Mavs Free Agency: Small Forwards

Next on our continued search for the players that will be the next Dallas Mavericks championship team, we will take a look at potential upcoming free agents fro the Small Forward position.  This is a list loaded with talent and game changing players, most of the great players have player options for next season but some lucky team may be able to lure one of these All Stars to a new city.

Other Free-Agency Articles:

Mavs Free Agent Christmas List

Mavs Free Agency: Point Guards

Mavs Free Agency: Shooting Guards

Mavs Free Agency:  Power Forwards

Mavs Free Agency:  Centers

Mavs Free Agency:  Cap Space

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

RFA – Restricted Free Agent
UFA – Unrestricted Free Agent
PO – Player Option
TO – Team Option
Career Earnings – Money earned by NBA salary through the 2018-2019 season, does not include 2019 Option amount.

1.Leonard Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors

Type Age  2018 Salary  Career Earnings  2019 Option
PO 27 $23.1 M $84.5 M $21.3 M
GP MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL PTS
’18-’19 8 34 49% 44% 90% 8 3.3 0.5 1.8 26
Career 415 30 50% 39% 85% 6.2 2.3 0.7 1.8 16.5

NBA Champion, Finals MVP, 2x Defensive Player of the Year, Kawhi Leonard stacked up some impressive accolades in his first 6 years with the San Antonio Spurs.  Then last season’s injuries and fued with the organization then resulted in Kawhi being shipped off to the Eastern Conference Toronto Raptors.

Everyone was wondering if he would be the same player without Popovich and taking nearly an entire year off of playing in the NBA.  Just 8 games in, it is VERY clear that Kawhi has not lost a step He is still the clutch, defensively dominant NBA superstar that the Raptors were hoping for as they are off to a 12-1 start, 1st in the NBA.

 2.Durant.jpg Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors

Type Age  2018 Salary  Career Earnings  2019 Option
PO 30 $30 M $190.2 M $31.5 M
GP MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL PTS
’18-’19 12 34.7 55% 39% 92% 7.3 6.2 0.7 0.8 26.8
Career 783 37.1 49% 38% 88% 7.1 4 1.1 1.1 27.1

Many are surprised to see the back-to-back Finals MVP second on any list.  KD is as good of a scorer as any player in NBA history.  He is the rarest combination of height, length, athleticism, and skill that renders defenders obsolete.  Any team that signs Durant immediately becomes a team that wants to win an NBA Championship immediately.

I am one of the NBA fans that were disappointed in his decision to leave Oklahoma City to go to Golden State after the Warriors had just come back from 3-1 deficit to beat Durant and the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals.  I was looking for that to be a great rivalry in the Western Conference for years, but Durant deprived fans of that by signing with the Warriors as a free agent in 2016.  Will he shock the world again and leave Golden State to blaze a new path?

 

3.Butler.jpg Jimmy Butler, Philadelphia 76ers

Type Age  2018 Salary  Career Earnings  2019 Option
PO 29 $20.4 M $77.8 M $19.8 M
GP MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL PTS
’18-’19 10 36.1 47% 38% 79% 5.2 4.3 1 2.4 21.3
Career 468 32.9 45% 34% 83% 4.9 3.4 0.5 1.5 16.5

The Butler/Timberwolves drama is finally over, he has been sent to Philadelphia to run with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid on a 1-year rental.  Butler will undoubtedly decline his 2019 option and look for a huge max deal this summer.  Although Philly is right now seen as a temporary landing spot, it makes a lot of sense for Butler to start building a long-lasting rapport with their 2 young stars.  One of the game’s best two-way players and still in his prime, Jimmy should have some choices or which team he would like to join next season.

 

 4.Middleton.jpg Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks

Type Age  2018 Salary  Career Earnings  2019 Option
PO 27 $13 M $59.5 M $13 M
GP MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL PTS
’18-’19 11 30.5 44% 46% 88% 5.2 4.3 0.3 1.5 19.3
Career 389 31.8 45% 40% 88% 4.2 3 0.2 1.4 15.3

Khris Middleton is the second-best player on the 3rd best team in the league, the 10-3 Milwaukee Bucks.  Elite shooting, ability to create his own shot and shots for other, Middleton is a great offensive player.  His 1.5 steals per game shows that his length can also help on the defensive end as well.

This 7 year-vet, second round pick out of Texas A&M, can forget about that $13 M player option this summer, he is about to get paid!

 

5.Harris.jpg Tobias Harris, LA Clippers

Type Age  2018 Salary  Career Earnings
UFA 27 $16 M $72.1 M
GP MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL PTS
’18-’19 11 33.6 52% 42% 82% 8.7 1.9 0.6 0.3 20.7
Career 475 29.7 47% 36% 81% 5.7 1.7 0.5 0.7 14.8

Tobias Harris is off to a great start in his unrestricted free agency season.  21 points, 9 rebounds, and 42% 3-point shooting is great production from the small forward position, especially since his LA Clippers are off to a good 7-5 start and sitting in the 6th seed in the West.  If Harris can keep up this production through the rest of the season, still only age 27, he will be looking at some big money coming his way.

