NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz Around Free Agents and Potential Trades

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NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz Around Free Agents and Potential Trades
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The 2014 NBA offseason has been as wild as anticipated, but the rumors surrounding free agents and potential trades continue to swirl.

With top names like Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins, Josh Smith and Toure' Murry all drawing interest, the potential for blockbuster trades and free-agent signings has basketball fans genuinely excited heading into next season.

Here are the latest rumors as the NBA offseason progresses.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers Willing to Deal Andrew Wiggins?

The biggest potential trade of the offseason could involve the Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love, and the team showing the most interest has been the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The two franchises have discussed a deal over the past several weeks, but LeBron James’ decision to sign with Cleveland has opened the door to a possible trade that could involve 2014 No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins.

According to Chris Broussard of ESPN The Magazine, the Cavaliers will reportedly have to give up a serious combination of potential stars to acquire Love via trade:

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers 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.

Wiggins is one of the brightest prospects in the league already, and Cleveland was smart to hold off trading him immediately. The Cavaliers have built a frenzy over the top pick, and now may be the perfect time for the franchise to move him for Love.

Love is a double-double machine. After averaging 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last season, the idea of Love patrolling the paint with James and point guard Kyrie Irving shining on the outside would make Cleveland a legitimate threat right away.

Giving up Wiggins would be a tough pill to swallow for the future of the franchise, but the combination of James, Love and Irving would soften the blow considerably.

 

Sacramento Kings Still Trying to Acquire Josh Smith?

The Sacramento Kings finished last year with a 28-54 regular-season record, but the franchise has many talented players on the roster. Sacramento may be looking to add another talented piece to the puzzle via a trade for Detroit Pistons star Josh Smith.

According to Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News, Sacramento was reportedly interested in Smith before the NBA draft and has continued the pursuit of the veteran:

The Sacramento Kings are continuing their pursuit of Pistons power forward Josh Smith, sources told The Detroit News on Thursday.

This is the second time in recent weeks the Kings have approached Pistons officials about Smith, 28, who was signed by Detroit last summer for four years and $54 million. The sources requested anonymity due to the ongoing nature of the negotiations.

While there will be natural questions about Smith’s leadership abilities on such a young team, the versatility he possesses and his skill set make him an ideal fit for the Kings. The ability to play small forward, power forward or center would make him a smart addition to the roster.

The Kings have DeMarcus Cousins starting at center and Rudy Gay as the team’s starting small forward, so Smith would likely be asked to come in and assume the role of starting power forward.

After finding success at the PF position while with the Atlanta Hawks and at times with the Pistons, Smith could become the game changer that Sacramento has been looking for to put the team into postseason contention.

 

Toure' Murry Drawing Open-Market Interest?

One of the players on the free-agent market not getting the love he deserves is former New York Knicks shooting guard Toure' Murry. After a solid rookie season, the Wichita State star has found himself on the open market.

In a report from Aaron Falk of the The Salt Lake Tribune, the Utah Jazz are interested in Murry, but there is reportedly another team in the mix:

Murry was not given the proper time to shine in his first NBA season (only averaged 7.3 minutes per game), but he still managed to add an average of 2.7 points, one assist and 0.9 rebounds per game in his 51 appearances.

Miami was once the ultimate destination for free agents, but with James taking his talent back to Cleveland, Murry may think twice about signing with the Heat. Utah may still be a few years from contending, but Murry will be able to learn on the job and see plenty of time on the court.

Whether it’s Miami or Utah, expect Murry to be one of the breakout players of 2014-15.

 

*Stats via NBA.com.

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