The 2013 NBA offseason is closer to the end than it is the beginning, yet some of the biggest names of the summer remain available. From young scorers with star potential to quality role players that made their mark in the postseason, there are players inexplicably still available.
The question is, what is the latest buzz surrounding the best remaining talent?
Certain players have developed a reputation as an inconsistent player, thus leading to the belief that they're not worth the major dollars. Others have age or injuries going against them, thus leading to a delay in their signing.
One way or another, multiple names of note are still available.
DeJuan Blair Seeking Sign-and-Trade
According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com, over a dozen teams have expressed some form of interest in signing DeJuan Blair. Blair hasn't ruled anything out, but remains dedicated to his desire to sign a multi-year deal or have the San Antonio Spurs facilitate a sign-and-trade.
Thus far, neither dream has come to fruition.
If Blair is unable to secure a multi-year deal, he would be open to signing a one-year contract and earning a lengthy contract. The issue here, of course, is that Blair has no ACLs in his knees and is thus a walking injury concern.
Seeing as he's managed to stay healthy throughout his four-year NBA career, perhaps those concerns are overstated.
In terms of the financial risk, Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York reports that Blair is looking for a contract in the neighborhood of $3 million per season. As an aggressive rebounder and skilled offensive player, there's certainly reason to take that type of gamble.
Whoever does will likely realize what type of gem has been hidden in San Antonio.
Brandon Jennings Considering Qualifying Offer
When it comes to players who shouldn't still be free agents, no individual is quite as surprising as Brandon Jennings. Shot selection may not be a phrase in his vocabulary, but Jennings has as much upside as any point guard in the game.
According to Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld.com, Jennings is preparing to put his future first and sign the Milwaukee Bucks' qualifying offer worth $4.53 million.
If Jennings is to sign that contract, he would become an unrestricted free agent in 2014. It's unclear if the market would change at this rate, but giving himself one year to put on a spectacle wouldn't be a bad idea.
Especially after Jennings has displayed so much development at the age of 23.
During the 2012-13 NBA regular season, Jennings averaged 17.5 points and set career highs with 6.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Jennings also shot a career-best 37.5 percent from three-point range and 81.9 from the free-throw line.
Unfortunately, he also shot 39.9 percent from the field and averaged the most turnovers of his career—and that's why Jennings remains unemployed.
Kyler reports that the Bucks are adamant about re-signing Jennings, regardless of what's transpired to date. Unfortunately, Jennings appears to be far from committed to a long-term contract.
Jennings will sign at some point, and Milwaukee appears to be the only destination worth speaking on—just don't expect him to stick around for long.
Kenyon Martin Not a Lock in New York
The New York Knicks have one of the most rabid fanbases in all of professional sports. If there's been one shared sentiment during the 2013 NBA offseason, it's been that New York's supporters would like the Knicks to re-sign Kenyon Martin.
According to Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York, there's a chance that Martin chooses to chase the money.
Requests for updates from Martin's representation were unanswered. A player source told ESPNNewYork.com that Martin remains "a good possibility" for the Knicks, but he could still be in the market for a $3 million deal. The Knicks only have veteran's minimums to spend, and they could be exploring cheaper alternatives who have fresher legs.
This is the same story that we heard in 2012, when Martin held out until he signed with the Knicks in late February.
There's no question that Martin would help the Knicks, as he was absolutely sensational for them in 2012-13, finishing with regular-season averages of 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds on 60.2 percent shooting from the field in 23.9 minutes per game.
Come the playoffs, with Tyson Chandler severely hindered by injuries, Martin displayed positional versatility, ran in transition and defended all three frontcourt positions.
If they bring Martin back, the Knicks would add a much-needed defensive upgrade to their interior. Chandler may be a former Defensive Player of the Year, but Amar'e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani underwhelm on that end.
Our money is on Martin taking less cash for a chance to win in New York.
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