Every season in the NBA has its share of unanswered questions. What are some that will highlight the 2014-2015 calendar?
LeBron James effect in Cleveland
Returning home was a great PR move for LeBron James, but sooner or later the euphoria is going to wear off and fans in Cleveland are going to be expecting him to finish what he couldn’t four years ago, which is win a championship. There is no question he makes their team relevant against, especially with the Kyrie Irving pairing but the Cavs are no guarantee in the title picture. How far he can take them will be a major thing to watch.
Derrick Rose return to Chicago
The Chicago Bulls have been a good team the past two seasons, which has impressed NBA enthusiasts to no end because they’ve been doing it without their best player. Derrick Rose has only played 10 games since the end of the 2012 season and gone through two different knee surgeries. There are skeptics who wonder if he can ever regain the dominant form that made him the youngest MVP in league history. One thing is for sure. Chicago plans to do very well this year if he does.
Kevin Durant contract status in Oklahoma City
Watching James take his future into his own hands was something Kevin Durant applauded and is something he himself is getting ready to consider. The reigning MVP is set to become a free agent in 2015, which means this season may be his last as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. After years of playoff disappointment with the team, it’s clear Durant is beginning to feel the pressure to win a championship and if he can’t do in OKC, then he may follow LeBrons’ example and go elsewhere. Places such as his hometown Washington Wizards are already becoming rumored landing spots.
Kevin Love fate in Minnesota
Most of the major NBA chess pieces have already moved across the board for 2014-2015. The only one that has yet to leave its spot is All-Star forward Kevin Love. Most know he has no intentions of returning to the Minnesota Timberwolves next season, which means the team has until February to work out a trade with another team. Several suitors have stepped up from Cleveland to Chicago and Golden State. Once Love finally does move across the board, it figures to shift the balance of power considerably.