Although most of the NBA landscape-altering and power-shifting free-agent signings have already been made this July, there are a number of available players still looking for teams who are worthy of being talked about.
Teams in search of quality big men and veterans to bring off the bench are certainly in luck, as they still have plenty of options to choose from and time to add crucial weaponry before preparation begins for next season.
Without further ado, let's get to the latest buzz surrounding the top available free agents this summer.
According to HoopsWorld.com's Bill Ingram via Twitter, the Milwaukee Bucks have interest in big man Jermaine O'Neal:
Milwaukee Bucks brass at Impact Basketball taking a long look at Jermaine O'Neal working out....— Bill Ingram (@TheRocketGuy) July 19, 2012
O'Neal averaged five points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season for the Boston Celtics. The Los Angeles Lakers also worked out O'Neal earlier this week, according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears on Twitter:
Lakers to work out free agent forward Jermaine O'Neal in Las Vegas on Tuesday, source tells Y! O'Neal has recovered from knee surgery in Feb— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 17, 2012
O'Neal will turn 34 in October, but if healthy he is more than capable of providing solid front court minutes off the bench for a team looking to contend.
The veteran role player is out of the running to join the New York Knicks, according to a tweet by ESPN New York's Jared Zwerling:
Count Mickael Pietrus out for #Knicks. He has a "huge" offer overseas but wants to play for an NBA playoff team for more than vet's minimum.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) July 19, 2012
Pietrus' reported offer overseas sounds more like a worst-case scenario than a desired move away from the NBA. One would expect him to potentially lower his contract expectations if no teams show interest soon.
Pietrus averaged 6.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game last season off the bench for the Boston Celtics, and played in all 20 of Boston's playoff games.
Where will Mickael Pietrus end up?
The last we heard, the LA Times reported that the Los Angeles Clippers were talking to veteran big man Darko Milicic, but they have since signed free agent Ryan Hollins, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com.
The former No. 2 overall pick in 2003 averaged 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and can still provide size for a team in need of it.
The seven-footer was projected to flourish prior to the 2003 NBA draft, but has failed to live up to expectations, playing for five different teams in a span of nine seasons.
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