NBA Rumors: Predicting Where Available Veteran Big Men Will Sign

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2012

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Valuable players can still be found on the NBA's free-agent market. They may not be household names, but role players are integral pieces of a championship team.

Those are the guys you can find at this point in free agency. Veteran big men are their own specific variety. Adding quality depth in the post is always a good idea if you plan on making a postseason run.

At this point, there are still a few quality big men left on the market. Let's predict where they will play their basketball next season.


Chris Kaman

News on Kaman's front has been relatively quiet for a player of his talent. He's not a dynamic presence, but Kaman's steady size is a consistent double-double threat.

The NBA is not a center's league right now, and Kaman fills a very common need for NBA teams. On July 2, reported that Kaman was going to meet with the Indiana Pacers and that the Suns were also showing interest.

I don't necessarily think he fits either one of these teams, but he wouldn''t hurt either.

The Pacers matched Roy Hibbert's offer, and you have to think that takes away their interest in Kaman.

ESPN's Ric Bucher then reported on July 5 that several other teams were interested:

Source: teams still w/ a shot at Mayo (Mavs, Rockets, Pacers, Clippers, Knicks and Suns) + Kaman (Mavs, Pacers, Spurs, Kings and Jazz)

— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) July 5, 2012

The Mavericks and Spurs seem like strong possibilities. Even with Tim Duncan's reported extension on Tuesday, the Spurs are always looking to add key pieces.

The Pacers are still involved but don't make as much sense. Utah doesn't have a need either, with their elite young frontcourt as the team's main strength.

I could easily see Kaman with a veteran group in San Antonio or Dallas.


Antawn Jamison

I didn't say post players. I just said "big" men. Jamison's height lands him in that category.

He's in the twilight of his career, and it appears he has two choice destinations for his final years. According to the Charlotte Observer's David Scott, Jamison is deciding between Charlotte and Golden State.

Each side presents a unique, but different, argument surrounding Jamison's roots.

His Tar Heel ties make sense in Charlotte, especially with Michael Jordan at the helm of the franchise, but Golden State changed that in the draft. They took North Carolina product Harrison Barnes in the first round.

Jamison also started his career in Golden State, and, according to Scott, Warriors General Manager Bob Myers is a close friend of Jamison and his former agent.

Those kind of relationships are hard to pass on. Golden State will be an interesting team entering next season, and he could provide an interesting boost while mentoring Barnes.

It won't happen, though. Jamison's tone throughout Scott's report leans heavily toward Charlotte. It just seems like a matter of time.


Elton Brand

The Sixers used their amnesty clause to rid themselves of Elton Brand. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Mavericks are one team of interest:

Mavericks, sources say, are one under-the-cap team to already express interest in claiming Elton Brand through amnesty waiver process

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 6, 2012

A report by the Sporting News mentions the Heat as a major contender for Brand—and Brooklyn if he clears waivers. The Rockets, Bucks and Hornets would also have the money, according to the report.

Brand makes perfect sense with Miami, and I won't be surprised if that's where he winds up. Miami is on a roll, and they're in the market for veteran help.

Brand wold provide an interior presence off the bench. Miami didn't have that last year. He would be a great addition to a team looking to repeat as NBA champions.

I think other teams will stay in the conversation, but Miami's there until the end.