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NBA Rumors: Latest on Potential Kevin Love Deal and More Trade Buzz

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Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJune 9, 2016

So much has already happened since the San Antonio Spurs became the 2014 NBA champions.

We witnessed one of the deepest drafts in years, a bevy of frenzied free-agent movement and plenty of stellar play from the NBA Summer League. Despite all of the excitement that's already passed, there's plenty more to come.

With many franchises continuing their efforts of bolstering their rosters—with both superstars and role players alike—some of the biggest moves of the offseason are still looming large.

Based on some rumors circulating around the Web, let's take a look at recent trade gossip sure to shake up the Association in a big way.

 

Latest on Kevin Love

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While LeBron James was the biggest name on the free-agent market, Kevin Love has made continuous headlines regarding a potential trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Several teams have been linked to the sharp-shooting power forward, but the Cleveland Cavaliers have recently stood out above the rest.

One possible trade chip the Cavaliers currently have in the fold is the 2014 draft's No. 1 selection, Andrew Wiggins. Well, according to Bob Finnan of The Morning Journal, Cleveland appears unwilling to part with the rookie:

The Cavaliers insist rookie swingman Andrew Wiggins has not been offered in a possible trade for Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love.

No one involved would guarantee it wouldn't happen at a later date, but for now the Cavaliers will proceed in Love negotiations without using the mercurial Wiggins as a trade chip, a source told The News-Herald.

This comes as a slight surprise given the fact other contradictory reports—like this one from ESPN's Chris Broussard—have recently surfaced:

We'll see how badly Cleveland wants to acquire Love's services, as trading Wiggins could be the team's only chance of landing the big man.

 

Latest on Josh Smith

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It's been an interesting offseason for Detroit Pistons small forward Josh Smith.

On July 17, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported Smith was the focal point of trade discussions between the Pistons and Sacramento Kings:

The Detroit Pistons and the Sacramento Kings have resumed trade discussions on a deal that could send Josh Smith to Sacramento, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.

Sources told ESPN.com the Kings have continued to express interest in Smith and the parties are on the hunt for a third team that could help facilitate the deal.

Well, that's changed drastically, as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that trade rumor was completely false on Monday:

Detroit Pistons president and coach Stan Van Gundy reached out to forward Josh Smith to tell him that reports of the franchise engaging in substantive trade talks with Sacramento centered on Smith have been inaccurate and—barring an unexpected turn of events—Smith will be in training camp with the Pistons this fall, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Sacramento had made calls about Smith in June, but Detroit never heard an offer that remotely interested them and never seriously engaged in discussions, sources told Yahoo Sports.

So, we know the Kings reached out about Smith, but the Pistons were apparently uninterested in their offer.

It's reasonable to hear Detroit wants to maintain a player who averaged 16.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game just one season ago.

 

Knicks' Backcourt Dilemma

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The New York Knicks' new president Phil Jackson has already been working wonders for the team. Not only was he able to keep Carmelo Anthony in the fold, but he also made two great draft selections in Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo.

Well, it appears he's not finished just yet. According to a report from Ian Begley of ESPN.com, Jackson and Co. are looking to make some moves involving their guards:

Working to clear the logjam in the backcourt, the Knicks are discussing their potential trade options with guards J.R. SmithIman Shumpert and Shane Larkin, a league source said Sunday. 

"They're working on trying to make a move in the backcourt," the NBA source familiar with the Knicks' thinking said Sunday.

It's an interesting dilemma for the Knicks, as each player has his own strengths.

Tim Hardaway Jr. is "virtually untouchable," according to Begley's source, Smith was a recent Sixth Man Award winner, Shumpert is a stout defender and Larkin was just recently acquired from the Dallas Mavericks.

Although, perhaps Smith is already expecting to be traded:

We'll see what Jackson's able to do with his surplus of guards.

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