It has already been an intriguing summer for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the eventful offseason might not be over just yet.
LeBron James is coming home, and roster changes appear to be evident following his return. Rumors are currently swirling about the Cavs' last two No. 1 picks and where they might land to acquire proven talent.
One veteran still on the free-agent market also appears to be interested in joining King James in Cleveland this season. With a mostly young cast around him at this point, another experienced player might blend perfectly with the two-time NBA champion.
With the offseason still raging on, here's a look at the latest rumors surrounding the Cavaliers.
Love, Wiggins Deal is "Done but Not Done"
One of the biggest rumors of the summer has surrounded a player who isn't set to become a free agent until 2015.
Kevin Love has been the hot topic around the NBA since the regular season, and the Cavaliers have been rumored as the suitor since James announced his return. The biggest key in those talks has been 2014 No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN shared the latest on the Cavs making a deal for Love, per Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco on ESPN.com:
The deal is done but not done. The teams have agreed but they can't say they've agreed and they can't agree because we're in this weird moratorium period. Because you can't trade Andrew Wiggins until the 23rd of this month. So, between now and then which is what, 19 days? Could something happen? Could a team come in with a trade that maybe Minnesota see? Yes, it could happen, so therefore it is not done.
Now the ball is apparently in every other franchise's court to step up and steal Love away. The question now is: Is anyone willing to offer a potential star at the NBA level?
If the rumors are true, Love would be the perfect fit for the powerhouse team the Cavs are building. While James alone makes this team a title contender, Love adds the third superstar along with Kyrie Irving to win a championship now.
Selling on the future by moving Wiggins might hurt in the long run, especially if he becomes a superstar, but it will be worth the price. For a team on the cusp of its first championship in franchise history, another Big Three might be vital to its success.
Shawn Marion Visits with Cavaliers
While Love doesn't quite have playoff experience, one player that knows about competing in the playoffs could be joining Cleveland.
Shawn Marion, a 15-year veteran in the NBA, might be looking for a new home following five seasons with the Dallas Mavericks. After beating James in the 2011 NBA Finals, Marion might be joining him in Cleveland, via Marc Stein of ESPN:
ESPN sources say Shawn Marion is in Cleveland today on recruiting visit with Cavaliers— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 4, 2014
Shawn Marion is a natural target for Indy in the wake of Paul George's injury but LeBron's presence, I'm told, indeed gives Cavs upper hand— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 4, 2014
Though there are several teams on the market for the 36-year-old like the Indiana Pacers, Marion's best shot at a title might be with Cleveland.
With James and Irving already holding down two crucial positions, Marion adds leadership and proven production in the postseason. Averaging 14.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game in the playoffs, Marion brings experience that Irving and Love don't have.
Along with his veteran presence, Marion is also a defensive stalwart that can change a game on the other side of the floor. Adding Marion to a young core makes sense in Cleveland in more ways than one.
Cavs Might Be Looking to Trade Anthony Bennett
One No. 1 pick is awaiting his fate after just weeks with the team, and another could be next to go.
While Anthony Bennett struggled as a rookie, he might be part of a move to bring Thaddeus Young to the Minnesota Timberwolves. If the Love trade moves to a three-team deal, Young and Bennett might be on the move, per Windhorst:
Thaddeus Young will end up in Minnesota either as part of a separate deal or as part of a three-way deal. Possibly Anthony Bennett, who is on the Cavs right now, could be rerouted to Philadelphia in part of a deal for Thaddeus Young; there will be draft picks involved.
Should the Cavaliers trade for Love if it involves Bennett and Wiggins?
The No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft averaged just 4.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 12.8 minutes last season. While those numbers aren't staggering, he still has value on the trade market.
Bennett might have scuffled in the NBA as a rookie, but he still has plenty of time to blossom. The 21-year-old cut weight this offseason and shined in the summer league, averaging 13.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in Las Vegas.
Love's price continues to get steeper, but it's still worth trading away potential for production. If Bennett also becomes a casualty of the deal, the two No. 1 picks would have a chance to shine in new homes.
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