NBA Free Agents 2013: Latest Chatter Surrounding Top Available Players
Although a majority of this summer's big-name available players have already found new homes, there are still a number of free agents on the market as July gets set to come to a close.
While stars like Dwight Howard, Josh Smith and Andre Iguodala have all agreed to long-term deals with new teams, there are several every-night contributors and role players available for contenders who feel they are just a piece or two away from winning it all.
Below, we'll break down the latest chatter surrounding a trio of notable free agents.
Milwaukee Bucks Preparing for Life After Brandon Jennings?
Point guard Brandon Jennings is without a doubt one of the top remaining free agents out there this summer, but according to The Journal Times' Gary Woelfel via Twitter, the Milwaukee Bucks may not be too interested in bringing the disgruntled 23-year-old back next season:
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
Jennings was drafted 10th overall by the Bucks in 2009 and is averaging 17 points and 5.7 assists per game through four seasons in Milwaukee.
The Compton, Calif., native has a $4.3 million qualifying offer for next season but has made it known that he would like to take his talents elsewhere this summer.
Obviously, the Bucks are hoping to acquire some talent in return for Jennings rather than watching him walk for nothing.
Greg Oden Working Out for Several NBA Teams
Oft-injured big man Greg Oden is looking for a job this summer, and according to The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson, Oden worked out for a trio of NBA teams in Indianapolis Tuesday, including the world champion Miami Heat.
Where will Greg Oden end up?
Team officials from the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans were also present, according to Jackson, who adds that Oden will work out for the Atlanta Hawks Thursday.
A former No. 1 overall pick in 2007, Oden has appeared in just 82 regular-season games since being drafted six years ago. He last played in an NBA game in December 2009 with the Portland Trail Blazers.
The 25-year-old center is averaging 9.3 points and 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots per game for his NBA career, which has been hampered by countless injuries and surgeries. But if healthy, Oden has the size at 7'0" to provide reliable rim protection for an undersized team like the Miami Heat.
Gary Neal Set to Become Unrestricted Free Agent?
San Antonio Spurs sharpshooter Gary Neal is expected to become an unrestricted free agent at some point in the near future with the Spurs reportedly planning to withdraw his $1.1 million qualifying offer, according to ESPN NBA insider Marc Stein on Twitter:
Hearing: San Antonio in process of withdrawing qualifying offer to Gary Neal, making Neal an unrestricted free agent and sure to speed exit— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 23, 2013
The 28-year-old guard has averaged 9.7 points per game off the bench for San Antonio over the past three seasons, shooting nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc.
Neal has 25 career NBA regular-season starts and has appeared in 41 postseason games for the Spurs.
The Baltimore native exploded for a playoff career high of 24 points in Game 3 of the 2013 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. He would go on to shoot 47 percent from three-point range (14-of-30) for the series.
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