With just over a week left in July, the NBA free-agency frenzy is finally dying down.
Most of the marquee names are gone, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a good amount of teams still angling to improve their rosters in time for the upcoming 2013-14 campaign.
Let’s take a look at how some of these franchises plan to upgrade and which players they are pursuing in Tuesday’s rumor roundup.
Heat in Running to Nab Greg Oden
Greg Oden is one of the most intriguing big men still available on the open market, as the former No. 1 overall draft pick could make a serious impact on a cheap price tag.
According to Lang Greene of HOOPSWORLD, the Miami Heat aren’t out of the running for the center’s services, as they are still in possession of the taxpayer mid-level exception—also known as the mini MLE—worth $3.183 million.
That is a respectable salary for a player that hasn’t played in an NBA contest since December 5, 2009 and has only competed in a total of 82 games during his five seasons in the Association due to chronic injuries.
Oden would bolster the frontcourt rotation that played a ton of small ball on the way to a second straight championship last season.
The seven-footer would allow the club to defend against dominant, traditional pivots like Roy Hibbert, the Indiana Pacers star who gave Miami fits in the Eastern Conference Finals.
It’ll be up to president Pat Riley and the superstar cast in South Beach to convince Oden that this is the best place to resuscitate his career, as the price is reasonable and the chance for a championship is real.
Marcus Camby Has Numerous Suitors
After getting traded to the Toronto Raptors as part of the Andrea Bargnani deal, Marcus Camby was bought out and is now on the open market.
The 39-year-old center is now looking for a place to contend in the twilight of his career and will have no shortage of suitors lining up to recruit him now that he’s available.
According to Chris Tomasson of FOX Sports Florida, the veteran big has narrowed his choices down to the Heat, Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls.
All would certainly be offering a minimum contract, worth $1.4 million at this stage in Camby’s long career.
Regardless of where he ends up, the 17-year vet will be chasing a ring and hoping to finally capture an elusive championship before hanging up his sneakers.
Miami may be his best shot to accomplish that goal, but Camby could be a bigger part of a Finals-winning effort in Chicago or Houston.
He’ll reportedly make that tough decision in the coming days, as per Tomasson.
Clippers May Bring Back Lamar Odom
The Los Angeles Clippers helped revive Lamar Odom’s floundering career last season, as the versatile forward came off the bench in all 82 games and served as a key role player for the 56-win team.
The organization could bring him back for another season, as the unrestricted free agent has yet to find a new home this offseason.
According to ESPN Los Angeles’ Arash Markazi, the Clips are considering rounding out their new-look roster with Odom, who could provide some much-needed height, rebounding and facilitating in the frontcourt and out on the wing.
Odom may not play as big of a role with a number of new pieces in town—including Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick—but he would still serve as a useful veteran mentor and could log a handful of minutes per night.
Expect the Clippers to take their time making this decision, as they carefully plot the last remaining pieces to what could be a championship roster.
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