NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz on Matt Barnes, Shaun Livingston and More Free Agents
Despite all the action over the initial few days of NBA free agency, there are still plenty of great players available that have yet to reach an agreement with a suitor.
Aside from the big names on the open market, it's also important to highlight where some of the more underrated talents in the league are rumored to end up.
Let’s take a look at some of the latest buzz on these impact players and where they could sign in Friday's rumor roundup.
Nets Want Shaun Livingston to Assume Backup Role in Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Nets need a backup point guard after unrestricted free agent C.J. Watson defected to the Indiana Pacers earlier in the week.
ESPN’s Marc Stein noted that Livingston and John Lucas are at the top of the team’s list.
Nets still chasing one more point guard. Rumblings in circulation have Shaun Livingston and John Lucas at top of Brooklyn's list— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 4, 2013
If those are the two most feasible options, the club should attempt to acquire Shaun Livingston, the journeyman guard that found success with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season.
Who should the Nets sign to backup Deron Williams?
The 6’7”, 175-pound veteran averaged 7.2 points, 3.6 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game for the Cavs after being claimed on waivers, as the Washington Wizards cut him in December.
According to ESPN’s Mike Mazzeo, the Nets have a mini mid-level exception to use, but would prefer to ink a backup to Deron Williams for the veteran’s minimum. The team would then be able to use the MLE on a wing shooter.
Livingston, who was drafted No. 4 overall in the 2004 draft, would be a great value at a minimum price tag, assuming he can maintain the same level of production he attained in 2012-13.
Matt Barnes Deciding Between L.A. Teams?
Barnes has played for eight different teams during his 10-year career, including both the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers.
As per ESPN New York’s Jared Zwerling, there is a good chance the journeyman—who last played with the Clips in 2012-13—remains in the City of Angels for at least another season.
Hearing Matt Barnes could sign with either the Lakers or Clippers for around the mini mid-level. Obviously D-Howard situation is priority.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) July 5, 2013
He could make the same amount of money—just over $3 million next season—on mini mid-level exception from either club.
Barnes, 33, had one of his best years with the Clips—the team that he first appeared with back in 2003. The notoriously stingy defender and dangerous perimeter shooter averaged 10.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in 25.7 minutes of play.
Depending on whether or not Dwight Howard signs an extension with the Lakers will clearly impact the forward’s decision, as Barnes has yet to win a championship during his tenure in the league.
It doesn’t seem like he’ll be the only one waiting to see where D12 signs either…
Jose Calderon May Follow Dwight Howard
Calderon is hitting the open market this summer and, after just two postseason appearances in eight seasons, is understandably looking to join a contender.
The 31-year-old is apparently one of D12’s favorite point guards and the two could join forces in the coming days.
I'm told Dwight Howard and Jose Calderon are interested in playing together. Calderon may wait for Howard to make a decision before signing.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 5, 2013
Calderon is an efficient player who has experience with great teammates as a former captain of the Spanish national team, which has engaged in epic battles with Team USA in the Olympics and FIBA World Championships.
Dwight Howard respects Jose Calderon's game, per a source. He thinks they'd play well together since Calderon is a good facilitator/shooter.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 5, 2013
He holds career averages of 10.1 points, 7.2 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game and is one of the more underrated point guards in the entire league.
While Calderon is certainly no Chris Paul or Rajon Rondo, the veteran will be an asset and will compliment Howard nicely if the pair ends up together.
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