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NBA PM: The Remaining Free Agents
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The Remaining Free Agents
The calendar is about to turn to September, which means the NBA’s free agency period has been underway for nearly two months.
Veterans like Richard Hamilton, Jamaal Tinsley, Stephen Jackson, Ivan Johnson, Jason Collins, DeShawn Stevenson, Sebastian Telfair, A.J. Price, Linas Kleiza and Mike James are among the free agents who remain unsigned, despite the fact that they were rotation players last season.
Players like Ronnie Brewer and Al Harrington have inked contracts in the last few weeks, but, for the most part, things have been pretty quiet on the free agency front.
At this point, only the Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks have significant cap room. Philadelphia has between $14.2 million and $15.4 million to spend while Milwaukee has $7.4 million in space.
While every team can still sign players to minimum contracts, the number of open roster spots around the league is dwindling. Many of the remaining free agents will have to settle for a non-guaranteed deal and hope that they can earn a roster spot with their play. Others will have no choice but to sign overseas (possibly with an NBA opt-out clause).
Here is a position-by-position look at the remaining free agents:
POINT GUARDS: Sebastian Telfair, Rodrigue Beaubois, Delonte West, A.J. Price, Keyon Dooling, Jamaal Tinsley, Mike James, Bobby Brown, Chris Duhon, Daniel Gibson, Gilbert Arenas, Royal Ivey, Nolan Smith, Darius Morris, Chris Quinn, Kris Joseph, Scott Machado, Ben Hansbrough, Diante Garrett, Charles Jenkins
SHOOTING GUARDS: Richard Hamilton, DeShawn Stevenson, Dahntay Jones, Marquis Daniels, Leandro Barbosa, Lester Hudson, Elliot Williams, Dominique Jones, Daequan Cook, Terrence Williams, Xavier Henry, Roger Mason, Sasha Vujacic, Jerry Stackhouse, Michael Redd, Chris Douglas-Roberts, DeQuan Jones, Cartier Martin, Kevin Murphy
SMALL FORWARDS: Stephen Jackson, Corey Maggette, Linas Kleiza, Josh Howard, Mickael Pietrus, James Johnson, Sam Young, Josh Childress, Luke Walton, Mickael Gelabale, Damien Wilkins, Luke Babbitt, Devin Ebanks, Sasha Pavlovic, Vladimir Radmanovic, James White
POWER FORWARDS: Lamar Odom, Tyrus Thomas, Ivan Johnson, Drew Gooden, Shavlik Randolph, Hakim Warrick, Louis Amundson, Chris Wilcox, Yi Jianlian, Troy Murphy, D.J. White, Kurt Thomas, Malcolm Thomas, Jared Jeffries, Ike Diogu, Kevin Jones, Juwan Howard, DaJuan Summers
CENTERS: Jason Collins, Joel Przybilla, Johan Petro, DeSagana Diop, Cole Aldrich, Earl Barron, Hamed Haddadi, Henry Sims, Eddy Curry, Hilton Armstrong, Kyrylo Fesenko, Darko Milicic, Dwayne Jones
Which free agent do you want on your favorite team? Leave a comment below.
McGrady Retires After 16-Year NBA Career
One week after Allen Iverson officially retired from the NBA, Tracy McGrady has also decided to walk away from the game.
“It’s been 16 years playing the game I love,” McGrady said on ESPN’s First Take. “I’ve had a great run but it’s time for it to come to an end.”
During his prime, McGrady was one of the NBA’s best players and electrifying scorers. In the 2002-03 season, McGrady became just the second player in NBA history to average over 32 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists over a full season, joining Michael Jordan (who reached those averages three times during his career).
Over the last 20 years, McGrady was one of only five players to have tallied 18,000 points, 5,200 rebounds and 4,100 assists along with Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce and LeBron James.
On Monday afternoon, McGrady tweeted: “Thank all of you who have supported me over 16 NBA seasons, 7 All-Stars, and countless exciting moments. Retiring from NBA. Stay tuned.”
While McGrady’s NBA career will come to an end, he left open the possibility of another stint overseas, saying that “door’s still open.” Prior to joining the San Antonio Spurs last year, McGrady spent the first half of the 2012-13 season playing with the Qingdao Eagles in China. He had nothing but positive things to say about the experience and he seems open to signing with a Chinese Basketball Association team again.
“My experience in China was great,” McGrady told HOOPSWORLD in June. “I had a lot of fun over there. Chinese fans are unbelievable and they made me feel like a rock star. Every arena I showed up to was [sold out], and thousands of people were waiting just for my bus to pull up. The airport was just flooded with people. … I was overwhelmed in every city that I went to.”
In five years, McGrady will be eligible for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He believes he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame based on the individual success he experienced over the course of his career.
“Just look at the numbers,” McGrady said of his Hall of Fame candidacy. “Look at my numbers for 11 seasons before I had my knee injury and then look at some of the guys in the Hall of Fame. Look at their numbers.”
“[I want to be remembered] just as a hell of a player, man,” McGrady added. “A prolific scorer. A guy that could score in a variety of ways. I don’t know. I mean, when I was in my prime, I put everything on the table. I tried to better myself in the playoffs. I tried to do more in the playoffs than I did in the regular season, if you look at the numbers. The numbers don’t lie. I gave it my all.”
Odom’s Agent Says Client Isn’t Missing
Lamar Odom isn’t missing and he plans on playing in the NBA during the 2013-14 season. At least, that’s the latest coming from Odom’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, amid reports that the veteran forward had “vanished” for the last 72 hours.
Over the weekend, TMZ and other outlets reported that Odom had gone missing and that his family and friends were concerned about him after he had a falling out with his wife Khloe Kardashian. Reports also linked Odom to hardcore drugs, which would certainly put his NBA future in jeopardy.
However, Schwartz shot down those reports on Monday afternoon in an interview with ESPN.com.
“Lamar is not missing,” Schwartz told ESPN’s Marc Stein. “His wife knows exactly where he is.”
“Playing in the NBA is still very much a part of Lamar’s plans,” Schwartz added.
The Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers – two of Odom’s former teams – have pursued the unrestricted free agent this offseason. At one point, the Clippers told fellow free agent Antawn Jamison that they were waiting to hear from Odom before they made him an offer. However, now that Jamison and the Clippers are reportedly nearing a deal, it sounds like L.A. has moved on from Odom.
If Odom does sign with a team, it will almost certainly be for the veteran’s minimum, although he may not be worth the baggage and distractions at this point in his career.
Last season, Odom played 82 games with the Clippers, averaging 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in 19.7 minutes. With that said, the 33-year-old is a two-time NBA champion and just two years removed from winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award.
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