Free Agency

NBA Free Agency 2015: The top small forwards available this offseason

Impressive amount of talent in the Top 3. Too bad for teams willing to spend cash that those three are unlikely to leave very good situations.

POINT GUARDS / SHOOTING GUARDS / SMALL FORWARDS / POWER FORWARDS / CENTERS

Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-8 / Team: Cleveland
25.3 ppg, 7.4 apg, 6.0 rpg

The most dominant player in the game is technically a free agent this summer, but he’s not going anywhere after returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers last year.

Agent: Rich Paul
2014/15 Earnings: $20,644,400
Career Earnings: $149,800,313
Restricted / Small Forward / 6-7 / Team: San Antonio
16.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.3 spg

Versatile forward that’s absolutely central to San Antonio’s post-Duncan era. Very little chance the Spurs let the Defensive Player of the Year and MVP of the Finals go.

Agent: Brian Elfus
2014/15 Earnings: $3,053,368
Career Earnings: $8,535,088
Restricted / Small Forward / 6-7 / Team: Golden State
11.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 3.7 apg

High-energy forward that has really excelled in the Warriors’ system. Could he duplicate that success with another team?

Agent: BJ Armstrong
2014/15 Earnings: $915,243
Career Earnings: $2,640,743
Restricted / Small Forward / 6-9 / Team: Orlando
17.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg

One of the best young forwards in the game. May not have star potential, but could start for many teams in the NBA.

Agent: Henry Thomas
2014/15 Earnings: $2,511,432
Career Earnings: $6,999,912
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-8 / Team: Atlanta
12.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg

Has worked his behind off to become a legit starter in the NBA. Keeps playing with all-out effort and can really shoot the ball now.

Agent: Mark Bartelstein
2014/15 Earnings: $2,500,000
Career Earnings: $7,986,338
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-7 / Team: Washington
11.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg

Well past his prime, Pierce remains a terrific competitor. Will save his best for the playoffs.

Agent: Jeff Schwartz
2014/15 Earnings: $5,305,000
Career Earnings: $190,124,552
Player Option / Small Forward / 6-9 / Team: Houston
11.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg

Plays good defense, runs the floor really well and still doesn’t make threes. A really good fit in Houston.

Agent: Dan Fegan
2014/15 Earnings: $4,702,500
Career Earnings: $27,385,732
Restricted / Small Forward / 6-6 / Team: Boston
7.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg

Role player that has fans in both Boston and Dallas. Really strong and competitive. Three-point shot needs work.

Agent: Glenn Schwartzman
2014/15 Earnings: $915,243
Career Earnings: $2,304,606
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-9 / Team: Chicago
9.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg

Plays with effort and hits threes at a good rate. An interesting role player for the Bulls that they might want to keep.

Agent: Arn Tellem
2014/15 Earnings: $3,000,000
Career Earnings: $73,186,941
Restricted / Small Forward / 6-9 / Team: Brooklyn
8.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg

Not the most versatile player, but he’s certainly a lights-out shooter. Missed the last portion of the season due to serious health issues.

Agent: Jeff Schwartz
2014/15 Earnings: $3,368,100
Career Earnings: $9,687,150
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-9 / Team: Dallas
5.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg

Helped his stock with strong play in the first five postseason games of his career.

Agent: Raymond Brothers
2014/15 Earnings: $981,084
Career Earnings: $12,947,764
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-10 / Team: Miami
8.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg

Played better than expected in his return to Miami. You never know what you’re going to get with him. Really talented, but consistency and focus are not his strengths.

Agent: Jared Karnes
2014/15 Earnings: $3,578,801
Career Earnings: $31,952,463
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-9 / Team: Detroit
7.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg

Played for Boston, Memphis and Detroit last season. Ultimate professional that can still bring something to the table.

Agent: Bill Duffy
2014/15 Earnings: $7,707,865
Career Earnings: $80,176,595
Restricted / Small Forward / 6-8 / Team: Oklahoma City
6.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg

Thunder have said they are committed to keeping him. Team player with strong shooting skills.

Agent: Arn Tellem
2014/15 Earnings: $1,090,000
Career Earnings: $3,135,000
Restricted / Small Forward / 6-8 / Team: Sacramento
8.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg

Not much progress in his game. Doesn’t excel in any area. Can he flourish in a better situation than he found in Minnesota and Sacramento?

Agent: Rob Pelinka
2014/15 Earnings: $6,679,866
Career Earnings: $21,247,386
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-7 / Team: Dallas
5.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg

Has shot better than 40 percent from three four of the past five seasons. Who saw that coming?

Agent: Jeff Schwartz
2014/15 Earnings: $1,448,490
Career Earnings: $108,055,804
Restricted / Small Forward / 6-8 / Team: Boston
5.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg

Played more than decently when given a chance in Boston. Three-point shooting will be his calling card in the NBA.

