The 2014 NBA offseason has been one of the most exciting in years, but the rumors swirling regarding possible trades now have fans ready for the next blockbuster move.
While all eyes were on LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, the big-name free agents have signed and the focus has shifted to possible trade targets like Kevin Love and Amar'e Stoudemire.
Here are the latest rumors surrounding the biggest names reportedly on the trade block.
Kevin Love to Cleveland Still a Possibility?
Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love is one of the best two-way players in the NBA, but with Love holding the option to terminate his current contract after the 2014-15 season, the franchise must consider trading him before he walks via free agency.
The problem for Minnesota is that the team isn’t getting the quality offer it has been looking for.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, there has been talk about a possible deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the two sides have come to a stalemate:
Jon Krawczynski of The Associated Press is reporting that the Timberwolves are in no rush to get a deal done without one of the key pieces in the desired trade being included:
After LeBron James signed with Cleveland, the balance of power in the NBA shifted. The Cavaliers still have the talent and draft picks to make a deal for Love happen, but the commitment to No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins is holding up the trade.
James needs top-notch players around him to contend for a title in Cleveland, and Love would be the perfect fit as a presence in the low post who would alleviate much of the pressure off the team’s top player while still keeping plays alive with his rebounding skills.
The two sides look to be closer to a deal than they were before, but until they can hammer out the Wiggins issue, the trio of Kyrie Irving, James and Love is only a pipe dream.
Amar'e Stoudemire Not Going to Philadelphia?
There was a time when Amar'e Stoudemire was considered one of the best players in the NBA, but he has struggled over the last three years in New York City, starting only 68 games over that span.
With Stoudemire due to make $23,410,988 this season and his impact on the New York Knicks minimal, the franchise will look to trade him now before he becomes a free agent after the 2014-15 season.
According to Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report, the Philadelphia 76ers have been one of the teams interested, but the likelihood has dropped:
Stoudemire’s numbers have also dropped drastically since joining the Knicks. At one point with Phoenix, it was commonplace for him to score 25 points and rack up 10 rebounds every game, but injuries have taken their toll.
Philadelphia doesn’t need a player like Stoudemire on the court this season, but his experience in the NBA as an offensive presence may be a good learning tool for Nerlens Noel and eventually Joel Embiid.
Getting this deal done is a long shot, but it could help both franchises if it does come to fruition.
Klay Thompson Staying with Golden State?
The Golden State Warriors were one of the teams reportedly interested in a possible trade for Love, but Minnesota insisted that 24-year-old shooting guard Klay Thompson would have to be involved in the deal.
For Golden State, that looks to be too much to ask.
In two separate tweets from Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, he talks about how all signs are pointing to the franchise sticking with Thompson and not entertaining offers for the shooting guard:
Thompson is still a very young man, but he already has three years of experience and has drastically improved every season. After racking up a career high in points per game (18.4) last season, it is clear that he is part of the foundation for the franchise.
Add in his on-court chemistry with Stephen Curry, and the Warriors have a dynamic offensive duo who can reign supreme in the Western Conference for years to come.
The key now for Golden State will be to surround the young stars with talented big men.
*Stats via NBA.com.