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NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo and Andrew Wiggins

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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2014

LeBron James went home. Chris Bosh kept it green and stayed in Miami alongside Dwyane Wade. Carmelo Anthony flirted with a few suitors but stayed loyal to the New York Knicks.

The big names have mostly made their moves. But that doesn't mean the NBA won't see more reshuffling this summer—far from it, in fact. 

The next big name that likely will be on the move is Kevin Love, as he'll almost assuredly be traded away from the Minnesota Timberwolves this summer. The question is: Where will he go?

Trade talks between the Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors had seemingly fizzled out, but according to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press (via MassLive.com), those talks have begun anew:

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors have reopened trade talks for All-Star forward Kevin Love, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

With most of the NBA in Las Vegas for summer league games, the two sides have had a chance to meet face-to-face to talk about a deal mentioned as a possibility for more than a month. The person requested anonymity because both teams are not publicly commenting on trade discussions.

The problem with that deal hasn't changed—the Warriors are apparently hesitant (if not unwilling) to move Klay Thompson:

While Love would be a huge get for the Warriors, the team's leading man, Steph Curry, seemingly would love to see Thompson stick around.

"He's a guy that hasn't even scratched the surface of his full potential yet," Curry told Dan Favale of Bleacher Report. "Just thinking about how much he makes me better as a player, and I try to make him better. He's a great shooter and he plays at both ends of the floor."

If a deal sending Love to the Bay Area doesn't transpire, however, the likely move would be to send him to the Cleveland Cavaliers, forming the dangerous trio of Love, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. That move would instantly make the Cavs favorites in the East. 

The only problem is that the Cavs remain unwilling to move their primary trade asset, rookie Andrew Wiggins, in any move, per Krawczynski:

It isn't hard to understand why Cleveland would be hesitant to give up Wiggins, a player with huge potential who could be a superstar in the future. On the other hand, Love is a superstar now, and James only signed a two-year deal. The Cavs might be wise to strike while the iron is hot this summer.

One team that won't be moving its star, apparently, is the Boston Celtics, despite plenty of buzz linking Rajon Rondo to the Houston Rockets via trade. As Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald writes, however, those rumors are hogwash:

In the wake of more reports that Houston again targeted Rajon Rondo, multiple sources confirmed that there has been no such communication between the Rockets and Celtics.

The first clue that there may be no substance here might be that Houston had nothing it possibly would be willing to give up for Rondo that would appeal to the Celts.

According to league sources, Danny Ainge has been pretty firm in the past on his need to get a major player in return for his All-Star point guard, and while the president of basketball operations has to realize Rondo’s impending 2015 free agency may change the game a bit, he is still under no time pressure to pull the trigger.

That last sentence is really interesting. If Ainge can convince Rondo the Celtics have built a talented and young team around him, they may be able to re-sign him. If nothing else, they have until the February trade deadline during the season to make a move. 

But if Rondo offers no indications of a desire to stay—though according to Bulpett, Rondo has reportedly said he wants to stick around—the Celtics may do well to get what they can for him now.

Unlike Love, Rondo seems unlikely to go anywhere. But given how zany this NBA offseason has been, anything can happen.

 

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