NBA Rumors: Breaking Down Latest Buzz on Beno Udrih, Ivan Johnson and More

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NBA Rumors: Breaking Down Latest Buzz on Beno Udrih, Ivan Johnson and More
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The NBA is in full-on hibernation mode as the calendar flips to August, but the rumor mill is still churning out plenty of buzz.

Prior to Friday night, former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden had been the biggest name on the free-agent market, but after his decision to join the two-time defending world champion Miami Heat (per ESPN's Jeff Goodman), the focus will now shift elsewhere:

Below we'll break down some of the latest free agent chatter heading into the weekend. 

 

 

Memphis Grizzlies Eyeing Veteran Beno Udrih?

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Veteran free agent point guard Beno Udrih is on the Memphis Grizzlies radar this August, according to Grizzlies beat writer Ronald Tillery via Twitter:

Udrih started the 2012-13 season with the Milwaukee Bucks before being traded to the Orlando Magic. The 31-year-old averaged 10.2 points and 6.1 assists in 27 games (nine starts) with the Magic late in the season.

The former first-round draft pick has proven to be a reliable backup point guard over the past decade, and would be a solid option behind starter Mike Conley in Memphis.

 

 

Ivan Johnson Drawing Interest from Half a Dozen Teams?

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Free-agent enforcer Ivan Johnson appears to be somewhat of a hot commodity this summer. According to CSNNW.com's Chris Haynes, the former Atlanta Hawk has been talking with six different NBA teams. 

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According to the source via Haynes, there is no front-runner to land Johnson and none of the conversations have gotten serious with better big men still available.

Johnson appeared in 125 regular-season games for the Hawks over the past two seasons, averaging 6.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in nearly 16 minutes per night. He's played in 11 postseason games as well, scoring 4.5 points per game and reeling in 3.4 boards per playoff outing. 

At 6'8", Johnson is a bit undersized at the power forward spot, which can make him a liability at times defensively. But if a team can land him for cheap, his energy and strength on the boards make him a worthwhile short-term investment. 

 

Lou Amundson Looking to Capitalize on Greg Oden's Move

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NBA journeyman Lou Amundson is one of several free-agent power forwards searching for a team this summer, but as ESPN NBA insider Marc Stein points out via Twitter, Amundson's future will likely be impacted by former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden's decision:

Oden agreed to sign with the Miami Heat on Friday night, meaning that the defending world champions likely won't come calling for Amundson's services anytime soon.

But that still leaves the 6'9" reserve with several interested clubs, including the Indiana Pacers, who he is familiar with having played in 60 regular-season games for them in 2011-12.

An active body around the rim, Amundson isn't going to score a ton of points in the paint, but his energy and leaping ability make him an excellent addition to any NBA rotation. 

 

 

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