Let’s remember some guys who may or may not ever play in the NBA again

This blog is not whole service journalismso let’s call it Service Hyperlinks. Here’s a good and interesting list of guys who played in the NBA last year but haven’t signed any NBA contracts this year (yet). You might find it helpful, or at least fascinating. I stumbled across the list this morning while searching for Cade Cunningham highlights on r/NBA and found that this list made me sad and wistful as opposed to Cade Cunningham highlights that make me happy and hopeful existed, even though I’m happy about it. To save myself some confusion early in the season, all leagues should publicly distribute these lists, along with lists of players who switched teams in the last five months. This would save me the shock of seeing Dejounte Murray in a Hawks jersey without warning. hawks? When did that happen? But until they do, we can thank the enterprising posters over at Hoops Wire for this easy-to-understand breakdown of the NBA’s (possibly) dearly departed.

The list tells some sad stories and is longer than I expected. It features former stars crushed by injuries, first-round picks who never quite made it, old guys who aren’t really that old when you see their real ages next to their names, and 80 percent of last year’s Lakers roster . Also, there’s a guy named “Jay Scrubb” who probably made it come. Of course, these NBA careers are not over yet; Some will sign contracts as the season progresses. I assume Rob Pelinka bookmarked that link. Several types here could certainly be of great use to a team. Derrick Favors should get some calls. Stanley Johnson should get some calls. (Stanley Johnson’s calls can’t be coming from the Lakers, who sold him to the team that waived him and is therefore banned from signing by the CBA.) And of course, for all of these players, the opportunity is there, differently to be paid grades of handsome overseas. But it’s kind of striking to see in list form how sudden and silent the ending can be. While we tend to measure NBA time by the “face” of the league at the moment, these guys are defining their micro eras. The league is small enough that the average fan will recognize many names on this list and think Damned! What I’m saying is never look for Cade Cunningham highlights.

Some names that made me particularly sad, in rough order of how sad they made me (the higher, the sadder):

Kemba Walker (32)

Rodney Hood (30)

Josh Jackson (25)

Hassan Whiteside (33)

Kent Bazemore (33)

Avery Bradley (32)

DeMarcus Cousins (32)

Tony Schnell (31)

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (27)

Jeremy Lamb (30)

Jabari Parker (27)

Paul Millsap (37)

Wayne Ellington (35)

Stanley Johnson (26)

Langston Galloway (31)

Eric Bledsoe (33)

Frank Jackson (24)

Could I pick Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot from a lineup? Absolutely not. But there was some comfort in knowing that he was always there – where? I don’t know, anywhere – sitting on an NBA bench.

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