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NBA Free Agents Looking for Work

Posted By Warren Shaw On Sep 24 2012 @ 8:54 am In NBA | No Comments

The NBA off season has been a roller coaster of free agent signings, unexpected amnesties, and sometimes meaningless workouts.

Now the season’s start is within eyesight as Summer turns to Fall, yet a few players are still without a place to display their talents.

Some of these NBA “unemployed” are victims of their own greed, over valuing their current abilities. Some are paying for mistakes both on and off the court as a result of poor judgement or immaturity.

The rest…well the rest are just wily vets looking for a few more seasons in the NBA’s sunshine. Probably looking to gather more stories to tell their loved ones in the coming years of retirement as the game passes them by.

Whatever the reason, they are all in the same boat and looking to reach the shore of a team by October’s training camp closure.

In no particular order here are some of the best and biggest names still available.

 

Player

Analysis

Potential Fits

Mickael Pietrus

Three-point shooting happy forward who can defend.

Bucks, Hawks

Leandro Barbosa

Can back up both guard spots, still quick but erratic.

Lakers, Celtics, T-Wolves, Rockets

Josh Howard

Has matured but can’t stay healthy.  Still a jack of all trades master of none.

Spurs, Bulls, Jazz

Tracy McGrady

Plays a smarter floor game and creates for others well. If he were a better locker room guy he would have more of a market.

Spurs, Knicks, Suns, Lakers

Anthony Tolliver

Offensively skilled at both forward spots with nice touch from 3.

Wizards, Pacers, Hawks, Bobcats

Chris Anderson

Provides energy off the bench but off the court issues have teams pleading the 5th when his agent calls.

Heat, Hornets, Hawks, Bobcats

Kenyon Martin

Rugged defensive player without much lift left.

Mavs, Hawks

Derek Fisher

More of a locker room leader now than anything else but can still hit open 3’s

Spurs, Celtics, Heat, Rockets

Michael Redd

Had some nice moments last year and can help a contender looking for a specialist.

76ers, Nuggets, Warriors

Ben Wallace

Probably should retire but the fire still burns and he is providing a voice in the otherwise young Pistons locker room

Pistons

Mehmet Okur

As injury prone as they come. Could be effective  with spot minutes as a back up and still is an above average shooter for a center.

T-Wolves, Suns, Pacers

Jamario Moon

Athletic wing player who can still fill the lane on the break. His defense is not as tenacious as it once was unfortunately.

Hawks, Bucks

Jason Kapono

Has been irrelevant for 3 seasons and will need to do a Steve Novak imitation in any situation he lands.

Spurs,76ers, Pacers, Grizzlies

Jonny Flynn

Hasn’t found his niche in the league yet and is running out of chances. An overseas gig might be in his immediate future.

Pistons, Celtics

Hassan Whiteside

Never developed in Sacramento because they kept drafting similar players. Has to prove he can do more than block shots if given a shot elsewhere.

Heat, Magic, Bulls, Hornets

Jordan Williams

Is he a talent or a project? He hasn’t had enough opportunity to show which. Still you can’t teach his height and size.

Suns, Raptors, Magic, Jazz

Louis Amundson

Could help a team in need of spot minutes or mop up duty for starting bigs. Has a knack for offensive rebounding and is a good help defender.

Suns, Hornets

Gilbert Arenas

His head finally seems to be right but his body just hasn’t responded. Would have to become a specialist from 3 and he has never been that accurate a shooter.

Bucks, Blazers, Raptors, Cavs, Rockets

Troy Murphy

Injuries have sapped his desire to rebound consistently and he has lost confidence in his jumper. Probably would be best suited in situation with little pressure on him to perform.

Spurs, Mavs, Suns, Cavs

Eddy Curry

Another case of height, size, and non-motivation.

Mavs, Suns, Nets, 76ers

Yi Jianlian

Word is he is going back to China but would welcome an NBA role. Could help a team in need of scoring but offers little else.

Bobcats, Cavs, Blazers

Mike Bibby

Anybody need a 3rd string point guard? Here is your man.

Rockets, Celtics, Nets

Nothing is promised to any of the above mentioned but most should find work before the season is through. That said, the NBA has a funny way of moving on without people…no matter what they did or think they still can do.

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