The 2013-14 NBA regular-season schedule has been announced, superstars have found new homes, and the levels of anticipation have reached a new high. Even with the news that has already been presented, we're still left with notable players remaining on the open market.
The question is, what's the latest buzz surrounding the biggest names remaining on the open market?
Point guards are at a premium, and big men specializing on offense are becoming more valuable by the minute. With contenders looking to improve their chances of winning a title, a sense of urgency is growing just as rapidly as the stock of the remaining free agents.
Who are the top free agents remaining, and what does their future hold?
Antawn Jamison, Doc Rivers Meet
According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, veteran forward Antawn Jamison is drawing interest from the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies. All three teams are title contenders, each one hoping to bolster its second unit with the addition of a high-quality veteran.
Per Shelburne, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has gone as far as meeting face-to-face with Jamison.
Veteran forward Antawn Jamison and Clippers coach and senior vice president of player personnel Doc Rivers had dinner Saturday night in Los Angeles, a source with knowledge of the situation told ESPNLosAngeles.com.
No offer was made, but there are plans for the Clippers and Jamison's representatives to speak soon.
Jamison last played for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012-13.
There's no question that he still has something left in the tank, as Jamison averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds as recently as 2011-12. During his lone season with the Lakers, however, he struggled to find consistent playing time under Mike D'Antoni.
Even still, the 37-year-old averaged 15.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per 36 minutes on a true shooting percentage of .561.
Jamison certainly makes sense for a Clippers team that struggles to score in the half court and lacks a consistent back-to-the-basket attack. The addition of shooters such as Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick should help along the perimeter, but down low, L.A. is in need of aid.
Jamison's diverse offensive attack, which includes a solid three-point shot and a crafty post-up approach, is exactly what could help L.A. make the leap to title contention.
The Bulls don't need Jamison with Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson at the 4, but the Grizzlies are another story. Ed Davis is a quality backup, but for a team that's fresh off of a Western Conference Finals appearance, its needs a reliable source of interior contributions.
At this point, it appears as if it'll all come down to the Clippers and Grizzlies in a bidding war for the veteran's services.
Beno Udrih, Mo Williams on Memphis' Radar
As previously alluded to, the Grizzlies are in the market for interior depth as they pursue Jamison. While their desire to bring on an additional big man may be established, Memphis isn't stopping there.
Per Marc Stein of ESPN, the Grizzlies are also pursuing Beno Udrih and Mo Williams.
A smooth-shooting guard is exactly what Memphis needs.
During the 2012-13 NBA regular season, the Grizzlies ranked 30th in three-point field goals made at 4.7 per game. They were also in the bottom 10 of three-point field-goal percentage, which paints one clear picture: They can't shoot.
Udrih and Williams can.
Williams has struggled to stay healthy, but he's also a career 38.6 percent three-point shooter. In 2012-13, he shot 38.3 percent from distance, further establishing his reputation as one of the smoothest-shooting point guards in the league.
Udrih isn't the same caliber three-point shooter, converting at a career clip of 35.2 percent from beyond the arc. With that being said, Udrih is in the running for the label of the best mid-range marksman in the league.
He made 50.3 percent from mid-range during the 2012-13 season and averaged 13.6 points and 8.1 assists during the final month. In other words, the man can knock down jumpers and play the role of facilitator.
Regardless of whom the Grizzlies choose, they'll be adding a player who can shoot the lights out.
Sebastian Telfair on Miami's Radar
The Miami Heat are the two-time defending NBA champions, possessing legitimate superstars and a high-quality bench. At the point guard position, they have two of the better effort players in basketball with Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole.
That isn't stopping them from pursuing a former high school basketball star.
Don't be too surprised.
Sebastian Telfair may not have lived up to the hype, but the 28-year-old has improved his jump shooting. For a Heat team with primary ball-handlers in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, that's just about all it could ask for from a reserve.
Keep in mind, Telfair and LeBron James are friends from their days as high school stars.
Telfair would add elite ball-handling skills and a quality three-point shooter to a team that truly doesn't need much aid. While quality players can be found at virtually every position in Miami's rotation, there truly is no harm in pursuing the Brooklyn prodigy.
Not for a team with this much star power.
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