NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Veteran Free Agents
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At this point in the offseason, teams are looking to add the finishing touches to their rosters. Veterans are trying to find the right fit.
Contenders are still making headlines by showing interest in veteran free agents. Teams are searching for role players who can make an impact. The Miami Heat have set the standard of bringing in veterans to help win a championship.
Free agency has slowed down lately, but there are still veteran players looking for a place to play next season.
Here's a list of players who have been in the news recently.
Lamar Odom, PF
The veteran played with the Los Angeles Clippers last season, and the team has interest in re-signing him.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported on Thursday that the Clippers are hoping to bring Odom back.
The 6'10" power forward has turned into a role player in recent seasons, but he can still contribute to a contending team. He averaged four points, 3.7 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game in 19.7 minutes last season.
For the Clippers, it would be a low-risk deal. The money wouldn't be an issue for the team, as Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported that the Clippers are willing to give Odom the veteran minimum.
Clippers willing to offer Lamar Odom vet. mim. of $1.4 million. Odom would like more, but no team has offered LO anything more.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) August 16, 2013
Odom has always been a good influence in the locker room, which is one reason the Clippers are interested in bringing him back. He wouldn't be expected to put up big numbers, but the team would hope that he could give them quality minutes.
It isn't the type of deal that Odom would like, but it may be the best offer he is going to get.
The Clippers give Odom a legitimate chance to win. The 33-year-old can benefit from playing under Doc Rivers. Odom would give the Clippers a big man who can come off the bench and be a good teammate.
Antawn Jamison, F
The weirdest situation has got to be with Antawn Jamison. Turner also reported that the Clippers are interested in the veteran, but the team is focused on re-signing Odom.
Clippers informed former Laker Antawn Jamison team waiting on answer from Lamar Odom as preferred option before Jamison, sources.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) August 16, 2013
Jamison may be forced to wait for Odom to decide what he's going to do, or he could look for another option.
The 37-year-old went to the Los Angeles Lakers last season to contend for a title, but things didn't work out the way he had hoped. Now he could be staying in Los Angeles but switching teams.
Jamison has put up quality numbers even as he has aged. He averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds last season, but he averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds as a starter two seasons ago.
There aren't many veteran players on the market who can make an impact like Jamison. He can come off the bench and provide quality minutes. He is a productive player who could be the final piece to a contending team's roster.
Earl Barron, C
The New York Knicks are another contending team looking to add depth. Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the team is interested in bringing back Earl Barron.
His career numbers aren't anything special, but it would be a good fit. He has averaged 3.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in seven seasons in the NBA. He has only played in 124 games in those seven seasons and has played in more than 12 games twice.
The Knicks are looking to add depth at center. Barron would give the Knicks size and someone who can grab rebounds.
In Zwerling's report, he noted that five other teams have invited Barron to camp. However, the Knicks and Barron are looking to get something done. If they don't, Barron has other options.
*All stats are courtesy of NBA.com.
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