Nikola Pekovic and Brandon Jennings are unquestionably the two best free agents remaining on the market. However, both are restricted free agents, so it makes sense that the Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks aren't in any rush on making deals with the two.
The next best available player is Mo Williams, a double-figures scorer who started on a near playoff team last year and hasn't gotten a ton of attention in free agency until now. Various reports came out Saturday that several contenders are interested in the 10-year veteran. One of those teams is also interested in another reserve guard, Delonte West. Here's a look at Saturday's free agency news and rumors.
Heat, Grizzlies among suitors for Williams
The Williams rumors came fast and furious Saturday. First, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald wrote that the Miami Heat are after Williams. Later in the day, ESPN's Marc Stein reported the Memphis Grizzlies also have their eye on the 10-year veteran. Then Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy confirmed Jackson's report and added another title contender to Williams' list.
I heard Heat and Spurs were in mix if Mo Williams decides to go with contender. No surprise if Grizz are in mix too, as @ESPNSteinLine said.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 28, 2013
Williams would make sense in all three locations. In Memphis, he'd fill a much-needed shooting void in the backcourt. San Antonio has been in need of a veteran backup point guard since George Hill was traded. And let's face it, the more shooters, the better for that team. The Heat might be the most interesting team for Williams. Like the Spurs, they love spacing the floor. Additionally, Williams' best seasons of his career came the two years he played with LeBron James in Cleveland.
Grizzlies, Knicks show interest in Delonte West
While the Grizzlies monitor the Mo Williams situation, they're also looking elsewhere as they continue to look for backcourt depth. According to Chris Haynes of Comcast SportsNet Northwest, both the Grizzlies and the New York Knicks have had "preliminary" discussions with the eight-year veteran. West played eight games for the Texas Legends last season and was last seen in the NBA playing 44 games for the Dallas Mavericks during the 2011-12 season.
Seth Rosenthal of Posting and Toasting writes that he wouldn't hate the move, but he's also not in love with it.
As for West...sure, why not? He hasn't played NBA ball in a year, but he can defend, he can create a bit, and he can hit the occasional three. Any concerns about a player being too weird or difficult have long since been abandoned with this Knicks roster. West wouldn't be my top pick of the remaining free agent guards, but the Knicks can't afford to be choosers.
Oden decision coming Monday?
Greg Oden's current unemployment could be coming to an end soon. Steve Aschburner reports Oden's decision between six suitors could come as soon as Monday. The Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans have all watched Oden work out in recent weeks, and his agent Bill Duffy says some conversations with teams have been pretty general while others have discussed specific terms. The 2007 No. 1 draft pick hasn't played since December of 2009.