Although the dog days of summer are upon us, the NBA’s free agency is still going strong.
There are a handful of unsigned talents, a number of potential trades in the works and seemingly more of both popping up every day.
Let’s take a look at the latest buzz on the hottest players in Friday’s rumor roundup.
LaMarcus Aldridge Wants Out
The Portland Trail Blazers and superstar LaMarcus Aldridge cannot seem to reach common ground and have reportedly begun exploring trades that would ship the 2006 No. 2 overall pick out in the midst of his prime.
According to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com, the Blazers brass is reluctant to ship away the prized power forward in exchange for anything less than equal value. The big man has two years and $30 million left on his deal, so there is no rush to cash in at this juncture.
It’ll take more than just draft picks to pry Aldridge away from the City of Roses. Haynes found that general manager Neil Olshey is seeking a franchise-caliber big man in return for his services.
Thus far, reported inquiries for Kevin Love, Joakim Noah, Blake Griffin, Al Horford and Anthony Davis have all been rebuffed.
Definitely keep an eye on this situation going forward, as the seven-year veteran could be on the move in the near future.
Josh Childress Looking for New Role
Josh Childress began his once-promising career as the No. 6 overall pick in the 2004 draft, joining an up-and-coming Atlanta Hawks organization out of Stanford. After averaging double-digits during his first four seasons in the league, Childress received a huge offer from Olympiacos and couldn’t say no, joining the Euroleague in 2008.
Prior to being cut, the 30-year-old swingman appeared in 14 games and averaged one point per contest.
ESPN New York’s Josh Zwerling reports Childress is trying to revitalize his career and catch on with a club that could possibly better use his services.
He is currently in Las Vegas—the site of the NBA Summer League—and planning to meet with several prospective employers on Friday.
Despite his issues over the past few seasons, Childress is well worth a gamble and could end up playing an important role on the right team.
Marcus Camby a Hot-Ticket Item
The New York Knicks shipped Marcus Camby to a rebuilding Toronto Raptors team as part of the Andrea Bargnani deal earlier in the summer, but the veteran will not remain in Canada long.
According to Zwerling, the Raptors are in the process of buying out the 39-year-old center that still has two years and $7.5 million left on his contract.
Once he is free, the big man will be able to sign with anyone and will have no shortage of suitors.
Zwerling noted that the Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers have all expressed interest in Camby and pointed out that the Knicks cannot bring him back as part of the collective bargaining agreement rules.
Regardless of his advanced age, Camby can still provide something both on and off the court for a championship contender.
After 17 years in the league without a ring, he deserves a chance to chase one.
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