NBA Rumor Roundup June 27th

NBA rumors round up

NBA free agency starts July 1st, but teams are hard at work planning how they will approach the 2017-2018 season. Thanks to the social media era we have a lot of rumors to let NBA fans know what may or may not happen.

Melo-drama:

Carmelo Anthony wants his money and to join a super team too. According to ESPN reports, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks are in a stand off. Melo has a no-trade clause so he can and likely will block any trade the Knicks come to Melo with as an option to leave New York. On the other hand, the Knicks are ready to move on from Carmelo and might engage in buyout conversations with the former all-star. There is an assumption that Anthony would proceed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers when he becomes a free agent.

The Celtics want Gordon Hayward AND Paul George:

The Boston Celtics are making Gordon Hayward their main free agent target this summer, re-uniting the former Butler player and coach duo of Brad Stevens and Gordon Hayward, but reports are that the Celtics believe they can convince Paul George to stay in New England beyond 2018. According to Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics first priority is acquiring Hayward and then looking to make a trade for Pacers’ forward Paul George. This would thin out the Celtics reserves, but make Boston one of the most dangerous offensive teams in recent NBA history. The reports also say that if Boston fails to sign Hayward they will turn their attention to Blake Griffin and still look to trade for Paul George.

The Jazz are looking into all of their options:

Utah has 16 million dollars in cap space they can use BEFORE the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st. According to Yahoo! reports the Jazz are looking into the price tag of Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio, whom would fit right into that 16 million cap room space and help the Jazz with the potential of losing George Hill. The Jazz are determined to keep Gordon Hayward and are expected to offer him a contract in the 5 years $200 million range.

Chris Paul meets with Clippers:

Chris Paul will become a free agent on July 1st, but according to Yahoo! the Clippers are being proactive in their quest to retain their superstar point guard. Chris Paul’s free agency will be one of the bigger NBA storylines this summer. 

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