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Old 11-07-2007, 02:08 PM   #1
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One of them guarded Shaq in the NBA Finals two seasons ago, another scored 20 points in the first half of a second-round playoff game against the Pistons last May, and a third has been a scoring machine over his nine-year NBA career, going for 36 points twice last season when he split time between Denver and Milwaukee.

They all have one thing in common as we head into the second full week of the 2007-08 NBA season: They're all watching the action from their sofas.

DJ Mbenga, P.J. Brown and Earl Boykins are the players referenced above, and different sets of circumstances led to their unemployment.

Mbenga was cut by the Dallas Mavericks to make room on the roster for Juwan Howard; Brown has been enjoying time with his family in Slidell, La., awaiting word on whether he'll be part of a sign-and-trade for Kobe Bryant; and Boykins is splitting time between Cleveland and Denver, no doubt regretting his decision to opt out of the final year of his contract -- kissing a guaranteed $3 million goodbye.

Of the three, Boykins figures to be the first to return to the NBA, which is why he's ahead of the other two on ESPN.com's first installment of the 2007-08 list of the Top 10 Unemployed NBA Players.

Anderson Varejao

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1. Anderson Varejao
Status: Restricted free agent (Cavaliers)
"We are at an impasse," said agent Dan Fegan, who rejected the Cavs' latest offer on the eve of the start of the regular season and has offered to have an impartial arbitrator brought in. Fegan is trying to find teams willing to do a sign-and-trade with the Cavs, and Cleveland general manager Danny Ferry would agree to one if an affordable big man came in return.

And although Varejao is now reportedly willing to sign a one-year deal with Cleveland for a salary around the midlevel exception, the Cavs will not make that type of offer. If the impasse doesn't end, Varejao is considering playing this season in the Spanish League. But his NBA rights would continue to belong to Cleveland for as long as the Cavs continued to make him an offseason qualifying offer.

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2. Earl Boykins
Status: Unrestricted free agent (Bucks)
The 5-foot-5 guard made a fateful decision last June when, feeling he had no long-term future in Milwaukee, he opted out of the final year of his contract. Boykins wasn't on anyone's free-agency A-list, and he turned down overtures from the Clippers and Kings when they offered him little more than the veterans' minimum.

He's the one player on this list who could be an immediate offensive difference maker, but his reputation as a ball hog is working against him. Still, there are enough teams out there with at least a portion of the midlevel exception who can meet his asking price. For now, Boykins must wait until an injury or a trade opens a need somewhere.

DJ Mbenga

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3. DJ Mbenga
Status: Unrestricted free agent (Mavs)
The Mavericks had no room for the athletically gifted 7-footer when they decided to sign Howard for the veterans' minimum, so they reluctantly cut him. Mbenga, still recovering from ACL surgery, is currently working out in Sacramento and turning away offers from teams in Europe, believing there's a place for him in the NBA.

One place where he'd be a perfect fit is Boston, where there's little size behind Kendrick Perkins.

P.J. Brown

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4. P.J. Brown
Status: Unrestricted free agent (Bulls)
The Suns and Mavericks came calling over the summer, but Brown told them he was in no hurry to resume his 14-year career. Brown plans to revisit the issue in December or January, which gives him time to wait out the Kobe Bryant saga in Los Angeles and see if he stumbles into an easy payday since the Bulls and Lakers would need to use him in a sign-and-trade deal to make the salaries match if the Bryant-to-Chicago talks are rekindled.

Chris Webber

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5. Chris Webber
Status: Unrestricted free agent (Pistons)
Webber turned down a two-year offer from Olympiakos in Greece that would have made him the highest-paid player in Europe, choosing instead to wait out the situation in Detroit, where Joe Dumars will try to open salary space for him later this season by trying to find a taker for Flip Murray, Ronald Dupree and/or Nazr Mohammed. (Dumars' best trade offer for Mohammed last season was Minnesota's Marko Jaric.)
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Old 11-07-2007, 02:11 PM   #2
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4. P.J. Brown
Status: Unrestricted free agent (Bulls)
The Suns and Mavericks came calling over the summer, but Brown told them he was in no hurry to resume his 14-year career. Brown plans to revisit the issue in December or January, which gives him time to wait out the Kobe Bryant saga in Los Angeles and see if he stumbles into an easy payday since the Bulls and Lakers would need to use him in a sign-and-trade deal to make the salaries match if the Bryant-to-Chicago talks are rekindled.

Remember this part on Dec. 15th. 38 more days.
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Old 11-07-2007, 02:13 PM   #3
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6. Dale Davis
Status: Unrestricted free agent (Pistons)
The wily veteran spent the last two seasons in Detroit, which makes him an expert on the inner workings of the Pistons' locker room. That factor, as much as any, is one of the reasons why the rival Cleveland Cavaliers have been tossing around the idea of signing the 38-year-old -- especially if the Varejao situation remains unresolved.

