On Thursday, NBA teams will resume play after the long All-Star break, and there is still time for them to add a player from the buyout market.
Even though that market has already dried up a bit, there are still several intriguing and useful players available there, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski pointed out.
With approximately one-third of NBA teams still with an available roster spot, free agents include: Serge Ibaka, John Wall, LaMarcus Aldridge, Will Barton, Stanley Johnson, Wayne Ellington, Tyler Johnson, Sterling Brown, Hassan Whiteside, David Nwabe, Michael Carter-Williams.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 21, 2023
Serge Ibaka may be well past his prime, but the 6-foot-10, 235-pound big man can still grab rebounds and occasionally block shots and hit 3-pointers, even if it’s only in limited minutes.
At age 33, he also has a good deal of experience, as he won a championship with the 2018-19 Toronto Raptors and reached the NBA Finals in 2012 with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Will Barton has enjoyed a productive 11-year career as a 3-and-D wing, and although his defense may not be what it used to be, he is shooting 38.0 percent from 3-point range this season, and you cannot have too much outside shooting in pro basketball.
Although there have been questions about his attitude, Hassan Whiteside is a proven rebounder and shot blocker, and if his head is on straight, the 7-footer could provide some valuable center depth.
Stanley Johnson, a 6-foot-7 forward, is an interesting prospect, as he has bounced around the NBA but may be starting to emerge as a viable player.
The former 2015 lottery pick is shooting an outstanding 45.0 percent from beyond the arc this season, and at 242 pounds, he has the physique and tools to be a good defender.
At age 26, he may still have some room for growth, especially on the defensive end.
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