the Heat have no indication of what James is planning, according to a tweet from Ken Berger of CBS Sports:
After meeting with Pat Riley, LeBron James has not communicated any decision about his future, person involved in discussions says.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 9, 2014
From the way it looks, there doesn't appear to be a timetable for James' decision, and we—along with each NBA franchise—are just going to keep playing the waiting game.
So, while the Cavaliers await James' decision, another impactful move lies in wait.
Earlier this offseason, Cleveland attempted to get a deal in place to land Love; however, the power forward wasn't all that interested, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
Cleveland's pursuit of Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love—which included a package centered on the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft—has sputtered because of Love's warning he'd never sign an extension with the Cavaliers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
There was no deal structure fully in place, but the Cavaliers had been fiercely determined to secure Love in a trade package, sources said.
Well, things may change in a big way if the team lands LeBron.
According to a tweet from Berger, the Cavaliers will give a trade another go—and Love will listen:
If Cavs pursuing Kevin Love trade only if they get LeBron, that caveat holds true in terms of Love's interest in deal, too, source says.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 9, 2014
If this all comes to fruition, the NBA's balance of power will certainly shift in a big way.
Bosh is yet another superstar without a current NBA home. Although, like James and Love, his services are highly sought after.
Apparently, Bosh already has plans in place if James does choose to leave Miami, according to a report from Brian Windhorst and Chris Broussard of ESPN.com:
If James does choose to leave the Heat, free agent Chris Bosh will sign with the Houston Rockets, sources said. James not rushing to make a choice could put a time squeeze on Bosh. Though he hopes to remain with the Heat along with James, sources said, Bosh has secured a backup offer for four years and $88 million from the Rockets.
While Bosh's interest in the Rockets is documented, Aldridge tweeted there's nothing concrete in place as of yet:
Told strongly that Chris Bosh hasn't made any contingency decision w/Rockets, & "whatever is being reported in that regard is simply false."— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 10, 2014
Like the potential Love deal, Bosh's future in the Association will be dictated by LeBron's ultimate decision.
Buckle up—it's going to be a wild ride.