2013 Free Agent Profiles: Power Forwards
What to expect from the available power forwards this offseason.
by Jake Fischer / @JakeLFischer
With the NBA calendar now flipped to ’13-14 campaign, free agency has officially begun. And even though nobody can put a pen on paper before July 10, teams are free to meet with free agents any time they’d please and offer players loads of money. Since free agency can usually be insane with rumors and sources tossed around, SLAM is here to help break down the top-5 free agents at each position. You can check out all of our 2013 Free Agent Profiles here and scroll through my opinions on what to expect from the free-agent power forwards below.
1. Josh Smith
’12-13 Team: Hawks
’12-13 Contract: $13.2 million
’12-13 Stats: 17.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg
Potential Contract: Four years/$80 million
Potential Teams: Hawks, Bucks, Pistons
You can hate all you want, but in this NBA financial landscape, Josh Smith is going to be paid a mini-max at a minimum. Some crazy team might even throw him the mega-max and the full four years/$88 million he could command. If Atlanta misses out on Howard, they could easily bring back J-Smoove. He could also flee to join Brandon Jennings in Milwaukee or play a hybrid 3/4 with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.
2. Paul Millsap
’12-13 Team: Jazz
’12-13 Contract: $7.2 million
’12-13 Stats: 14.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg
Potential Contract: Four years / $50 million
Potential Teams: Jazz, Hawks, Rockets
With David West re-signing with the Pacers, Paul Millsap is now the second-best power forward on the market this summer. He’ll likely command an eight-figure salary, and only two teams can really offer him that money and could use a power forward. If he doesn’t resign in Utah, I could only see him signing with Atlanta or Milwaukee.
3. Carl Landry
’12-13 Team: Warriors
’12-13 Contract: $4 million
’12-13 Stats: 10.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg
Potential Contract: Three years / $21 million
Potential Teams: Warriors, Rockets, Spurs, Cavaliers, Jazz, Hawks
Landry is a unique power forward because he arguably has All-Star snub talent and wont command that money. He also is a player in his prime who can be effective as a starter and a bench player. As a veteran’s veteran and a pro’s pro, Landry helped lead and change the culture in Golden State last season, and his stock might be at an all-time high this offseason. He should be in high demand.
4. JJ Hickson
’12-13 Team: Trail Blazers
’12-13 Contract: $4 million
’12-13 Stats: 12.7 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.1 apg
Potential Contract: Four years / $32 million
Potential Teams: Five Howard suitors, Trail Blazers, Spurs
JJ Hickson is the only player on this list who can also play center, as he showed last season, even though he’s only 6-9. With that in mind, his potential landing spots open up to the Howard suitors. He also is only 24 years old. He’ll be a coveted guy on the open market for sure.
5. Tyler Hansbrough
’12-13 Team: Pacers
’12-13 Contract: $3 million
’12-13 Stats: 7.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg
Potential Contract: Four years / $20 million
Potential Teams: Pacers, Nuggets, Timberwolves, Pistons, Cavaliers, Jazz, Hawks
The Pacers didn’t extend a qualifying offer to Tyler Hansbrough, making him a free agent. Hansbrough could definitely be a key prospect for a team that is on the cusp of either reaching the Playoffs or getting to the next level of contention. He could be considered the top available power forward who thrives coming off the bench.
2013 Free Agent Profiles: Centers