NBA Rumors: What Reporters Are Saying About Top Available Players

Luis BatlleContributor IJuly 30, 2012

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The 2012 NBA Free Agency frenzy is far from over.

Steve Nash, Ray Allen and Roy Hibbert may have occupied the media frenzy throughout the free agency period, but there are still a few other unclaimed talents still out on the market.

Carl Landry is one of the top available players left and is sure to grab the spotlight in the coming weeks. The former New Orleans Hornets power forward was arguably the team's most productive player and can impact any team immediately with his rebounding and scoring prowess.

It is these free agents, like Landry, that may take time to be noticed but can have as great an impact as any offseason pickup.

This is what reporters are saying about Landry and several of the more promising 2012 free agents remaining on the market.


Andray Blatche

He was still under contract by the Washington Wizards heading into the offseason, which is what made the release of Andray Blatche a particularly surprising one.

According to Washington Times reporter Carla Peay, the Wizards used the amnesty provision to get rid of Blatche, and he will now be a free agent. The seven-year Wizard was ineffective as a member of the team and had failed to find his game since entering the league.

Peay mentions that Blatche was both "unpopular and underperforming," and the move puts what was a "knucklehead era for the Wizards" to rest. 

Blatche averaged just 8.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season. These marks dropped dramatically from the 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest the 25-year-old posted two seasons ago.

Per a recent tweet from ESPN New York and writer Jared Zwerling, Blatche's manager said there are teams looking in Blatche's direction but would not disclose which.

Spoke with Andray Blatche's manager today. Wouldn't comment on teams interested. Said a few. He's working in Houston at John Lucas' camp.

— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) July 25, 2012


Based on Peay's remarks and Blatche's disappointing tenure in Washington, it will be interesting to see which teams roll the dice on this inconsistent, yet certainly talented player.

There is denying that this player can produce when given the minutes, and it will be interesting to see which team lands the 25-year-old. Make no mistake about it, this young big can still be a major contributor in the league.


Carl Landry

Former New Orleans Hornets PF Carl Landry is anything but a player to be taken lightly. That is precisely why there is interest in the talented scorer.

Per a tweet from the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell, the Charlotte Bobcats continue to have an interst in the top-notch power forward this offseason.

#Bobcats still exploring ways to get Carl Landry. Some chance they could end up as a 4th team in that NO-Phoenix-Minnesota trade talk.

— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) July 26, 2012

Contra Costa Times reporter Marcus Thompson II said the Warriors had spoken with Landry this offseason. Thompson II also adds that it seems Landry is "waiting it out to see if his best offer has yet to come."

Landry would make a fine addition to either the Bobcats or Warriors. He is arguably as underrated a player as any among those who are still unsigned. This is a talent who averaged 12.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in spite of playing a measly 24.4 minutes per contest.

His efficiency on the floor makes him a key asset to any rotation. The Warriors and Bobcats, two of the worst rebounding teams in the league, could undoubtedly use Landry's production next season.


Jodie Meeks

After starting 50 of 66 games for the Philadelphia 76ers last season and making the most of his minutes on the floor, there was sure to be interest in the 6'4'' guard.

Hoopsworld reporter Alex Kennedy sent out a tweet that the Los Angeles Lakers reportedly have shown an interest in the former Kentucky talent.   

The Los Angeles Lakers continue to express interest in Jodie Meeks, according to source. No deal is imminent, but the two sides are talking.

— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 27, 2012

This move would undoubtedly assist a Lakers team that needs depth off the bench next season. Adding Steve Nash to the backcourt is a major addition.

Yet with the exception of Nash and Kobe Bryant, the guard play to follow is essentially non-existent.

Meeks averaged 8.4 points per game last season in just under 25 minutes per contest. He is a particularly tough, accurate shooter who would give L.A. a positive asset off the bench. Time and time again Bryant integrates his drive-and-kick game, and Meeks is the type of player who will benefit from it immensely. 


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