The 2013 NBA offseason is humming along, with over a week in August already in the rearview and just about a month to get through before the preseason begins.
Even though there hasn’t been much action over the past few weeks, that doesn’t mean that the rumor mill has stopped churning.
There are still plenty of signings that need to happen, contracts that need to be extended and more before the 2013-14 campaign kicks off.
Let’s take a look at some of the latest buzz on these matters and everything else pertinent around the league in Thursday’s rumor roundup.
Larry Sanders Close to Contract Extension
The Milwaukee Bucks are making it a priority to lock down their premier lockdown defender for a few more years.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the two parties are trying to hammer out a long-term agreement prior to the Oct. 31 deadline for extensions on players from the Class of 2010.
Sanders, the No. 15 overall selection in that draft class, emerged as one of the NBA’s premier defensive players in his first three seasons.
Should the Bucks extend Sanders for $10 million-plus per season?
He holds career averages of 6.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game and took a major step forward during the 2012-13 campaign—putting up 9.8 points, 9.5 boards and 2.8 blocks per contest.
As a shot-blocking big man that can protect the rim, the 6’11” Sanders is going to command a massive extension—especially now that the Bucks have cap room with the departures of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis.
Stein reported that Sanders would likely earn over $10 million per season once the deal is finalized.
As long as Sanders keeps improving and stays at the top of his class defensively, the center will be worth every penny.
Knicks Land Beno Udrih
The New York Knicks have made it no secret that they desired to land Beno Udrih to fill out their backcourt rotation this summer.
According to Newsday’s Al Iannazzone, the club’s pursuit has paid off, with the two sides agreeing on a one-year, $1.27 million minimum contract.
Beno Udrih will sign a one-year deal with the Knicks according to a league source.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) August 8, 2013
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst confirmed the signing on Thursday morning.
Knicks have agreed to terms with PG Beno Udrih for $1.27M, according to sources. Knicks payroll with luxury is now $119,800,137— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) August 8, 2013
The 31-year-old Udrih made $7 million last year but hasn’t made a playoff appearance since the 2007 NBA Finals. He already won two rings as a backup with the San Antonio Spurs but likely had the itch to join a contender after so many years with mediocre organizations.
New York offers the left-handed point guard a chance to make a difference on a contender, providing insurance behind Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni and a solid presence in the locker room.
The nine-year veteran holds career averages of 9.1 points, 3.6 assists and 2.2 rebounds per contest and has proven to be a reliable player in limited minutes, which is just what the Knicks need at this juncture.
76ers Looking at Coaches, Chris Duhon
The Philadelphia 76ers are sure to be one of the worst teams in the Association this season, but that hasn’t stopped general manager Sam Hinkie from making well-planned choices in free agency and when choosing his coaching staff.
Philly is the last franchise without a head coach installed, which gives Hinkie the luxury of taking the interview process at his own pace and choosing the right man for the job.
However, it will have to end eventually. According to The Boston Globe’s Baxter Holmes, the search will conclude within a week, with Boston Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga still garnering consideration for the gig.
Source on @Sixers' coaching search: "It'll all play out (this) week." Celtics asst. Jay Larranaga still in the mix.— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) August 7, 2013
Whoever is selected will have his work cut out, as the Sixers' young roster is largely devoid of any experienced talent.
One veteran player the team is reportedly looking at is Chris Duhon, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Knicks and 76ers are showing interest in free agent guard Chris Duhon, league sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 7, 2013
Duhon last played for the Los Angeles Lakers and has spent nine seasons bouncing around the league with the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and Orlando Magic. He holds career averages of 6.5 points, 4.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game.
He would come on a cheap contract and serve as a mentor to some of the younger players on the roster, including first-round draft pick Michael Carter-Williams.
It’ll be intriguing to see if Philly ends up inking him to a deal this offseason.