NBA Rumors: Breaking Down the Latest Free-Agent Chatter
The NBA offseason is nearly over, as training camp creeps toward us. However, there are still some free agents out there looking for a team, meaning there is still some chatter for us to break down.
Andray Blatche is one of the biggest names out there right now, which should tell you exactly how far down on the free-agent totem pole we have gone. He is a bit of an enigma, which is why everyone has been so fascinated with where he will end up.
Sean Williams and Mickael Pietrus are a few of the other decently big names out there, as each is searching for a team where he can help a contender as a bench player.
The names are not as big as they were, and football is beginning to drown out NBA talk. Still, we press on and continue to talk about NBA free agency, even as our time dwindles.
Andray Blatche Could Become a Net
Andray Blatche continues his search for a team that can help him redeem himself and his NBA career. Although he has expressed the fact that he would be willing to go to the D-League to do that, he may not have to after all.
According to Howard Beck of The New York Times, the Brooklyn Nets are interested in obtaining the 26-year-old Blatche. Apparently, Nets coach Avery Johnson has met with Blatche about potentially joining the roster.
This would be a good move for the young, athletic forward, whose rumored immaturity could be offset by the veteran leadership of the team. The Wizards let Blatche go after a lackluster performance during the 2011-12 season. The season before, he showed some of his true potential, averaging 16 points and eight rebounds per game.
The Knicks Want Sean Williams
Sean Williams has not done much during his four-year career, but that does not mean that the New York Knicks are not interested.
According to Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York, the Knicks have their sights set on signing the young big man to bolster their frontcourt. Williams has averaged 4.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game since the New Jersey Nets drafted him 17th overall in 2007.
It makes sense why the Knicks want Williams. He is a young player who is cheaper than most of the other frontcourt free-agent options still out there. Doc Rivers believes Williams has a bright future ahead of him, according to Zwerling, which should make us all take notice of him.
The Nets to Work out Eddy Curry
Eddy Curry has had an extremely lackluster career recently in the NBA. However, size is something that counts in this league, and Curry has it.
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:
Nets working out FA Cs Eddy Curry & Hilton Armstrong today & seeking vet C & SF. Billy King looking for next Gerald Green diamond in rough.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 29, 2012
It might be hard for NBA fans to remember, but Curry used to be a pretty good NBA big man. He averaged 19 points and seven boards during the 2006-2007 season, but his production has gone downhill from there, as conditioning and injury issues have kept him off the court.
Despite the negativity, Curry is still capable of being a solid backup, which is exactly what he would be at age 30 in Brooklyn.
Josh Howard to the Bobcats
Josh Howard still has some gas left in his tank at age 32, and he is looking to prove that as a free agent. The Charlotte Bobcats are rumored to be interested.
According to Rick Bonner of The Charlotte Observer, Howard is doing some workouts for the Bobcats and could be the answer they are looking for at power forward. Howard has played both positions, although his size makes him a better fit at small forward.
Howard has fallen off the NBA radar quite a bit over the last five years or so. During the 2007-08 season, Howard averaged 19.9 points and seven rebounds as the second fiddle in Dallas to Dirk Nowitzki. However, he has not been the same since being traded to the Washington Wizards during the 2009-10 season.