Despite the fact that we’re almost a quarter of the way through what’s left of a regular season, there are still some NBA caliber talents that are either unsigned, waiting for work, or in the NBA D-League, waiting for better work.
This list attempts to document some of those available NBA-caliber talents. As well as some who aren’t.
Gilbert Arenas — One of seven designated amnesty players this offseason, Hibachi is finally free from the monumental burden that was his monumental contract. Even then, however, no one seems to want him. As much as Gilbert has declined, he has never declined to the point that he is no longer an NBA talent. He is, however, seemingly not good enough any more to overcome his reputation.
Marcus Banks — After eight years and $40 million in the NBA, Banks never realized his potential beyond “sometimes useful defensive specialist.” That said, he still is that.
Earl Boykins — If you need someone to come in and take all of your fourth quarter shots, Earl might be your man. This is a particularly useful service if you are trying to lose.
Luther Head — Head has had a poor couple of years, struggling with both injuries and opportunity. A reported invite to training camp with the Bulls never materialized, and a much publicized trip to the D-League lasted all of two days. If healthy and available, Head provides solid small-guard defense and catch-and-shoot range, but they are increasingly big ifs.
Eddie House — Signed by the Heat to a guaranteed contract with a view to being a feared shooting specialist off the bench. Then cut by the Heat when it became apparent he hasn’t shot well enough to be a feared shooter for a couple of years now. There may still be a spark on the fire, but Eddie needs to chuck a log on it. (As well as not chuck.)
Allen Iverson — Should take the Antoine Walker route and join the D-League. And I base that on absolutely nothing.