Some of the NBA's top players are overseas competing for their respective countries in the London Olympics, but that doesn't mean the rumor mill has stopped stateside.
There are still some interesting free agents on the market and stories floating around. Let's go around the Association and take a look at what's been happening.
Andray Blatche Fielding Little Interest
Michael Lee of the Washington Post recently reported that the former Washington Wizard has yet to field interest from other NBA teams after being amnestied. Blatche's own agent, Andy Miller told the Post reporter that no teams have really contacted him regarding his client as of yet.
Blatche's NBA stock seems to be at an all-time low after playing in just 26 games and only starting in 13. That's his lowest number of games played since his rookie season in 2005. Part of the reasoning he missed games in 2012 was not due to injury, but lack of conditioning.
When a player is publicly sat down by their former team for not being in shape, it shouldn't be any surprise that they can't find work.
Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York did hear from a source close to Blatche that several teams have contacted the veteran. That being said, If Blatche's own agent is publicly saying that nobody is calling, things can't be as good as Zwerling's source claims.
Pablo Prigioni Unable to Start for Argentina Due to Kidney Stones
This isn't entirely NBA relevant other than Prigioni is a member of the New York Knicks, but this has got to be one of the oddest ailments to sideline a player during the London Games. Prigoni is a member of the Argentina basketball team, but couldn't take the court against Tunisia due to kidney stones.
Good news did come for both Argentina and Knicks fans when team physician Dr. Diego Grippo told Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:
He won't have to go through surgery as the stones will probably pass naturally. If that happens, he can play again [in the Olympic tournament].
The biggest reason this one makes the news rundown is it brings back fond television memories of watching Cosmo Kramer try to rid himself of the dreaded kidney stones in one fine episode of Seinfeld.
Chris Anderson Will Play for Any Salary Amount
The man simply known as the NBA's "Birdman" is also looking for work these days and he doesn't care what you pay him.
Zwerling reported in the same aforementioned article that a source close to the player explained Birdman would be willing to sign for the veteran minimum salary.
The longtime Denver Nuggets player saw his minutes-per-game average reach a career high for his former team back in 2009, but hasn't been within five minutes of that average since then.
Birdman is by no means a lock to find himself a team before the NBA season opens up, but it bodes well for the veteran that he is willing to take the minimum if necessary.
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