September is generally a quiet month in the NBA, but things have changed quiet a bit in recent years, thanks to the latest collective bargaining agreement.
Instead of partaking in a splurge of veteran free-agent signings, smart organizations are instead choosing to weigh their options heading into training camp.
That doesn’t mean that players without a job are essentially out of luck until October; some franchises around the league reportedly have their eyes on a handful of veterans who would be brought in as role players.
Let’s take a look at who could be inking a deal in the coming month.
Bassy Receiving Interest
Sebastian Telfair never lived up to the hype he received coming out of high school in 2004, but he’s carved out a solid NBA career that looks like it will continue at least one more year.
According to HoopsWorld’s Alex Kennedy, the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers have both expressed interest in the 28-year-old point guard. The Knicks had been talking with Telfair’s camp but are instead leaning towards bringing in a big man to round out their roster.
Telfair holds career averages of 7.4 points, 3.5 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game in nine seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors.
While he’s never going to be a star in the league, Telfair is a decent backup guard who can handle the ball well and score at will against subpar defenders.
Expect to see him put his signature on a new contract sooner than later.
Sixers May Sign Gibson
The Philadelphia 76ers are preparing to have one of the worst seasons of any NBA team this year, but the club still has to sign some veterans in order to meet the minimum salary requirements.
Daniel “Boobie” Gibson is one of the players the organization is reportedly considering bringing in to help get to that minimum threshold, as per Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio.
The seven-year veteran has played exclusively for the Cleveland Cavaliers since being selected by the team in the second round of 2006 draft. He became an unrestricted free agent after the 2012-13 campaign.
Gibson—who is married to singer Keyshia Cole—made headlines this summer when he turned himself in to the New Orleans Police Department on battery charges.
The 27-year-old holds career averages of 7.8 points, 2.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds, although his production has declined steadily since his best season (2010-11).
If the Sixers elect to sign Gibson, it is clearly a move to meet the minimum requirements and continue to hold the pole position for a top pick in the loaded 2014 NBA draft.
Ebanks Has Options
Devin Ebanks didn’t contribute much to the Lakers during his three seasons with the organization, but the swingman is drawing quite a bit of interest on the open market.
According to Kennedy, the 23-year-old has received attention from the Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks this offseason. He’s currently weighing his options and likely hoping one of those parties will increase its offer before making a decision.
Ebanks has career numbers of 3.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.4 assists, although he has played in only 63 NBA games since being picked by the Lakers out of West Virginia in the second round of the 2010 draft.
He spent plenty of time in the D-League with the Bakersfield Jam and Los Angeles D-Fenders, but could be poised for a breakout season. The 6’9”, 215-pound forward is oozing upside and athleticism but has yet to put it all together.
Maybe he finally will during his next stop in the Association.
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