NBA Rumors: Latest Free Agency Buzz Around the League
While most of the summer's blockbuster trades and signings are done, there are still quite a few players with NBA experience that have been left on the market and teams are doing their best to find bargains to round out their roster and add depth.
With most of the big names gone, here are the names and teams that have been floating around the NBA rumor mill along with some analysis on how each might fit in with a new team.
Carlos Delfino to the Rockets?
Carlos Delfino has been putting on a show in the Olympics, and is coming off of a solid season as a starter in Milwaukee. However, there hasn't been a huge market for the Argentinian who is currently a free agent.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Houston Rockets are looking into signing the swingman.
Houston, I'm told, actively chasing Delfino, who's at 15+ ppg on 49% shooting at OLY. Celts want him but can't afford him, Doc Rivers says— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 9, 2012
Analysis: The Rockets are extremely young and are short on proven commodities. Obviously the Rockets are in rebuilding mode, but Delfino would give the team a veteran who has been in the league for years.
At 29-years-old, Delfino would be the oldest player on the team and offers some stability and consistency. Signing Delfino would definitely be a good move for them.
Josh Howard Garnering Plenty of Interest
Veteran Small Forward Josh Howard should have no problems finding a team to play for in the 2012-13 season. According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, there are a group of teams that Howard is considering.
Howard may ultimately return to Utah, but he’s also receiving interest from the Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets among other teams. While injuries have limited Howard in recent years, he can still play and help a team. There’s no timetable for Howard to sign, but it sounds like he’s nearing a decision.
Analysis: At 32 years old, Howard is still a solid contributor that would make a great addition to most teams. He was an effective player for the Jazz last season, putting up 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
Of all the teams mentioned, the Indiana Pacers would make the most sense. The Pacers would offer him a great chance to contribute off the bench and contend deep into the playoffs. With the emergence of Roy Hibbert last season, the Pacers rode their depth and toughness to the second round and Howard seems to fit the mold of a Pacer.
Wizards Looking at Josh Childress
Josh Childress was amnestied by the Phoenix Suns and has yet to find a team after clearing waivers. Fortunately for Childress, it sounds like he will eventually catch on with a team as according to Michael Lee of The Washington Post, the Wizards have been connected to the former sixth-overall draft selection. Lee says:
After using the amnesty provision to cut Andray Blatche and signing Price, the Wizards have reached out to several players, including the recently amnestied swingman Josh Childress, forward Anthony Tolliver and shooting guard Jodie Meeks. But there is no urgency to sign someone because they believe that they already have decent depth at every position and might have to wait to find a player willing to accept their minimum salary offer.
Analysis: With Meeks now off the market and Tolliver unlikely to accept a minimum salary offer, it would appear that Childress is likely one of the players that will fill out the Wizards roster.
However, don't expect much from the swingman. He was pretty much an afterthought in Phoenix and averaged only 14 minutes per game. The Wizards have an exciting young core and it's hard to envision them granting Childress very many minutes with that many young players to develop.
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