 

6.Barnes.jpg Harrison Barnes, Dallas Mavericks

Type Age  2018 Salary  Career Earnings  2019 Option
PO 26 24.1 M $82 M $25.1 M
GP MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL PTS
’18-’19 7 32.4 36% 32% 78% 5.4 1.4 0.3 0.9 15
Career 470 30.4 45% 37% 79% 4.9 1.5 0.2 0.7 13.1

The last 2 years for the Dallas Mavericks, after signing a max deal (4/$94MM) in 2016, Barnes has led the team in scoring at 19 ppg. Barnes has been a consistent, fairly efficient scorer on some bad Mavericks teams in a time when most fans wanted to see you lose games.  Aside from his scoring, Barnes has not yet developed other aspects of his game such as playmaking, rebounding, or defense.  Physically gifted at 6’8” and super athletic, Barnes has all of the tools to take his game to the next level.  He is also the second youngest player on this list.

He has a team option of $25 M next season so this is not yet a do or die season for HB, but hopefully he can show he can continue to expand his game and develops a good relationship with young Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr.

 

7.Finney Smith.jpg Dorian Finney-Smith, Dallas Mavericks

Type Age  2018 Salary  Career Earnings
RFA 25 $1.1 M $3 M
GP MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL PTS
’18-’19 11 25.1 51% 42% 80% 3.9 0.7 0.6 0.8 8.4
Career 113 20.9 39% 31% 76% 3 0.9 0.3 0.6 5

Doe-Doe is quickly becoming a fan favorite for MFFLs.  His offensive and defensive versatility, length, athleticism, and teamwork make him an ideal role player.  He came into the league as an undrafted 4 year college player out of the University of Florida as a defensive specialist.  The Mavs tanking for the last two years did not only bring the franchise Luka and DSJ, it allowed Finney-Smith to gain some great experience and develop into a really productive player.  He seems to be taking the next step this season, starting out as one of the Mavericks best 3-point shooters and defenders.  Restricted free agency will keep Finney in Dallas next year, and I for one am really excited about that!  I vote for an extension to keep him here long-term.

 

8.Bogdanovic.jpg Bojan Bogdanovic, Indiana Pacers

Type Age  2018 Salary  Career Earnings
UFA 30 $10.5 M $31.4 M
GP MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL PTS
’18-’19 13 30 51% 51% 72% 3.5 0.9 0 0.8 13.6
Career 331 26.9 45% 38% 86% 3.2 1.2 0.1 0.5 12.1

Bojan is on this list because of his lights out 3-point shooting.  He has good size, knows how to move the ball and move without the ball, but most of all he can just flat out shoot.  He has also shown, while playing for the Croatian National team and in the 2018 Playoffs against LeBron and the Cavs, that he thrives in big games.

It was fairly hard to find a Bogdanovic highlight film but his performance in the playoffs last year says a lot.

 

9.Gay Rudy Gay, San Antonio Spurs

Type Age  2018 Salary  Career Earnings
UFA 33 $10.1 M $137 M
GP MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL PTS
’18-’19 8 28 49% 56% 64% 7.9 2 0.5 1.1 13.3
Career 818 34.6 45% 35% 79% 5.9 2.2 0.8 1.3 17.9

Rudy Gay has been getting buckets for a long time and he is still an efficient scorer and rebounder for the San Antonio Spurs in his 13th year in the league. Torching the nets from downtown the start the season, it is hard to see Gay keeping up his early hot play, but if he does, he may get a team to build on that $137 million he has earned in the NBA.

 

 10.Ariza.jpg Trevor Ariza, Phoenix Suns

Type Age  2018 Salary  Career Earnings
UFA 34 $15 M $91.3 M
GP MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL PTS
’18-’19 11 34 38% 36% 90% 5.9 3.7 0.3 0.7 10.5
Career 953 29.6 42% 35% 73% 4.8 2.1 0.3 1.5 10.5

It is not going well in Phoenix so far this season as they are off to a dreadful 2-10 start.  If they don’t turn it around, Ariza, the definition of a 3-and-D guy, seems like a prime candidate to be moved to a contending team before the trade deadline.  Nothing flashy here, he just knocks down 3s, plays good individual and team defense, and makes winning plays.

Other Free Agent Small Forwards

Player Team Type Age Salary
Chandler Parsons MEM UFA 30 $23,609,631
DeMarre Carroll BKN UFA 33 $14,500,000
Wilson Chandler PHI UFA 32 $11,625,000
Jared Dudley BKN UFA 34 $10,000,000
Wesley Johnson NOP UFA 32 $5,881,260
Thabo Sefolosha UTH UFA 35 $5,250,000
Michael Beasley LAL UFA 30 $3,500,000
Stanley Johnson DET RFA 23 $3,212,511
Jeff Green WAS UFA 33 $2,393,887
Luol Deng MIN UFA 34 $2,393,887
Carmelo Anthony HOU UFA 35 $2,393,887
Kelly Oubre WAS RFA 23 $2,307,138
Omri Casspi MEM UFA 31 $2,176,260
Darius Miller NOP UFA 29 $2,152,500
Sam Dekker LAC RFA 25 $1,980,414
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson BKN RFA 24 $1,668,205
James Nunnally MIN RFA 29 $1,468,807
Malcolm Miller TOR RFA 26 $1,349,383
Jake Layman POR RFA 25 $1,152,521
CJ Miles TOR PO 31 $8,333,333
James Ennis III HOU PO 28 $1,621,415

Other Free-Agency Articles:

Mavs Free Agent Christmas List

Mavs Free Agency: Point Guards

Mavs Free Agency: Shooting Guards

Mavs Free Agency:  Power Forwards

Mavs Free Agency:  Centers

Mavs Free Agency:  Cap Space

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