The 2014 NBA free agent list still has some interesting names on it. Among the unsigned free agents on the list are Greg Monroe of the Detroit Pistons and Eric Bledsoe of the Phoenix Suns. Then there is three-time NBA champion Ray Allen, who was just reported by NBA Insiders as being undecided about his future. That report from Friday evening (July 25), clarified earlier rumors about him heading to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Apparently he hasn't officially decided to re-join LeBron James yet.
There are a lot of role players and veterans listed as unrestricted free agents still this offseason and they include Shannon Brown, Elton Brand, Al Harrington, and E'Twaun Moore. Then there are the start players like Shawn Marion, Ramon Sessions, and Mo Williams that could certainly bring a lot to the table. Each one of those three could be a floor leader, with Marion likely to be highly sought after by some of the cash-strapped teams looking to add one more key veteran.
The biggest names remaining on the 2014 NBA free agent list are easily Monroe and Bledsoe. Both players are restricted free agents, meaning their original teams can match any deal that another franchise puts on the table. It makes courting them very tricky, though the Suns did extend a pretty good offer to Bledsoe. He is looking for more money, though, and turned down that offer. Now he has a qualifying offer on the table that covers one season if he doesn't find a new home.
In other contract news, Andrew Wiggins finally signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers after getting selected as the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. According to a report from ESPN, Wiggins signed a four-year deal, which will give him a starting salary of $5.5 million during the 2014-15 NBA season. It's possible that he could still be traded before his rookie season begins, but it also shows the Cavs wanted to make sure to get him on the active roster as soon as possible.
There will be many more NBA rumors before the offseason comes to a close and the ultimate destinations of some very key free agents will keep the analysts talking until the season begins. For teams like the LA Lakers, New York Knicks, and Chicago Bulls, there are still ample assets available to improve rosters for a playoff run. Stay tuned sports fans, because the league likely has some more surprises in store.