NBA Free Agents 2013: Latest Buzz on Nate Robinson, Greg Oden and More

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIIJuly 13, 2013

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Most of the top-tier NBA free agents have found new homes, but there are some decent players available who can help teams win.

Whether it's a lightning-quick guard to provide instant offense off the bench, or a former highly touted big man, there is no shortage of options to help round out the bench.

What's the latest buzz on some of the remaining free agents? Read on to find out.


Nate Robinson

Nate Robinson is coming off perhaps his best season as a pro, but he is struggling to find work.

According to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Radio in Minneapolis, the Timberwolves are showing interest in Nate Robinson, although he wonders about the fit:

The Wolves just traded Luke Ridnour to the Milwaukee Bucks, and despite the presence of Ricky Rubio, J.J. Barea and Alexey Shved, there could be a fit for Robinson playing a combo guard role off the bench. 

The Wolves scored just 95.7 points per game last season. Robinson averaged 13.1 points per game last year, but really stepped up his game in the postseason, where he averaged 16.3 points per game.

He's not a great defender, and he's not the best facilitator. But for a team that needs offense, they could do worse than Robinson. He's instant-offense off the bench, who is capable of getting hot and carrying a team to victory. Despite his size, he can play off-guard and would benefit from open looks created by Ricky Rubio.

It's not a natural fit, but Robinson doesn't have many options and the Wolves need scoring. As the market dries up, the two could end up embracing one another. 


Greg Oden

Greg Oden hasn't played since the 2009-10 season, but the former No.1 overall pick is still garnering interest around the league. 

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, there are three teams interested in Oden:

Oden's career stalled before it really started. He played just 82 games over two seasons for the Portland Trail Blazers, and averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per contest.

Still, despite the creaky knees, taking a flyer on Oden is not a bad idea. When he was coming out of college, Oden was considered a transcendent talent, the next great big man. He was drafted ahead of Kevin Durant, and, at the time, that was considered the wise move.

It obviously hasn't turned out that way, now that Durant is one of the best players in the world and Oden is still looking for work.

But if Oden can prove to be fully healthy, then teams who could benefit from an extra big man—like the Mavericks, Spurs and Heat—should at least take a look. He probably will never reach his pre-injury potential, but there aren't many 7', 285-pound centers with tremendous defensive skills around.

Of course, it's a risk and he may never see the floor again. But to not take a look would be irresponsible. Imagine if a healthy Oden, playing good defense, joined the Heat? A three-peat would be all but guaranteed.


Gerald Henderson

Gerald Henderson is a good young shooting guard who could be headed to a new home.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, the Charlotte Bobcats and Henderson have reached a contract impasse and the Bobcats are now looking for a sign-and-trade partner:

However, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reported that while the sign-and-trade is a real option, the Bobcats would prefer to keep Henderson:


Henderson averaged 15.5 points per game last season, along with 2.6 assists and 3.7 rebounds. He shot 33 percent from beyond the arc.

His best moment, however, is likely this dunk over Dwight Howard:

It's not yet clear where Henderson could end up. Teams that need shooting guards, like Milwaukee, could be a fit. 

Wherever he goes, his new team will be a getting a shooting guard coming off a career-best season.