After a brilliant flash to begin this offseason's free-agency period, signings have slowed down as rosters are mostly complete. Still, teams are filling out their benches, and news continues to trickle in as veterans decide where they want to land. The Los Angeles Clippers have been busy, and their next move may be to re-sign a veteran big man. Meanwhile, the best opportunities for former Knick James White may be overseas.
Clippers' next move may be to sign Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom has been a low-key name in this free-agency period, but re-signing him may be the Clippers' next move, ESPN L.A.'s Arash Markazi reported Saturday. The Clippers' depth chart is filling out quickly after they agreed with Byron Mullens on a two-year, $2 million deal Saturday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Odom hasn't garnered a ton of attention on the open market this offseason -- that is, except when he freaked out on some paparazzi last week -- but the veteran, who played in all 82 games for the Clippers last season and averaged 5.9 rebounds, figures to have something left in the tank.
James White could head overseas
The New York Knicks declined their club option on veteran forward James White in June, and he's continued to explore options for a third career stint in Europe, Eurobasket's David Pick reported. White was in Las Vegas to explore playing for Chinese teams in the CBA, Pick said. White also met with officials from Maccabi Tel Aviv and discussed him joining the Israeli club, he added.
White, a second-round draft pick in 2006, played in Turkey for the 2007-08 season, came back to the United States, then went back overseas. He played in Russia in 2009-10, and then he spent the following two seasons in Italy before joining the New York Knicks last offseason on a two-year deal that included a club option for the 2013-14 season. White played in 57 games last season, averaging 2.2 points in 7.6 minutes per game.
Kevin Martin wasn't going anywhere "without a superstar"
Kevin Martin went off the board a few weeks ago when he signed a four-year, $28 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he wasn't the subject of any interviews until a conference call Saturday with reporters covering his new team. Among tidbits emerging from the call was that he felt so strongly about Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook elevating his game while with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, he said he wasn't going to play for a team without a superstar. That's how he feels about Kevin Love, via the Star Tribune:
"It just elevates your game and makes your life a lot easier. I also think Ricky (Rubio) will be a superstar in the league soon. It was an easy decision, and I'm excited to play with a guy like Kevin Love."
Martin shot a career-best 42.6 percent from 3-point range last season. He averaged 14 points off the bench for the Thunder.
Douglas-Roberts eyes another shot
Chris Douglas-Roberts wants to be in the NBA. He spent last season out of the league entirely after playing for three different teams, but Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com reports that the swingman has a good chance of being invited to the Los Angeles Lakers' training camp.
The Lakers simply need healthy bodies that come at a discount, and general manager Mitch Kupchak told the Los Angeles Daily News just how difficult that is for a team in a tight financial spot:
"If it's a younger player, he's probably not going to take the veteran's minimum," Kupchak said recently. "If he does, he's probably not good enough to play. As much as I'd like to sit here and say we're going to get young, athletic players that can really shoot the ball at the veteran's minimum when they're 20 to 25 years old, that's probably not realistic."
Douglas-Roberts fits that profile. And he could have a solid chance at making the team, joining swingmen Nick Young and Wesley Johnson, not to mention other offseason signings in center Chris Kaman and point guard Jordan Farmar.