NBA Free Agents 2012: Players No Team Should Waste Their Time On

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IJuly 22, 2012

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NBA teams are scouring the remaining players on the free-agent market, hoping to find that certain player who will shore up whatever problems they might have left on their respective squads.

But heed this warning: There are several players left on the market that teams need not take a chance on, no matter how cheap they might be.

Here they are.


Eddy Curry

Curry has become infamous for being the lazy guy on his team. With a load of talent and zero motivation to make it happen, Curry remains a player who will only contribute the heat from his rear-end to a team's bench.

During the 2006-07 season, Curry played in 81 games and averaged 19.5 points and seven rebounds per game. After being snubbed for the All-Star team that season, Curry's career has gone downhill and he's been a bench-dweller ever since.

You can take a chance on him because of his talent, but at age 29, it isn't likely Curry will change his ways, get in shape and return to the form he showed not too long ago.


Josh Howard

Remember that guy who used to be on the Dallas Mavericks and was a major impact player for his team? Those days could be gone as Howard has had a run of bad luck in recent years.

Howard has been plagued by injuries ever since he left Dallas and it has sidetracked his once promising career. Knee injuries have been the name of the injury game for the forward and there's nothing worse than chronic knee problems for a basketball player.

Off-the-court issues have also been a problem during Howard's career and it just isn't known if he can both stay healthy and keep out of trouble at the same time. That makes him risky, no matter how cheap he might be.


Mike Bibby

Bibby has always been a likeable guy. But at this point in the 34-year-old's career, he doesn't have much talent left. His days as a stellar point guard for the Sacramento Kings are long gone.

Now, Bibby is reduced to a much slower version of his old self that can't penetrate the paint even on his best day. That greatly restricts Bibby's ability to score easy baskets and set his teammates up for easy points.

When an aging player loses a step, at the very least his ability to shoot the basketball can prolong his career. However, Bibby isn't even a good shooter anymore as evidenced by the career-low shooting percentages he had last season.

So just exactly how can he help a team running the point?