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7 Veteran NBA Free Agents Who Still Have A Lot Left In The Tank

Don't count these old dudes out yet
by John Paulo Aguilera | Jul 6, 2018
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This year's NBA free agency has a lot of superstars in the lineup: those who've stayed (Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, Houston Rockets' Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder's Paul George) and those who've said their goodbyes (DeMarcus Cousins for the defending champions, LeBron James for the Los Angeles Lakers).

Outside the next tier of basketball players waiting to be signed is another group that is worth Taking note of in this crazy offseasonthe handful of seasoned veterans who are well past their prime but can still ball hard if given the chance. Teams that are one player away from contention or lacking in experience and mentors might want to consider these tried-and-tested names.

Tony Parker (36)

2017-18 season: 7.7 ppg 3.5 apg in 55 games with the San Antonio Spurs

The Charlotte Hornets and Denver Nuggets are reportedly interested in the four-time NBA champion, but the Spurs would love to have him back. The feeling is mutual, as Parker told Sports Illustrated, "I would love to play 20 seasons with the Spurs, that's my dream." Last season, the veteran point guard was limited by a quad injury and replaced by Dejounte Murray as starter.

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Dwyane Wade (36)

2017-18 season: 11.4 ppg 3.8 rpg 3.4 apg in 67 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat

After a subpar run with the Cavs, Wade had a fitting return to Miami, where he seemed to have rediscovered his mojo. The Philadelphia 76ers almost learned that the hard way when he gave them quite a scare in the first round of the playoffs. The Heat and its fans are said to be on standby for Father Prime's decision.

Joe Johnson (37)

2017-18 season: 6.8 ppg 3.1 rpg 1.5 apg 1 bpg in 55 games with the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets

Oh how time flies for Iso Joe, who just a year ago was the hero in Utah's postseason upset of the Los Angeles Clippers. He was traded to Sacramento last season then signed with Houston, and that was the last we saw of the clutch swingman. If he's able to pick his spots wisely, Johnson can still give quality minutes to a contender.

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David West (37)

2017-18 season: 6.8 ppg 3.3 rpg 1.9 apg 1 bpg in 73 games with the Golden State Warriors

West went from ring chaser to solid reserve for the back-to-back champions. The two-time All-Star has emerged as Golden State's second-best big man behind Draymond Green. Now with a couple of titles under his belt, he has the options to hang up his boots as a winner, bring his steady presence to another squad, or gun for a three-peat with the Warriors.

Jamal Crawford (38)

2017-18 season: 10.3 ppg 2.3 apg in 80 games with the Minnesota Timberwolves

The newly crowned Teammate of the Year has extended his career to 18 seasons by doing what he does best night in and night out: score. Crawford's instant offense makes him a valuable asset to any team that is looking for a boost off the bench (said to be the Dubs and Philly). He's the only three-time Sixth Man of the Year awardee for a reason.

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Dirk Nowitzki (40)

2017-18 season: 12 ppg 5.7 rpg 1.6 apg in 77 games with the Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs reportedly declined Nowitzki's $5 million option for next season, but would be silly not to re-sign the former champion-slash-MVP. The greatest shooting big man in league history is expected to pass the torch to another foreign-born baller in rookie Luka Doncic, who will have his work cut out for him as the next franchise cornerstone.

Vince Carter (41)

2017-18 season: 5.4 ppg 2.6 rpg 2.2 apg in 58 games with the Sacramento Kings

It's astonishing to think that the oldest active NBA player still managed to get up there and pull off more than a few rim rockers as a reserve for Sacramento. By reinventing his game and developing his range, Carter was able to keep playing until gray hair started appearing on his beard. If we were to change his nickname, it would be "Half Man, Still Amazing."


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