2024 NBA Free Agents: Strong Forwards

Updated: May 18, 2024.

2024 NBA Free Agents: The top-20 NBA free agent strong forward for 2024.

** There are no team options here, as we won’t know what choice the teams will make and most won’t become free agents.

Paul George, Clippers, PO, 33

There’s legitimate talk that George could leave the Clippers, likely as they will not give him the four- to five- season max contract he probably will be seeking; many teams would. He will be far too old to be making max money if he gets that type of deal, so the Clippers are being smart.

LeBron James, Lakers, PO, 39

LeBron James is still an All-Star, but is at about 80% of his prime. Regardless, the Lakers will keep him with a one- or two-season deal, or a max contract.

DeMar DeRozan, Bulls, UFA, 34

The Bulls want to keep their No. 1 scorer, and he wants to stay, but it will be expensive and he is 34. Regardless, he has a game that has aged well and he’s grown as a shooter this season.

Kelly Oubre, 76ers, UFA, 28

Tobias Harris will get paid, and the Sixers will likely lose him, so they have to keep Oubre to start at the three and be a 17-point scorer.

Gordon Hayward, Thunder, UFA, 34

Hayward is aging and injured a lot, but he’s still a strong scorer, shooter and playmaker.

Taurean Prince, Lakers, UFA, 29

Prince is one of the NBA’s elite shooting specialists and has positional versatility, so he will be looked at by a lot of franchises.

Royce O’Neale, Suns, UFA, 30

The Suns traded a lot for O’Neale, so he should be signed by them. He’s an elite role player who is a plus shooter and playmaker.

Derrick Jones, Mavericks, UFA, 28

Derrick Jones is an athletic and versatile defender who has been huge for the Mavericks this season and should be kept.

Isaac Okoro, Cavaliers, RFA, 23

Okoro is coming off a solid fourth season where he shot nearly 40 percent from three. He also can play the two or three.

Saddiq Bey, Hawks, RFA, 25

Bey started for the Hawks, but he tore his ACL late in the season, meaning he will probably miss part of next season, therefore he will probably sign a one-season deal.

Simone Fontecchio, Pistons, RFA, 28

The forward only played a few games for Detroit, but he was excellent as a shooter and scorer and should be kept.

Naji Marshall, Pelicans, RFA, 26

Marshall has become a valuable role player, and as a restricted free agent, he is probably staying.

Doug McDermott, Pacers, UFA, 33

McDermott has been a shooting specialist for a long time and is still an ace in the league.

Nicolas Batum, Grizzlies, UFA, 35

Batum has a lot of miles on his body, but in a smaller role, he could still really help a team. He will be with a playoff team.

Kyle Anderson, Timberwolves, UFA, 30

“Slow-Mo” Anderson is a talented point forward who is a capable scorer. He’s a really nice guy to have on your bench.

Jae Crowder, Bucks, UFA, 33

Crowder is a solid two-way forward off the bench, who should continue in that role for Milwaukee.

Oshae Brissett, Celtics, UFA, 24

Brissett should be a third-stringer and is probably playing too much for the Celtics, but that means they value him.

Cam Reddish, Lakers, PO, 24

The Lakers are actually a nice fit for Reddish, and it’s hard to see him saying “no” to his option. He was a bust, but the Lakers seem to value him.

Josh Okogie, Suns, UFA, 25

A former starter, Okogie still fits the team well as a reserve. He’s also still just 25 and could develop into a valuable role player for the franchise.

Keita Bates-Diop, Nets, UFA, 28

Bates-Diop had a very nice season with the Spurs, but signed with the Suns last offseason, who traded him to the Nets. He then had a poor year.

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