Often when people hear the phrase "free agent" they think of the millionaire pro athlete testing his worth on the free market for a bigger and better contract. The reality is that most free agents are players who are fighting for a roster spot in camp or waiting on their next contract overseas with no guarantees. For eight years as a professional player, I was one of those guys. At the end of every season there were a couple of months in limbo waiting to see what job offers would come my way. Not the easiest way to live, especially if you have a family.
During those times I relied heavily on my faith, as well as the support of my wonderful wife and family. They encouraged and pushed me to continue pursuing my dream of playing in the NBA. In my first season out of college, I was fortunate enough to play for the Connecticut Pride of the CBA with Kevin Ollie. I am extremely happy for all of Kevin's success because I know how hard he worked for it. He was one of those guys like me, who was a perennial "free agent". You learn a lot about yourself when you go through those uncertain times not knowing where the next pay check will come from.
These days in America there seem to be more and more "free agents" who are out of work and looking for their next job. I, like many others, find myself in that spot waiting to see what God has planned next for me and my family. While I do not know who will sign my next pay check, I do know He will be providing it for me! To all those who are in a similar situation, may you be blessed and encouraged in the days, weeks and months ahead.