NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz on Hottest Free Agents Around the League
It seems that every single day more of the top free agents come off the board and sign with new teams, but the 2013 NBA offseason is still going strong.
There are a handful of big-name players remaining on the open market and plenty of these impact veterans and young talents are going to take their time weighing the various options.
Let’s take a look at what they could be thinking and the latest buzz on their potential choices in Friday’s rumor roundup.
Bobcats Reach Impasse With Henderson
The Charlotte Bobcats and free-agent guard Gerald Henderson have been unable to come to terms on an extension and begun exploring sign-and-trades with a number of teams around the league, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
It appears that the club would rather receive some value for the 25-year-old shooting guard as opposed to extending him on a market-price contract that Wojnarowski estimates to be around $7.5 to $8.5 million per season.
What will happen with Henderson?
Henderson is coming off his best season as a professional and performed extremely well after the 2012-13 All-Star break.
He averaged 15.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steal in 31.4 minutes per night for Charlotte, one of the lone bright spots on the downtrodden roster.
It’s currently unknown what the Bobcats could return for Henderson’s services, but he would certainly be expendable if the Bobcats are able to land Monta Ellis.
The former Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors shooter is a target that Charlotte is reportedly exploring after reaching a standstill during Henderson’s contract negotiations.
Whether or not that is a smokescreen remains to be seen, but an interesting situation is brewing down in the Queen City.
Bucks Must Make Space to Sign Teague
The Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly received a signature from Jeff Teague on a four-year, $32 million offer sheet, as per Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinel.
In order to complete the signing, salary must be cut via a money-saving trade or some sort of other transaction that will allow the Bucks to squeeze Teague in under the cap.
ESPN’s Marc Stein noted that the current buzz around the league is that center Joel Przybilla is in on the chopping block and he could be renounced in order to allow the Teague signing to happen.
Early indications are Bucks only have to renounce Joel Przybilla to have room for Jeff Teague offer sheet we reported this AM was en route— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 11, 2013
Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution heard directly from the up-and-coming point guard that he doesn’t expect Atlanta to match the offer.
Jeff Teague told me he doesn't expect Hawks to match offer sheet. #ATLHawks— Chris Vivlamore (@ajchawks) July 11, 2013
Because the Hawks inked first-round pick Dennis Schroeder to a contract on Thursday—as per Vivlamore—it may be a sign that Teague is no longer needed or wanted within the organization.
Hawks announce signing of Dennis Schroeder. #ATLHawks— Chris Vivlamore (@ajchawks) July 11, 2013
The Hawks have two days left to match and anything could happen in that time period.
Mavs Exploring Options at Center
After Andrew Bynum elected to take his talents to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, the Dallas Mavericks are now scrambling to find a serviceable center for the upcoming campaign.
Greg Oden is one potential free agent the club could sign, as Stein is reporting the Mavs are getting “legit consideration” from the oft-injured big man:
Hearing: Dallas Mavs will get "legit consideration" from Greg Oden along with teams previously in his top three: Heat, Spurs and Cavs— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 11, 2013
Dallas will also be meeting with Samuel Dalembert, the veteran journeyman that could play significant minutes for the team’s razor-thin frontcourt.
Wojnarowski noted that the team will met with the big man on Thursday.
Dalembert last played for the Bucks and averaged 6.7 points and 5.9 rebounds, making him a serviceable option coming off the bench.
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