If you are an NBA star, particularly an All-Star forward, there's a decent chance that you've been involved in free agency or trade rumors sometime this year.
The news surrounding some of the NBA's biggest names never ceases to exist, and some more rumors dropped post-draft.
Carmelo Anthony Wants To Stay in New York
The feud between New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony and president of basketball operations Phil Jackson is well-documented, so much so that one has to wonder if and when Melo will waive his no-trade clause and get a fresh start with another team.
However, per Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Melo would like to stay in New York to be close to his 10-year-old son, making previously rumored destinations like Los Angeles seem impossible at this time: "Anthony, according to the same source, was toying with the idea of orchestrating a move to either Philadelphia or Washington, which would keep him close to New York. However, Anthony's mindset now is to stay in New York and play for the Knicks...even though Jackson doesn't want him."
Anthony's desire to be close to his son is more than admirable, especially considering the amount of drama surrounding the New York Knicks on what seems like a yearly basis.
Ultimately, if Anthony doesn't want to go anywhere, then the Knicks have to find a way to make things work with him in the mix.
A good start would be for Jackson to stop making declarations about his star players to anyone with a microphone or tape recorder, and then maybe the Knicks could play without the specter of another piece of commentary looming over them. They'll probably be better off.
Paul George, Gordon Hayward and the Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers had very serious talks about a trade for Indiana Pacers forward Paul George on draft night, per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Those talks died down, as George stayed with the Pacers and the Celtics drafted former Duke forward Jayson Tatum with the third overall pick.
But according to Marc Stein and Chris B. Haynes of ESPN.com, those talks could be ramped up depending on what happens in free agency. And if they do, then the C's might have to compete with a few different teams: "Although no trade for George came to fruition last week, sources say that both the Rockets and the Lakers remain determined to keep pushing for their George deals. It's widely believed that the Celtics, meanwhile, want to sign a marquee free agent this summer, such as Utah's Gordon Hayward, and trade for George."
It's hard to imagine Gordon Hayward and Paul George, who play the same small forward position, on the same team in any situation.
Yes, George could play as a smaller power forward, but he's better suited at small forward, where he can defend players at similar heights and weights.
Asking George to hang with power forwards like Anthony Davis and Kristaps Porzingis is a tall order, simply because AD and KP are much bigger than him.
George's best bet and fit is probably the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year rental before heading to the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency.
Denver Nuggets: Jokic and Murray Off-Limits
It's easy for anyone to be bullish on the Denver Nuggets.
They started last year 14-23, and all hope seemed to be lost for a postseason berth. However, Denver stormed back thanks to some excellent play from Nikola Jokic and guards Jamal Murray and Gary Harris in the second half of the season and nearly passed the Portland Trail Blazers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
They are on the precipice of being a Western Conference contender, so naturally, they've been involved in numerous trade rumors and reports this offseason.
Per Stein and Haynes, they were the third wheel in a trade discussed involving the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers that would have sent Paul George to the Cavs and Kevin Love to the Nuggets.
It's an interesting offer that seems to benefit all three sides, as the Cavs get a new star for a playoff push, the Pacers get a fresh start and the Nuggets get a coveted power forward to slide next to Jokic.
There's some uncertainty in Denver given all the trade rumors, but we do know that Jokic and Murray are going to be the cornerstones for this franchise in the near future.
Per Stein and Haynes again, the duo are "off-limits" to other teams, and Zach Lowe of ESPN.com also reported that including Murray during talks with the Chicago Bulls about Jimmy Butler was a non-starter.
Ultimately, the Nuggets' biggest need is a rebounding power forward who can mesh with Jokic. Love seems like a great fit on paper, so it will be interesting to see if this three-teamer comes to fruition.