NBA free agency can often be tough on a select group of players. Be it because of age, underachieving or just not being needed, some men go through the entire summer without signing a contract, despite their skills still being present. If this carries into the season, it's all the more shocking.
The fact that players like forward Kenyon Martin (pictured) or even veteran point man Derek Fisher haven't been able to land a contract for the mere veteran's minimum is not only a surprise, but also a bit sad.
Martin has good size and can still play a decent low-post game, and was also the first overall pick in the 2000 NBA draft. Fisher, though 38 years old, has five championships under his belt and his leadership would do wonders for a young, playoff-caliber team looking to make some noise in the postseason.
Still, Martin and Fisher remain unsigned and similar players are either in the same situation or have been forced to go overseas for a contract.
Though heading to Europe or elsewhere to play is not a terrible decision at all, the fact is that certain NBA teams like the injury-riddled Minnesota Timberwolves or defense-needy Washington Wizards would be wise to take a look at which players are currently available to sign a contract. In doing so, they may be surprised at who they find.