Rumor has it that the NBA season isn’t over.
The NBA Finals are done, and the Golden State Warriors are champions. The draft ended, and Kristaps Porzingis is either the greatest player alive or the worst, depending on whom you ask. Free agency has cooled down, and DeAndre Jordan is a confused man.
What’s left? Rumors, friends. Let’s take a gander at them.
J.R. Smith opted out of his deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers with the idea of a bigger payday in mind.
The shooting guard was due $6.4 million in 2015-16, but he opted out. And now he’s sitting out.
While players like Enes Kanter and Brandon Knight are taking baths in money, Smith—the erratic long-range threat who helped the Cleveland Cavaliers get to the Finals but also helped them lose it—is still waiting.
According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, though, the Cavs and Smith could be headed toward a deal:
You would think there’s definitely a market for a player capable of Smith’s offensive outbursts, but for whatever reason, teams haven’t shown a willingness to shell out the type of cash he’s looking for.
Cleveland is way over the cap, but the team would be wise to keep on printing money—and keeping LeBron James happy.
B/R’s Grant Hughes has more:
That production, if sustainable, isn't something the Cavs can replace on the market. They're capped out beyond belief, which means the only way to get a player of Smith's caliber is to keep the one they already have. Cleveland can exceed the cap to retain Smith because it has his Bird rights.
The tax hit will be immense. But at this point, what's another few million dollars?
Expect Isola’s report to ring true. Eventually.
Glen Davis was a vital part of the Los Angeles Clippers' success last season, and the team really does need him back heading into 2015-16.
Jordan is returning, yes. But who is backing him up? Cole Aldrich?
Come on. Davis isn’t afraid to bang down low, and he throws his weight around like few others in the league can. The guy is a flat-out hustler, a rough rider who would bring a smile to DMX’s face.
Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times is barking rapping to a different beat, though:
The Bucks’ interest is a bit strange, for sure. Milwaukee seems to have a penchant for long-limbed, lanky players, and Davis doesn’t really fit that mold.
Still, he’d bring energy, veteran leadership and all-out hustle to the up-and-coming Deer if signed. The Clippers need him more, but Davis might want to return to the Eastern Conference.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are approaching greatness.
OK, "greatness" is too strong.
But with Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Zach LaVine, Tyus Jones and Ricky Rubio running and gunning with Kevin Garnett manning the middle, this team is set to be real in a few years.
Kendall Marshall appears to want in on it. Here’s what Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN posted on Friday:
K-Butter is coming off a torn ACL, but he’s still a crafty orchestrator who would be an intriguing fit alongside the Bounce Brothers and KAT.
Outside of Garnett’s desire to return to his original team, has a player in recent memory ever reached out to Minnesota? Marshall has to be the first in a long while.
And props to him for doing so. Like Jason Kidd saw the Bucks on the verge of a screeching turnaround, another shrewd ball-handler seems to see the same with the Wolves.