The starting fives are set for most NBA teams, but there is still a bit of a scramble to acquire the services of free agents who will likely wind up as role players for a contending team during the 2013-14 season.
Contenders looking to add depth, toughness and veteran leadership hope to fill roster spots with experienced players. With summer league play over, standouts who haven't caught on with a team are also in play for teams looking to find a diamond in the rough.
Here's the latest news on what's left of the NBA free-agent pool.
Greg Oden's Decision
Per Jeff Goodman and Marc Stein of ESPN, free-agent center Greg Oden has worked out for the Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans.
Oden is still expected to work out for the Atlanta Hawks and has drawn interest from the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs. Most teams are still checking for Oden's conditioning and overall physical shape.
It seems inevitable that at some point very soon Oden will make his return to the NBA. Expect the deal he signs to be incentive heavy and short while Oden can prove he can stay healthy.
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, a league source says the decision should be coming next week:
Free agent center Greg Oden to decide his team for his long awaited comeback from a long list next week. http://t.co/i4CYoIw26w— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 24, 2013
Brandon Jennings Still in Limbo
Once the Atlanta Hawks matched the offer the Milwaukee Bucks made to restricted free agent Jeff Teague, it seemed like Brandon Jennings would almost certainly return to the Bucks. But Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times says that isn't a given:
For those who think Brandon Jennings is now a lock to return to Bucks, guess again. As of this tweet, Bucks still looking at other PGs.— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) July 19, 2013
It is hard to imagine the Bucks allowing Jennings to walk, but a fresh start is probably good for both sides. That said, it is late in the free-agent process to imagine Jennings getting a really attractive offer elsewhere.
Gary Neal Could Be a Steal
Per NBA.com's David Aldridge, the San Antonio Spurs are set to rescind the qualifying offer they made to Gary Neal this offseason:
Spurs expected to withdraw qualifying offer to Gary Neal, making him unrestricted FA. Deal should quickly follow, per source.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 23, 2013
That would make Neal an unrestricted free agent and seemingly a hot commodity. Finding a bench player who can not only nail the three but one who can create his own shot is difficult.
Neal can play either guard spot and he's made at least 41 percent of his threes two of the three seasons he's been in the NBA. Teams like Memphis and Chicago should take notice.
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