Free agency is really starting to wind down, which means the news is less frequent, but arguably more important as teams scuffle over the remaining few players available. As July gets ready to turn over into August, there really aren't that many quality players capable of helping teams remaining on the market, so if teams can't land Mike Miller or the other valuable players still remaining, they'll have to turn to replacement level options.
Nuggets also interested in Mike Miller
On Monday it seemed the Thunder and Grizzlies were the two teams in front for Mike Miller, who basically gets his pick of the litter after being amnestied by the Miami Heat, but there's another suitor in the mix. Marc Stein of ESPN reports Denver is a contender for the shooter's services, and that he's considering an offer from Houston as well. Since he'll make the $6 million the Heat owe him, salary isn't a factor, and Miller gets to choose which team has the right fit and opportunity for success. Although the 2001 Rookie of the Year and 2006 Sixth Man of the Year had seemingly fallen into oblivion on the Heat, he proved himself still to be a factor as they won their second straight championship. Miller helpied turn the tide of the series after being inserted into the starting lineup and hitting at a blistering 61.1 percent from beyond the arc in the Finals. That was an outlier, but he still shot 41.7 percent on the year, a fine percentage from any shooter.
Ian Clark earning looks after Summer League breakout
The undrafted guard out of Belmont had 33 points in the first ever Summer League Championship game, the high total at this year's Summer League. It won the Warriors the title and, surprisingly enough, won Clark a tiny little Summer League Championship MVP trophy. Clark also led the Heat in scoring at the Orlando Summer League before averaging 12.6 points with the Warriors. According to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, the Warriors, Trail Blazers, and Jazz are all interested in the 6'3 scorer. He's got legitimate NBA shooting talent -- 48.5 percent in Vegas, including 7-for-10 in the championship game and 45.9 percent on almost seven attempts per game in college, averaging 18.2 points and earning OVC Player of the Year honors -- and isn't a bad defender, either.
Delonte West hoping to get back into the league
There's nothing lined up yet, but the troubled point guard is extremely anxious to get back on the court. In an interview with Tzvi Twersky of Slam, he expressed pain at having to watch last season from home after being cut by the Dallas Mavericks for disciplinary reasons. West wouldn't catch on with an NBA team all season, but averaged 10.3 points and 4.4 assists in eight games with the Texas Legends of the D-League. In his last NBA stint, he averaged 9.6 points and 3.2 assists with the Mavs in 2011-2012. There's not much of a point guard market left, and West can be a strong shooter from a backup or third string spot.
The Missouri guard with consistency and decision-making issues baffled some by leaving college a year early, but the all-SEC guard appears to have caught on. Strong Summer League performances have earned the 5'11 son of former NBA player and Celtics assistant coach Paul Pressey a contract and an opportunity to earn a roster spot as one of Rajon Rondo's backups. He averaged 9.6 points and 6.6 assists with the Celtics' team in Orlando. Brazilian big man Vitor Faverani's signing also became official Monday.
The 24-year-old out of San Diego State who played in 12 games last year between the Bulls and the Warriors had been a real standout for the Bulls in Summer League, averaging 11 points, 15 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks, but his salary was about to become guaranteed, so the Bulls opted to part ways with him. Thomas has obvious rebounding talent, and could be a nice pickup for a team looking for a reserve big man.
Two centers in different positions in their careers -- the 25-year-old Oden is looking to prove he can still play after three years out of the league due to knee issues, while the 39-year-old Camby is just trying to continue his career and hopefully win a title -- but both are considering the Heat. For Oden, it's between the Spurs, Kings, Pelicans, and Mavs, while for Camby, the Rockets and Bulls are also interested. Whichever one wants to choose first might be the one who ends up on the two-time defending champions, as it seems unlikely they'd be interested in bringing in two centers who will presumably struggle to suit up regularly.