Summer is coming to a close, which means the annual NBA “dead zone” is upon us. Camp is still weeks away, trades rumors are dwindling, and NBA free agency is all but dried up — or is it?
There are multiple teams with an open roster spot still available (hello Lakers), and, believe it or not, there are still some good players on the market. As of August 5th, these players are not yet signed by an NBA franchise:
Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, Vince Carter, Jamal Crawford, Iman Shumpert, Shaun Livingston, Ian Clark, Kenneth Faried, Jeremy Lin, Thabo Sefolosha, Luol Deng, Ryan Anderson, Nik Stauskas, Jonathon Simmons, Nene, and Joakim Noah (just to name a few).
By this point, it’s safe to say that most of these players will not start the season on a roster. However, as the 2019-20 campaign progresses, some of them might get signed at some point in the future. Guys like Carmelo, Stauskas, Smith, and Crawford, could provide instant offense to a roster and be valuable to a team that needs shooting and scoring.
Meanwhile, players such as Lin, Carter, Noah, and Livingston offer teams reliable veteran leadership and even playoff experience in some cases. Younger, struggling franchises could look to them as a way to reach their inexperienced roster.
But in a market that is so unpredictable and constantly changing, the promise that they will get signed is no greater than the promise that they will never return to the league. These guys have to be prepared for anything, especially considering the fact that this upcoming NBA season is, perhaps, the most competitive we have seen in some time.
Regardless, you can definitely expect at least a few of these guys to land somewhere before the season ends this spring.