Buying or Selling the Latest NBA Rumors for NBA All-Stars

Jon Wu@jonwu190Contributor IIIFebruary 1, 2014

Buying or Selling the Latest NBA Rumors for NBA All-Stars

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    The latest NBA rumors have arrived. The 2014 All-Star reserves have recently been announced, but that hasn’t shifted any attention away from the starters.

    Several of the 2014 All-Star starters have entered the rumor mill as they have begun thinking about their upcoming futures. The players have certainly had individual success, but some may feel as if their surroundings could stand to improve.

    Here are the latest rumors and whether they should be bought or sold for a few of the NBA's superstars.

Carmelo Anthony Will Stay in New York

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    Carmelo Anthony has been absolutely stellar this year and was selected to appear in the All-Star Game for the ninth time

    Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for his team, the New York Knicks.

    Despite finishing second in the Eastern Conference last year, they’re just 19-27 so far this year.

    However, Carmelo’s wife, La La Anthony, has suggested something positive for Knicks fans. In a recent interview with Bravo TV (h/t Cody Williams of Rant Sports), she stated that she knows Carmelo “wants to stay” and that she will “support him wherever he wants to go.” 

    Carmelo’s wife is certainly a close source to Carmelo, and the Knicks can offer him $129 million over five years.

    If the Knicks can continue to win, Carmelo will have a large incentive to stay.

    Verdict: Buying

The Nets Are Targeting Kevin Durant in 2016 Free Agency

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    Leave it to the Brooklyn Nets for wishful thinking.

    According to Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News

    On Friday, the Nets will chase Kevin Durant around the Barclays Center court, hoping to contain the NBA's most dynamic scorer. And some two years from now, they likely will be joining the crucial chase for his signature on a contract.

    The impending Durant free agency bonanza should start picking up steam next season and will undoubtedly engulf the NBA in the summer of 2016. And make no mistake: the Nets are targeting Durant, the 25-year-old offensive juggernaut, even if it's too early to predict their odds.

    This is just silly, no matter how you look at it. Not only can the Thunder offer Durant more money, but they also have the more superior team as of now.

    However, with the way Brooklyn lavishly spends to attract star players, it isn’t implausible that they will make an attempt to acquire him in 2016.

    Verdict: Buying the attempt, selling the outcome

Kyrie Irving Wants to Leave Cleveland

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    According to ESPN’s Chad Ford

    Chemistry is a major issue there and some of that is on Mike Brown. But more of it is on the collection of players in Cleveland at the moment. Something has to happen quick. Kyrie Irving has been telling people privately he wants out. Cleveland can't afford to lose him and LeBron. They know the urgency. I expect them to be major players at the deadline.

    Since Irving has been drafted, the Cavaliers have been losing. A lot.

    That’s not to say that they haven’t attempted to make their team better, especially with the recent trade for Luol Deng.

    It just isn’t working, and Irving’s patience may be wearing thin. However, he is also a restricted free agent and will not be able to leave the Cavs anytime soon.

    And don't forget that he also saw the public outlash against LeBron James a few summers ago.

    This most likely is an attempt for Irving to tell Cleveland to improve his supporting cast.

    Verdict: Selling