NBA Free Agents 2013: Most Intriguing Players Still Available

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIJuly 14, 2013

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Almost all of the big names in the NBA have signed during the free agency period, but there are still some interesting options left on the market.

These guys may not be superstars around the league, but they certainly have some interesting stories. There’s some risk involved with these players, but they could very well be worth it.

Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting possible additions that have yet to find a team around the NBA.


Nate Robinson

A successful season with the Chicago Bulls should’ve made Robinson a relatively popular target in theory, yet no team has picked him up at this point in time.

That’s not saying that teams haven’t been interested in the 5’9’’ point guard. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Denver Nuggets have recently expressed interest in Robinson.

The 2013 season was probably Robinson’s best as a pro. He averaged 13.1 points per game while shooting 43.3 percent from the field, and he was able to light it up multiple times, even in the playoffs.

In Game 4 of the playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, Robinson was able to score 34 points while going 14-23 shooting. He also had a big night in Game 1 against the Miami Heat, scoring 27 points and leading the Bulls to a win.

If there’s a team looking for a scoring option off the bench, or even a backup point guard, Robinson could be a nice addition. He may be short, but he can take over games and score in bunches.


Elton Brand

It’s crazy to think that Brand has been playing in the NBA since 1999, but he’s still here, although now he’s hoping to find a team.

The former Duke Blue Devil has averaged over 17.4 points per game over his career, while making 50 percent of his shots.

According to Ramona Shelburne of, the Los Angeles Lakers may be interested in bringing in the established veteran.

Now that Dwight Howard is gone, the Lakers could use some depth inside. Even though Brand only averaged 7.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last season, he’s still capable of putting up big numbers if given enough minutes.

Not only is Brand an established scorer, he’s also a guy that can bring a leadership presence to the NBA, which is something plenty of locker rooms could use.


Greg Oden

When it comes to interesting additions, there isn’t another one that’s a bigger risk than Oden.

The former high school star and No. 1 overall pick hasn’t played since the 2009-2010 season with the Portland Trailblazers.

According to Marc Stein, there are several teams that are interested in potentially bringing in Oden.

If Oden ever gets healthy, he has the chance to become an effective player. In his career, he’s averaged 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 57.7 percent. Unfortunately, staying healthy will be the problem.

Who knows what the future will hold for Oden, but it’s hard not to root for the guy.