They say 40 is the new 30 and there are a number of NBA free agents who are hoping that’s really true. Yesterday, we learned that the Cavs have legitimate interest in bringing Chauncey Billups aboard even though he’s coming off of a season in which he averaged just 3.8 PPG and 2.2 APG in 19 games. Of course, a veteran like Billups is probably coveted more for his experience and leadership skills than what he can contribute on the hardwood.
Billups isn’t the only older player who could have a spot on an NBA team next season. Mike James, 39, didn’t see much burn with the Bulls last year but he did finish the 2012/13 season as the starting point guard for the Mavericks, so it’s not hard to see a team having interest. Ray Allen, also 39, has been heavily linked to the Cavs and former coach Doc Rivers would love to have him join the Clippers, but he’s also considering retirement. Antawn Jamison (38), Nazr Mohammed (36), and Kenyon Martin (36) are also available, though we haven’t heard much about them in recent weeks.
As we wait to see what happens with Billups, Allen, and the rest, here’s a look at the oldest NBA players currently under contract:
- Steve Nash, Lakers: 40 (41 in February)
- Andre Miller, Wizards: 38 (39 in March)
- Tim Duncan, Spurs: 38 (39 in April)
- Kevin Garnett, Nets: 38 (39 in May)
- Vince Carter, Grizzlies: 37 (38 in January)
- Pablo Prigioni, Knicks: 37 (38 in May)
- Manu Ginobili, Spurs: 37 (38 in July)
- Jason Terry, Kings: 36 (37 in September)
- Paul Pierce, Wizards: 36 (37 in October)