NBA Rumors: Recent Buzz Surrounding Remaining Free Agents

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIAugust 31, 2013

Feb 19, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Boston Celtics center Fab Melo (13) warming up before the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 97-90. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
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The free-agent market may have slowed down considerably over the past few weeks, but there are still a number of free agents that have generated buzz and several rumors on possible new locations in the NBA.

At this point, the remaining available free agents aren't going to be superstars or even All-Star-caliber players, but they are guys that could come in and add some depth to their respective teams.  Some are younger players who are still developing, while others are established veterans who could come in and provide some leadership in the locker room.

So, which current available players are still garnering some interest?  Let's go ahead and take a look.


Fab Melo, Center

It was not a good year for Fab Melo with the Boston Celtics last season.  

Melo struggled when he was able to get on the court in his rookie season in Boston.  He played in just six games, averaging 1.2 points and 0.5 rebounds per game.  The Celtics decided to part ways with their former first-round draft pick, trading him to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Now, even the Grizzlies have decided they don't want Melo.  According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Grizzlies waived Melo on Friday.

Although it's pretty late to be released, Melo is now one of the best remaining free agents on the market.  He's a 7'0'' big man who is still young and could develop into a very good player, and that's a rare commodity in the free-agent market, especially this late.

Whoever takes Melo will need to help him develop, but with his release, Melo will now be an intriguing target for some NBA teams.


Quentin Richardson, Small Forward

It feels like the free-agent pool is getting bigger rather than smaller at this point.

The Toronto Raptors decided to part ways with the 33-year-old veteran on Friday, reported once again by Adrian Wojnarowski.

Where Melo is a guy that needs to develop, Richardson is an established veteran in this league.  He may not be the most productive player at his age, but he can become a veteran leader on a team that doesn't have a lot of older players.

Richardson played in just one game last season, scoring five points in 29 minutes.  While he hardly played last year, his career numbers have been respectable.  Since 2000, he's averaged 10.3 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 39.7 percent from the field.

Yes, Richardson's career is nearly over, but a team with a lot of young talent like the Charlotte Bobcats could use another seasoned presence in the locker room.


Khalif Wyatt, Shooting Guard

He may not have any NBA experience and may not have been drafted, but undrafted free agent Khalif Wyatt may have a shot to make an NBA roster in the coming months.

According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia 76ers may make an offer to Wyatt to attend training camp and make a case for a spot on their final roster.  The report says that:

Don't be surprised if former Temple standout Khalif Wyatt receives a training camp invitation and spends some time with the Sixers during the regular season. The 6-foot-4 guard could fill a void on a team in desperate need of a long-range shooter.

The Norristown native stood out for the Sixers in the Orlando Summer League. Wyatt averaged a team-best 13.8 points per game, or an analytic-friendly one point per 1.4 minutes. Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, the second overall pick, averaged one point per 1.7 minutes.

But the Sixers were even more impressed with Wyatt's ballhandling, passing, and leadership. After initially looking out of place, Wyatt was effective running the offense.

It's always an uphill battle for an undrafted free agent to make a final roster, but Wyatt was an incredibly talented player at Temple.  He averaged 20.5 points and 4.0 assists per game last season and shot 41.7 percent.  He had two incredible games in the NCAA tournament, scoring 31 against both NC State and Indiana.  

He may be a long shot, but at least Wyatt could be getting a potential chance at joining the 76ers.  With how good he was in college, I wouldn't count him out.