NBA Free Agents 2014: Latest Rumors Surrounding Top Available Players

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIJuly 21, 2014

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While the biggest names in NBA free agency this offseason have already signed with their respective teams, there are still a few available free agents generating a good amount of buzz.

The superstars are already done with the free-agent process. Along with LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Carmelo Anthony re-signing with the New York Knicks, players like Pau Gasol and Lance Stephenson have found new homes with the Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Hornets.

Still, there are a few solid players still on the market, so let's take a look at some of the most recent rumors surrounding them.

Note: All contract information provided by Spotrac.


Suns Interested in Adding Greg Monroe

Apr 16, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA;  Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sport

With plenty of cap space, the Phoenix Suns are looking to add some key players to improve upon a 48-win season last year. While they're also working on bringing back Eric Bledsoe, they still need to add some key players in the frontcourt, and one name that is beginning to pop up is Greg Monroe.

Jordan Schultz from The Huffington Post tweeted that the Suns were interested in acquiring the 24-year-old power forward.

In his first four seasons, Monroe has proven to be a very solid player down low. In 309 games played, he's averaged 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 50.8 percent from the floor. According to Basketball-Reference, he's also been solid defensively, accumulating 10 defensive win shares and posting a 106 defensive rating.

While the Suns have a potential long-term starting center in Alex Len, they lack a legitimate starting option at power forward with the likes of Markieff Morris and Shavlik Randolph. However, if they could bring in Monroe, they'd have an instant upgrade in the frontcourt to a team that barely missed the playoffs last season.

Monroe may very well return to the Detroit Pistons, but, with the opportunity to start for a contender instead of being stuck in a crowded frontcourt, he may be a great fit in Phoenix.


Ray Allen Still Uncertain About Future in NBA

Jun 10, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Ray Allen (34) reacts during the fourth quarter of game three of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Even at 39 years old, Ray Allen continued to be a productive player off of the bench for the Miami Heat the past couple of years, but there's still a chance that he'll retire before the start of the 2014-15 season.

This past season, Allen averaged 9.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game while averaging 26.5 minutes per game. Even at the end of the year, he kept playing at a high level, averaging 9.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting 38.8 percent behind the arc in the postseason.

Now, according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, Allen is still seriously considering retirement, which explains why he's still currently a free agent.

Allen spoke on the possibility of retiring, according to Marc J. Spears from Yahoo Sports, saying:

Do I want to get to the point where you tell me, 'Look man, you ain't looking good out there?' Do you want to get to that point and people start saying that about you?

When Barry Sanders retired, we were all like, 'What?' He only played 10 years. We wanted him to play more. But he left on his terms. He was great. Ten was probably early. But you don't want to get to the point where you are on a downside and everybody's like, 'You don't seem like you have it anymore.'

He's not the same player that he used to be, but Allen has still proven that he can produce as a scorer coming off of the bench. However, at 39 years old, no one will blame Allen for wanting to call it quits and enjoying the rest of his life this offseason.


Bulls Reportedly Finalizing Deal With Aaron Brooks

Apr 2, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Aaron Brooks (0) with the ball during the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans at Pepsi Center.  The Nuggets won 137-107.  Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Considering Derrick Rose's inability to stay healthy over the past few years, it's understandable that the Chicago Bulls want to keep adding pieces to the backcourt. Now, even after bringing back Kirk Hinrich, the Bulls are apparently close to adding another point guard to put behind Rose.

ESPN's Marc Stein reported that the Bulls are close to finalizing a deal with Aaron Brooks, the 29-year-old point guard who spent time with both the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets this past season.

After going over to the Nuggets, Brooks averaged 11.9 points and 5.2 assists per game while shooting 40.6 percent from the floor. He wasn't the most efficient scorer, but he was able to provide a spark when needed off of the bench.

Due to limited cap space, the Nuggets were unable to re-sign Brooks, who just finished a one-year deal for just under $1 million. Considering his lack of production the past few seasons, it's likely that Brooks will receive another cheap short-term contract until he can prove himself.

The Bulls averaged just 93.7 points per game this past season, ranking dead last in the NBA. It seems clear that the Bulls are now trying to add bench depth to help their offense, and Brooks will be a solid option for the team to call upon when Rose needs to rest on the bench.