The 2013 NBA regular season is just over two months away, and the offseason is roughly two months in. With time running out for teams to make preseason acquisitions, that has general managers surveying the open market for the remaining veterans and evaluating their current rosters.
The question is, where will the remaining players end up?
Veterans are at a premium, with former NBA champions and quality athletes remaining available via free agency. While the stars may be gone, the type of players who can help shape a second unit remain available.
Here's who they are and where they may end up.
Richard Hamilton Has Options, Per Himself
Richard Hamilton is a former NBA champion, a three-time All-Star and has posted a career average of 17.1 points per game. Now 35, the smooth-shooter is in search of a new home to resume his playing career after spending two injury-plagued season with the Chicago Bulls.
According to Hamilton's official Twitter account, he has options to choose from.
First time I've been a free agent at the beginning of a summer in my entire career. Several choices… http://t.co/zJnyZEnbqJ— Rip Hamilton (@ripcityhamilton) July 20, 2013
No reports have emerged to confirm Hamilton's tweet.
The photograph placed above is from Hamilton's Instagram account, seemingly highlighting his potential destinations. With that being established, Hamilton has missed at least 27 games in each of the past four seasons.
An injury-prone 35-year-old is what you call risky to sign.
There is reason for interest, as Hamilton is a 14-year veteran with 130 games of postseason experience. Not only has Hamilton played in numerous postseasons, but he's averaged 19.8 points per game in that time.
Even at an older age, Hamilton would offer quality veteran leadership for a postseason team. The question is, which of his reported options will Rip choose?
Antawn Jamison or Lamar Odom?
According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Clippers are interested in signing veteran forward Antawn Jamison. Jamison reportedly met with Clippers head coach Doc Rivers and was ready to join the organization.
Per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, however, the Clippers view Jamison as a second option to Lamar Odom.
Free agent F Antawn Jamison was led to believe he was signing with LAC before being told today they preferred Lamar Odom, Y! source said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 16, 2013
A surprising turn of events, to say the least.
Odom remains a quality reserve, specifically on the glass, where he averaged his best per-48 mark since 2010, per ESPN, during the 2012-13 season. With that being said, the Clippers are a team that lacks any form of a low-post scoring presence.
Odom didn't help in that regard last season, and there's limited reason to believe in his doing so in 2013-14.
Jamison, meanwhile, posted his best true shooting percentage since 2004, per ESPN, despite playing the most inconsistent role of his career. The year prior, Jamison averaged 17.2 points per game with the Cleveland Cavaliers and continued to shine as a jump-shooter and as a source of low-post aid.
If the Clippers aren't interested in his services, Shelburne reports that both the Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies are looking to bring Jamison on board.
Ivan Johnson Weighing Options
Ivan Johnson has spent the past two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, developing a reputation as one of the better role players in the NBA. There may not be much flash to his game, but Johnson is a physical player who does the dirty work down low and plays with an extraordinary motor.
With the offers he's receiving underwhelming both he and his agent, HoopsHype reports that Johnson could move overseas.
Agent Jeremiah Haylett tells HoopsHype he's looking at overseas options for his client Ivan Johnson too.— HoopsHype (@hoopshype) August 4, 2013
Johnson has previously played in China, Puerto Rico and South Korea.
Johnson's impact is difficult to measure statistically, as he's far from the most productive player you'll find. Instead, Johnson is an energy player who defends his position well, keeps his man off of the glass and scores with efficiency.
Averaging 6.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.8 steals on 52.0 percent shooting from the field in 15.0 minutes of action won't jump off of the page, but it displays his status as a quality reserve.
Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York previously reported that the New York Knicks are interested in acquiring Johnson's services. With a deep frontcourt, however, there doesn't appear to be a spot for Johnson to step into.
If an NBA team fails to pick Johnson up, losing him to the international game could be a legitimate possibility.