NBA Rumor Round Up For Thursday, July 2:
LaMarcus Aldridge: According to assistant coach Kim Hughes, the Portland Trail Blazers are under the mind-set that they are going to lose their starting power forward. "Well, people don't realize we just went young," Hughes told WTHI of Terre Haute, Indiana. "We didn't publicize it, but we lost LaMarcus Aldridge. It hasn't been declared yet, but I'm sure he won't come back. We will go young."
Eric Bledsoe: The Suns need to clear salary cap room if they want to sign LaMarcus Aldridge and there was some speculation on Wednesday that Bledsoe might be dealt to gain that flexibility. According to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Bledsoe is staying put, so other players will need to be moved to may room should Aldridge say he wants to play for the Suns.
Arron Afflalo: He was recruited by his friend and former teammate Carmelo Anthony and Thursday morning Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports a deal has been struck with the New York Knicks. Per Shelburne, Afflalo will get $16 million over two years should he exercise his 2016-17 player option.
Sacramento Kings: The team agreed to a late-night trade on Wednesday with the Philadelphia 76ers, reports ESPN.com's Marc Stein. Heading to Philly on July 9 are Carl Landry, Jason Thompson and Nik Stauskas. With the increased cap space, the Kings are targeting Monta Ellis, Rajon Rondo and Wesley Matthews, according to Stein.
David West: The power forward declined his player option for 2015-16 worth $12.6 million because he wants to play for a championship contender. According to Sam Amick of USA TODAY, West is targeting the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs.
Chicago Bulls: The team took care of their top free agent priorities on Wednesday by coming to terms with Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy. Next up is to sign a point guard and according to the Chicago Sun-Times, possible targets are Rodney Stuckey, Jeremy Lin, Gary Neal and J.J. Barea.
Boston Celtics: The team has agreed to deals with Amir Johnson (Toronto free agent) and Jonas Jerebko, which doesn't leave enough money to tender a good enough offer sheet to Orlando restricted free agent Tobias Harris, reports Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com. The Celtics could make room if they traded Gerald Wallace, which is going to be very difficult.
J.J. Barea: The point guard appears to have some options and according to David Aldrdige of NBA.com/TNT, he may be leaning to accept a deal from Miami. Barea could also re-sign with Dallas.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: The Hornets starting small forward was sidelined for the final 12 games of the regular season due to a sprained left ankle. Kidd-Gilchrist worked out on Wednesday as the ankle is improving. “It’s getting better. I’m excited to be back on the floor. It’s about time,” Kidd-Gilchrist told The Charlotte Observer. “I’m on the floor, I’m in the weight room. I’m working but not fully cleared yet.”
K.J. McDaniels: According to Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com, the Knicks have interest in Houston's shooting guard. McDaniels is a restricted free agent, which allows the Rockets the ability to match any signed offer sheet.