The 2013 NBA offseason is winding down, with only a handful of unsigned talents on the free-agency market and just a few teams still looking to round out their coaching staffs.
Fortunately, the preseason is just over six weeks away—meaning most of the remaining big-name free agents and any assistant worth their salt will be trying to get locked into a deal in the near future.
Let’s take a look at which players are still on the open market—but shouldn’t be for long—a team looking to make even more bench hires this summer and more in Tuesday’s rumor roundup.
Clips Waiting to Nab Odom
The Los Angeles Clippers have installed a solid core of veteran talent around superstar Chris Paul and new head coach Doc Rivers, but still need to fill out the 15-man roster.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears, Rivers is hoping that he can bring back Lamar Odom—who played for the Clips during the 2012-13 campaign—for another run.
The former Boston Celtics coach has always emphasized chemistry in the locker room and recently learned that Odom is one of the better teammates in the league, apparently a big reason why the 2008 championship-winner wants to bring him back aboard.
However, this younger Clippers team doesn’t have as many hungry, aging vets under contract and could definitely use Odom, who averaged 4.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game last year, as a deep-bench glue guy and mentor.
Celtics May Hire Posey
One of the most popular players from Boston’s aforementioned 2008 Finals run was James Posey, a versatile forward that filled a number of roles off the bench for the eventual champs.
He may be back in Celtic green soon enough, as ESPN Boston’s Chris Forsberg is reporting that new head coach Brad Stevens is looking to complete his assistant roster and wants to do so with a former player.
Posey recently entered coaching after his 12-year playing career came to an end after the 2010-11 season.
If Stevens selected him, Posey would bring his chemistry-building personality to a young team that will sorely need it over the next few painful seasons.
The veteran forward also has a championship pedigree, winning one with the C’s and another with the Miami Heat back in 2006.
Although Boston is quite a way from winning another championship at this juncture, Posey could help build the team back up from scratch and into a contender.
Knicks Looking at Options
The New York Knicks have just one contract left to dole out this summer, with 14 players currently on the roster and all expected to start the season with the club.
ESPN New York’s Jared Zwerling reported that the team brass is currently exploring a number of options to fill out this last roster spot and is likely leaning towards a big man.
Cole Aldrich, Earl Barron, Jason Collins, Hamed Haddadi, Jared Jeffries, Jerome Jordan and Shavlik Randolph are all in consideration at this juncture, but it remains to be seen which the team ends up picking.
All of these players have major flaws in their game and aren’t likely to see significant minutes unless there is a serious injury along the front line.
Unfortunately for fans in the Big Apple, that is a very real possible when Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin, Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani are the top options down low.
Expect general manager Glen Grunwald to take his time making this tough decision.