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2011 NBA Free Agents: Power Forwards

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A list of the top 2011 NBA Free Agent power forwards.


With the NBA Lockout coming to an end, we now know that teams can start signing free agents on December 9th. Like the NFL experienced once their lockout ended, there will be a frenzy period for teams to fill out rosters with the season tipping off on Christmas.

With the new labor agreement, there are some changes to free agency. A player can only receive a four-year maximum deal (a five-year maximum if they re-sign with their current team) and beginning in the 2013-14 season, teams will start receiving a harsher luxury tax penalty if they exceed the salary cap. Teams will now only have three days to match an offer sheet for one of their restricted free agents. Also, some names will be added to free agency after teams decide which players will be released under the one-time amnesty clause option.

  1. David West (UFA), Hornets.
    West has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent. He is coming off a season-ending ACL injury but says he is feeling healthy and will be back to full strength. Since it is a weak crop of free agents, he will get a lengthy contract from somebody and may want to bolt from New Orleans, which seems to be heading towards rebuilding mode with Chris Paul likely heading elsewhere.

    Predicted Contract: 4 years, $40 million

    Possible Destinations: NJ, IND, NO, GS

  2. Kris Humphries (UFA), Nets.
    I am not sure anybody had a more active lockout than the now former Mr. Kim Kardashian. Humphries had a career best season at the perfect time; his contract year. He averaged a double-double for the first time in his career as he became the team's starting power forward due to the trades of Troy Murphy and Derrick Favors. New Jersey does not have a lot of options at power forward, but will they be willing to sign him to the long-term extension that he is sure to be demanding?

    Predicted Contract: 4 years, $30 million

    Possible Destinations: NJ, IND, SAC, DEN, NO, GS, TOR

  3. Jeff Green (RFA), Celtics.
    One would assume Boston traded for Green with the intention of keeping him for the long haul, but will they want to sign him to a long-term extension when he never truly fit in with the Celtics after the deal? Other teams will probably have interest and try to pry Green from Beantown, but Danny Ainge will have the option to match any offer sheet he signs.

    Predicted Contract: Plays out final year of rookie contract

    Possible Destinations: BOS, NO, DEN

  4. Carl Landry (UFA), Hornets.
    New Orleans was Landry's third team in the past two seasons, which is surprising since he has proven to be a valuable commodity. Expect several playoff teams to pursue Landry with a chunk of their mid-level exception since he brings great energy and scoring off the bench...unless of course Landry is in search of a starting role.

    Predicted Contract: 3 years, $15 million

    Possible Destinations: NO, IND, BOS, DAL, POR, DEN

  5. Glen Davis (UFA), Celtics.
    This is just my gut feeling, but I would imagine Davis is ready for a full-time starting gig, which he will not get in Boston as long as Kevin Garnett is around. I can see Davis accepting the biggest contract from whichever team wants him to start. If not, he may have to settle for a mid-level-type deal.

    Predicted Contract: 4 years, $22 million

    Possible Destinations: NO, DEN, BOS, NJ, IND, POR

  6. Kenyon Martin (UFA), Nuggets.
    Martin signed a contract to play in China this season, and there is some uncertainty as to whether or not he will be allowed to play in the NBA this season. If Martin is let out of his deal, he will be a risk for any team even thinking of signing him to a multi-year deal due to his injury history. Martin posted a career-low in points last season but can still be a solid rebounder, and is never afraid to mix it up down low. If Denver is not interested in bringing him back as a starter, he should draw interest from several teams looking to add an experienced, tough power forward.

    Predicted Contract: 2 years, $7 million

    Possible Destinations: DEN, NO, POR, NJ, ORL, SA

  7. Josh McRoberts (UFA), Pacers.
    McRoberts posted career numbers as he found a regular role in Indiana this past season. McRoberts is probably nothing more than a reserve, and the Pacers could look to bring him back, but I would imagine they are looking for an upgrade alongside Tyler Hansbrough.

    Predicted Contract: 3 years, $9 million

    Possible Destinations: IND, DAL, NO, SA, DEN, NJ

  8. Jonas Jerebko (RFA), Pistons.
    After a solid rookie season, Jerebko missed all of last season with a torn right Achilles' tendon. All indications are that the Pistons have every intention to bring him back, and I doubt any team would risk pursuing a player who is coming off a serious injury.

    Predicted Contract: Plays out final year of contract

    Possible Destinations: DET

  9. Troy Murphy (UFA), Celtics.
    After a decade of solid productivity, Murphy battled injury to start the 2010 season and never regained his old form after being traded to Golden State, released, and signed by Boston. I find it hard to believe that Murphy has nothing left, but his worth has taken a huge hit. He can still be a valuable player on the right team due to his ability to stretch defenses with his outside shot and should get looks from teams looking to add depth inside.

    Predicted Contract: 1 year, $2 million

    Possible Destinations: DEN, NO, POR, ATL, LAL

  10. Brandan Wright (UFA), Nets.
    Can we officially label Wright as a bust? He was the eighth overall pick in the 2007 Draft but has not played more than 39 games in a single season and has career averages of 5.4 points and 3 boards per game. Expect some rebuilding team to roll the dice that he finally can stay healthy and reach his potential.

