The 2013 NBA free-agency period is winding down, as many of the marquee stars have signed new deals and most of the known role players have reached agreements after some time on the open market.
However, there are a still a handful of remaining free agents that have yet to ink their signatures to contracts—many of which could have a major effect on how the 2013-14 NBA season shakes out.
Let’s take a look at some of these impact veterans and highlight the latest buzz in regards to their options in Tuesday’s rumor roundup.
Oden Hosting Meetings in Sin City
Greg Oden is definitely the most intriguing free agent still available, as the big man was the No. 1 overall pick back in 2007 and has only participated in 82 games during his much-maligned career.
Because of his upside, there are a handful of teams interested in bringing the 25-year-old aboard this summer.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans will all send representatives to meet with Oden this week in Las Vegas.
Other clubs, such as the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat, have expressed interest in the former Ohio State star’s services and are still in consideration, according to Lang Green of Hoopsworld.
The seven-footer underwent a third microfracture knee surgery back in February of last year, but should be healthy in time for training camp.
If he can stay on the court, Oden could be one of the biggest surprises of the 2013-14 campaign.
He’s a legitimate defender with great rim protection skills, but has struggled with various ailments since college and had his career derailed due to knee problems.
This is certainly a situation to monitor going forward, as Oden’s signing could alter the landscape of the league.
Dalembert Drawing Attention
Despite averaging just 6.7 points and 5.9 rebounds in 47 games and only seeing nine minutes in the playoffs last season, Samuel Dalembert is garnering a lot of attention this summer.
While the journeyman never truly fit with the Milwaukee Bucks, the 32-year-old veteran still feels like he can offer something to a competing team.
According to Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York, the Knicks and Mavericks believe that feeling is mutual and both are highly interested in the 6’11”, 250-pound center’s services.
The Mavs may be able to offer more minutes, but Dalembert will have a chance to play for a more serious contender if he chooses the Knicks.
Considering the Haitian big man has been in the league since 2001 and has only made brief forays into the playoffs, choosing New York may be the more appealing option.
With the clock ticking, expect to see Dalembert make his much-anticipated decision in the near future.
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