The dust from the three-team Kevin Love-Andrew Wiggins trade may be clearing, but that doesn't mean there's a shortage of rumors surrounding the NBA this late in the offseason. Even though this is a typically quiet time for the trade market, some emerging storylines are worth looking into.
We'll take a look at three of the most intriguing rumors to surface recently and attempt to suss out whether there's any meat behind them.
Celtics Aren't Making Rajon Rondo Trade a Priority
The Celtics will enter training camp with 21 players on their roster, but while they'd like to clear roster space, "moving Rondo is not a high priority," according to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe:
While the Celtics are trying to figure out ways to clear roster space before training camp, moving Rondo is not a high priority. First off, Rondo will be a free agent next summer and fully intends on taking the LeBron James-Carmelo Anthony tour of teams and extending the negotiation process deep into next summer. It is highly unlikely Rondo would sign an extension this season with an interested team, especially the Sacramento Kings. Second, the Celtics don’t feel pressed to deal Rondo because they are still trying to determine if he’s part of the future and they are intrigued to see him in action a full 18 months following ACL surgery.
The Rondo trade rumors have been swirling for awhile now, and in fact heated up after the Celtics drafted another point guard in Marcus Smart, so it's not clear if this is the final word on Rondo's status prior to the start of training camp.
But Washburn also notes that Rondo and Avery Bradley are the Celtics' projected starting backcourt, and there's no doubt that Boston can only benefit from giving Rondo the season to evaluate his play after his ACL surgery.
Rondo's assist-heavy play has the ability to keep the offense moving, making him a fulcrum around which to continue rebuilding the team. Without him, at least for this season, the Celtics suddenly have a whole lot of young pieces that don't have a discernible nucleus. Rondo will be a free agent next summer, and there's no doubt he'll entertain interest from multiple teams when that happens.
But if Boston wants to avoid allowing last year's season to become a pattern, it will pay to keep Rondo around in 2014.
Michael Beasley's Inconsistency, Immaturity Keys to Heat's Lack of Interest
The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reported Sunday that "a person with direct knowledge" of the situation revealed several reasons why the Miami Heat have not re-signed Michael Beasley, including "inconsistency, lack of trust in his defense (and ability to execute the Heat's defensive system), and maturity/focus issues, which are still a concern even though he improved somewhat in that regard last season."
The Heat did sign Shawne Williams to guaranteed money, as Jackson noted, despite the fact that in his best season he averaged 7.1 points and shot 40 percent from three-point range and 43 percent from the floor. Compare those numbers to Beasley's, who has a career average of 13.2 points and 45 percent shooting from the field.
Beasley did only average 7.9 points per game last season with the Heat, but he played in just 55 games. Still, regardless of production, if Miami has concerns about his development in the system and his maturity, the locker room may be better off without him.
It looks like that will be the case; Miami has given Beasley's jersey number to Williams, per Jackson.
One thing is for certain: The more time that goes by without Miami re-signing Beasley, the more rumors concerning potential interest for him are going to pop up.
Rockets Interested in Sign-and-Trade With Bucks for Ramon Sessions
The Houston Rockets are trying to improve their bench depth, and it appears making a move for point guard Ramon Sessions is one avenue they're exploring.
Per Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, there's mutual interest between both the Rockets and Sessions:
The Houston Rockets are trying to acquire free agent Ramon Sessions in a sign-and-trade with the Milwaukee Bucks, per league sources.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) August 25, 2014
Sources say there is mutual interest between Ramon Sessions and the Rockets. There have been sign-and-trade talks, but nothing is imminent.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) August 25, 2014
After trading point guard Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Rockets have a need for a guard on their bench behind Patrick Beverley, so Sessions could make a lot of sense.
But the complicated nature of a sign-and-trade could make the move tricky. Houston is currently two players over the 15-player regular-season limit. Milwaukee, meanwhile, already has 15 guaranteed contracts, as well as non-guaranteed deals with Kendall Marshall and Chris Wright, as NBC Sports' Dan Feldman points out.
If they can find a way to land him, Sessions would be a great addition to the Rockets bench. He averaged 12.3 points and 4.1 assists per game on 42.9 percent shooting last season.