Though the hours might feel more like days, 2016 NBA free agency starts Friday.
It's going to feel like days based on the number of rumors kicking up a storm around the event. Whether it's trade buzz around a veteran such as Andrew Bogut or simple free-agent rumblings, the market has a little something for everyone, and every team seems right in the thick of it.
There's no easy way to keep up with each and every item that is churning out of the mill at this point. Agents, teams and some guy or gal named "source" are dunking info left and right and muddying the picture.
Below, let's clear it a little by looking at three of the more interesting tidbits that folks should know about before the market opens.
Jared Dudley Watch
When one thinks of free agency, the mind goes right to Kevin Durant, Hassan Whiteside and other major names—not Jared Dudley. That's a mistake, given the importance of depth showcased by a certain 73-win team.
Dudley is now 30 years old and far from the spotlight of free agency, but he's on the market nonetheless and drumming up interest in various circles. According to Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500, two teams seem like candidates for the veteran:
It's a small market so far for the Boston College product, but other teams probably have an interest and want to keep it under wraps—Dudley is a steal.
Last year, he played 25.9 minutes per game and averaged 7.9 points while shooting 47.8 percent from the floor and 42 percent from deep. There isn't a team in the league that would balk at such consistency in a rotational capacity.
Washington would love to have Dudley back, but he wasn't shy about the Utah Jazz when responding to a fan's question on social media:
Like Washington, Utah wouldn't mind Dudley coming off the bench behind Gordon Hayward or Derrick Favors and giving the team some much-needed depth while the young core grows.
It might not look like it now, but this has the early makings of a bidding war.
Ryan Anderson's Market
Like Dudley, Ryan Anderson doesn't spring to mind when you consider the top free agents, but NBA teams in need are well aware of what he has to offer.
It's easy to forget Anderson is only 28 years old and one of the most reliable rotational presences in the league. He averaged 30.4 minutes per game last year with the New Orleans Pelicans, and managed 17 points and six rebounds while shooting 36.6 percent from deep.
One might think the Portland Trail Blazers are interested in him; however, Jason Quick of CSNNW.com revealed quite the opposite:
Fret not for Anderson, though—Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders disclosed which teams should be in the hunt for his services.
"There is no shortage of suitors for Ryan Anderson. It’s believed that Anderson is one of the top names for the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards, Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings," Kyler wrote.
It's an interesting list, especially when Kyler goes on to explain that Anderson had Washington high on his list of preferred trade destinations at last season's deadline.
Like any veteran who can play a key part for a playoff team, Anderson likely wants to go to a contender for the right price. The market has to sort through names such as Durant first, but whichever team lands Anderson is one fans should pay close attention to, because it reveals how players viewed its chances beforehand.
Andrew Bogut Trade?
It sounds like Bogut is the odd man out if the Golden State Warriors strike it rich in free agency.
Rich as in Durant, but a rumbling that suggests Bogut is the first guy up to bat on the trade block doesn't bode well for him even if he sticks with the team.
Monte Poole of CSNBayArea.com broke down the situation:
Drafting [Damian] Jones also was, according to league sources, an indication of the team’s frustration with starting big man Andrew Bogut, who is a candidate to be moved should the Warriors succeed in their pursuit of upcoming free agent Kevin Durant.
The Warriors, should they win the race to KD, will have to shed salary and several sources indicate they’d like to move Bogut as much if not more than anyone else.
Bogut missed the last two games of the Finals with an injury, and it's an obvious source of frustration for the organization. He's now 31 years old and has an extensive injury history, having played in more than 70 games just twice in his 11-year career.
To make matters worse, Bogut grabbed more than three rebounds in a game just once over the first five contests against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He never saw more than 15 minutes, as the Warriors went with a small-ball approach, but it didn't help that the Cavaliers were able to neutralize him on the glass.
Golden State wants to keep running a small-ball look if possible. When the team wants to mix it up, it's better to do so with a cost-effective rookie such as Damian Jones, who could post similar production as Bogut right out of the gates.
The question would become who wants Bogut. For now, he and the organization have to deal with this report in the event that nothing comes of it.
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