The 2014 NBA free-agency period has certainly been wild. From LeBron James' "Decision 2.0" to Carmelo Anthony's return to New York and Chris Bosh's lucrative contract with Miami, we haven't had a shortage of major headlines.
Although the biggest names have already found new homes for the upcoming season, there's still plenty of solid role players on the open market. They may not be quite as flashy, but the importance of a team's depth can't be stressed enough.
With rumors continuing to swirl around the Web, let's take a look at some recent gossip surrounding the futures of current free agents.
Phoenix Suns Coveting Greg Monroe
The Suns were full of surprises last season, just barely missing out on the playoffs. Phoenix has already undergone some changes this offseason—most notably through the draft—and it appears the team isn't done yet.
According to a report from Jordan Schultz of The Huffington Post, the Suns are looking to secure their interior with Monroe:
Hearing Suns may be considering a Greg Monroe offer. They have space to get both him and Bledsoe but would lose cap flexibility long-term.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) July 20, 2014
Phoenix has a wildly athletic team and is extremely dangerous in transition; however, the team has also been lacking a reliable big man on the inside.
The 24-year-old Monroe has been highly productive for the Detroit Pistons. Last season, he averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 49.7 percent from the floor.
Due to his status as a restricted free agent, teams weren't quick on the draw to put in an offer for Monroe, but that could begin to change with the early free-agency frenzy now in the rearview mirror.
Miami and Indiana Looking at Chris Singleton
The former Washington Wizards small forward is garnering some interest from a couple of teams looking to go deep into the playoffs once again this coming season.
Both the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers are interested in acquiring Singleton's services, according to a tweet from Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:
Wizards free agent Chris Singleton, who avg 3 ppg & 2.2 pg last season, has received interest from likes of Miami & Indiana, a source said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 21, 2014
Sure, Singleton's numbers may not be off the charts—he averaged 3.0 points and 2.2 rebounds per game last season—but that's not exactly his forte. The 6'9", 228-pound forward is a solid defender.
With the Heat and Pacers undergoing plenty of roster changes this offseason, adding situational players for depth purposes isn't a bad idea at all.
Ray Allen Unsure of Future
Allen just turned 39 years of age and is certainly in the twilight of his career. After playing in a rotational capacity for the Heat last season, the veteran shooting guard may decide to depart from the NBA for good, according to a tweet from Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders:
As I tweeted last week, Ray Allen is still unsure if he wants to resume his playing career. He continues to seriously consider retirement.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 21, 2014
Retirement is a reasonable option for Allen—he sure deserves it after all of these years—but he is still a very serviceable player. Last season, he averaged 9.6 points per game while shooting 44.2 percent from the floor.
His ability to contribute off the bench has certainly intrigued the Cleveland Cavaliers' newest member, Mike Miller, according to a report from ESPN.com:
Mike Miller told ESPN Radio on Thursday that he's trying to recruit Ray Allen to sign with the Cavaliers, pointing to the veteran as the kind of player that will help LeBron James and his new team in key spots in the playoffs.
Miller, who agreed to join his good friend James and sign with the Cavs earlier this week, responded "of course," when asked on "The Herd" if he was pitching the Cavs to Allen.
Will Allen be able to resist the urge to play with James and go after a title once more? If he is truly serious about retiring, chances are we'll know soon enough.