NBA trade rumors and related news are running rampant, and some analysts believe that a few of the biggest stars in the NBA could be on the move in the offseason. While nothing is confirmed, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and others could potentially be in new uniforms when the 2016-2017 season rolls around. Basketball Insiders recently broke down the top 10 NBA free agents for the Summer of 2016, and made a few interesting points regarding some of the league’s most sought-after players. After all, it takes multiple stars to win a championship in the NBA these days, and any franchise would love to have these players.
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— ESPN (@espn) January 11, 2016
Admittedly, the most unlikely player on the list to be in a new uniform next season, LeBron James is set to become a free agent at the end of the year. According to Sports Illustrated, LeBron re-signed with the Cavaliers in July, and it included a player opt-out clause. This was by design, and it was a courtesy for LeBron to be able to negotiate his contract on a yearly basis. While all signs point to LeBron returning to the Cavaliers at the end of the season, he has shocked everyone in the past.
Would LeBron turn his back on his home city again? Probably not, but it still has to be considered if LeBron believes that there are greener pastures elsewhere. Whether or not he has truly matured remains to be seen, but whichever team LeBron is playing for as his career winds down is going to have a great chance to win a championship.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 2, 2016
As previously reported by Inquisitr, Kevin Durant could sign with the Golden State Warriors in the offseason. While Durant and Russell Westbrook have won a lot of games together, they still have not won a championship, and it probably will not happen this year. The Golden State Warriors are the favorite to win their second consecutive NBA title, and Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder would have to play perfect basketball to defeat them in a playoff series.
While it would be assumed that Durant would want to return to the Thunder in order to win a championship with the organization that drafted him, ESPN’s Chris Broussard said that it is a real possibility that he leaves for the Warriors. With months still remaining in the current NBA season, a lot of things can change, and rumors will continue to surface regarding his future. A successful season in Durant’s mind could cause him to want to re-sign with the Thunder and give it another try with Westbrook. If the Thunder fall short again, Durant could look to sign with the Warriors for a potential dynasty.
Despite all of his talent, Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has had his fair share of problems throughout his career. In addition to not winning a championship, the Rockets star has clashed with teammates in the past and been viewed as a cancer. Now 30-years-old, Howard’s play is also declining, which makes his issues off of the court more distracting. Trade rumors always seem to surround Howard, but this will allow him to choose his destination.
According to USA Today, Howard is absolutely going to opt out of his current contract and test free agency at the end of the year. When asked about leaving Houston, Howard told USA Today Sports that he wants to make it work.
“I chose to go to Houston (via free agency in the summer of 2013), so why would I just say, ‘I’m not happy’ and leave? I chose this place, you know what I’m saying? And I want to make this thing work here. Obviously we haven’t been playing great basketball, and personally for myself my numbers don’t seem like I’ve been playing great, but the only thing on my mind is trying to grow as a man and grow as a teammate and a leader. All the BS that’s around, sometimes it is frustrating to hear it, because I know who I am as a man and I know what I’m trying to do for this city.”
While this is conflicting information, USA Today insists that he will opt out and become a free agent.
Latest NBA Trade Rumors
While it remains to be seen if LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Dwight Howard will leave their current teams in free agency in the offseason, here are a few NBA Trade rumors from the past week, as reported by the Inquisitr.
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