NBA Free Agency Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Remaining Point Guards

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIAugust 7, 2013

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The schedule for the 2013-14 NBA regular season has been released and 30 franchises are looking to improve their squad with a last-minute acquisition. While every position has some form of intrigue, a point guard-driven league has many looking for a player to take lead.

Here's the latest buzz surrounding the remaining point guards who would help contenders reach a new level.

Certain players are capable of becoming backup point guards, stepping in to provide 15-to-20 minutes and a veteran's prowess for a contender. Others are capable of playing more significant minutes, utilizing their greatest strengths to help a team compete for a title.

Regardless of what their reputation may be, each of these players are hot commodities for teams on the rise.

Chris Duhon

Age: 30

Experience: 9 Seasons

2012-13 Season Averages

8.02 PER, 17.8 MPG, 2.9 PPG, 2.9 APG, 1.5 RPG, 36.3% 3PT

During the 2012-13 NBA regular season, Chris Duhon experienced inconsistent playing time and struggled to develop a rhythm within the Los Angeles Lakers' rotation. Upon the respective returns of Steve Blake and Steve Nash, he went from a smooth-shooting reserve to a non-factor.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, that hasn't stopped the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers from targeting the nine-year veteran.

Marc Berman of The New York Post reports that the Knicks don't have interest in Duhon, after all.

Regardless of where he ends up, a contender could do a lot worse than Duhon as they build depth.

For all of his inefficiency, Duhon still managed to post an assist ratio of 44.1 percent and a true shooting percentage of 51.7. Over the past two seasons, he's also shot 39.5 percent from beyond the arc, which is where his value resides.

Every team needs shooters, and the Knicks and Sixers are no exception.

Duhon would be a quality pick-up for a young 76ers team that is in search of a mentor for rookie Michael Carter-Williams. The Knicks, meanwhile, are a team that values shooting as much as any, fresh off of a season in which they set an NBA record with 891 three-point field goals made.

He won't open any eyes with his production, but veteran point guards are of extraordinary value to any team.

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, dominating New York City as a high school basketball star and filling seats at Madison Square Garden before he'd even turned 18. Now, Telfair is a nine-year veteran looking for a job.

According to Alex Kennedy of, Telfair could go from unemployed to a member of the two-time defending NBA champions.

Talk about moving up in the world.

This is as interesting a potential destination as one could imagine, as Telfair has never been a part of a winning culture. The one year he had a mentor, 2011-12, he made improvements under Steve Nash with the Phoenix Suns.

Perhaps reuniting with long-time friend LeBron James is what Telfair needs to finally right the ship.

For those who are wondering why Miami would execute such a deal, it's important to note that Telfair is a significantly improved three-point shooter. He converted at a clip of 35.3 percent in 2012-13, making 38.1 before he was traded to the Toronto Raptors.

For a Heat team that tends to live by the three-ball, adding another second unit shooter is as harmless as it is promising.

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

As previously alluded to, the Knicks are in the market for a point guard and are thus targeting Duhon. With that being established, New York is not limiting it's options to one player.

Per Ian Begley of ESPN New York, the Knicks are interested in signing free agent point guard Beno Udrih. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, they aren't the only team with interest in the 31-year-old.

We can't blame either organization for their intrigue.

Udrih is one of the most underrated players in the NBA, consistently putting together quality seasons and receiving minimal praise for it. With a career .462/.352/.826 slash line, it's evident that Udrih can score with efficiency.

Fresh off of a season in which he posted a 2.9 assist-to-turnover ratio, his value as a facilitator has improved, as well.

After a dreadful season in Milwaukee—something that seems to happen to every guard since forever ago—Udrih stepped up with the Orlando Magic. He averaged 10.2 points and 6.1 assists on 39.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc in 27 games with Orlando.

During the final month of the season, Udrih picked up 13.6 points and 8.1 assists per contest.

The key here is that Udrih shot 50.3 percent from mid-range, improving upon his reputation as one of the best shooters in basketball. Both the Knicks and Grizzlies could use that type of presence, especially with his improvement running the pick-and-roll.

Don't expect Udrih to remain on the open market for much longer.