The NBA Homeless
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We are one week away from the opening of some NBA training camps and there are still a dozen big-name free agents out there who have yet to sign contracts for the 2012-13 season.
Here's the latest latest on each …
GILBERT ARENAS:: Arenas is in no hurry to sign with an NBA team since he is getting $20.8 million this season and $22.3 million next season from the Orlando Magic in amnesty money. But it seems the 30-year-old three-time All-Star is not likely to return to the Grizzlies, who now have a plethora of young point guards to back up Mike Conley in Jerryd Bayless, Josh Selby and Tony Wroten.
LEANDRO BARBOSA: Apparently, the Nets, Lakers and Suns want Barbosa, but the 29-year-old shooting guard is hoping for something a little bit more than the $1.3 million veteran's minimum to sign with a team. Or maybe he'll take that amount to sign with a contender. Or maybe he'll just play in Brazil. Who knows?
MIKE BIBBY: Bibby's camp has been saying all along that the 34-year-old point guard is willing to play for the veteran's minimum and is hoping to sign with a team right when camp opens.
BARON DAVIS: Davis is likely to miss the entire 2012-13 season with a knee injury, but the Knicks probably will keep him around as a coach. Then, next season, when he's healthy again, the 33-year-old two-time All-Star could join Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton in the Knicks logjam at point guard.
DEREK FISHER: Nobody knows where Fish will end up. The 38 year old may return to Oklahoma City, but it's doubtful since the Thunder has a full house of point guards now with Russell Westbrook, a healthy Eric Maynor and Reggie Jackson. Another possibility? A return to Los Angeles would make for a storybook ending for the Laker legend, wouldn't it?
JOSH HOWARD: The 32-year-old one-time All-Star will likely return to the Jazz, but still has an outside shot to sign with the Spurs.
KENYON MARTIN: There is much speculation that the 34-year-old one-time All-Star could sign with the Knicks, Celtics or Grizzlies. But one thing is clear: K-Mart wants more than the veteran's minimum to do so.
TRACY McGRADY: T-Mac worked out with the Knicks and Spurs a week ago, but there's still no sign of where the 33-year-old seven-time All-Star is going to land.
GREG ODEN: The No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft had microfracture surgery on both knees six months ago and isn't likely to sign with anybody this month. But the 24-year-old Oden doesn't rule out signing with a team this season and rehabbing with that squad in order to make an NBA comeback in the 2013-14 season.
MEHMET OKUR: There is interest out there for Okur, but it seems the 33-year-old one-time All-Star wants more money than teams are willing to pay. If he accepts the veteran's minimum, Okur may be able to find a home in a place like, say, Minnesota.
MICHAEL REDD: The Thunder, Grizzlies, Wizards and Nuggets always come up when Redd's prospects are mentioned, but it appears the Bulls may have an edge on all those teams.
BEN WALLACE: Nobody knows if the 38-year-old four-time All-Star is going to retire, play overseas or go for one more ring on an NBA contender. But it appears he will not be returning to Detroit if he does play, since the Pistons are going with a youth movement and want to give plenty of playing time to their young bigs Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.