After the Phoenix Suns signed Michael Redd today, the New York Knicks snagged Jeremy Lin off the waiver wire from the Houston Rockets and Kyrylo Fesenko agreed to a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, a number of NBA free agents probably woke up and asked themselves, “what about me?”
Here’s the latest players-for-hire around league and some teams they’ve been associated with lately on the open market in the NBA:
Andrei Kirilenko – There’s been no deal with the New Jersey Nets to this point, although the two sides have been in discussions. Until then, Kirilenko remains in Russia going through non-contact workouts with CSKA Moscow. Will the Sacramento Kings look to get involved again?
Gilbert Arenas – Will Arenas ever regain his form that made him an All-Star in Washington? It’s still a mystery if front offices around the league are cautious of his shady past or bloated asking price for someone who averaged 8 points per game last season in Orlando.
James Posey – Being a two-time NBA champion doesn’t exactly guarantee you work around the league. But his veteran leadership sure could do wonders in plenty of young locker rooms. Posey had been linked to the New York Knicks until the signings of Steve Novak and Baron Davis.
Earl Barron – The last roster cut for the Portland Trail Blazers, the NBA journeyman still can boast he won and title with the Miami Heat while he looks for work.
Earl Boykins – The diminutive point guard spent last season with Milwaukee and averaged 7.2 points and 2.5 assists per game.
Jamario Moon – Moon along with fellow free agent Bostjan Nachbar worked out for the Charlotte Bobcats on Christmas Eve. While word is he had a solid workout with the Bobcats, Moon still hasn’t landed a gig.
Eddie House – House became expendable as the Miami Heat decided to offer roster spots to Eddy Curry, Mickell Gladness and Terrel Harris instead. A “volume shooter”, House isn’t afraid to take a big shot – and keep taking them.
Joel Przybilla – Veteran center split time between Portland and Charlotte last season and is home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin contemplating retirement -- until the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers or even hometown Bucks come calling. All four teams are reportedly interested in Przybilla.
Ime Udoka - Another former Blazer, Udoka was in training camp with the New Jersey Nets before the start of the season and worked out with the Phoenix Suns just this week (along with Michael Redd and undrafted rookie Gilbert Brown). Known for his strong defense, Udoka also holds championship experience from his time with the San Antonio Spurs.
Yi Jianlian – A 7-foot power forward and center who isn’t afraid to step out of the post to look for his shot, Jianlian returned to the Chinese Basketball Association during the NBA lockout and averaged 16.7 points and 10.3 rebounds in three games for Guangdong.
Leon Powe – Can Powe catch a break? After tearing his ACL and meniscus during the 2008-09 season with Boston, the 6-foot-8 power forward bounced from Cleveland to Memphis last season and continues to look for a place to call home.
Nate Robinson – Last cut by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Robinson said he’s matured since his days with the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, but are GM’s around the league buying what he is selling?
Keith Bogans – After Bogans was waived by Chicago, speculation swirled that he’d land with the Los Angeles Clippers but the seven-year pro is still on the open market.
Erick Dampier - A 14-year NBA veteran, Dampier last played for the Miami Heat before gong un-signed this season. He tweeted on Christmas that he’d love another NBA championship, but he may be growing closer to retirement.
Francisco Elson – Elson has been around the block a time or two in the NBA, and the veteran center who played spot minutes for Utah last season – and won an NBA championship with San Antonio in 2007 - is waiting for another go around.
Al Thornton – Dealt from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Washington Wizards, and then having his contract bought-out and signing with the Golden State Warriors last season, the 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 11.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game over his five-year career.
Charlie Bell - Bell is making headlines for all the wrong reasons lately. Along with being waived by the Golden State Warriors, Bell failed a sobriety test in early December in Flint, Michigan at a court appearance. He had been in court for a druken driving arrest back in October. Clearly Bell's overall health and off-court issues should come first. Maybe then he'll be ready to get back in the game and contribute to a team.
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