With July nearly in the books, many of the top-notch NBA free agents are no longer available. At this juncture, teams are going to have to dig deep to dredge up a serviceable player to add to their roster.
Much of the attention now is being turned towards veterans, as these elder players can still contribute from time to time, especially in the playoffs, and often bring stability and wisdom to the locker room.
Let’s take a look at the latest buzz on some of the more notable talents left on the open market and what are their current options.
Clippers May Bring Back Odom
The Los Angeles Clippers acquired Lamar Odom prior to last season, and made the most of his talents coming off the bench.
This two-time NBA champion was able to average nearly 20 minutes, four points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. He appeared in all 82 games for the Clippers and revitalized a career that looked to be derailed after an abysmal 2011-12 campaign with the Dallas Mavericks.
Odom’s comeback season ended with an unfortunate exit in the first round of the 2013 playoffs, which wasn’t exactly on the same level as the championship parades he became accustomed to when he played for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Now that the Clips have loaded up with talent, added a new coach in Doc Rivers and secured Chris Paul for the long run, they reportedly have some interest in bringing back the 14-year veteran for another run.
According to Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles, the Clips want to sign Odom to another deal and have the space on the roster to bring him back for another season.
Who will the Clippers sign next? Sources say they are still interested in Lamar Odom.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 21, 2013
Whether or not the 33-year-old is willing to give it another go with the club remains to be seen, but last year worked out well enough that it may be worth it.
Camby Has Multiple Suitors
Marcus Camby has hit the open market and there is no shortage of interest in the big man’s service.
According to ESPN New York’s Jared Zwerling, the front-runners to land the 39-year-old center are the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Clippers.
Source: Contrary to reports, the Bulls, Clippers and Rockets are the front-runners for Marcus Camby. He's still weighing opportunities.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) July 20, 2013
All three clubs are poised to compete for a championship and should be locks for the playoffs in 2014.
Where should Camby sign?
The Bulls will be a revitalized squad with 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose set to make his debut in the season-opener, while the Rockets added Dwight Howard to a promising young lineup.
Even the Clips are an intriguing destination, as they are one of the Western Conference powerhouses and have some room in the frontcourt for Camby to log significant minutes if he can stay healthy.
Regardless of where he chooses, expect Camby, a 17-year veteran, to chase his first championship ring for another year or two before hanging up his sneakers.
Telfair Receiving Interest
Sebastian Telfair came into the league back in 2004 with much hype and fanfare, but has never been much more than a role player during his nine seasons.
Regardless, there are a handful of teams that have expressed interest in bringing the former New York high school star aboard.
Hoopsworld’s Alex Kennedy notes that the New York Knicks, Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder are three of the organizations that would possibly consider employing Telfair for the upcoming campaign.
With his flashy moves and elite handle, Telfair can still be an asset in this league. He’s a scoring guard who isn’t much of a passer or defender, but that shouldn’t make too much of a difference as a change-of-pace option off the bench.
If Telfair can contribute a few buckets a night for one of those contenders, he will be well worth something near the minimum contract—which is what he should command at this point in his career.