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NBA offseason stakes rise after LeBron James opts out from Miami Heat

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First, there were rumors about Carmelo Anthony, then it was Kevin Love we heard about and now it’s “King James” who is in the headlines.

It seems that everyone from fans to analysts have their own theory as to where each of these players will go. But there are even more opportunities for teams to make moves, especially with the NBA Draft just a few days away. Here are some of the top stories during this NBA Offseason:

LeBron is out...for now 

Mr. James has left the Miami Heat but is it for certain? No, not exactly. In fact, many believe that LeBron will return to Miami but at a reduced cost to allow more flexibility with the team’s roster.

Some of the players the Heat are looking at to make those improvements include; Toronto Raptors PG Kyle Lowry, star Small-Forward Carmelo Anthony, and veteran players such as Los Angeles Lakers Forward Pau Gasol.

It isn’t clear if Ray Allen is returning but he has said that he still loves the game and loves playing with LeBron.

Carmelo conundrum 

Carmelo, Carmelo, where art thou Carmelo?

Love him or hate him, Carmelo Anthony is going to be in the news one way or another. The main reason being that he is a free agent and a scoring force and if there is one thing you can always use in basketball, it's points.

Fortunately for Anthony though, the teams interested in him are ones with a true chance to contend for a championship.

Exhibit A - The Chicago Bulls. This will only work if one of two things happen. Derrick Rose is able to get healthy and stay healthy, or if the Bulls can acquire another talent aside from “Melo.”

Exhibit B - The Miami Heat. It almost seems impossible but the Heat do have a chance to add even more talent to their already talented team. It would most likely mean that all of the “Big Three” opt out and take less money as well as Dwyane Wade probably taking a lesser role but the chance to snatch Anthony is there.

Where is the Love?

Okay, I apologize for the terrible pun but with Kevin Love looking like he is soon to be moved it does pose questions.

Love recently told the Minnesota Timberwolves that if he was not traded he would opt out of his contract during the 2014/15 Offseason. So what now? Well, teams immediately showed interest such as the Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Bulls.

Now remember how I mentioned the Bulls wanting Carmelo? Imagine a team with both Melo and Love. Jaw-dropping I know.

The idea of the Warriors adding another shooter with Love is downright scary but the fact that he rebounds at such a high clip would make him an easy replacement for their current Power Forward David Lee. Whether Love is moved via trade this offseason or as a free agent next year, you can bet that there will be a line of hopeful teams just waiting for him to sign on the dotted line.

We will keep you posted with any and all NBA Draft and Offseason news, and for all your sports news stick with GiveMeSport.

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