HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Not all NBA free agents are created equal.
Sometimes you’re Deron Williams and sometimes you’re not.
And this isn’t news to the huddled masses of familiar names and faces still looking for work with the start of training camps just a mere month away. They know that it’s time for the two-minute drill, when their options are dwindling and an invite to camp becomes a life-preserver for guys who are used to guaranteed roster spots and permanent spots in a team’s rotation.
This would explain the likes of Eddy Curry, who most likely will not be in Miami on opening night when the championship banner is raised but does have a ring with his name on it, auditioning for any team interested.
It’s the same reason you hear names like Josh Howard, who has worked out for his home state Charlotte Bobcats, Josh Childress, Hilton Armstrong and so many others — some former lottery picks (Childress) and some former All-Stars (Howard) — doing what millions of other Americans are doing right now, and that’s looking for work.
Curry and Armstrong worked out together for the Nets Wednesday, according to the New York Post:
Curry, along with Hilton Armstrong, worked out for the Nets Wednesday, according to Yahoo! Sports. Curry, the much maligned former Knick, spent last season with the Heat, playing 14 games and averaging 2.1 points while riding the coattails of LeBron James to his first NBA title.
Curry, 29, played a combined 10 games in his final three seasons with the Knicks before his contract was used as salary ballast in the Carmelo Anthony deal in February 2011.
Armstrong was part of the Nets’ free agent minicamp in May, when he earned some praise for his play from general manager Billy King.
“What I like about Hilton is he’s long and he knows how to play. I think the biggest thing for Hilton is doing it consistently,” King said at the time. “I think he got better each day. I like his length, because the one thing is it’s hard to find athletic size in this league.”
The 6-foor-11 center from Peekskill in five seasons has played for the Hornets, Kings, Rockets, Wizards and Hawks. He spent last season playing in France.
The Nets have 13 players signed to guaranteed deals for the upcoming season, two short of the 15-player maximum. They also added small forward Donte Greene last week, signing him to a non-guaranteed contract.
The team also is shopping for a backup small forward, after the guy they were bringing to camp, 6-foot-11 Greene, suffered a foot injury that likely includes a fractured ankle. Greene’s agent, Chris Luchey, maintains he is hopeful and confident Greene will be a Net this season, although his official signing with Brooklyn is on hold.
“I expect him to be a Net,” said Luchey, who indicated Greene, 24, a four-season veteran with Sacramento, was headed for an MRI last night. “I just don’t know when. We don’t know how long the rehab will be after his surgery.
Take a quick look at NBA.com’s 2012 Free Agent Tracker and click on the available tab and scan the list of notable players who are still looking for a job. You figure veterans like Derek Fisher and Kenyon Martin will find opportunities with quality teams in search of some seasoning as the weeks before training camp turn into days.
But there are other, younger and more than adequate contributors, guys like Leandro Barbosa, Andray Blatche, Sam Young, Matt Barnes and plenty of others still out there.
You know they have the skills to do the job.
But now it’s a matter of finding the right fit, provided there is one .