NBA Rumors: Latest on Kevin Love, Eric Bledsoe and More

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NBA Rumors: Latest on Kevin Love, Eric Bledsoe and More
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Now that the biggest free agents are off the market, one name will continue to captivate NBA fans and franchises until a move is inevitably made.

Kevin Love has been the talk of the NBA since the weeks prior to the 2014 NBA draft. He took a backseat to the LeBron James drama recently, but he's right back in the headlines again.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have no hopes of keeping him when he hits the open market. This makes a deal including the superstar power forward very likely.

Love isn't the only one drawing headlines, however.

The latest NBA rumors all have major implications on how the season will play out. Get up to speed with them below.

 

Cleveland and Love

Love knows where he wants to play, and the Wolves know where they want to trade him. Luckily, those might be the same place.

ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst report that the Wolves are very high on what the Cleveland Cavaliers can offer: "Sources told ESPN.com that the Wolves, at present, are higher on a Cleveland trade package centered on [Andrew] Wiggins than any other offer on the table for Love."

Of course, Wiggins can't be traded until August 23 because of league rules.

It's undeniable the type of impact Love would have on the Cavs—especially with James and Kyrie Irving rounding off the Big Three—but there has been a ton back-and-forth about potentially trading the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft.

ESPN's Dick Vitale posed the question on everyone's mind to his Twitter followers:

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski also weighed in on the situation:

Coach K has a point that Wiggins is not yet proven. Love gives James the best chance to win at the start of this season, but Wiggins could very well be equally as dynamic in the near future.

All signs point to this being a grueling few weeks for the Cavs. It's going to take a lot of thought and educated analysis before they deal the No. 1 overall pick.

 

Waiting on Eric Bledsoe

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Eric Bledsoe is taking a very long time to sign.

The explosive guard is still holding out for a max deal from the Phoenix Suns—the only team that can offer him $80 million over five years—but the Suns would obviously love to get him cheaper than that.

Bob Young of AZCentral.com broke down the situation:

Bledsoe reportedly is seeking a maximum contract of $80 million over five seasons, which only the Suns can offer. Other teams can go as high as $63 million over four years, but only Philadelphia remains among teams with salary-cap room to pay it.

By all accounts the Suns will match such a deal if necessary, even if it limits what they can do in the future.

There also appears to be little interest on behalf of the Suns in working sign-and-trade deals involving Bledsoe because the two-playmaker system worked so well last season.

Bledsoe was outstanding last season. The 24-year-old averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 32.9 minutes per night for a surprising Phoenix team. He and Goran Dragic combined to create a formidable backcourt, and barring a major acquisition via trade, the Suns probably don't want to break that pairing up.

There seems to be little traction on contract talks with Bledsoe because of his insistence on a max deal from the Suns. They're right to wait him out, mostly because he really isn't worth that type of money.

This was just his first season as a full-time starting player. While the results were fantastic, the Suns are probably waiting on Bledsoe to show that he can do it again next season.

As a restricted free agent, Bledsoe's fate rests in Phoenix's hands.

 

Lakers Have Found Their Man

A deal has yet to be finalized, but the Los Angeles Lakers appear to finally have their head coach. Sam Amick of USA Today reports that Byron Scott will be the next man to run the show in Hollywood: "The Los Angeles Lakers have made an offer to Byron Scott to be their next head coach and are in contract negotiations, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports."

This move should make Lakers fans excited for the upcoming season. Scott and Kobe Bryant get along well, and that means the Black Mamba should be ready to play hard for his new coach. Scott says that the two have a great relationship, via Amick:

I think the Kobe relationship is going to play a big part. Again, I think I've got a hand up on (the job) because of our relationship. We get along extremely well. Kobe knows all about me and what I'm about. He knows that I'm an old-school coach who's very demanding on the defensive end and knows that defense and rebounding wins championships, so I think from that point of view we see eye to eye.

Our relationship is great. We talked over the summer. We text each other. His ideas on the game of basketball and my ideas on the game of basketball are a lot alike, so we share a lot of the same views when it comes to the way the game should be played. So to me, it's going to be fun.

Scott last coached the Cavaliers during the 2012-13 season. During his three-year tenure in Cleveland, he won just 64 games.

That said, he has found success as a coach in the past. His New Orleans Hornets won 56 games in 2007-08, followed by 49 wins in 2008-09.

This is a great move for a franchise that entered this offseason with a ton of question marks. Everything is finally falling into place.

 

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