With the start of the NBA season less than three weeks away, many players are battling it out to find their way onto an NBA roster.
While most players fighting for their basketball lives are youngsters trying to make their first NBA team, there are also older veterans trying to hang around for another year or two and make some extra money.
Unfortunately, not all of them will get a spot.
Here are five notable NBA veterans likely to be cut by the time training camp ends.
The Brooklyn Nets already have plenty of shooting guards and small forwards who can produce at a much higher level than Jerry Stackhouse. That list includes Gerald Wallace, Josh Childress, Joe Johnson, MarShon Brooks and Keith Bogans.
Over the past two years, Stackhouse has played in 37 games, started once and shot 35.7 percent from the floor. He turns 38 in November and certainly won’t be improving.
I think it’s time for Mr. Stackhouse to say goodbye to his NBA career.
I have no idea why the Knicks signed Rasheed Wallace. They’re already stacked in the frontcourt with Amar’e Stoudemire, Kurt Thomas, Tyson Chandler and Marcus Camby.
Wallace hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2009-2010 season, and even then, he wasn’t producing at a high level.
And that’s not even getting to his insanity.
Wallace has always been a headache to deal with for coaches and teammates. His 41 technical fouls in the 2000-2001 season is the most underrated unbreakable record in all of sports.
The Knicks already struggle with chemistry issues and would be unwise to keep Wallace on their roster.
He’s back! After spending the past couple of years in Europe, the Blazers decided to give former third overall draft pick Adam Morrison another shot in the NBA. They signed him to a one-year minimum deal, so I don’t think Portland has plans to keep him around very long, and rightfully so.
For a player who was supposed to be a big-time scorer, Morrison has mightily struggled to put the ball in the basket.
In his 161 career games, Morrison has only shot 37.3 percent and averaged 7.5 points per game.
I doubt Morrison will ever make another NBA team.
San Antonio makes a living off of turning scrubs into useful pieces, so there’s always a possibility Curry can contribute this year.
But I would be extremely surprised to see him play a minute this season.
Curry has already experienced extreme heart problems, causing him to miss significant time. Since the 2008-2009 season, he has only played in 24 games.
Last year, with the Miami Heat, Curry never played any significant minutes for a team that may be the weakest in the league at the center position.
The Spurs already have five solid big men, so don’t expect Curry to be around come November.
Chris Duhon has never been a solid producer. He had one decent year in 2009 with the Knicks, but besides that, Duhon has been at best an eighth man.
On the Lakers, he’s much lower on the totem pole than that.
Steve Nash and Steve Blake both are better than Duhon now and will get all the playing time at point guard.
Duhon isn’t that much better than Darius Morris or Andrew Goudelock now, but both are much younger and have potential, so the Lakers won’t want to get rid of them.
Duhon can easily get picked up by someone else and contribute this year, but it won’t be happening for the Lakers.