The 2014 NBA Draft is mere hours away, and the trade rumors are swirling out of control.
Whether it's the Cleveland Cavaliers moving out of the top spot or a team finally finding the right package to land Kevin Love, there are a lot of players who could be wearing new uniforms before free agency officially gets underway.
If the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to deal Love, they would be wise to do so before the draft so they can add some young talent right away. Love has been connected to the Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings, all of which have reportedly made offers to Minnesota for the All-Star big man.
Love's days in the Twin Cities are numbered, and the team is best served by trying to get some value for him either now or before the NBA trade deadline so he doesn't walk away without the Wolves getting some form of compensation. And with so much momentum in trade talks leading up to Thursday, it won't surprise anyone to see Love finally get his wish.
If Thompson doesn't wind up in Minnesota, he could be used to lure another big name - perhaps a Carmelo Anthony - into town. However, it's my understanding that if Golden State won't use him to acquire Love, he's viewed as a valuable part of the puzzle for the foreseeable future.
3. Iman Shumpert
Phil Jackson seems desperate to acquire a first-round draft pick before Thursday, and he's reportedly been dangling Shumpert in order to get one.
Shumpert was involved in a proposed trade between the New York Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder back in February, but the deal obviously never transpired. With indications Thabo Sefolosha is on his way out of town, Shumpert could be the Thunder's new shooting guard.
The Philadelphia 76ers could also be a landing spot.
4. Arron Afflalo
Afflalo doesn't want to be with the Orlando Magic; he wants to join a contender. He's been linked to the Warriors and the Bulls, and perhaps could interest the Thunder as well.
Orlando seems willing to part ways with Afflalo, who is coming off a career year with the team. With his name surfacing in so many trade scenarios, he seems likely to get his wish.
5. Josh Smith
We all know about the Detroit Pistons' front-court debacle: Smith, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe just did not pan out last year. There are conflicting reports as to whether new coach Stan Van Gundy wants Drummond or Monroe or both, but it seems likely that he could do without Smith.
Smith has been linked to the Boston Celtics and the Sacramento Kings, and the Pistons would be happy to shed his hefty deal to either one of those clubs.
5 players who could be dealt during the 2014 NBA draft
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) drives against Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans, right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
FILE - In this Tuesday, April 29, 2014, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, right, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin defends during the second half in Game 5 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Los Angeles. The Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love headlines a list of veteran NBA players who could have a major influence on how the draft unfolds, Thursday, June 26, 2014. Loveâs contract situation has the Timberwolves contemplating trading him, and several teams could use first-round picks as part of a package to acquire him. Orlandoâs Arron Afflalo and Golden Stateâs Thompson could be on the move as well, while soon-to-be free agents like Torontoâs Kyle Lowry and Phoenixâs Eric Bledsoe could have a say in which direction their current teams go with draft picks. (AP Photo/File)
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) wrestles a rebound away from Utah Jazz center Derrick Favors, second from right, as Jazz forward Jeremy Evans (40) watches during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The Jazz won 136-130 in double overtime. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) looks to pass in an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Target Center on in Minneapolis on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)
Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, left, of Spain, fights for a rebound against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 24, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. The Grizzlies won 109-92. (AP Photo/Lance Murphey)
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) pulls down a rebound against Phoenix Suns center Alex Len (21), of Ukraine, during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis, Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots over os Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22) during the second half of Game 7 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Los Angeles. Clippers won 126 - 121. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) drives to the basket on Dallas Mavericks forward Brandan Wright (34) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)
Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson during an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo)
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) gets past Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
New York Knicks' Iman Shumpert (21) drives past Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (32) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert (21) shoots the ball over New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
New York Knicks' Iman Shumpert goes in for a basket as San Antonio Spurs' Boris Diaw watches during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Milwaukee Bucks' Caron Butler, right, fouls New York Knicks' Iman Shumpert during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Knicks' Iman Shumpert scores during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Knicks won 110-84. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
New York Knicks' Iman Shumpert in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Denver Nuggets guard Arron Affalo (6) shoots over New Orleans Hornets Xavier Henry (4) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in New Orleans. New Orleans won 94-92. (AP Photo/Sean Gardner)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Michael Beasley, left, defends as Denver Nuggets' Arron Afflalo attempts a shot in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, in Minneapolis. The Nuggets won 113-100. Affalo scored 22 points. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Denver Nuggets guard Arron Affalo (6) shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9), of Republic of Congo, defends, in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. Oklahoma City won 124-118 in overtime. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Detroit Pistons' Josh Smith (6) shoots over Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots over Detroit Pistons' Charlie Villanueva and Josh Smith (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in New York. The Knicks won the game 89-85. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Boston Celtics guard Jeff Green, right, shoots the ball against Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith (6) and center Andre Drummond (0) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon (10) battles under the rim with Detroit Pistons shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5) and Detroit Pistons small forward Josh Smith (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Detroit Pistons small forward Josh Smith (6) takes a shot in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)