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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 27, 2012

About a month into the NBA season, there are still a bunch of talented players looking to find a landing spot.

While none of these players are game-changers, they can all provide a boost to a team's rotation and help that team get into the playoffs and beyond. 

Everyone in this group has garnered some interest in the past week and should come close to making a roster in the near future.

 

Raja Bell

Pairing Steve Nash with Mike D'Antoni will create an offensive spark with the Los Angeles Lakers. However, bringing more of the old Phoenix Suns gang back together could be even better. 

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, Raja Bell has drawn praise from former rival Kobe Bryant and the superstar "has been a proponent of acquiring Bell once he's a free agent."

Wojnarowski claims that Byrant is not alone and that the Lakers have serious interest in bringing the defensive specialist on board.

The only issue is trying to find room for him on the current roster. The Lakers do not want to pay the salary of a player that they would have to release in order to sign Bell.

This would be a good fit if it ever works out, although it might be a little ways away.

 

Mickael Pietrus

Although Raja Bell makes the most sense, he is not alone in getting interest from the Lakers.

According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo, the team is also considering adding veteran guard Mickael Pietrus:

 

Add Mickael Pietrus to list of FA guards @lakers inquired about recently,source tells Y! @wojyahoonba reported LAL interest in Raja Bell,too

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 24, 2012

 

Pietrus played with the Boston Celtics last season, but he was largely ineffective in his time on the floor. 

In the last two seasons, the veteran's shooting percentage has been below 40 percent and his three-point shooting has been below 35 percent. This is far from what he was able to accomplish in his years with the Golden State Warriors and Orlando Magic.

As such, Los Angeles would be better off signing Bell as a useful player off the bench.

 

Eddy Curry

After being waived by the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks, Eddy Curry had some serious interest from the Chinese team Foshan.

However, ESPN's Marc Stein reported that Curry "declined the Chinese interest in hopes of landing another NBA job."

Alex Kennedy of Hoops World seconded this notion, saying that five teams have already contacted the veteran and are interested in bringing him on board.

The big man has not played regularly since the 2007-08 season, but his size and skill make him difficult to ignore.

 

Michael Finley

A two-year hiatus as a player is not enough to keep Michael Finley away from the game.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Finley "continues to work out vigorously in pursuit of a contract that would give him one more run as an NBA player before shifting his focus to front-office work."

It is currently unknown what team the veteran could be joining, but he has a very good relationship with Mark Cuban and it would not be surprising if Finley wants to reunite with the Dallas Mavericks.

While he would not have the stamina or scoring ability that he had in the past, any team would love to add a great leader who can also shoot threes and defend well.

If the guard is truly in as good of shape as he claims, he will be picked up by someone. 

 

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