In the latest installment of the free agency by position look, today it’s the power forward position that I will be taking a look at. To catch up on the previous posts, check out my look at the centers and point guards.
- Al Horford / 6-10 / Team: Atlanta / 15.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg (Unrestricted)
Horford has been the Hawks franchise player since he was drafted by the team. Horford is a perennial All-Star and is sure to attract plenty of suitors on the market. A return to Atlanta might be unlikely as he’s certain to get offered the max by some team looking for a a big who will defend and give you at least 15 points a night.
Clippers chances: 0% (No money and they have Griffin at that position).
2. Pau Gasol / 7-0 / Team: Chicago / 16.5 ppg, 11 rpg, 2 bpg (Player Option)
No worries potential suitors, that player option will most definitely be exercised. Gasol is good as gone from Chicago. Even at 36, Gasol is sure to be pursued hard by contending teams such as Oklahoma City and San Antonio. He is still a very solid starter and great third option on a contending team. A two-year deal would be ideal to get the best out of him.
Clippers chances: 15% (If he’s willing to take a major pay-cut, the Clippers would be a nice fit for Gasol and offer him a chance at a championship.
3. Dirk Nowitzki / 7-0 / Team: Dallas / 18.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg (Player Option)
Hard to imagine Nowitzki being third on any list, but he’s entering the twilight of his career. It would be a major shock if he didn’t resign with the Mavericks. His loyalty to the franchise means that he’s not going anywhere.
Clippers chances: 0%
4. Ryan Anderson / 6-10 / Team: New Orleans / 17 ppg, 6 rpg (Unrestricted)
Don’t be shocked to see Anderson be more coveted than Gasol and Nowitzki. Anderson is in his prime and wasn’t always utilized properly with the Pelicans. He’s the prototypical stretch four that is very useful in today’s NBA game. He’d be a great addition to any team. The floor spacing he provides is valuable. He will get a LOT of money in free agency.
Clippers chances: 10% (Anderson would be a great addition for the Clippers, but they simply don’t have the money for him to make it happen).
5. Terrence Jones / 6-9 / Team: Houston / 8.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg (Restricted)
Jones is an interesting player. His numbers aren’t eye opening, but he has a lot of talent and potential that hasn’t been tapped into. Jones is athletic and has a nice shooting stroke. He is restricted, so Houston has the chance to match the offer, but Jones could easily get a deal worth $10 million a year, that might price him out of Houston.
Clippers chances: 5% (Unlikely fit and cap room situation).