Ty Lawson.

Three unsigned veteran players that can still help a team

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We are now at the point in the NBA off-season where scrolling through the waiver-wire and free agency pool yields some obscure results. Sometimes you find people that you wouldn’t expect to be available at this point of the season.

A number of decent players find themselves without a team this late into the summer.

As the summer winds down, a veteran team or contender might look to take a chance on some of these players and that is all they can hope for at this point. Such is the predicament that befalls these players trapped in the no man’s land before the season.

These guys have to hope for one more shot or face being a case of bygone basketball trivia. Here are three veterans available that can still help a team:

Atlanta Hawks v Denver Nuggets

Ty Lawson

Lawson was a centerpiece of the Denver Nuggets consistent playoff appearances after the Carmelo Anthony trade.

He had some decent seasons leading a cast of role players to respectable records and eventually claimed a top-three record in the Western Conference in 2013.

Toronto Raptors v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

After that season things started to slip. The point guard couldn’t keep up his standard of play in 2014 and some off the court incidents led to him being shopped around. He looked for a fresh start in Houston as he was traded at the start of the 2016 season.

The 28-year-old has had his best seasons alongside a superstar in Melo. He might have been asked to do a little more than he was capable of later in his tenure as a Nugget. Going to a team where he would be able to compliment an established star could help him return to form.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Miami Heat

Norris Cole

It hasn’t been that long since 2013. That was the last time that the Miami Heat claimed the NBA Championship. But, a lot has changed for the members of that team since the parade on Biscayne Boulevard.

LeBron James is in Cleveland, Dwyane Wade is in Chicago and Norris Cole doesn’t even have a team yet. But, the two-time champion is still young and could contribute to a contender next season.

New Orleans Pelicans v Miami Heat

His early years in South Beach has resulted in a championship pedigree and good defensive skills.

Many teams could take a look at the 27-year-old as a backup point guard. He averaged 10 points per game and is not afraid of big moments, having played in NBA Finals games for the first four years of his career.

Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Two

Josh Smith

Three years ago, the 30-year-old was coming off an impressive campaign with the Atlanta Hawks who had a consistent postseason presence. They were a staple in the playoff-picture for five years. Then he moved on to the Detroit Pistons.

His fit in other places has been dubious at best because of his streaky shooting ability. He has always been more of a power forward and in the modern NBA he projects more as a small-ball center now.

For his free throw and outside shooting woes, the Oakhill alum is a capable defender and terrifying athlete in the open court and near the rim. The veteran forward still looks to have some productivity ahead of him.

Eastern Conference
New Orleans Pelicans
Southwest Division
Western Conference
Indiana Pacers
Central Division
Ty Lawson
Houston Rockets
Joshua Smith
Norris Cole

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