With the majority of the "attractive" names already snagged up, 2013 NBA free agency has become more of a bargain search for most squads looking to fill holes in the roster.
Although many of the top names like Andre Iguodala, Josh Smith and Jarrett Jack were already off to their next destination early on, a number of quality guys are available for squads that are still in search of an impact player.
Yes, Nikola Pekovic is still on the market.
Some time ago, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Pekovic and the Minnesota Timberwolves were on the verge of reaching an agreement.
Minnesota, Nikola Pekovic getting closer on a four-year, $50 million contract extension, league sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 10, 2013
Still, nothing has officially happened.
It is amazing that no one has officially come to terms on an agreement with him, for the man pretty much carried the Timberwolves last season.
Pekovic is a bruiser down on the low block who can muscle his way underneath the basket regardless of who is guarding him.
For teams in need of a banger, Pekovic is that guy.
According to Synergy Sports (subscription required), Pekovic operated in the post some 399 times last season. Per Hoopdata.com, Pekovic converted on 62.8 percent of his attempts under the rim and 60.6 percent from 3-9 feet.
Certainly, all that time he spends around the basket proved useful for the Timberwolves on the glass, as Pekovic grabbed an astounding 3.7 offensive rebounds per game.
Bottom line: Pekovic is worth the money.
Whoever is able to land the big guy will certainly prosper.
Shortly after rumors surfaced about a potential sign-and-trade that would send Brandon Jennings to the Detroit Pistons, Pistons general manager Joe Dumars professed to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, via Dan Feldman of NBC Sports' Pro Basketball Talk, that such a conversation "never happened."
Prior to free agency, it seemed as if teams would be jumping over the fence to get Brandon Jennings to sign on the dotted line.
Well, that certainly has not been the case.
For some reason, teams have been reluctant to get into serious talks to acquire the point guard. For even his own squad, the Milwaukee Bucks, seem as if they don't wish to commit to him. Not too long ago, the Bucks were desperately trying to pry point guard Jeff Teague from the Atlanta Hawks, but to no avail.
Yes, there are red flags—such as a career 39.4 percent field-goal percentage—that are attached to Jennings, however, the guy is only 23 years old and will get better with the right tutelage.
Yes, Jennings is a work in progress, but he's one worth taking on.
According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld.com, the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in signing Nate Robinson.
Following up on @ESPNSteinLine's Nuggets tweet, I'm told Nate Robinson has also received interest from the Wizards, Bucks, Mavs and Lakers.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 13, 2013
Nate Robinson has the confidence, skill and determination to be an impact player, that is, when he wants to.
The aforementioned was certainly evident during the 2013 NBA playoffs. Playing on a depleted Chicago Bulls squad that saw players Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich go out during the postseason, Nate Robinson stepped up mightily, averaging 16.3 points and 4.4 assists a game.
Although Nate's shot selection and overall approach to the game have been issues in the past, Robinson looks to have finally matured into the player we all knew he could be.
For the Lakers and other contenders who are in need of a high-energy role player that can instantly spark the offense, at least contemplating the idea of acquiring Robinson would be a wise thing to do.
If his performance last season was any indication, Robinson is, without question, capable of doing big things.