NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz on Top Remaining Free Agents

Ryan DavenportContributor IJuly 20, 2013

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The NBA's annual free-agent frenzy has long since ended, yet there still remains a bevy of valuable talents remaining on the open market.

No, there aren't any franchise players left on the table, but there are certainly quality options for teams in need of help in preparation for the 2013-14 campaign.

As we stand roughly three weeks deep into free agency, here's a rundown with regards to where the league's best available players stand and where they may be headed next.


Mike Miller

Though Mike Miller was disappointed to be leaving the two-time NBA champion Miami Heat, the sharpshooter quickly garnered interest from around the league following his buyout, and one has to think he'll be looking to jump onto another contender.

Well, at least according to NBC Sports' Dan Feldman, that's exactly what's about to happen, as Miller appears close to signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and for both parties, this is a move that makes sense. 

Miller won’t be the premier bench scorer Harden and, to a lesser degree, Martin, were, but the former Heat forward would be a low-cost and viable replacement. A team with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook can always use spot-up 3-point shooters, which is why the Heat wanted Miller to play with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

Miller is a clutch outside shooter, and given his success in South Beach, he has the type of postseason experience a relatively young, surging team like the Thunder are in need of.

Will he adequately replace James Harden? No, but he will provide the team with a solid additional offensive presence when the shots aren't falling for Durant or Westbrook.


Greg Oden

As a former No. 1 overall pick that hasn't played a full season to date, Greg Oden is returning to basketball with the intention of demonstrating that he was worthy of the hype that surrounded him throughout his time at Ohio State. 

Now, with Oden coming off a year in which he simply rested and rehabilitated his surgically repaired knees, the big man seems to believe he'll eventually be healthy enough to play.

As Sports Illustrated's Tim Polzer reported, the former Blazer is in talks with the Heat, and though there are a number of other teams that have also met with Oden, Miami has to be considered the frontrunner.

In Miami, Oden will have the time and space to ease himself back onto the court, and he'll do so knowing he's not expected to carry the mail on a consistent basis.


Brandon Jennings

Though neither side seems to be excited about it, Brandon Jennings appears destined to wear a Bucks jersey for at least another season.

As of now, Milwaukee and their star guard are entrenched in a stalemate, as the 23-year-old guard's contract demands are apparently way out of the Bucks' price range.

And it doesn't help that it's been widely reported that the team has been shopping for a replacement, per, since the end of the postseason.

The Bucks were ready to move on too — they made an offer to bring in Jeff Teague, but the Hawks matched it.

The Bucks have been looking for a sign-and-trade where another team gets Jennings (and gives him a healthy contract) and sends the Bucks back a point guard they would like (or other quality piece).

If things don't improve between Jennings and Milwaukee, it'd be logical for the team to attempt to deal him either for a pick or another guard who spreads the ball more effectively, but given the amount of money and the terms he wants, neither outcome seems likely for the time being.

Instead, the Bucks may be stuck with Jennings for now and then potentially watch him bolt via free agency next summer.