    Predicted Contract: 2 years, $4 million

    Possible Destinations: CLE, TOR, POR, SAC, NO, DAL, ATL

Other Free Agent Power Forwads: Jeff Adrien (UFA), Alexis Ajinca (UFA), Malik Allen (UFA), Brian Cardinal (UFA), Dante Cunningham (RFA), Ike Diogu (UFA), Joey Dorsey (UFA), Reggie Evans (UFA), Juwan Howard (UFA), Darnell Jackson (UFA), Jared Jeffries (UFA), Yi Jianlian (UFA), Leon Powe (UFA), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (RFA), Brian Scalabrine (UFA), Craig Smith (UFA), Jason Smith (UFA), Darius Songaila (UFA), Chris Wilcox (UFA), Shelden Williams (UFA)

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JD 07-07-2012 12:58 pm (total posts: 1)
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Auth 06-30-2012 05:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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Laineka 06-30-2012 05:34 pm (total posts: 1)
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Mastufah 06-30-2012 02:18 pm (total posts: 1)
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The Mavericks may have found the biggest slpeeer in the draft.I'm a big Jeremy Lin fan, and not just because he's a future pastor/minister. At the 2010 Portsmouth Invitation (similar to the NFL's pre-draft Senior Bowl) against future NBA draft picks, Jeremy Lin averaged 10 points, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 60% FG percentage. In 2008 in 7 games (some multiple) against Colorado, George Washington, UConn, and BC, he averaged 20 points, 5 rebs, 5 assists, and 3 steals, even though the other team was double or triple teaming him all game as the only good player for Harvard. In 2009 against UConn and BC twice he averaged 27 points, 5 rebs, 5 assists, and 3 steals, again while double or triple teamed. His entire life Jeremy Lin has constantly faced obstacles and discrimination (not to mention racial slurs) in the basketball world, because of his race. He was California's basketball State Player of the Year after taking an unknown HS team to take the championship over powerhouse Mater Dei, yet was offered no Division-I basketball scholarship from any school. Harvard was the only school to give him a spot, and with no scholarship. I don't think it ever happened before that a Player of the Year in a huge state like California, didn't get any college scholarship offers to play. Then, at Harvard, all he did was break all sorts of conference records, put Harvard on the map without any other legit player on the team, and this year finished as a finalist for both the John Wooden and Bob Cousy Award, for best D-I college player and best D-I guard in the country. If his last name were different, he might have gotten a chance to start at a different college and become a 1st round pick. He is taller than Avery Bradley, and just as athletic if you look at his dunks, blocks, and steals playing against players who were picked in the draft.For those not familiar with him, here are some ESPN, Time Magazine, and Washington Post,8599,1951044, the poster Rex': Jeremy Lin plays an extremely unselfish game and makes his team's better, but you can't blame him for those losses. His Harvard team had literally no other decent players, and basketball is a team game. Everyone saw how far Cornell went this year in the March Madness tournament (Sweet 16), with 3 legit NBA prospects. Against Cornell, Jeremy's Harvard team was no match, but Jeremy had 24 points on 7 for 12 shooting. He was hardly shut down' by Cornell, he simply had no help.
kate 05-31-2012 03:16 pm (total posts: 1)
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Looks like GS Warriors will have to draft a SF.
With all their picks maybe they can move up and get Kidd-Gilchrist
Ernest Manigo Jr. 12-19-2011 10:53 am (total posts: 1)
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Notice that Amare Stoudemire literally carried the knicks alone towards the play-offs before Chauncey and Carmelo arrived.

Notice Carmelo almost won a game alone in the play-offs alone without Chauncey and Amare last season

Notice that Amare and Chauncey has help now with Center Tyson Chandler, the single person who is the reason why Mavs did well

So now, Knicks need a small forward like a a Scottie Pippin to help Carmelo and a point guard that can get the ball to Amare and Chauncey

Knick can win it all this season, they do not have to wait til next year!!
dfresh 12-09-2011 05:18 am (total posts: 1)
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the knicks best deal would be Dalembert for his rebounds and block shoots he fits well with that team good trade package for next year Howard
Tallin 08-18-2011 07:39 am (total posts: 1)
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Big help, big help. And superlative news of cuorse.
Alex 07-05-2011 12:39 am (total posts: 1)
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This info is the cat’s pjaaams!
me 07-03-2011 12:53 pm (total posts: 2)
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if somehow the heat can swing NENE...... they would never ever ever lose a game. definitely the #1 FA center, maybe in basketball, for teams that would rather not have d12s horrible shooting
wow.... 07-03-2011 12:51 pm (total posts: 2)
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prince may be the worst player on this entire list, including most of the free agents!
SMCGael 06-29-2011 11:52 pm (total posts: 1)
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I am all for the Kings signing Patty Mills. He has good ball handling skills, extremely quick, good mid range shot, can shoot the three, skilled passer, a true leader. I would love to see this fellow SMC Gael play for the Kings.

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