The NBA’s free-agency frenzy may have hit its crescendo weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of appealing names ripe for the plucking—Greg Monroe and Eric Bledsoe being the two most obvious examples.
But what about the slew of aging veterans who aren’t even sure when (or even whether) they’ll be getting that next phone call?
What follows are eight players who, despite age, injury or recent obscurity, have a legitimate chance of cracking an opening-night roster. Guys who still have plenty to contribute to an NBA team, even if it is in a purely spot-minute capacity.
For our purposes, we’re only considering players who’ve logged a minimum of five seasons in the Association and would be open to playing for the league minimum. Translation: No Rudy Fernandez on this list.
No need to look for your “wily vets” or “energy guys” in that dollar store bargain bin; we’ve got them all right here.