Davis, who had a blood clot removed from his lung in July, had expected to join Seattle over the summer before the Sonics made the Kurt Thomas deal.

Chris Andersen

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7. Chris Andersen
Status: Serving two-year NBA drug suspension
Andersen can apply for reinstatement on Jan. 28, and the Hornets would then have 30 days to tender him a contract under his old salary. If they decline, Andersen would become an unrestricted free agent. He is currently splitting time between his home life in Denver and his workouts in Las Vegas under the director of NBA training guru Joe Abunassar.

Keith McLeod

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8. Keith McLeod
Status: Unrestricted free agent (Pacers)
There was a glaring need a week ago in Sacramento for a playmaker, and there were some with the Kings who felt this four-year veteran might be the right fit. But the Kings opted instead to sign San Antonio castoff Beno Udrih, leaving McLeod, a starter in 88 of his 200 career games, scratching his head back home in Canton, Ohio, as he waits for the phone to ring.

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9. Luke Jackson
Status: Unrestricted free agent (Raptors)
The former lottery pick (drafted 10th overall in 2004 by Cleveland, five spots ahead of Al Jefferson, 10 spots ahead of Jameer Nelson and 16 ahead of Kevin Martin) fell victim to Sam Mitchell's infatuation with Jamario Moon and was Toronto's final cut of the preseason.

He now plans to wait another week to see if an NBA offer comes before he decides whether to play in Europe. FC Barcelona, Alba Berlin and Tau Ceramica have all expressed interest.

Vitaly Potapenko

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10. Vitaly Potapenko
Status: Unrestricted free agent (Kings)
We feel guilty giving him the final spot on this list over the likes of Gary Payton, Justin Reed, Dahntay Jones, John Lucas III, Rafael Araujo and Jackie Butler, but the fact is that several teams -- including Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Golden State and Phoenix -- are in the market for big bodies. Potapenko, an 11-year vet, can be had for the veterans' minimum, with the league office paying most of the salary.
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Old 11-07-2007, 02:13 PM   #4
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5. Chris Webber
Status: Unrestricted free agent (Pistons)
Webber turned down a two-year offer from Olympiakos in Greece that would have made him the highest-paid player in Europe, choosing instead to wait out the situation in Detroit, where Joe Dumars will try to open salary space for him later this season by trying to find a taker for Flip Murray, Ronald Dupree and/or Nazr Mohammed. (Dumars' best trade offer for Mohammed last season was Minnesota's Marko Jaric.)

I would like the Cavaliers to sign Chris Webber for a much cheaper price because he would be a huge addition to our frontline, who is inconsistent in the playoffs, and Chris Webber during his prime was one of the best passing big men in the history of the NBA.

C-Webb is still a better upgrade than Anderson Varejao because of his offensive skills, and high basketball IQ.
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Old 11-07-2007, 02:16 PM   #5
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Boykins made the mistake of overrating himself, but he'll land with a team devoid of scoring soon enough. He's got much more of a future in the league than Varejao, who made the same mistake of buying into his own hype and letting his agent severely overstate his value, to the point where unless he cuts his asking price in half, he won't be on an NBA roster in the near future.
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Old 11-07-2007, 02:17 PM   #6
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I would like the Cavaliers to sign Chris Webber for a much cheaper price because he would be a huge addition to our frontline, who is inconsistent in the playoffs, and Chris Webber during his prime was one of the best passing big men in the history of the NBA.

C-Webb is still a better upgrade than Anderson Varejao because of his offensive skills, and high basketball IQ.


Webb is an upgrade offensively but i dont know if it outweighs his defensive liabilities. Webber and Varejao are like opposite players
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theres a reason they are all unemployed
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Old 11-07-2007, 02:45 PM   #8
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Webber needs the offense to run through him in order to be effective. As a result, he's not really a fit for any good team except possibly as a 6th man. He could come into the game when Lebron's out, or tired, and run the offense through the high post.
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Old 11-07-2007, 02:47 PM   #9
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Wait, Varejao > Webber? Haha.
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Old 11-07-2007, 03:04 PM   #10
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sorry, but i wouldn't put mbenga in the top 10. same goes for potastinko.
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BIRDMAN SHALL RETURN!!!







...and miss 20 dunks in a row.
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come to the Wizards PJ!

PJ is better than Benga and might be better than Andy V. I am very surprised the Spurs haven't looked to sign him.
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Birdman miss 20 dunks? Didn't you see that video when he was giving the bidness to a 15 year old?
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