NBA Rumors: Latest on Top Free-Agent Targets and More Trade Buzz

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJuly 14, 2014

Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson reacts after being charged with a foul against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter of game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Indianapolis, Monday, May 5, 2014(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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After LeBron James made his decision to reunite with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the dominoes began to fall around the NBA's free-agent market.

While many of the league's premier stars have found new homes—and others have decided to stay put—a whirlwind of rumors involving free agents and potential trades continue to swirl around the Web.

Will we see more big moves in short order? The odds look pretty good, according to some recent gossip.

Here's a look at the latest NBA offseason buzz.


Battle for Lance Stephenson

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Stephenson became a free agent this offseason after his rookie contract with the Indiana Pacers expired. Well, after he put up an average of 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game last season, he's in for a big payday.

While the Pacers are still trying to keep Stephenson in the fold, a couple other teams have emerged as favorites to acquire his services, according to Scott Agness of

Stephenson did not accept the Pacers' offer of a five-year, $44-million deal, and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is looking to pounce, according to Candace Buckner of USA Today.

Cuban said, "We're exploring a lot of options, a lot of different people. Hopefully, the Rockets won't match and we'll have Chandler and that changes what we're able to do, but Lance is certainly on the list."

Well, according to Sam Amick of USA Today, Dallas landed Chandler Parsons on Sunday. Will that make the team the front-runner for Stephenson? We'll find out in short order.


Mike Miller to Denver Imminent?

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Although Miller is a journeyman 34-year-old forward, he's being heavily courted by multiple franchises.

Last season with the Memphis Grizzlies, Miller proved he's still a valuable asset as a rotational piece, averaging 7.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game while shooting 48.1 percent from the floor and 45.9 percent from downtown.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN tweeted the latest on which teams are currently in the mix to acquire his services for the 2014-15 season:

So, will Miller be swayed by a nice contract from Denver, or will there be another factor in play?

Brian Windhorst of ESPN tweeted one particular person who may be able to have an impact on Miller's decision:

Denver may be the front-runner in this situation, but we certainly can't count out LeBron's influence.


Latest on Kevin Love

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While free-agency rumors continue to swirl, the possibility of a blockbuster trade remains ongoing.

Love's name has been thrown around in regard to trades with multiple teams since the offseason began. One such team is the Cavaliers.

Since Cleveland acquired LeBron, Love is suddenly interested in joining the franchise—with good reason. However, Chris Broussard of ESPN tweeted a potential roadblock for a deal:

Trading its first-round pick is something Cleveland appeared to be looking to avoid, according to an earlier tweet from Windhorst:

Will either side cave in an effort to get a deal done? For now, the Love sweepstakes will continue.