NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz on Kevin Love, Josh Smith and More

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 20, 2014

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At some point, Kevin Love will leave the Minnesota Timberwolves. That seems pretty clear. We're just not sure if it'll be sooner rather than later. 

No star player in the NBA seems to be as clearly unhappy with his current team. Rumors have been swirling for over a year, and the suddenly sexy Cleveland Cavaliers may be the team the Wolves finally decide to deal Love to.'s Chris Broussard says:

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland have discussed a blockbuster trade centered on Kevin Love and the league's past two No. 1 draft picks, league sources told ESPN.

In an attempt to add Love, a three-time All-Star, the Cavaliers are willing to part with Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett.

One source said the Cavs also are willing to give up a first-round draft pick for next season. Any other players involved in the talks are not known.

Should the Cavs give away a prospect as talented as Wiggins? It's hard to say for sure. Love is one of the best power forwards in the NBA, and he is only 25 himself.

He, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James would form a formidable Big Three, but Wiggins' potential is truly exciting. Apparently, the Cavs are ready to roll the dice on Love and watch Wiggins blossom from afar.


Sacramento Still Wants Josh Smith

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Just before the NBA draft, there were rumors about a Detroit Pistons-Sacramento Kings deal involving Josh Smith. Nothing materialized then, but Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News says, "The Kings are continuing their pursuit of Pistons power forward Josh Smith, sources told The Detroit News on Thursday."

As talented as Smith is, his motor and basketball IQ aren't highly regarded. The Kings aren't a team that would seemingly be able to absorb or correct those issues. 

Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee colorfully summed up the Kings' brand of offense last season, writing: "The chronic overdribbling, slow tempo, and lack of spacing and movement became a disease that spread with every bounce of the ball. It was as hard on the eyeballs as it was on the wooden floor."

How can a team with those problems want Smith?

Perhaps there's a plan in place to fix the offense and the aspects of Smith's game that have prevented him from evolving into the true superstar he has the talent to become.


Clippers Eyeing Cassell

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Clippers head coach Doc Rivers is looking to further solidify his coaching staff by hiring Sam Cassell away from the Washington Wizards. Per Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Clippers are in talks with the Wizards to have Cassell join Rivers in Southern California:

Cassell has proven to be a solid influence for young players like John Wall.

He would seem to be a great asset to the organization in regard to player development and even as a potential sideline replacement for Rivers.


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