It’s downright shocking how many potentially impactful NBA free agents are left on the open market.
In years past, teams were usually fighting tooth and nail for free-agent scraps as they were hoping to sign a potential 12th man by the time August rolled around.
At this point in the offseason, it would usually seem like a downright steal to sign a player that had actually been productive in the recent past.
However, in 2013, the fear of luxury-tax penalties and other economic circumstances brought upon by the collective bargaining agreement along with shrewder general managers and wiser ownership has allowed a handful of solid talent to slip through the cracks.
Let’s take a look at these readily available remaining free agents and see where they may sign in Monday’s rumor roundup.
Grizzlies Pursuing Mo Williams
The Memphis Grizzlies are in the market for a versatile backup guard that can play a number of roles behind Mike Conley and Tony Allen.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the franchise is reportedly exploring the possibility of bringing Mo Williams aboard, as the 30-year-old former All-Star is still looking for a job.
Still hard to pinpoint a frontrunner for Mo Williams but hearing Grizzlies are firmly in mix for vet PG who's unexpectedly still available— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 27, 2013
Williams would add some much-needed shooting to a lineup that lacked in that department last year, and he has the ability to instantly energize an offense coming off the bench.
The 10-year veteran proved that he could still contribute with the Utah Jazz last season, racking up averages of 12.9 points, 6.2 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 46 games.
Memphis would be much better off with Williams soaking up many of the minutes that Jerryd Bayless received last season, especially during the playoffs.
Williams is an experienced winner whose leadership and three-point stroke would help take the Grizzlies to new heights this coming campaign, so it is imperative that the up-and-coming franchise ink him to a contract sooner than later.
Delonte West Drawing Interest
Despite not playing NBA ball since May of 2012, Delonte West is starting to intrigue a number of suitors around the league.
Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest is reporting that the New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies have both probed into the availability of the 30-year-old guard in order to bolster their respective bench units.
However, Haynes found that the talks were just preliminary, and neither club is expected to make a splash signing anytime soon.
Is West worth the risk?
West holds career averages of 9.7 points, 3.6 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. He is a versatile, smart player that excels at defense and knocking down shots at a consistent clip.
Unfortunately, the eight-year veteran suffers from bipolar disorder, which has led to numerous off-the-court issues during his career.
Expect any team interested in West’s services to take this into serious consideration and employ an extensive background check in order to make sure that the guard has it under control before offering him a contract.
Mavs Still in Oden Sweepstakes
The Dallas Mavericks are still holding out hope that Greg Oden can make his triumphant return to the NBA as a member of their roster and that he will play a big part of the team’s center rotation.
Fortunately, the organization is still in the running and could potentially sign the big man to a contract in the coming week.
According to Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Mavs are still amongst the half-dozen squads with a chance to ink the former No. 1 pick to a new deal.
#Mavs are one of six teams still in the hunt for center Greg Oden, who is expected to announce this week which team he's going to sign with.— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) July 28, 2013
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported last week that Oden would be choosing between the Sacramento Kings, Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets, Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs and of course, the Mavs.
Free agent center Greg Oden to make decision next week picking from Sacramento, Miami, ATL, NO, San Antonio & Dallas, source told Y! Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 23, 2013
It’ll be quite interesting to see where the seven-footer finally signs. The announcement should come sometime in the next few days, so stay tuned.