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Who is left on free agent market? Pickings getting slim but a few good players out there

Jul 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

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Free agency has been open for more than two weeks now and most of the big names are gone, not just Dwight Howard but also guys like Andrew Bynum, Mike Dunleavy, Al Jefferson, Andrei Kirilenko, Quentin Richardson, Nick young and more.

But there are a few name guys left on the market. Guys with flaws but guys who can help the right team.

Here’s a quick list of the big names.

Brandon Jennings (restricted): The Bucks let the market set the price for Jennings — and with virtually every team now locked in at the starting point spot he doesn’t have the leverage to get the $12 million a year he thought he deserved. Jennings is a quick point guard who looks good in transition, a guy who can penetrate, but who shot a low percentage (40 percent last year), a guy who struggles to finish in the paint, and is a disinterested defender. Bottom line is he can put up points but teams are hesitant about his overall impact. The Bucks went hard and missed out on Jeff Teague, but that didn’t help the Bucks relationship with Jennings. The most likely outcome is a sign-and-trade, but other teams may have lowball offers and not want to send the Bucks much in return. It is possible he returns to the Bucks for another season.

Metta World Peace: He was amnestied by the Lakers and while he’s not the defender or isolation scorer he was a few years ago he can still he certainly help a good team. He cleared waivers and is considered likely to sign with the Knicks (the front runners) or Clippers. Remember he can sign for the minimum for one year because the Lakers are still paying him.

Kenyon Martin: He pushed his way into the starting lineup for a stretched, scored 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds a game, then went on to play key minutes in the playoffs with a PER of 16.2. The Knicks are interested but there are more than a few teams out there that could use his inside presence.

Lamar Odom: The former Sixth Man of the Year has been a mess the last two seasons — he averaged 4 points a game and shot 39.9 percent shooting last year. His PER the last couple seasons was 9.2 and 10.9. The Lakers and Clippers are reportedly interested but he’s only going to get one-year offers at the minimum.

Nikola Pekovic (restricted): The Timberwolves want to keep him and the two sides are still negotiating (there were reports that the number was four years, $50 million, but the team pretty much laughed at that immediately). They need him to balance out Love and will reach a deal, but other teams are lurking.

Gerald Henderson (restricted): His negotiations with the Bobcats were at an impasse, so both sides were looking at sign-and-trade options. Henderson would be a solid addition for a team; he scored 15.2 points a game for the Bobcats last year and had an above average PER of 16.2.

Nate Robinson: He can light up the scoreboard off the bench… or shoot you right out of the game. Fans love his fearless style, coaches hate his defense. The Nuggets and Knicks are reportedly the front-runners.

Other names of note still available: Mo Williams, Gary Neal (restricted, but the Spurs most likely would not match an offer), Elton Brand, Antawn Jamison, Samuel Dalembert, Devin Harris, Daniel Gibson, and Richard Hamilton.

  1. dysraw1 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    there’s two guards on the list G. henderson, and i would enjoy seeing Kesha sitting courtside watching her hubby

  2. dezglobal - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    A bunch of Has Beens

  3. baymac408 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    I wouldn’t mind the warriors picking up sam dalembert. He would be a good back up inside presence for us.. Tall, lanky, pretty good defender.. Would be solid in rotation! so far I’m loving the off season moves.. DUBS UP!!

  4. spytdi - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Devin Harris signed with the Mavs.

    • miamatt - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      I believe the Mavs backed away from the deal after an ankle injury was discovered.

      • soflasfinest - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        *toe injury I believe.

  5. gogatorsjohn - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Yeah, because of a dislocated toe. They may sign him once he gets cleared.

  6. divan22 - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Brandon Jennings sucks.

    -Bucks fan

  7. jh4prez - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Mike Dunleavy?!lol!

  8. jimsjam33 - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    The one player who sticks out is Mo Williams . Here is a point guard who was the starter for the Cav’s and Clippers and still has plenty of zip for a good team .

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