2013 Free Agent Profiles: Small Forwards
What to expect from the available small 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 small forwards below.
1. Andre Iguodala
’12-13 Team: Nuggets
’12-13 Contract: $14.7 million
’12-13 Stats: 13.0 ppg, 5.4 apg. 5.3 rpg
Potential Contract: Four years / $60 million
Potential Teams: Nuggets, Cavaliers, Pistons, Rockets
I don’t agree with paying Iguodala $15 million per year at all, but it seems like that’s what a few teams are willing to offer him this summer. His best fit is as a third option on a team that he could be the last piece to turn into a somewhat of a contender, like Cleveland or Detroit, and play through a year or two as their young stars develop into superior players than him. Or he could end up staying in Denver and wasting away while the Nuggs wait for JaVale McGee to realize his potential…
2. Andrei Kirilenko
’12-13 Team: Timberwolves
’12-13 Contract: $9.8 million
’12-13 Stats: 12.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.8 apg
Potential Contract: Three years / $21 million
Potential Teams: Timberwolves, Rockets, Pistons, Hawks, Cavs
In my opinion, Andrei Kirilenko is one of the most underrated players in the League. He’s never played outside of two of the smallest media markets in Minnesota and Utah and he’s a super-role player who never makes headlines. Kirilenko would be a great option for a team that misses out on Iguodala, and for half the cost, he could also be more valuable.
3. Corey Brewer
’12-13 Team: Nuggets
’12-13 Contract: $3.2 million
’12-13 Stats: 12.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.5 apg
Potential Contract: Four years / $20 million
Potential Teams: Nuggets, Grizzlies
The chances Brewer doesn’t return to the Pepsi Center are slim to none, but he could potentially play for the Grizz if Brian Shaw and company bring in Tony Allen. Then again, if Iguodala leaves, Brewer is basically a must-have for Denver.
4. Matt Barnes
’12-13 Team: Clippers
’12-13 Contract: $854,389
’12-13 Stats: 10.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.5 apg
Potential Contract: One year / $3 million
Potential Teams: Clippers, 5 Howard suitors, Cavaliers, Pistons, Heat
Many people would rank Kyle Korver or Carlos Delfino over Barnes, but when has Korver actually played meaningful minutes in a meaningful game for a legitimate contending team? When has Delfino been able to cover Kevin Durant? Matt Barnes has played an intricate role on very talented teams each of the past five seasons. He could certainly follow Dwight Howard and become a role player wherever Howard goes, and he could also take the mid-level to play with LeBron and company down in Miami. The possibilities are endless for a proven winner who doesn’t ask for much money.
5. Carlos Delfino
’12-13 Team: Rockets
’12-13 Contract: $3 million
’12-13 Stats: 10.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.0 apg
Potential Contract: Two years / $10 million
Potential Teams: Houston, Clippers, Bucks, Jazz
Delfino defined himself as a highly sufficient and inexpensive role player who is so valuable on winning teams last season. Yet, Houston tried to shop him on Draft night just to create cap space for Dwight Howard. He could very well return to the Rockets, but joining another contender like the Clippers could also be an option or he could easily snag a little more money from teams like the Bucks or the Jazz.