Before the 2014-15 NBA season begins, a number of teams around the league will do their best to make a few tweaks to the roster.
Every organization has different goals in the offseason, but they all want to improve the roster in any way possible. Some of the moves the front offices make will have a drastic impact on what happens for the upcoming season and playoffs.
Although not all the deals will be completed, here is a look at the latest trade rumors from around the league.
Pistons Trading Greg Monroe?
The Detroit Pistons have a good chance of retaining restricted free agent Greg Monroe, but the recent activity does not bring positive thoughts for his future with the team.
After averaging 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, the forward should be a wanted man around the league. However, no other teams have provided an offer for the talented player due to the fact that the Pistons are likely to match.
Unfortunately, this has given the 24-year-old player very little leverage for creating a new deal. As a result, the two sides remain far apart and a trade is becoming possible.
In an interview with Aime Mukendi Jr. of AIMEzing Words, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported there were potential deals discussed in recent weeks with the Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers. Although the teams have apparently moved on, Wojnarowski reports this is not a good sign for the future (transcribed by Buddy Grizzard of HawksHoop.com):
Detroit has tried to help [Monroe] with some sign and trade possibilities around the league. Monroe doesn’t really have a great interest in going back and playing with the Pistons. If they’re going to move him in a sign-and-trade, they’ve got to get value for him. They’ve got to get back some significant talent to compensate for that loss. They haven’t been able to find a deal for him.
Moke Hamilton of SNY.tv notes the most likely scenario for Monroe:
Greg Monroe, at this point, could still opt to sign the one-year qualifying offer and become unrestricted next summer.— Moke Hamilton (@MokeHamilton) July 13, 2014
While he might not like his current situation in Detroit, he can do his best to be productive in the upcoming season and cash in on a bigger contract as an unrestricted free agent next summer.
The trade talk might not be something that comes to fruition, but it likely shows that his time with the Pistons is close to finished.
Celtics Looking to Add Cap Space
The Boston Celtics have been unable to make the moves they wanted to this summer due to a lack of salary cap space. However, the team has been trying to find ways to clear some room, according to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe:
An NBA source said the Celtics are working to clear roster space over the next few weeks in order to make room for Evan Turner in the rotation...The Celtics would love to use Bogans’s contract in a trade that would perhaps net a draft pick and create salary-cap space and have been holding onto that option. It is uncertain if the Celtics would waive [Keith] Bogans before the season or offer a camp invitation since he has been away from the team since February.
Keith Bogans was excused from the organization during the past season after playing only six games. The 34-year-old guard scored only 12 total points with three assists and three rebounds in that time. Obviously, this is not the type of player that many teams are hoping will improve their roster.
On the other hand, Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders points out a reason teams might make a move:
Keith Bogans' $5.3 million deal (from BOS-BKN sign-and-trade) is non-guaranteed. He could be attractive for a team looking to clear money.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 30, 2014
Plenty of organizations around the league would be willing to trade a second-round pick for the ability to get some money off the books. This could allow that squad to make some bigger deals later on either this offseason or next.
Although Bogans is not a big draw on the open market, this could be an important move for the Celtics.
Latest on Kevin Love Saga
With Kevin Love set to become a free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season, the Minnesota Timberwolves want to find a way to get some value for the All-Star. However, this process has led to months full of discussions, rumors and speculation.
The good news is things appear to be clearing up in the past week. Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reported Love had put in a trade request to specifically go to the Cleveland Cavaliers:
Multiple sources under impression TWolves star Kevin Love has requested trade to Cavs to/through agent. Story: http://t.co/tSXP6Ujud7— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 26, 2014
ESPN's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst later explained, "Sources this week have described the Cavs as the only team in contention for Love."
While the Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and others have been involved in a potential deal for Love, it seems like he is almost certainly headed to Cleveland.
Even Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor believes a deal will be completely. He told Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press, "I'm saying it's most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that's what he wants to do."
Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN also agrees a deal will be made with Cleveland:
Walters projected a trade to be completed at the end of August once Andrew Wiggins can officially be traded. The No. 1 overall pick has loads of upside and can give Minnesota a potential future star, which would help ease the loss of a current star in Love.
From the Cavaliers' perspective, this would be a way to improve upon what has already become one of the best teams in the NBA. Mike Wise of The Washington Post believes the pairing with LeBron James should at least allow the team to get to the Finals:
If Kevin Love really ends up in Cleveland, I see little reason why LeBron won't be 1st player since Bill Russell to go to 5 straight Finals.— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) August 4, 2014
If everyone plays to their ability, the group should be able to win a championship. This makes the move a no-brainer for both sides.
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