Despite trade season getting ready to take center-stage in the NBA, there is also new buzz surrounding intriguing free agents looking for work, either this season or heading into next year.
For the players who are looking for work, there might not be a better time to be on the market than during the season. Teams are going to see what is and isn't working for them, meaning they will have to make adjustments as the year moves along.
Someone who hasn't been able to find a job for a long time could be first on the call list when a team decides to make some changes. Who knows what the future holds, but here is all the latest buzz coming from the NBA.
Greg Oden wants to play some more.
Even though he has suffered more setbacks than games played in his NBA career, Greg Oden wants to get one more shot to play in the NBA.
According to Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, Oden will look for job starting with the 2013-14 season after missing all of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons due to injuries.
Nearly a year removed from his latest knee surgery, former No. 1 overall pick Greg Odenhas decided to resume his playing career, but is not planning to return to the NBA before the 2013-14 season, according to sources close to the situation.
The report also says that "multiple teams" have shown interest in signing Oden to a multi-year deal, but it sounds like he has no interest in doing that right now.
Oden might be one of the most infamous draft busts in history, but because he is still just 24 years old and a seven-footer, teams are always going to give him an opportunity until he is 100 percent unable to play the game.
Give Oden credit for still trying to continue his career. Given all that he has been through, no one would blame him if he wanted to walk away.
Kenyon Martin a 10-day solution for New York?
With the New York Knicks needing some frontcourt depth and no great options available via trade right now, the team is contemplating a short-term deal with Kenyon Martin that could lead to something more.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, the Knicks are doing some research on Martin right now.
As Rasheed Wallace's foot injury lingers, the New York Knicks are showing a renewed interest in free-agent forward Kenyon Martin, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Knicks have done some additional fact-finding on Martin in recent days, sources said.
Martin last played with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2010-11, when he played 42 games off the bench and scored just 5.2 points per game.
Since the Knicks have enough talent on the roster to withstand the loss of Wallace for a long period of time, Martin would not have to play a huge role if the team does decide to take a chance on him.
It helps the Knicks that Martin really has nothing to lose at this point. He is hanging on by a thread, if that, so it is time he accepts the reality of the situation that teams aren't going to come knocking down his door.
DeMarcus Cousins is maybe, probably happy with Sacramento.
Despite everything pointing to Cousins and the Sacramento Kings headed for a divorce sooner rather than later, the controversial center did not demand a trade.
According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Cousins' agent met with Kings president Geoff Petrie earlier this week.
Cousins has said during his most frustrated times that he wants out and that rival teams continue to attempt to pry the talented third-year big man away from the Kings. But his agent, Dan Fegan, did not make a trade request during his meeting with Petrie, according to a person familiar with the meeting.
Even if the Kings don't feel the desire to trade Cousins, and even if the young star is "happy" with the team, it might be in the best interest of both sides to separate.
The Kings are a mess right now. They are currently 12th in the Western Conference with no real signs that anything is going to turnaround soon. Cousins is as valuable an asset as they have, so why not shop him to see if you can get a franchise-changing deal?
Trading a 22-year-old center who averages more than 17 points and 10 rebounds per game is not usually smart, but his age, performance and upside make him a great luxury that is being wasted in Sacramento.
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