NBA: Free Agents Include McDyess, Stoudamire, Horry

    
November 12th, 2008
By: Wendell Maxey

With Chicago (Kirk Hinrich), Atlanta (Josh Smith), San Antonio (Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili) all sidelined for the coming weeks, a number of remaining free agents are holding out hope of returning to the hardwood. Heck even Shane Battier (foot), Al Harrington (back), Kevin Martin (ankle) and Antonio Daniels (knee), Michael Redd (ankle) and Devin Harris (ankle) are gimpy.

It's good to be free.

So as the walking wounded list continues to fill-up weeks into the regular season, HOOPSWORLD takes a look at a few free agents for hire, some possible destinations and who would benefit from their services....

Robert Horry: Does "Big Shot Bob" have one more big shot left in him? If so, Boston Celtics point guard Sam Cassell - who played and won a ring with Horry in Houston - is making a ploy of sorts to see his next shot go down for Boston. When asked if Horry could be wearing green, Cassell recently said "it's a possibility" and that the veteran point guard has "mentioned it to him". Maybe if Cassell keeps mentioning it, Horry might take Boston up on the offer before too long.

Where Could He Land: Boston

Who Could Use Him: San Antonio or Los Angeles Lakers

Bonzi Wells: The NBA season started without Wells having found a home, but how long will he remain homeless? Some around the league believe the 6-5 swingman is most equipped to contribute to a team more than the other remaining free agents - with Antonio McDyess being the exception - at this time. The dilemma is - as it has been most recently - Wells' conditioning. Has he lost a step? While his conditioning may be up for debate, news of his return to the court is pretty straightforward. BDA Sports - the agency that represents Wells - said there is "no news" about his future. Bonzi's agent, Bill Duffy, isn't discussing his client's future either. Could it be Wells' suitors aren't exactly lining up?

Where Could He Land: Atlanta

Who Could Use Him:  Washington or Toronto

Antonio McDyess: Could the San Antonio Spurs be the front-runner to sign McDyess? How about Cleveland?  Or will he opt to return to Detroit as has been the report? If he does decide to return as a Piston, it will be a 30-day wait based on NBA rules. But that's not a given. McDyess' agent Andy Miller has said 17 teams are interested in his client, but all the Pistons can think about right now are the two teams that are showing heavy interest in the 6-9 veteran foward: Cleveland and Boston. For now though, all signs point to McDyess re-signing with the Pistons.

Where Could He Land: Detroit

Who Could Use Him: Cleveland or Houston

Damon Stoudamire: Stoudamire could be returning to the court soon, but will it be as a player or coach? Weeks ago the 5-10 point guard and University of Arizona alum said he would "love to be part of the Wildcats" coaching staff in the next year or two. While Stoudamire remains hopeful he has a place on the sidelines with his alma mater, point guard injuries around the league could bring him back to the NBA sooner rather than later. After playing with the San Antonio Spurs last season, he tried to get on with the Houston Rockets but failed to even land a spot in training camp. Now with Tony Parker hobbled, might "Mighty Mouse" try to save the day?

Where Could He Land: San Antonio

Who Could Use Him: Chicago or Los Angeles Clippers

Lindsey Hunter: Just when you thought Hunter was heading for retirement, the veteran point guard is staying busy and in-shape. Hunter worked out for the Los Angeles Clippers weeks ago in an attempt to find a back-up (or security blanket) for Baron Davis. While the Clippers didn't bite, Mark Bartelstein - Hunter's agent - has been talking to teams like the Dallas Mavericks and the Orlando Magic. The Magic apparently aren't interested in Hunter but that still leaves Dallas a possible destination if the two parties are in serious talks.

Where Could He Land: San Antonio

Who Could Use Him: Golden State or Chicago

P.J. Brown: Brown's agent Mark Bartelstein confirmed to HOOPSWORLD that his client isn't taking many calls these days about coming back. "Right now his mind is not on playing. It's with his family," Bartelstein said. Be that as it may, that's not keeping Boston from trying to re-lure Brown out of retirement - especially if they can't land Antonio McDyess. Despite the loss of James Posey - and the Celtics looking to invest in their youngsters (J.R. Giddens, Bill Walker and Gabe Pruitt) - it's clear Boston misses Brown. Last year it was Paul Pierce and Ray Allen who made their sales pitch to Brown to come and play in Boston. Will two out of the "Big Three" place another call? Better yet, will he pick up on the other end?

Where Could He Land: Boston

Who Could Use Him: Dallas or San Antonio

Other Notable Available Free Agents: Juwan Howard; Ira Newble; Damon Jones; Othella Harrington; Derek Anderson; Dikembe Mutombo; Alonzo Mourning

Your Turn: Now that you know who the usual suspects are and the talk circulating around the league, which free agents would you like to see in some new (or old) digs this season?