NBA free-agent watch: Re-examining available, viable options

NBA free-agent watch: Re-examining available, viable options
July 4, 2014, 10:15 am
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 we enter the fourth day of NBA Free agency, plenty of moves have already been made. While the high-end types -- LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony -- are still be wooed, others have agreed to terms, including center Marcin Gortat with the Wizards.

Over the last couple of weeks, J. Michael and I have profiled players nearly 20 free agents. In some cases, it was based on a potential financial or positional fit. Some of these players were long shots in the first place, but worth discussing based on their reputation and status.

We didn't get to every viable free agent available so we'll continue with the profiles over the coming days. Now is a good time to see which if these players already discussed remain worthy, no longer desirable or simply no longer available.

Guards: D.J. Augustin, Jordan CrawfordPatty MillsGreivis VasquezMo Williams

All set to test the market after a stellar postseason performance, Mills will undergo surgery and will reportedly miss around seven months after injuring his shoulder while playing in his native Australia. ...The Spurs still signed their super sub to a 3-year deal. Vasquez wants to be a starter and that's obviously not happening in Washington. ...It will be curious to see if other teams view the real Augustin as the offensively potent Augustin we saw last season with the Bulls or the uninspiring version. Somebody will make a solid offer, more than the Wizards could even if interested...That leaves Williams, an 11-year veteran who can still score in bunches. He made $2.6 million with Portland last season. With Webster out, the Wizards need a true backup for Beal and another scorer off the bench. Makes for a solid if not strong addition at that price with Wizards. ...As for Crawford Washington's bench needs that type of instant-offense, but it won't be from the ex-Wizard.

Others: Anthony Morrow, Marshon Brooks

Wings: Alan AndersonKent BazemoreThabo SefoloshaLance StephensonP.J.Tucker

Until Trevor Ariza's contract situation is resolved or even if when it is, this is the group to watch. Sefolosha visited the Verizon Center on Wednesday - and then signed with the Hawks on Thursday. ...If Ariza bolts, Anderson, Patterson and Tucker make for affordable replacements. They also shouldn't block Otto Porter from receiving minutes if he proves worthy. ...Bazemore is a personal fave, but it would appear if the energetic guard and former Old Dominion star will remain on the West Coast, either with his most recent team (Lakers) or the one he started his NBA career with (Warriors). ...Nothing much to say about Stephenson in the context of the Wizards, but it's interesting and a little pleasing to hear that the market is a touch soft for the Pacers guard.

Others: Danny Granger, Brandon Rush, Marvin Williams

Bigs:  DeJuan BlairMatt BonnerBoris DiawChanning FryePau GasolSpencer HawesJosh McRobertsEmeka OkaforPatrick Patterson.

Most of the names disappeared from the discussion once Gortat agreed to terms. ...If Trevor Booker doesn't return, Blair suddenly makes a lot of sense in that feisty, undersized forward role. Booker is the better athlete, but Blair is the better scorer and his wide-body would give coach Randy Wittman another center option. ...I've said on Twitter and perhaps elsewhere that I think Frye's stretch-4 game would be a great fit with Nene and Gortat. Other teams have reportedly pursued him and the Suns want him back as well. ...The in-season trade from Sacramento to Toronto did wonders for his overall game (41 percent on 3's). The restricted free agent and Wall's former Kentucky teammate hasn't played more than 65 games in his four seasons.

Others: Jordan Hill, Mike Scott, Anthony Tolliver, Ekpe Udoh