NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz on Teams Seeking Veteran Free Agents to Fill Roster
Entering August, the NBA's free-agency period has come to a near stop as the marquee talents in the class are already spoken for.
But that doesn't mean that there aren't some valuable veterans remaining on the market that could wind up playing key roles for a contender next season.
Greg Oden, Beno Udrih and Delonte West highlight an interesting group of free-agent options that have yet to be signed. Here are the latest rumblings surrounding where each of them might be headed.
Oden to Decide Between Five Teams Over Weekend
If you thought Dwight Howard was bad, try following Greg Oden's free agency. The oft-injured big man has been recruited by a myriad of franchises but is taking his time before deciding where he wants to play next season.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the 25-year-old center will probably not decide where he will sign until the weekend at least. Jackson also adds that Oden's agent, Mike Conley Sr., says his client won't necessarily take the most money available, and no official offers have been made.
Jackson mentions that there are five teams in the running for Oden, but he doesn't mention them by name. However, Marc Stein of ESPN listed six potential suitors for the big man on July 28.
Known Greg Oden pursuers: Heat, Spurs, Pelicans, Mavs, Hawks & Kings. All but Dallas sent reps to Indianapolis this week to scout him live— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 28, 2013
Miami's presence on the list makes Conley's statement on money's role in his decision interesting. The Heat will likely be forced to offer the minimum but could attract Oden because his size and rebounding would allow him to play some minutes for a team that has back-to-back titles.
Knicks Trying to Sway Beno Udrih?
After bringing Andrea Bargnani into the fold, signing Metta World Peace and re-signing Kenyon Martin, the New York Knicks have done what they can to improve the team over the offseason with limited cap space.
They might not be done yet though.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the team is trying to convince Beno Udrih to sign on for the league minimum.
Hearing: Knicks can only offer minimum, but I'm told they're trying hard to convince free-agent PG Beno Udrih to take it and come to NYC— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 31, 2013
The signing would be a fairly large coup for the Knicks. The 31-year-old Udrih averaged 10.2 points and 6.1 assists per game for the Orlando Magic after being traded to the team midseason. Given that current backup point guard option Pablo Prigioni averaged just 3.5 points and 3.0 assists per game last season, Udrih would be a nice upgrade.
Delonte West Also on Knicks' Radar
With three open roster spots, the New York Knicks appear to be keeping their options open. As Ian Begley of ESPN New York reports, the team has had preliminary talks with Delonte West.
At this point in time a contract has not been offered and Begley stresses that no offer is imminent. However, it could be speculated that West might serve as a strong option in the event that the Knicks are unable to sign Udrih.
West hasn't seen NBA action since the 2011-12 season when he averaged 9.6 points and 3.2 assists per game for the Dallas Mavericks. He's obviously a major risk, but his playoff experience could provide good value at a cheap price.
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