Allen Iverson and Gilbert Arenas have 14 NBA All-Star appearances between them, but both players are out of work as this year's All-Star Game approaches. We've heard rumblings lately about the Lakers considering Arenas, and Iverson drawing interest from international teams, but for the moment, they're among the NBA veterans who find themselves unsigned.
NBA teams struggling with injuries or a general lack of production at certain positions will likely eye those unsigned players with some interest in the coming weeks. With 10-day contracts now available, taking a flier on a free agent is an inexpensive way for a team to add depth and experience to its roster.
Earl Boykins, Michael Finley, and Larry Hughes are among the most recognizable backcourt names on the free agent market, while a trio of former Raptors – Jamario Moon, Morris Peterson, and Joey Graham – highlight the available forwards. Meanwhile, former lottery picks who were part of NBA rotations a year ago, such as Al Thornton and Melvin Ely, are out of work, while veterans like Joel Przybilla, James Posey, and Joe Smith also find themselves on the outside looking in.
If a team is seeking youth and energy rather than veteran savvy, it could look at the rosters for the D-League's All-Star Game. A number of players on the squads, including Walker Russell, Greg Smith, Lance Thomas, and Andre Emmett, have recently signed NBA deals, ranging from 10-day contracts to Smith's three-year pact. But many of the D-League's All-Stars, including Gerald Green, Blake Ahearn, JamesOn Curry, and Marqus Blakely, are still out there for NBA clubs in search of new blood.
For a more complete picture of the free agents currently available, check out our list here.