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NBA free agency rumors: DeJuan Blair interested in Wizards, Mo Evans heading overseas

Blair could be a big addition to the Wizards' bench, while Evans has probably played his final NBA game.


Now that most of the big name free agents have signed, the NBA offseason tends to slow down during the final few months of summer. There are still a group of intriguing names out there, though, and a cheap signing or two to bolster the bench could make all the difference at the end of the season. Let's dig into the latest round of rumors.

DeJuan Blair interested in signing with Wizards

Blair wants to play at least next season in the nation's capital, according to Adam Zagoria. There have been rumors that the 24-year-old big man wanted to play alongside John Wall, and it seems there is mutual interest from both sides.

Blair, who has battled knee issues throughout his entire career, played the last four seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. He averaged 5.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 14 minutes per game last season, which were all career-lows. While he does have some experience starting, any role he has moving forward will likely come as a role player off the bench. The Wizards are a fit assuming the price is right.

Mo Evans close to signing with European team

Evans, 34, did not play last season after failing to receive a guaranteed contract offer. The nine-year veteran said he briefly considered retirement, but that he now feels healthy and is "excited about the opportunity" to head overseas and play professionally once again. He began his professional career in Greece and Turkey.

Evans last played with the Wizards in 2012 and averaged just 4.9 points per game while coming off the bench for about 12 minutes each night. He has not appeared in more than 50 games since the 2009-10 season.

Keyon Dooling nearing decision

Dooling, a 13-year veteran of the league, is drawing serious interest from two teams and expects to sign within a week. Neither of the teams were mentioned, although it does not seem likely that he returns to Memphis to play another season with the Grizzlies.

Dooling appeared in just seven games last season, averaging 4.4 points per game in just over 11 minutes. Before joining Memphis, he spent a year in Boston and Milwaukee. He isn't much more than a bench player at this point in his career, although he's regarded as a positive influence in the locker room and could be a helpful piece for a young, rebuilding squad.

Bobby Brown is a wanted man internationally

Euro League star Bobby Brown reportedly impressed a handful of teams while working out in Las Vegas this summer and now has substantial offers from both NBA and Chinese teams, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The New York Knicks are one of the teams believed to be going after him the hardest.

Brown, 28, finally experienced his breakout season with Italian League team Montepaschi Siena last year. He was given multiple awards for his strong offensive performances, including a 41-point outburst in January, which tied the league's scoring record. He likely won't get the minutes that he did in Europe should he return to the NBA, although he could be a valuable scoring asset off the bench for a couple seasons.

Drew Gooden clears amnesty waivers, hits free agency

Gooden, who was released by the Bucks earlier in the week through their amnesty provision, is now a free agent after making it through waivers without a team claiming him. He is now free to sign with any team of his choosing. The 12-year veteran will turn 32 by the time the season starts and is coming off his worst season, playing in just 16 games while averaging 3.3 points and 1.9 rebounds.

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