As training camp nears, NBA free agency is entering the make or break zone. There are still quite a few veteran free agents available, and many are in danger of beginning the season without a team to play for.
Each has an ideal landing spot, and each has various rumors spinning around what teams are interested in him. This is the time of the year when teams and players are getting desperate to end the process and pair up.
It should be interesting to see exactly where these players end up. But either way, we have ideal landing spots for each of them, along with a rumor for each to back them up.
Mickael Pietrus appears to be headed somewhere but no one really knows where. According to Chris Haynes of Comcast SportsNet, Pietrus has received major interest from three NBA teams and even has an overseas option.
Pietrus is a defensive guard who has also been known to hit some shots from long range. While he would be a good fit going back to Boston, I think he should head to Minnesota. The T-Wolves have been weak at guard for awhile and could still use the depth Pietrus would provide. He would greatly improve their bench and would get just as much playing time as he would anywhere else.
New York Knicks
That’s right. The ideal landing spot for T-Mac is back to one of his former teams in the New York Knicks. According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, McGrady worked out for the Knicks last week and looked healthy.
That is good news for McGrady, who will be an ideal fit for the Knicks coming off the bench. He can still score pretty well for his age, and he is not too shabby on the defensive end either. He has also never been a problem, so he should help to stabilize that team as well.
Kenyon Martin has been the personification of tough, hard-nosed defense throughout his career. That is a big reason why he is perfect for the Boston Celtics. There have been conflicting rumors about whether the Celtics have a shot at or are interested in signing Martin.
According to A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast SportsNet, the chances of the Celtics signing Martin are “slim to none.” However, according to Alan Hahn of Sulia.com, the opposite is true, and Boston is targeting Martin. The truth remains though that Boston is the ideal place for Martin to land. His mentality fits in with that of the Celtics. They can only offer the veteran’s minimum, but he will be OK with that eventually.
According to the website Bala NaCesta, Leandro Barbosa has stated that he has spoken with the Lakers, Nets and Suns about possibly joining each of them for next season. However, since that rumor, a rumor for each of those teams has popped up indicating that none of them is interested in him any longer.
Of all the teams he could go to, the Suns would be the best team for him whether they are interested in him or not. He had some great years there with Steve Nash, and he would be a big part of their team even now since they still run the same system.
New York Knicks
Louis Amundson has not been a great player during his NBA career, but he has always been a role player who has been able to find consistent work with NBA teams. He is now a free agent, but according to Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York, there really is no favorite to sign Admunson at this point.
The Knicks would be the best place for Amundson because they can afford him at the minimum (which is the most he is getting anywhere), and they could use him on their bench. The current backups to Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler are Kurt Thomas and Marcus Camby, who have collectively seen about a century of NBA action. Needless to say, the Knicks need at least one more body there for injury insurance.