NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz Involving Thaddeus Young, Shawn Marion and More

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIAugust 8, 2014

Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young looks on against the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter of the Sixers' 114-102 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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There's been no shortage of big moves so far this offseason, as many of the NBA's most elite players will be sporting different colors on their jerseys next season.

The balance of power in the Association continues to shift in the Cleveland Cavaliers' favor with the addition of LeBron James followed by a blockbuster trade for Kevin Love on Friday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

With the Cavaliers now forming their own version of a Big Three, the remaining NBA franchises will be looking to keep pace by adding the essential components to complete their rosters.

So, which teams continue to make moves over the summer? Let's answer that question by taking a look at a few rumors that have recently surfaced around the Web.


Thaddeus Young to Minnesota Timberwolves

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Apparently, there's another layer to the Kevin Love trade.

On Friday, we knew the Cavaliers would send Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a first-round pick to Minnesota in exchange for Love; however, according to Mark Perner of the Philadelphia Daily News, the 76ers were involved as well:

A source informed the Daily News that the Sixers will be sending veteran forward Thaddeus Young to Minnesota for a package that will include Bennett, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft. The deal, which two sources have confirmed to the Associated Press, will not be official until Aug. 23, when Wiggins, this year's No. 1 draft pick, becomes eligible to be traded.

This makes a lot more sense for Minnesota.

Friday's version of the trade seemed rather risky for the Timberwolves, but with Young now headed to the team, it at least has some form of veteran stability going forward.

Young may not be Love, but the 6'8" power forward has been productive in Philadelphia. Last season, he averaged 17.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.


Shawn Marion Leaning Toward Cleveland

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One of the better remaining free agents, the 36-year-old Marion could provide some nice depth at the small forward position for a contending team.

On Wednesday, Wojnarowski reported the veteran's 2014-15 destination will likely be Cleveland:

Marion is a four-time All-Star, and although he's not exactly in that type of form these days, he's still capable of solid production. Last season with the Dallas Mavericks, Marion averaged 10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

Should he join the Cavaliers, he may see his on-court time decrease; however, his career 48.5 shooting percentage suggests he'll still bring plenty of consistency.


Ray Allen to Forgo Retirement?

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It's been an interesting offseason for veteran shooting guard Ray Allen.

The 39-year-old free agent has been contemplating retirement since his run with the Miami Heat ended after losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the finals. In fact, Allen recently shared his feelings on the issue with Dom Amore of The Hartford Courant.

Said Allen, "I'm not in any rush [to make a decision]. I've played 18 years, and the way I look at my career, I'm content with everything that I've done. I just want to take this summer and see how it goes."

Well, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the addition of Love in Cleveland could sway Allen's decision:

Allen proved last season he can still contribute as a role player. He averaged 9.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 44.2 percent from the floor with the Heat.

We should find out shortly if a reunion with James is in order.