The 2013 NBA offseason has been one of the more interesting ones in recent years.
A number of intriguing talents remain unsigned, as these players attempt to negotiate with teams hindered by the salary cap and a brutal luxury tax that deters clubs from making expensive, rash decisions.
This is a good thing from a fan’s perspective, as the quality around the league should go up and general managers are thinking more than ever—but it’s likely a nerve-wracking experience for free agents.
Fortunately, there are still a number of quality organizations with roster space to spare, so let’s take a look at a few candidates to fill these open positions.
Knicks Like Earl Barron
The New York Knicks have 14 players under contract and have room to sign just one one more player prior to the 2013-14 campaign.
One of the numerous possibilities being discussed to claim that vacant roster spot is Earl Barron, the free-agent center who recently played for the Knicks at the end of last season.
According to ESPN New York’s Jared Zwerling, Barron is intrigued by the possibility of returning to the Big Apple and is willing to take the veteran’s minimum to get it done.
The Knicks are also quite interested in retaining Barron’s services, as the 7-footer could be a key contributor against opponents with massive frontcourt talents.
They’ll have to act quickly, as the 32-year-old Barron reportedly has five other training-camp invites.
Although he has career averages of just 4.9 points and 3.7 rebounds, Barron is a great end-of-the-bench talent that can play a valuable—if limited—role in the Knicks’ quest to win a championship next season.
With the need for one more big man along the injury-prone New York front line, don’t be surprised if Barron ends up being selected for the job.
Kris Joseph Weighing Options
Kris Joseph starred for the Syracuse Orange for four years and is now looking for some consistency at the next level.
According to CSNNW.com’s Chris B. Haynes, the forward is weighing his options and will decide between taking his talents to Italy, Russia or France, or trying to remain in the United States and catch on with an NBA team via training camp.
The 6’7”, 210-pound swingman averaged just 0.9 points and 0.7 rebounds in 5.4 minutes per game, participating in six contests with the Boston Celtics and four with the Brooklyn Nets last season.
At 24 years old, Joseph is likely trying to cash in and put a stop to his days of bouncing around the D-League and the end of NBA benches.
If he can find a team in the Association that will actually give him a chance to display his talents, the former Orangeman would be wise to take his talents there.
If not, expect Josh to ink a lucrative deal to star in Europe for a few seasons before rebooting his NBA dream.
Cole Aldrich Looking for Opportunity in Sacramento
Cole Aldrich’s career has not panned out as expected since being selected No. 11 overall in the 2010 draft, as the big man has averaged just 2.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per contest.
He’s hoping to capitalize on the progress he made in Sacramento, the last of his three NBA stops in a short, three-year career.
As per Jonathan Santiago and James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom, the Kings brought in Aldrich for a private workout earlier this week but did not sign him to a new contract.
In just 15 games with the club, the former Kansas star averaged 3.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in just 11.7 minutes per game. At 24 years of age, Aldrich still has plenty of upside and could be a solid contributor behind DeMarcus Cousins.
While there’s no pretending that he has the skills to become a starter in this league, Aldrich could be a decent backup.
The Kings—who aren’t projected to contend for at least a few seasons—should be willing to give him a chance to flourish.
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