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2011 NBA Free Agents: Small Forwards

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A list of the top 2011 NBA Free Agent small 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. Tayshaun Prince (UFA), Pistons.
    I think it is time for Prince to move on with his career. Detroit is not heading in the right direction, and Prince probably wants to be back on a contender. I would imagine he would be a highly-sought after player due to his ability to mesh well and play his role. However, Detroit can pay him more than any other team if they want to bring him back.

    Predicted Contract: 3 years, $15 million

    Possible Destinations: DET, SA, BOS, ORL, UTAH, LAC

  2. Wilson Chandler (RFA), Nuggets.
    Chandler signed a contract to play in China during the lockout and may not be let out of his deal until March. When he is allowed back in the NBA, Chandler is due for a raise from the $3.1 million that the final year of his deal is worth. If Denver is not willing to sign him to an extension, I would expect other teams to throw an offer sheet his way. Since Chandler was one of the key pieces in the Carmelo Anthony deal, the Nuggets would be foolish to let him walk without getting anything in return. However, if the price is too rich, Chandler could find a new home.

    Predicted Contract: 4 years, $30 million

    Possible Destinations: DEN, CLE, WAS, CHA, LAC, NJ, TOR

  3. Caron Butler (UFA), Mavericks.
    Butler's value really took a hit last season due to a knee injury that cost him the final 53 games of the year. It will be interesting to see how that affects his worth. Dallas has a few free agents on the wing and will probably try to bring Butler back and can afford to pay him more than any other team. If not, there should still be some teams knocking on Butler's door especially if he is willing to take the mid-level.

    Predicted Contract: 3 years, $15 million

    Possible Destinations: DAL, ORL, LAC, DEN, NJ

  4. Shane Battier (UFA), Grizzlies.
    You can never undervalue the importance of experience, leadership, and winning. That is what Battier still brings to the table outside of his ability to defend and knock down open threes. He filled in admirably for the injured Rudy Gay in Memphis, and I would expect the Grizzlies to try and re-sign Battier in a key reserve role. Several other playoff teams will be seeking him out with their mid-level exception, so I expect him to be a hot commodity.

    Predicted Contract: 3 years, $17 million

    Possible Destinations: MEM, SA, BOS, ORL, UTAH, LAC

  5. Grant Hill (UFA), Suns.
    Hill has revived his career and, despite being 38 years old, is continuing to play at a high level. He has transformed into one of the better all-around defenders in the league, and his experience and team attitude should make him attractive to all playoff contenders. The Suns should want to bring Hill back, but he could very easily move on in hopes of finally landing a ring.

    Predicted Contract: 2 years, $5 million

    Possible Destinations: MIA, NY, PHX, BOS

  6. Andrei Kirilenko (UFA), Jazz.
    Kirilenko once again struggled to stay healthy and with Gordon Hayward emerging late in the season, the Jazz could be ready to bid adieu to Kirilenko. He is only 30 years old though and still brings great versatility to the forward position, meaning there will be other teams vying for his services. One thing is for sure; he will make nowhere near the almost $18 million he made this past season.

    Predicted Contract: 3 years, $15 million

    Possible Destinations: UTAH, SA, WAS, MEM, ORL, TOR, LAC

  7. Shawne Williams, Knicks (UFA).
    After being out of the league for a year, Williams had a resurrection of his career last season in the Big Apple. How much of that was as a result of playing on a thin team that loved to run though? Regardless, Williams has piqued the interest of other NBA clubs and should be sought after by teams looking for some size and athleticism on the wing.

    Predicted Contract: 4 years, $16 million

    Possible Destinations: NY, MIA, CHI, NJ, DET, CLE

  8. Thaddues Young (RFA), 76ers.
    I am not sure Young has done enough to warrant a major raise and long-term extension from the 76ers or any other team. However, he is only 22 years old, so his room for growth is still plentiful.

    Predicted Contract: Plays out rookie contract

    Possible Destinations: PHI

  9. James Jones (UFA), Heat.
    Jones re-signed with Miami for the league minimum last offseason and will probably want a significant pay raise coming off a year in which he was one of the most efficient three-point shooters in the league. A lot of teams could use an outside threat like Jones coming off their bench, and he should come at a fairly reasonable rate.

    Predicted Contract: 3 years, $12 million

    Possible Destinations: MIA, PHX, LAC, LAL, TOR, CLE

  10. Mike Dunleavy (UFA), Pacers.
    Injuries continue to hamper Dunleavy's effectiveness on the floor despite averaging a solid 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds per game this past season. He is likely nothing more than a valuable role player but should see interest from several playoff caliber teams. I would expect him to take a hefty pay cut from the $10.5 million he made last season.

    Predicted Contract: 2 years, $6 million

    Possible Destinations: IND, BOS, TOR, LAC, PHX, LAL, DET

Other Free Agent Small Forwards: Kelenna Azubuike (UFA), Derrick Brown (RFA), Rodney Carney (UFA), Earl Clark (UFA), Maurice Evans (UFA), Gary Forbes (RFA), Josh Howard (UFA), Dominic McGuire (UFA), Jamario Moon (UFA), Steve Novak (UFA), Vladimir Radmonovic (UFA), Peja Stojakovic (UFA), DeJuan Summers (RFA), Al Thornton (UFA), Damien Wilkins (UFA), Reggie Williams (RFA), Julian Wright (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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