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NBA Free Agency 2013: Rodrigue Beaubois, Cole Aldrich among young players looking for jobs

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The bulk of free agency is complete, but there are still plenty of once-prized young players who might be appealing for teams looking to fill their roster on the cheap.


NBA Free Agency has entered its second month, and while a large amount of roster spots have been filled, there are still plenty of players out there looking for work. Some will be signed, some will compete for a spot in training camp and some will head overseas.

Saturday, Satchel Price looked at some veteran players still out there. Another route teams will go to fill out their final roster spots are young free agents, many who are coming off their rookie contracts. Generally speaking, they come cheaper than an older veteran and are more open to a non-guaranteed contract.

Front offices may also view these players, most still in their early 20s, as men who never reached their full potential with their original team but could still be a valuable contributor to a new team. The extreme example of this is Danny Green, who has developed into the San Antonio Spurs' starting shooting guard after seeing very little playing time in Cleveland.

Here's a list of notable players with two to four years of NBA experience still looking for a team:

Cole Aldrich: The former Oklahoma City Thunder lottery pick has never been more than the final big man on a roster or a developing talent in the D-League. He spent the first two seasons of his career with the Thunder before being traded to Houston as part of the James Harden deal last October.

He was then part of the Patrick Patterson-Thomas Robinson trade last February and finished the season with the Sacramento Kings. There he saw the most playing time of his short career, playing 11 minutes a game and pulling down over four rebounds a game during those 15 games he played. Aldrich is young and he's nearly seven feet tall. Chances are he'll land with a team eventually, but he'll need to continue to compete for minutes.

Luke Babbitt: Believe it or not, at 3.9 points per game, Babbitt was one of the more productive members of the Portland Trailblazers bench last season. He did have his moments last season, scoring in double figures seven times. He also shot a respectable 35 percent from the field.

It's unlikely he's back with the team next season, given the offseason additions of Dorell Wright and Allen Crabbe. The question is now whether a team will sign him to play back-up minutes and be a designated shooter, ala Steve Novak or Brandon Rush.

Rodrigue Beaubois: The once untouchable Roddy Buckets. Now he's a player teams don't want any part of. Beaubois couldn't stay on the court, partly due to inconsistent play, but mostly due to injuries. He's never played more than 56 games in a season. His best year came in the 2011-12 season, when he averaged close to nine points a game in just under 22 minutes a game.

Despite an inability to stay on the floor, he's an ultra quick and athletic guard. A team will likely take a chance on him as long as there's no guaranteed money involved. The question is will Beaubois be willing to take that chance if there's more money for him in Europe?

A.J. Price: Price quietly had a very nice season for the Wizards, both when the team was without John Wall and when he returned from injury. The four-year veteran averaged 7.7 points per game last season and also improved his three-point shooting to 35 percent. The Wizards seem to be comfortable moving forward with Wall, Bradley Beal, Eric Maynor and Garrett Temple as their back-court rotation, which means another team could find a cheap but effective back-up guard.

Terrence Williams: Four seasons, four different teams, continued inconsistent play. Why do teams still give Terrence Williams a chance? Because he's actually a decent contributor when he's playing well. For example, in the final two months of his rookie season, he averaged 14 points a game for the Nets and even had three 13-rebound games. He can help a team score and can rebound, but doesn't contribute much else. It's unclear if he'll start the season on a roster, but like the Celtics did this year, a team looking for some scoring off the bench could take a chance on him.

Sam Young: Young was very good in his first two seasons with Memphis. But once he left, his game, particularly his offensive production, fell off a cliff. His solid defense does make up for his poor offensive game, at least in small stretches. His destiny seems to be as a 10th or 11th man on a contender.

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