The doldrums of the 2013 NBA offseason are here, with transactions at a minimum, trade talk nearly dead and almost every marquee free agent already inked to a new contract.
Fortunately, there are still a handful of notable players left on the market and plenty of roster spots available for them to choose between. Although there isn’t much money for the contending teams to spend, there is the attractive chance to chase a championship.
Let’s take a look at a few veterans and other players that could be signing on for a minimum contract in order to try to win a ring in 2014, plus highlight some other players still on the open market in Thursday’s rumor roundup.
Antawn Jamison Weighing Options
The Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and Chicago Bulls are all in the market for a big man that can shoot, making forward Antawn Jamison one of the premier free agents still available.
According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, all three of the above teams are interested in bringing in the 15-year veteran and using him to bolster the bench.
Jamison has reportedly spoken with members of the Clips organization—including new head coach Doc Rivers—and is being pursued by Memphis and Chicago.
The 37-year-old last played for the Los Angeles Lakers, coming off the pine to average 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds—even though he received wildly inconsistent minutes throughout the year.
Jamison will serve as a great presence in both the locker room and on the floor, as the stretch forward still has the ability to make a real impact during a championship run.
Knicks Hoping to Nab Beno Udrih
The New York Knicks may not have any salary cap space, but that hasn’t stopped them from acquiring top-notch free agents such as Metta World Peace and Kenyon Martin.
Their next target is reportedly point guard Beno Udrih, according to ESPN New York’s Ian Begley.
Although Udrih has two championship rings from his time with the San Antonio Spurs, the nine-year veteran has yet to make an appearance in a playoff contest since the 2007 NBA Finals.
The 31-year-old journeyman last played for the Orlando Magic and averaged 10.2 points and 6.1 assists in 27 games for the young squad.
Although he wouldn’t play as big a role in the Big Apple, Udrih would make a perfect third guard and be in line for major minutes in case of an injury.
Most importantly, he’d finally get to see some more playoff action and possibly even add another ring to his collection next spring.
Ivan Johnson Fishing for Deals
After a pair of solid seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, forward Ivan Johnson is searching for a new home and contract.
According to ESPN New York’s Jared Zwerling, there has been no update on the Knicks quest to sign him and he is waiting for the right offer to come along.
New York could only offer the veteran’s minimum, which Johnson may feel is too low for his services.
The 29-year-old holds career averages of 6.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 15.8 minutes of play.
He’s been a spark plug off the bench and provided the Hawks with plenty of toughness and intensity during his two seasons in the ATL.
It remains to be seen if the talented but sometimes troubled big man will be able to find a job with a team that is willing to invest more money that a minimum contract.
He certainly has shown flashes of great talent, but at this juncture of free agency the pickings are slim.
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