NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding 5 Remaining Free Agents

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistJuly 20, 2012

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The dust has all but settled on the NBA Free Agency period with teams' rosters focusing into concrete shape for the 2012-13 season.

But with the country's eyes averted by the on-going Dwight Howard saga and the Vegas Summer League, a few unsigned free agents have slipped through the cracks of the national consciousness.

A few impact players are still left on the market, searching for a new city to call home. While none of them can impact a game like Dwight Howard, should the right team sign them, they could contribute to a deep playoff run.

Here's an update on five on the best players still left unsigned:


PF Carl Landry

A number of teams have expressed interest in the bruising power forward, whose fate in New Orleans was sealed after the Hornets brought in Ryan Anderson and re-signed Eric Gordon.

The Bucks, Warriors and T'Wolves all have the means to acquire him, and also have purported interest in him.

Golden State, in particular, could use him as insurance behind David Lee and the injury-plagued Andrew Bogut; they have little depth in the frontcourt, and Draymond Green has looked shoddy playing power forward in the Summer League.

They are probably the leaders to acquire his services.


PG/SG Randy Foye

Randy Foye has been purged from the Clippers, who have no need for him in a backcourt that includes Chris Paul, Eric Bledsoe, Chauncey Billups and Jamal Crawford.

On July 8,'s Ken Berger tweeted that the Mavs, Rockets, Knicks, Hawks, Suns and Bucks all have varying degrees of interest in the explosive shooting guard.

Since that tweet, the Knicks re-signed J.R. Smith, and brought in Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton. The Mavericks went out and signed in O.J. Mayo, too, ostensibly taking another suitor off the board.

The Rockets would seem to be an attractive fit following the Courtney Lee to Boston deal. Foye can play both guard spots, allowing him to run alongside both Jeremy Lin and Kevin Martin.


C Robin Lopez

Never as talented or sought-after as his brother Brook, Robin has actually carved out a decent niche for himself in the NBA, establishing himself as a scrappy seven-footer with plus defensive skills.

Phoenix has made their desire to keep the scraggly-haired big man well known, even pandering to his well-documented superhero fetish with this video plea to stay in Arizona.

Despite the Suns' puckish desire to keep him, Lopez has also flirted with the Blazers this summer. Portland has been scrambling for size in the wake of Roy Hibbert's return to Indiana, and Lopez would give them an established shot blocker to play off of LaMarcus Aldridge.

It's unclear who has the upper-hand right now, but it would surprising to see Lopez end up anywhere but Phoenix and Portland.


SG Carlos Delfino

The market has dried up on the sharp-shooting Argentinian, but it's hard to tell why.

The Celtics and Pacers were both purported suitors of Delfino this summer, but both teams recently acquired shooting guards in his place (Courtney Lee and Gerald Green, respectively.)

Delfino isn't much of an athlete, but he's a plus shooter and defender with no ego and a not-so-coincidental penchant for playing on winning teams.

Someone will come scoop him up shortly, we're just not sure who yet.


SG Delonte West

Despite the Mavericks recent guard acquisitions, Don Nelson has still pledged his desire to retain the services of journeyman Delonte West. That being said, Nelson is a pragmatist who acknowledges West's other options, so he was not inclined to make any bold declarations about the guard's return to Dallas.

Elsewhere, Delonte has drawn reported interest from the Chicago Bulls, who are still in the market for a backup combo guard. West and Foye are the two most versatile names mentioned by CSN's report, ostensibly making them the two best fits.