NBA Rumors: Free-Agent Point Guards Garnering Significant Interest

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIAugust 5, 2013

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With the 2013 period of NBA free agency winding down, all 30 franchises are examining last-minute deals with potential role players. Some are coming to the conclusion that their roster is set, while others are looking to bring players on through their respective training camps, with all sharing common knowledge:

There are free-agent point guards remaining on the open market who are garnering significant interest and could help whichever team they choose to sign with.

In a point guard-driven league, it's imperative that teams create depth at what has become a position of critical need. With the mantra of defense wins championships established, the value of a quality playmaker is undeniable for teams hoping to penetrate the elite defensive fronts.

Even if said players are to come off the bench for a limited amount of time, maintaining the flow of an offense is a difficult task that must be placed in the proper hands.

Fortunately for the teams in need, there is a crop of available point guards who can provide quality minutes. Whether they're spacing the floor, running the pick-and-roll or pushing the pace in transition, each offers his own benefit.

The question is, which point guards are running the rumor mill and where might they end up?


Sebastian Telfair

Age: 28

Experience: 9 Seasons

2012-13 Season Averages

10.92 PER, 16.6 MPG, 5.6 PPG, 2.6 APG, 1.4 RPG, 35.3% 3PT


Sebastian Telfair was once the next big thing in professional basketball, possessing world-class ball-handling ability and family ties to the NBA. Nine years later, Telfair is a backup point guard looking for a contender to join.

According to Alex Kennedy of, the defending champions believe Telfair still has some quality minutes left in him.

Leave it to the Miami Heat to bring us back to 2002.

Telfair and LeBron James infamously appeared on the August 2002 edition of SLAM Magazine. The duo was heralded as the next best players in the world, each dominating his respective position with flash.

Eleven years later, the two friends could be reunited in pursuit of an NBA championship.

Their career paths may have followed different trajectories, but that doesn't mean Telfair can't help LeBron. His shot selection continues to be what keeps him off the floor, but Telfair had made 38.1 percent of his three-point field-goal attempts before the Phoenix Suns traded him.

That type of floor-spacing ability would be valuable, specifically off of the catch.

Furthermore, Telfair wouldn't be required to play a significant amount of minutes but instead serve as a complementary piece to Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole. With the ability to break down a defense with his handles, the drive-and-dish approach he's employed would work to perfection in Miami, where shooters are at a premium.

Stardom is all but out of the question at this point, but for a journeyman who has never once been a part of a winning culture, joining Miami could be what Telfair needs to find his niche.


Beno Udrih

Age: 31

Experience: 9 Seasons

2012-13 Season Averages

14.28 PER, 22.1 MPG, 8.2 PPG, 4.6 APG, 2.1 RPG


Beno Udrih is a veteran point guard with a smooth jumper and a reliable approach as a facilitator. He possesses three-point range, has a career mark of 1.5 turnovers per game and is coming off of a scorching finish to the 2012-13 season.

According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, Udrih's agent, Marc Cornstein, claimed five teams are interested in acquiring his services. Per Berman, one of those teams is the New York Knicks.

Marc Stein of ESPN reports that another potential suitor is the Memphis Grizzlies.

Regardless of where he ends up, every team knows what to expect from Udrih.

The southpaw has one of the best mid-range jump shots in the NBA, converting 50.3 percent in 2012-13. Not only can he knock the shot down, but he also does so off of the catch and pulling up in transition.

That's the type of attribute every team would love to welcome into its rotation.

During the final month of the 2012-13 season, Udrih averaged 13.6 points, 8.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game. With a career slash line of .462/.352/.826, it's clear that efficiency is also up his alley, which makes this potential signing so intriguing.

Regardless of where he ends up, Udrih will be a consistent source of offense.


Mo Williams

Age: 30

Experience: 10 Seasons

2012-13 Season Averages

14.47 PER, 12.9 PPG, 6.2 APG, 2.4 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 38.3% 3PT


With Brandon Jennings off of the market, the label of "How isn't he signed yet?" has now been placed upon Mo Williams. The 30-year-old has a history of injuries, but he's also one of the better offensive point guards in basketball.

You can debate that, if you'd like, but the 30-year-old is an elite three-point shooter who runs the pick-and-roll and creates for himself off of the bounce. Truth be told, there isn't much more you could ask for from Williams.

That's exactly why Marc Stein of ESPN reports that he's on the Grizzlies' radar.

If health weren't an issue for Williams, he would've been one of the first point guards to come off of the open market. Unfortunately, he's played in at least 70 games in just two of his 10 NBA campaigns and missed 36 outings in 2012-13.

When he's healthy, he's a career 38.6 percent shooter from three-point range.

Williams certainly makes sense for Memphis, as the Grizzlies were dead last in three-point field goals made at 4.7 in 2012-13. They were also 24th in three-point field-goal percentage at 34.5 percent.

Jerryd Bayless played well for Memphis last season, but until the 24-year-old truly comes into his own, Williams is the better option.

The key here is that Williams, albeit undersized, can play shooting guard in a pinch. Your quintessential sixth man, he can come off the bench, contribute at multiple positions and put up points in a hurry.

With the Grizzlies serving as the NBA's leading scoring defense, it doesn't get much better than adding an elite jump-shooter this late in free agency.