Good morning. Rumor rumor rumor to you. Let's basketball.
LOVE WILL TEAR US APART: The Lakers and Mavericks are desperately trying to trade for Kevin Love, reports Ken Berger. If that sounds difficult, it's because it is. Minnesota has retrenched and is trying madly to please Love by getting deals done to ensure the Wolves (currently six games out) make the playoffs. Still, Love, who can become a free agent in 2015, looms large over all proceedings.
REUNITED?: Will Gordon Hayward join old coach/summer camp roommate Brad Stevens in Boston?
SHORT ORDER: The Kings are said to be really active, and Isaiah Thomas could be in play.
PAU-WOW: "Lakers mulling what to do with Pau." This headline is so sad.
NOPELEMORE: The Kings insist that Ben McLemore is going nowhere.
Screeeech. Rumor break.
GAMES GALORE: The NBA got back at it last night. Here are some recap links and additional fun stuff.
The Cavs destroyed the horrid Sixers. Dion Waiters injured himself cramming on Spencer Hawes. (Worth it.)
Denver fell to Phoenix, as Kenneth Faried's head suffered a great indignity from Gerald Green's dunkface.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF MIKE WOODSON NOT SITTING HERE: Not even in a boat.
CELEBRATING NETSDAILY: NetsDaily gets interviewed by Nets TV about their 10-year anniversary.
YIKESVILLE: J.J. Redick will miss another 3-5 weeks. Willie Green, step right up.
BIG FUN GOIN' NOWHERE: Current ESPNer George Karl reported that he's heard Tim Duncan will retire this summer despite being under contract for 2014-15. Duncan refuted that in true Duncanian fashion.
Alright, back to rumors.
WHAT RONDO'S WORTH: In Tuesday's Hook I considered whether Rajon Rondo is worth more to other teams than he is the Celtics.
BURNING THE NETS: It appears the Nets are working to acquire Marcus Thornton for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans.
MAGIC HOURS: It would appear that Orlando is intent on flipping Jameer Nelson and Glen Davis.
HELLO OMER: "Omer Asik trade rumors are back! Omer Asik trade rumors are back!" -- Kenny Smith during the Omer Asik trade rumors contest.
ON BENDED NEAL: The Bobcats want Gary Neal. If that's the biggest name that changes hands Thursday ...
SHOVELING COLE: Norris Cole is your annual Hilarious Untouchable Player.
Happy rumor rumor rumors. See you on deadline day.