LeBron James will have plenty of suitors around the NBA when he hits free agency this year. Zach Lowe breaks down places he can land and compete for a title in the links. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Debriefings: The NBA Rumor Mill is Fun

As we continue to inch closer and closer to the NBA Draft and closer and closer to free agency the NBA rumor mill continues to heat up. There is talk about where free agents will sign, where draft picks will land, who wants to get into the NBA Draft and who may want to trade picks. It is a fun time of the year that leads to a lot of things to read. Below is just a sampling of all the great stuff.

The King’s Next Throne: Zach Lowe breaks down the best places for LeBron James to go and continue to compete for the NBA title. The most intriguing suitor to me? The Phoenix Suns.

There’s a near-zero chance of this happening, but Phoenix should be a viable landing spot if LeBron wants to earn his actual max on an up-and-coming team with a smart new head coach who favors an exciting style of play.

The Suns have so much cap flexibility, they might be able to sign LeBron to the max, re-sign Eric Bledsoe at close to his (lower) max, and still have max-level cap room in the summer of 2015. They’re flush with extra first-round picks, meaning they’d have weapons to land another star player over the next couple of years.

Awful, Awful News: Baylor’s Isaiah Austin was just a few days from hearing his name called in the NBA Draft before a genetic disease sadly ended his NBA career before it started. 

Learning from the Past: Aaron Gordon is going to get drafted in the top 10 of the NBA Draft on Thursday. Marc Spears looks at how Gordon learned from his older brother Drew’s failed NBA Draft experience. 

Sitting and Learning: We profiled Duke’s Rodney Hood here in our NBA Draft Profiles series and at NBA.com there is an interesting story about how sitting out a year during due to his transfer to Duke helped him. 

“When I first got to Duke, I didn’t know when I was going to leave Duke or I didn’t have a plan of when it was going to happen,” he said. “I just told myself I was going to leave when I felt like the time was right. I got a lot better in my year off. Teams were able to come in and still watch me in practice, and I got a lot better. And this year, I was able to play on a stage where everybody got to see me play for the most part and I played really well. [Leaving] was just a good decision for me.”

Gasol’s New Home? The Dallas Mavericks are interested in acquiring Pau Gasol. Gasol and Dirk Nowitzki would form one of the NBA’s most fun and unique front lines if this happens. 

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