We’re at that point in the summer where NBA rumors are beginning to dry up.
Almost all of the big names in the free-agent pool have already inked new deals, but there are still some talented players without jobs heading into training camp.
There’s also the possibility of some blockbuster trades going down, including the potential movement of Boston Celtics star point guard Rajon Rondo.
There’s plenty to discuss so let’s get into it.
Detroit Pistons Looking to Make Another Splash
After signing Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings this summer, the new-look Pistons are reportedly still interested in the possibility of acquiring Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.
Boston, as you know, gutted its roster by breaking up the remains of the Big Three this summer. After watching Ray Allen win a trophy with the Miami Heat last season, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett left for Brooklyn. Meanwhile, Doc Rivers jumped ship for greener pastures on the West Coast.
Moving Rondo may be the next logical move for a team that is in the midst of a massive rebuild.
The Pistons' interest in the elite facilitator shouldn’t surprise anyone. Even after acquiring Jennings, the team would benefit tremendously from having a true court general like Rondo running their offense. Jennings is a lot of things, but he might not be the best option for the team, especially if the possibility exists to bring in Rondo.
Miami Heat Eyeing Another New Addition
When you’re on top, everyone wants to join the party. After recently inking injury-plagued center Greg Oden, according to ESPN, the Miami Heat are now interested in journeyman point guard Sebastian Telfair, according to HoopsWorld’s Alex Kennedy.
The 28-year-old Telfair has made his rounds in the league, playing for eight teams during his nine-year NBA career.
Realistically, the Heat could lure any of the top names to join the fold at a reasonable price. That has to be the case, too, because of the amount of money already invested in their star-filled lineup.
As for Telfair, he’s a serviceable backup who has averaged 7.4 points and 3.5 assists per game while clocking around 21 minutes per contest up to this point in his NBA tenure. He won’t be asked to be a primary ball-handler for the team, but he does have plenty of experience in that role, having started 192 games in his career.
Beno Udrih Has Several Interesting Suitors
ESPN’s Marc Stein has provided the latest on free-agent point guard Beno Udrih:
Udrih is reportedly looking for more money than the New York Knicks are able to provide, considering the team only has the $1.4 million veteran’s minimum to offer, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
Berman also indicated that there are five teams still interested in acquiring the veteran point guard.
Memphis is reportedly one of those teams, according to Stein.
Udrih is not a prize to be won at this stage in his career, and there certainly won’t be a bidding war to attain his services. But if the Knicks manage to convince him to come to the Big Apple, it will be due solely to the guard’s preference to play for a contender.
In Memphis, though, Udrih could potentially earn a little more cash and have a more prominent role, considering the team’s lack of depth at point guard. The lefty point guard is a better all-around guard than current backups Jerryd Bayless and Tony Wroten, averaging 8.2 points and 4.6 assists per game while playing in Milwaukee and Orlando last season.
Plus, Memphis is far from a bottom-feeder and could offer up a little more on the financial side than the Knicks. Udrih will have to beat out Mo Williams, though, who the Grizzlies have been in talks with according to Stein.