NBA Rumors: Predicting the Top Remaining Free Agents' Landing Spots
The NBA free-agent market is starting to get awfully thin, but there are still a few players out there who could be picked up at a bargain price and be the final piece of a team's bench.
Most of the players that fit the role of an end of the bench player have packed their bags and gone overseas for more lucrative deals. However, there are still a few free agents left looking for jobs in the NBA that have potential to make an impact.
Their jerseys will not fly off the shelves after they sign, but a solid bench could be there difference between a championship contender and a championship pretender.
Here are the top remaining free agents and predictions on where they will land.
With the Los Angeles Clippers last year, Martin did not start a single game, but he was still a solid contributor in Lob City.
Martin averaged 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds, as well as a steal and an assist last year.
However, he did shoot a horrid 37 percent from the field.
Martin would be a reliable big man at the end of a teams bench. He has attracted interest this offseason, but no team has been willing to sign the former first overall pick to a deal yet.
The Knicks, Lakers and Nets are all in the mix to land Martin.
The Nets make the most sense out of the three teams. Mikhail Prokhorov has proven he is willing to spend to make the Nets perennial contenders. Martin would fit the bill as a solid vet off the bench for the Nets.
K-Mart is not worth much more than the veteran's minimum, but he does not believe that. Out of the three teams who have interest, the Nets would be the only team willing to overpay the 34-year-old.
2012-13 team: Brooklyn Nets
Amundson provides pure energy off the bench, an intangible quality not many guys who play his role in the NBA have.
While Amundson has been a fan favorite at all of his stops in the NBA, he is not a huge producer. The sixth-year center has never averaged more than five rebounds or points in a season. However, he has never averaged more than 15 minutes of playing time per game either.
According to a tweet from Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida, Charlotte is the frontrunner for Amundson:
A source close to free-agent forward Lou Amundson said Charlotte is looking at Amundson, and that it’s unlikely he would go to Greece. Panathinaikos has been mentioned as a possibility but the Amundson camp is wary about how Josh Childress‘ game fell off after he went to play in Greece and returned to the NBA. The source said the New York Knicks are also looking at Amundson. However, the Knicks only can offer the minimum and Amundson is looking for a deal in the area of $3 million a season.
It is unlikely Amundson will land a deal worth $3 million per year, but if he was to land that kind of contract, it would be with the Bobcats. They have the cap room. The Bobcats already have some decent size on their roster, but they do not have anyone who is significantly better than Amundson.
2012-13 team: Charlotte Bobcats
Redd is not the 20-point a night guy he was during his days in Milwaukee, but he is still a solid veteran who will be able to contribute on the court and in the locker room.
He was once one of the NBA's deadliest sharpshooters, but that production has drop off in recent years. Redd only hit 40 percent of his shots and 31.8 percent from three last season with the Phoenix Suns.
Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio is reporting that Redd is drawing interest from teams:
Apparently no interest from Cavs on Ohio guy Michael Redd, but teams mentioned as possible suitors include the… Wizards, Nuggets, Grizzlies, Bulls, and yes, Thunder, who still have a spot available in the backcourt after Derek Fisher‘s departure.
Redd would be a great fit for the Thunder off the bench. If he can regain the stroke he once shot with earlier in his career, he would provide a nice scoring punch. Also, he could play an essential role in the locker room for a young Thunder squad.
I would not be surprised to see him land with any of the other teams listed, especially the Bulls, but Oklahoma City makes the most sense for 12-year NBA veteran.
2012-13 team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Only a year ago Blatche was putting up 16.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 0.8 blocks per game with the Wizards, but the 26-year-old now finds himself unemployed after a rough 2011-12 campaign.
Blatche was amnestied by the Wizards this offseason and will be earning over $7.7 million a year over the next three seasons.
This leaves the door open for where the former second-round pick can sign because he will be willing to take less money.
Blatche took a lot of heat in Washington for his effort on the court, and was very out of shape. Since he was cut in the offseason, Blatche has been working out in Houston with former NBA coach John Lucas.
Is any team willing to give Blatche a shot?
He has proven to be a talent over his NBA career, but he may need some time to mature in the D League before he sports an NBA jersey again.
According to the Washington Post, Blatche would be open to playing in the D League:
My dream destination right now would be back on the court. For real. Just to get back on the court,” Blatche told the newspaper. “It’s something I love to do. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Heat or the Spurs or the D League. Whatever. As long as I’m back on the court playing ball.
ESPN's Mark Stein tweeted a report earlier this month saying that the Spurs and Heat were indeed interested in Blatche:
Free-agent rumble that just dribbled across the pond: Heat & Spurs among teams to express exploratory interest in free agent Andray Blatche— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 4, 2012
While the Heat would welcome Blatche's talents for a discoutned price, the Spurs would be a better fit. Gregg Popovich is a no nonsense head coach, and Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili would provide the once disgruntled center with invaluable knowledge on how to be a pro in the NBA.
2012-13 team: San Antonio Spurs
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