NBA practice camps have opened this week, and players from all 30 franchises are gearing up to hone their skills and build synergy with their teammates for the 2022-23 season.

But several suitable players are still not signed and are not yet sure which team they will help in the upcoming season, if at all. Injuries, age, and reduced minutes from previously playing on larger teams have reduced their numbers as players, but there is still time for some teams to take the risk of bringing in these unsigned players before the season starts.

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Seasoned veterans such as Jeremy Lamb and Hassan Whiteside, as well as former All-Star Blake Griffin, are among the top unsigned players who can make a solid late addition to an NBA team, either as a role player for an opponent or as a mentor for young teams.

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Here’s a look at the top unsigned players who still have a chance of finding a home this season and where they might fit in best:

Jeremy Lamb | Security guard | Age: 30

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Stats: 7.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists

What went wrong in 2021-2022: Lamb was healthier last season, playing in 56 games between the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings, his best since undergoing ACL surgery in his left knee in 2020. He’s not the same scorer he was before the injury, but he’s had a few bursts of instant attack off the bench. He played his best basketball in January before the trade, averaging 8.5 points on 43% steals and 0.5 blocks. — Jamal Collier

What went wrong in 2021-22: He has problems with shooting after injury, especially with his jump shot. In the 2021-2022 season, Lamb was shooting 32.4% from 3rds and 44.1% from 2nds in one of the worst shooting seasons of his career, while still shooting 10.4 shots per game. If Lamb finds a place as a reserve for the 2022-23 season, he will have to improve his efficiency coming off the bench. — Collier

The best option for the upcoming season: Toronto. The Raptors bolstered their frontcourt by signing Otto Porter and Juancho Hernangomes while retaining Thaddeus Young and Chris Boucher. However, there is a gap on the bench. The only reserves are Malachi Flynn, Dalano Banton and Jeff Doutin. The Raptors have 13 guaranteed contracts and four players on partial or non-guaranteed contracts (Banton, Josh Jackson, Justin Champagne and DJ Wilson). — Bobby Marks

Hassan Whiteside | center | Age: 33

Stats: 8.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 0.4 assists

What went wrong in 2021-2022: Whiteside proved he can still be a good option last season backing up Rudy Gobert and he can help a team looking for size and experience off the bench. He averaged 8.2 points and 7.6 rebounds while posting a career-best 65.2% from the field on 5.1 attempts last season and also played well as a starter in Gobert’s absence. . In eight starts in Utah last season, he averaged 11.5 points and 11.3 rebounds. — Collier

What went wrong in 2021-22: Whiteside has his limitations, but his biggest problem may be a crowded market for players with his skill set, as they are far less in demand in the modern NBA. Whiteside joins a group of veteran big men who are still looking for landing spots including Tristan Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and more. In recent seasons, Whiteside has more quietly accepted his role as a substitute. — Collier

The best option for the upcoming season: Brooklyn. If there is a weakness for this Nets team, it is the lack of size in the center. The Nets re-signed Nick Claxton, but the only understudy was Dai’Ron Sharp. Brooklyn was last season in defensive rebounding percentage, and there’s still an urgent need to expand the roster. Unlike most teams, the Nets have empty roster slots. — Tags

Lamarcus Aldridge | Center | Age: 37 years old

Stats: 12.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists

What went wrong in 2021-2022: In the first half of the season, Aldridge provided the Nets with a stabilizing veteran presence, averaging 15 points and 5.5 rebounds in six December games, helping Brooklyn get off to a strong start in the East. — Nick Friedell

What went wrong in 2021-22: With 16 points and nine rebounds in a March 1 loss to the Toronto Raptors in which the Nets played without Kevin Durant (knee) and Kyrie Irving (vaccination required), Aldridge only played four more games and was stuck at the end. on Steve Nash’s bench. — Friedel

The best option for the upcoming season: Golden State. Aldridge in the Bay Area is a “break glass in case of emergency” situation. Kevon Looney started all 82 games, but his backup James Wiseman missed the entire season with a knee injury. Wiseman was allowed to train, but if the former No. 2 pick fails, there will be a distinct lack of size. Due to the Warriors’ luxury tax situation, signing a player like Aldridge would have cost them nearly $12 million. — Tags

Blake Griffin | Forward | Age: 33

Stats: 6.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists

What went wrong in 2021-2022: Griffin averaged 8.8 points and five rebounds in eight December games as the Nets struggled with injuries and the COVID-19 outbreak. — Friedel

What went wrong in 2021-22: Griffin only played seven games from March 1 through the end of the season. Nash has repeatedly praised Griffin for always being ready, but the athleticism and explosiveness that defined his career don’t show up consistently after 13 seasons in the league. Like veteran center LaMarcus Aldridge, Griffin barely came off the bench during the final two months of the season. — Friedel

The best option for the upcoming season: Miami. The Heat have a spot in the roster and an empty power forward due to the loss of PJ Tucker in Philadelphia. However, Miami is only $162,830 below luxury tax, and the final spot on the list likely won’t be filled before the trade-in deadline. — Tags

Eric Bledsoe | Security guard | Age: 32

Stats: 9.9 points, 4.2 assists, 3.4 rebounds

What went wrong in 2021-2022: Bledsoe started the season with the Los Angeles Clippers and retired with 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting. Bledsoe started and came off the bench at times for the Clippers, and his best span in nine games from midway through December through New Years, when he averaged 15.7 points, 5.7 assists, 3.4 rebounds while shooting 48.6% overall and 45.7% of 3. — Andrew Lopez

What went wrong in 2021-22: 22 points in the first match was his second scoring result of the season. After being traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in February, Bledsoe found himself on the injury record with left Achilles tendinopathy and was officially ruled out of the season on March 28. the second lowest mark of his career – and 31.3% out of 3 – his lowest mark since 2011-2012. — Lopez

The best option for the upcoming season: Charlotte. The Hornets have two open spots on the roster and their only stand-in for LaMelo Ball is Dennis Smith Jr. The former lottery player signed a non-guaranteed training camp contract and played in 37 games last season for Portland before being waived in February. — Tags

Ben Macklemore | Security guard | Age: 29

Stats: 10.2 points, 1.6 rebounds. 0.9 gallons

What went wrong in 2021-2022: Macklemore proved he was still a shooter capable of scoring in batches when his bullet fell. Macklemore averaged double figures in 64 games with Portland for the third time in his career. He scored a season-high 28 points three times. While Portland has been coping with injuries, Macklemore averaged 16.1 points in the final 14 games of the season. He was also second with the Blazers in 3-pointers (151), and his 10.2 ppg average was the second-highest of the former lottery player’s career. — Lopez

What went wrong in 2021-22: While Macklemore was successful, it didn’t always translate to success for the Blazers. Certain end-of-season rosters took this into account, but out of 215 players who played at least 60 games last season, Macklemore finished with the second worst net rating at minus 13.1. — Lopez

The best option for the upcoming season: Residents of New Orleans. The Hornets’ reserves shot 31.9% (27th in the league) of 3 last season and there is a need for an extra bench. However, the Pelicans have 15 guaranteed contracts (including Jose Alvarado’s partial contract) and will need to open a spot on the roster. — Tags