August’s midpoint may be here, but that doesn’t mean the NBA offseason is completely lifeless.
In years past that may have held true, but 2013 boasts a number of big-name free agents still on the open market and quite a few marquee teams with roster spots left to fill.
Let’s take a look at some of the players looking to score a contract, some of the suitors that are looking for the best bang for the minimal buck and more in Thursday’s rumor roundup.
Cavs Intrigued by Sims
The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the midst of building a contender that will bring playoff basketball to their beleaguered city for the first time since LeBron James took his talents to South Beach.
By adding a No. 1 overall pick in forward Anthony Bennett, former All-Star center Andrew Bynum, veteran bench guard Jarrett Jack and reserve forward Earl Clark, the Cavs look poised to finish within the top eight of the Eastern Conference standings.
However, the roster still isn’t complete and another name could be joining those notable players above—Henry Sims.
According to Mary Schmitt Boyer and Jodie Valade of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cavs have expressed interest in the seven-footer and may bring him to training camp to fight for a spot on the roster.
Fans of the New York Knicks, Erie BayHawks and New Orleans Hornets may know who Sims is, as the D-League star was often rumored to be a call-up in the Big Apple after averaging 16.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in 41 appearances with the BayHawks.
The Hornets finally gave him a ring, but the Georgetown product appeared in just two NBA games and averaged 2.0 points and 1.0 rebound in 2.5 minutes of play.
It’ll be worth monitoring this situation to see if Sims decides to take his chances at the Cavs’ camp or try his luck elsewhere.
Aldrich Hoping Kings Give Him Another Shot
Cole Aldrich is looking for a new contract in the NBA and seems to be hoping that his most recent team—the Sacramento Kings—are willing to extend him one.
As per Jonathan Santiago and James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom, the Kansas product worked out for the organization on Monday, but was not offered any sort of contract.
The former lottery selection has been struggling to adapt to the speed and skill of the NBA game and has played for three teams during his three-year career.
Aldrich was involved in the James Harden trade prior to the 2012-13 campaign—moving from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets—and then flipped at the deadline to Sacramento for a package headline by Thomas Robinson.
He holds career averages of 2.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game, but stepped up to 3.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in just 11.7 minutes per contest during his tenure with the Kings.
The 6’11”, 240-pound behemoth projects to be a decent insurance option behind budding star DeMarcus Cousins and may have the potential to blossom into more than that.
For a young team like the Kings—a club that that has no playoff aspirations in 2014— it would be foolish to pass up Aldrich’s upside. Don’t be surprised if they offer a contract to the 24-year-old in the near future.
Forbes Working Out for Knicks, Lakers
Despite bouncing around the league and overseas during his professional career, it seems that Gary Forbes has attracted the attention of two marquee NBA teams this summer.
Both the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks are at least somewhat interested in the 28-year-old swingman, who last played in the Association during the 2011-12 campaign with the Toronto Raptors.
Forbes holds career averages of 6.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest and has the versatility to play—and guard—a number of positions on the floor.
He’s an accurate shooter with range out to the three-point line, which makes him an intriguing pickup for the Knicks, Lakers, or any other number of teams looking to bolster their wing depth.
While Forbes may not make a huge impact next season, he could definitely fill in and play some minutes in a pinch and serve as a suitable insurance option at the end of the bench.
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