The NBA season just came to an end but that doesn't mean that the action has stopped. If anything, this is the period of time where the information can be overwhelming, as there are just so many trade and signing rumors going back and forth.
Teams firing and hiring coaches and general managers, players set to enter contract years, teams trying to enter win-now mode, you name it. There are countless things that can happen in the offseason that it could be tough to keep up with all the information.
The week after the NBA Finals always has a lot of overreactions and news. Today, we're going to put together the ultimate list of the most important rumors right now:
New York Knicks Want Russell Westbrook
Daryl Morey recently stepped down as the Houston Rockets' General Manager, meaning there are likely going to be a lot of changes in the team and that trading Russell Westbrook will be now on the table. Now, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks could be a potential suitor:
“Some people in the league believe Westbrook would embrace playing in the Big Apple, the fashion capital of the world. A West Coast guy, Westbrook’s top hobby is fashion," read the report.
The New York Knicks certainly have enough assets and young players to pull off a move, including this year's 8th overall pick. Westbrook and Harden are close friends but there are still some concerns regarding their ability to coexist on the court.
Houston Rockets Could Go 'All-In' For Joel Embiid
In that same line, it's pretty clear that the Houston Rockets are likely going to move on from their small ball experiment. And with Doc Rivers now as the Philadelphia 76ers' coach, the Sixers are also reportedly going to explore all their options.
That's why Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson recently reported that the Rockets are reportedly ready to go all-in on Joel Embiid, with every single player and asset available in trade talks except for James Harden. Whether the Sixers will be interested or not, is yet to be seen.
The Real Reason Why The Rockets Traded Chris Paul
Chris Paul, James Harden, and the Houston Rockets were pretty close to taking down the Golden State Warriors before Daryl Morey traded CP3 to the Oklahoma City Thunder on a shocking move. Said move was done because Rockets' owner Tilman Fertita thought they were overpaying the point guard, The Real Reason Why The Rockets Traded Chris Paul as per this report.
“That trade was made because Tilman Fertitta (Rockets Owner) wanted it made. He thought Chris Paul’s contract was the worst he’d ever seen in business or sports," said ESPN's Tim McMahon.
Ironically, Chris Paul ended up having one of the best years of his career, while Russell Westbrook struggled with efficiency and injuries and could also now be on the move. They gave up a lot of picks to land RW, which seems like a bad deal now.
Warriors Are Interested In Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard played a huge role in the Los Angeles Lakers' championship run. Now, according to Shams Charania, the former 1st overall pick of the Draft could be on the Golden State Warriors' radar, as per this recent story.
"Dwight Howard, who was a pillar to the frontcourt this season, and the Lakers have mutual interest in a deal. Among the contenders also expected to have interest in Howard, sources say: The Golden State Warriors," read Charania's report.
5 Best Targets For The Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers were the second-best team in the regular season and dominated in the playoffs from start to finish. Then again, even good things can be great and they aren't the exception to that rule, as they're likely going to make a run at another star in the offseason.
So, if the purple-and-gold want to run it back in 2021, they could try and land Zach LaVine, Russell Westbrook, CJ McCollum, Donovan Mitchell, or even Bradley Beal. You can check every potential trade package and how they could pull them off in this article.
Lakers Rumors: Rondo, KCP, Kuzma, And Howard
The reigning NBA Champions are going to look quite different next season. Anthony Davis is going to opt-out of his deal but is expected to come back. As for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Rajon Rondo, we can't be so sure, as the former is going to demand a big contract and is on the Atlanta Hawks' radar, while the latter could draw interest from multiple contenders.
Dwight Howard is going to be a prime target for the Golden State Warriors and Kyle Kuzma could be on the move as he enters the final year of his rookie deal. In our recent report, we break down every single one of these Lakers-related rumors and news.
5 Best Trades For Kyle Kuzma
Shams Charania has already reported that there is going to be a lot of interest in Kyle Kuzma if the Lakers make him available in trade talks, given the fact that they may not be able to afford to sign him to the huge contract extension he's going to demand.
And, according to ClutchPoints, Kuzma could find a new home with the Sacramento Kings, Oklahoma City Thunder, Washington Wizards, Indiana Pacers, or even Detroit Pistons, assuming the Lakers are indeed willing to part ways with him.
Warriors Have The Best Package For Giannis Antetokounmpo
The 'Giannis Antetokounmpo to the Golden State Warriors' rumors aren't going to go away any time soon. He's reportedly the Dubs' top priority for the 2021 offseason and could even try to get him sooner if he doesn't sign an extension with the Bucks right away.
ESPN's Ramona Shelbourne revealed that the Warriors actually have the best trade package for Giannis, as they could send away Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, and 2 first-round picks, including this year's 2nd-overall pick.
Lakers Must Send 6 Players If They Want To Land Chris Paul
There is a strong belief around the NBA that LeBron James will use his leverage to get Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers next season. Then again, that will be easier said than done considering they would need to offload $33+ million from their books.
That's why, as per Bleacher Report's Eric Pinus, they'd have to part ways with Kyle Kuzma, Quinn Cook, Danny Green, JaVale McGee, Avery Bradley, and their 28th overall pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder to have the Point God wearing the purple-and-gold jersey.
3 Superteams The Warriors Can Create To Beat The Lakers
The Golden State Warriors were the team to beat in the NBA for the past 5 years. Now, everybody's after the Lakers' crown. Golden State currently own the 2nd overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft and they're believed to explore a trade with such a valuable asset, meaning they could come back even more overpowered for the 2021 season.
In this article, we broke down the three superteams they could put together to take down the Los Angeles Lakers and the rest of the league, either adding Brandon Ingram, Giannis Antetokounmpo, or even Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid to their already impressive core.