August is just around the corner and, naturally, most of the big-name NBA free agents are off the open market. However, there's still a handful of intriguing names who have yet to sign an extension or catch on with a club for the upcoming 2013-14 campaign.
Let’s take a look at some of these players and highlight the latest buzz on where they may end up in Saturday’s rumor roundup.
Greg Oden Making Decision Soon
Despite not playing in the NBA since Dec. 5 of 2009, there are a number of suitors lining up for Greg Oden’s services this summer. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears, the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft will choose between the Sacramento Kings, Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks at some point next week:
This comes on the heels of a positive workout in Indianapolis, in which the big man displayed his agility and ability to complete other basketball-related drills without issue. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro and unnamed executives from the Pelicans were in attendance, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Jeff Goodman.
After participating in just 82 games during his five-year career, Oden has to make sure that he makes the best decision for his future. There is no guarantee that he will ever truly be healthy, and he is always an injury risk on the floor.
Expect Oden to commit to the team that offers the most guaranteed money and the best chance to revive his career.
Brandon Jennings Demanding Big Contract
The Milwaukee Bucks are trying to ink Brandon Jennings to a contract extension, but they have been unsuccessful in their efforts thus far.
According to Steve Kyler of Hoopsworld, the young point guard is reportedly seeking a massive contract worth something in the range of $11 million to $12 million per year. The Bucks are refusing to cave at this juncture, but they have expressed the willingness to ink the 23-year-old to a more reasonable $8 million per season deal.
If Jennings can’t reach a deal with Milwaukee, he could accept a qualifying offer worth $4.5 million and take his talents to unrestricted free agency next summer. Don’t be surprised if that ends up happening, as the two parties seem quite far from an agreement.
Mo Williams Waiting for Right Offer
Despite being a key contributor in the playoffs—as recently as 2012 with the Los Angeles Clippers—Mo Williams can’t find anyone to offer him a long-term contract. As per Kyler, Williams is weighing his options and hoping that an interested franchise eventually floats along a lucrative multi-year contract.
With the free-agency period nearly a month old, though, that scenario seems extremely unlikely and gets less probable by the day.
Williams may end up having to accept one of the various one-year, low-money deals he has been offered. One of those is reportedly from the Heat, where the 30-year-old guard could rejoin his old partner from their days with the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James.
He would be a major asset coming off the Miami pine, as the veteran has great range and could replace some of the shots that the recently amnestied Mike Miller would have taken.
Because there is such little money to go around and just a handful of roster spots left in the league, expect Williams to make his decision soon.