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Possible NBA buyout candidates


With the NBA Trade Deadline now passed, most teams will pay attention to the waiver wire and see if any players who are bought out can help their team for a playoff push.

Glen Davis: He has officially be waived and should be on the open market barring any team claiming him on waivers by monday. Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly the early frontrunners for the services of “Big Baby”.

Earl Clark: Another confirmed buyout, he hasn’t panned out in Cleveland after a good season with the Los Angeles Lakers. His defensive and offensive versatility could have suitors lining up for his services..

Ben Gordon: Rumors swirling that the Charlotte Bobcats and Gordon are already talking buyout. He hasn’t been the same since his Chicago Bulls days. Teams that could use scoring/shooting off the bench may take a chance on the guard in hope he can get going as he did in his Bulls days.

Danny Granger: Hard to see him wanting to stay in Philadelphia after being on the best team in the East. Early rumors speculate that he could be Miami bound if he’s bought out. San Antonio Spurs have also been linked to have interest in the forward.

Antawn Jamison: Somewhat in the same boat as Granger, went to an eventual Championship contender to a Hawks team that is sliding down the standings. Hard to see if a team would pickup the forward after struggling on a Clippers team where all he had to do was spread the court.

Emeka Okafor: An early season prediction to get a buyout if not traded. With thePhoenix Suns success this season it may drastically alter that idea. If he was to be on the market, you could expect plenty of teams to lineup for the service of the shot blocker. Big issue is his back. He’s missed the whole season to this point.

Richard Jefferson: Unlikely the Jazz waive anyone, but if they do, Jefferson could be a candidate. Jefferson has plenty of playoff experience to merit contending teams to give him a shot.

Brandan Rush: Seemed to find his notch in Golden State before a knee injury set him back. If he can get his knee right, his ability to knock down the 3-ball and play defense would land him on a team quickly.

Andris Biedrins: His play and value have drastically diminished over the seasons. Being 7 foot doesn’t hurt. It would come to no surprise that a team needing front court depth would give him a shot. Just don’t expect him to start or contribute much if any.

Caron Butler: The small forward is stuck on the worst team in the league. He won a title back in 2011 with the Mavs (was injured all playoffs). A team needing a SF and experience would happily welcome Butler to their team.

Charlie Villanueva: Just like Gordon, Villanueva’s career turned for the worse when he signed with the Pistons. At his best he was able to stretch the floor at the PF spot. We’ll see if he can get out of Detroit and garner interest from contending teams.

Jason Terry: Like Butler was on the Mavs 2011 team. Since leaving Dallas, Terry has seen his number drastically drop the last two season. A team needing scoring and shooting off the bench may give the veteran a call. Reports are that he will be out the rest of the season (knee).

Chris Kaman: His last two stints (Dal, LaL) haven’t gone exactly as he’s planned. Both times he’s found himself on the bench. Due to the Lakers collection of injuries, the Cave Man may have shown enough to other teams to give him a shot if he’s to be bought out.

Reggie Evans: Sent to the Sacramento Kings along with Terry, Evans may be on the way out. The team already has Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, Derrick Williams, DeMarcus Cousins, Chuck Hayes, and Quincy Acy at the big spots.

Keith Bogans: Received a nice payday for his part in the big Nets-Celtics trade this offseason. Can give teams some good defense at the guard spot if the Celtics let him go.

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