NBA Free Agency Rumors: Perfect Matches for Veterans Looking for Spots

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 09:  Courtney Lee #5 of the Houston Rockets celebrates during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on February 9, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Rockets defeated the Suns 96-89. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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While some free agents have already found homes, there are still a number of veterans hoping to make the right decision about their future.

One intriguing prospect for teams is four-year veteran Courtney Lee. The shooting guard averaged over 11 points per game last season for the second time in his career and is a deadly shooter from deep.

According to WEEI Boston, Lee has over eight teams vying for his services. He explained, "once [the Houston Rockets] pulled my qualifying offer and made me unrestricted the phone kept ringing."

Among those teams, the Boston Celtics might be trying the hardest to sign the guard. The veteran team is looking to get younger and add depth, and Lee does both of those things. His shooting ability also helps replace the departed Ray Allen.

Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald believes that Lee can become a Celtic via a sign-and-trade, since the maximum the team can offer him is a $1.7 million biannual exception. If this is the case, it would be worth it for both sides.

An older veteran looking for a place to finish out his career is Antawn Jamison. The power forward has been a consistent offensive force throughout his time in the NBA, averaging 19.5 points per game throughout. Unfortunately, now he must accept a smaller role to continue his career.

Jamison recently discussed possibly playing for the Charlotte Bobcats or Golden State Warriors, according to the Charlotte Observer. His hometown is Charlotte, and he could help guide young players as they attempt to rebuild. 

While it would be nice for Jamison to be on a contender, something he was rarely a part of during his 14-year career, it is unknown whether he would be an effective role player coming off the bench for a good team. He might simply be more at home starring for a bad team.

The Bobcats need talent wherever they can get it, and Jamison might be what they need to bridge the gap.

Rashard Lewis is another former Washington Wizard looking for a job. Unlike Jamison, Lewis has not been able to keep consistent production late into his career. Fortunately, teams are still interested in the veteran wing. 

Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reports that the Miami Heat have met with the veteran and talks went "very well."

The Heat have more than enough scoring between the "Big Three" of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, but Lewis can add even more as an additional outside shooter alongside Ray Allen. It would be a defensive nightmare trying to completely defend that team, as someone will always be open.

Lewis will never be a featured player on an NBA team again, so accepting a small role on the defending champions will be the ideal scenario for the former star.