With Team USA?s gold run having ended successfully, the attention of NBA fans has once again turned to the league. But it is still almost a month to start of the training camps in September before the 2016-17 regular season.
The league is still left with making roster moves but the trading of major league basketball players has almost come to halt. Despite a number of rumors surrounding several key players such as Cleveland Cavaliers? Kevin Love, Sacramento Kings? DeMarcus Cousins, Oklahoma City?s Russell Westbrook, it seems the players are staying put in their respective teams.
Rumors surrounding Kevin Love have been going for long and fans expected him to be traded sooner, given his poor performance in the last season. Despite the Cavs GM David Griffin hinting early on in Finals his intent to hold on to Love, rumors speculated he was likely to moved as he didn?t fit in with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
However, BasketballInsiders has cited sources close to Cavs who said though there are no shortage of suitors who would like to take Love, ?moving him is not even remotely a consideration?.
Early into draft night, DeMarcus Cousins had sent a cryptic tweet, signalling his displeasure with workings of Sacramento Kings and ever since rumors hinted that he is likely to be traded. Boston Celtics were apparently keen on taking him, but after his return from Rio, things between Kings and Cousins are on a good start.
Cousins said he is happy with hiring of new head coach Dave Joerger and he is all the way on-board with team plans for upcoming season. The team too sees Cousins as their cornerstone and will open their new arena ? the Golden 1 Center ? with Cousins as the anchor and focal point of the team.
Westbrook, who inked a re-negotiated contract with Thunder, following departure of Kevin Durant to Warriors, can?t be traded for six months as per league rules.
And Oklahoma City too don?t want to lose a second superstar after Durant so Westbrook and Thunder are likely to remain together in near future. There is hope that he can be the triple-double MVP candidate he looked like two years ago and take the team forward.
LeBron James – Dwyane Wade Reunion
Meanwhile other rumors suggest that James and Wade, who once played together for Miami Heat, are likely to be reunited in Cavs. Cleveland Cavaliers is said to be working on a trade deal to acquire Wade before the trade deadline. Wade will be taking J.R. Smith’s position.
However, the deals sounds impractical as Wade just signed a $47 million contract with Chicago Bulls and Smith is taking a $15 million salary per year range.