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Ten free agents still out on the market

Sep 3, 2013, 9:16 AM EDT

Chicago Bulls shooting guard Hamilton questions a call against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Charlotte Reuters

At this point, the free agent cupboard is pretty bare, and a number of teams have filled out their rosters anyway. Let’s just be honest — if you’re still on the free agent market there is a reason.

Still, there are a few teams still looking to add player 14/15 to the roster off minimum contracts… and there are still some guys whose names you know who do not have an NBA deal yet. Which makes us all want to play matchmaker, even when we shouldn’t (we remember the version of the guy from four years ago too often, not the reality of his play now).

Here are 10 guys who you know still looking for an NBA deal:

1. Richard Hamilton. Let’s be kind here and say Rip is not exactly at the peak of his powers anymore (he shot 42.9 percent last season and is not a strong threat from three). But he still got 9.8 points a game for the Bulls when healthy. As a veteran off the bench who would play limited minutes and has championship experience you could do worse.

2. Sebastian Telfair. He’s just 28 and is still kind of the player he always was — solid defender, not a great finisher in the paint, decent shooter from the midrange, not a special playmaker — but as a third guard in the rotation he could be a solid fit somewhere (interest from the Heat and Knicks faded).

3. Stephen Jackson. At age 35 we are seeing his skills fade (he shot 37.3 percent last season and had a PER of 8) and he couldn’t get along with Gregg Popovich. He’s had a couple bad endings with teams, which hurts his stock as much if not more than his play.

4. Marquis Daniels. What he brings is solid defense on the perimeter to the table. Not much on offense, but if you could use a defender off the bench you could do worse.

5. Dahntay Jones. He was a solid “3 and D” guy a couple seasons back but last season he shot just 22.4 percent from beyond the arc. At age 33, was that a fluke or just the way things are trending with him? Still he can defend and there are teams that could use that.

6. Shavlik Randolph. Only got in 16 games for the Celtics last season, but didn’t look too bad when he did (he shot 58.3 percent). You could do worse for a reserve big off the end of bench.

7. A.J. Price. The Wizards played him a lot last season (he started 22 games) because they had to, and he showed he’s not great at running a team. But he wasn’t a disaster (PER 12.4) and could fill a role if you brought him off the bench in a limited role.

8. Josh Howard. The question here is simply one of health — he has not played in more than 43 games (during the lockout season for the Jazz) in the past four seasons. With that his efficiency has dropped as well. Do you think he’s right now?

9. Tyrus Thomas. Has the former No. 4 pick fallen this far? That nobody is willing any longer to take a chance on his potential? Looks that way.

10. Cole Aldrich. He could barely get off the bench with the Thunder, then last season bounced between the Rockets and Kings without making many waves. Still, he has legit center size and is just 25, so he could get an end of the bench deal.

  1. legend30 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Michael Beasley will be a free agent soon. I don’t know if anyone is willing to take a chance with him.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      If past results indicate future behavior, someone will give him a contract, and it’ll be for more than the minimum. Every GM thinks they’ll be the one to unlock his “potential” and show everybody else how smart they are. It’s sad.

      • spursareold - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        Doubtful that Beasley gets more than the minimum. Not many teams have any cap room left, and while he was sketchy at his first two stops, he was fully melted down in Phoenix, and will need to earn his way back into the league on a short cheap contract.

      • brookwell2013 - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        Philly is way under cap and needs to sign more guys to avoid issues under the new CBA for not spending enough; they are at $41m now and have 4 roster spots left; one will go to Michael Carter Williams but he’ll be at $3m max so they need another $8m to spend since 90% of cap (which teams are required to spend) is $52.88m. Anybody think Philly would sign Beasley?

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        Brookwell…. that doesn’t make any sense. Why pay a guy who you know is going to be awful? It’s a guarantee at this point. Even if it doesn’t work out, why not overpay a couple rookies who weren’t drafted? There’s at least a chance they could be good. If it works out, great. If it doesn’t, then you’re no worse off than signing beasley.

      • bougin89 - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM


        The unspent money will go to the players already on their roster. I think Beasley is an awful fit on any young team. You want a player like Beasley as far away as possible when developing young players.

  2. bougin89 - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Marquis Daniels does have some value as a perimeter on ball defender. He’d be best used as a situational defender based on matchups though because he is so limited on offense. Not a bad option on the end of the bench as an 10/11/12th guy IMO.

  3. bux1022 - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    They are all trash that’s why they are still available! Only one with a little gas in the tank is Telfair, he played pretty good off the bench for the Suns. Other than tat straight basura!

  4. coryfor3 - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Isn’t Maggette a FA? He could always score.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      He’s old, and hasn’t been any good for several years. He fits right in on this sad list.

  5. skinsfanwill - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    I think Tyrus Thomas could help a team. He was playing for the Bobcats. The Bobcats. He can still rebound and defend pretty well and can actually run the floor. that sorry ass excuse for a team didn’t know how to use him. He played well under Thibs. give him a decent coach and he might be okay.

    • kbud83 - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      He was traded the season before Thibs was coaching the Bulls so he never played under him.

  6. unsportsmenmic - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Reblogged this on UnSportsMenMic.

  7. phil4133 - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Drew Gooden is probably the best player left on the market, and he is neither in the article or in the comments? I’m disappointed…

  8. glink123 - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    “Tyrus Thomas played well under Thibs”? Dude played exactly 678 minutes under Thibs. Traded, after 29 games. Total.

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