Agent: Sam Goldfeder
2014/15 Earnings: $1,750,000
Career Earnings: $3,500,000
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-9 / Team: Sacramento
8.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg

Shot a career-high 40.2 percent from three-point land in his return to Sacramento.

Agent: Steve Heumann
2014/15 Earnings: $1,063,384
Career Earnings: $8,052,037
Restricted / Small Forward / 6-8 / Team: Indiana
6.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg

Shot the lights out in New York, signed a good free agent deal with Indiana and disappointed there. Made just 31.1 percent of his threes with the Pacers in 2014-15.

Agent: John Spencer
2014/15 Earnings: $3,130,000
Career Earnings: $6,603,604
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-9 / Team: New Orleans
4.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg

Led the NBA in three-point shooting percentage ahead of Kyle Korver.

Agent: Bill Duffy
2014/15 Earnings: $981,084
Career Earnings: $6,287,604
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-7 / Team: Toronto
1.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg

Scoring average has gone down every year in the NBA. Can he resurrect his career outside of Toronto?

Agent: Chris Emens
2014/15 Earnings: $8,500,000
Career Earnings: $22,235,799
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-7 / Team: Washington
7.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg

Veteran long-range shooter. Has looked rejuvenated lately. May have another NBA year in him.

Agent: Joel Bell
2014/15 Earnings: $1,448,490
Career Earnings: $22,380,882
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-6 / Team: Portland
4.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg

Was traded four times in the last 12 months. Likely to change teams once again this summer.

Agent: Andre Buck
2014/15 Earnings: $1,063,384
Career Earnings: $9,349,265
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-7 / Team: LA Lakers
9.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg

Has never put it together. Has good moments, but lacks consistency.

Agent: Jeff Austin
2014/15 Earnings: $981,084
Career Earnings: $13,915,423
Restricted / Small Forward / 6-8 / Team: Utah
5.0 ppg, 2.3 apg, 2.2 rpg

Had a rough start in his the league, but looked like a legit NBA player late in the season.

Agent: Brad Ames
2014/15 Earnings: $1,014,672
Career Earnings: $507,336
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-7 / Team: Houston
3.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg

A three-and-D guy with diminishing skills. Was waived by the Rockets in December.

Agent: Aaron Goodwin
2014/15 Earnings: $1,316,809
Career Earnings: $31,044,040
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-9 / Team: Milwaukee
5.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg

Has been in and out of the league for the last five years. Long-range shooting is his calling card.

Agent: Happy Walters
2014/15 Earnings: $1,145,685
Career Earnings: $13,649,323
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-9 / Team: Utah
2.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg

The ultra-athletic forward was out of Utah’s rotation in 2014-15 after putting up career highs the previous season.

Agent: Mark Bartelstein
2014/15 Earnings: $1,795,000
Career Earnings: $6,485,928
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-7 / Team: Charlotte
4.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg

Was suspended 24 games for a domestic incident and had a rough season with Charlotte. NBA future in doubt.

Agent: Bill Duffy
2014/15 Earnings: $915,243
Career Earnings: $2,279,115
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-8 / Team: New York
7.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg

Will be looking for a guaranteed contract after putting decent numbers in his stint with the Knicks.

Agent: John Spencer
2014/15 Earnings: $937,004
Career Earnings: $2,911,936
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-10 / Team:

Dead-eye shooter that played well for the Heat in the 2014 Finals, then had a contract with the Mavericks rescinded due to injury.

Agent: Tony Dutt
2014/15 Earnings: $0
Career Earnings: $155,332,815
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-6 / Team: LA Clippers

Has missed the last two seasons due to injury. May have to resume his career overseas.

Agent: Andy Miller
2014/15 Earnings: $3,250,000
Career Earnings: $21,527,037
Restricted / Small Forward / 6-8 / Team: Minnesota
4.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg

Big forward with nice three-point shooting stroke.

Agent: Mark Bartelstein
2014/15 Earnings: $880,000
Career Earnings: $1,370,180
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-10 / Team: LA Clippers
3.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg

One of the best European players of all time. May return to Turkey.

Agent: Jim Tanner
2014/15 Earnings: $1,448,490
Career Earnings: $90,557,891
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-8 / Team: Cleveland
4.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg

Longtime LeBron sidekick with great shooting skills. Did not shoot that well in the playoffs.

Agent: Joel Bell
2014/15 Earnings: $1,448,490
Career Earnings: $22,784,976
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-6 / Team: Philadelphia
2.1 ppg, 1.1 rpg

The athletic swingman didn’t get many chances in his rookie year. Will have to prove himself in summer league with some team.

Agent: Aaron Mintz
2014/15 Earnings: $507,336
Career Earnings: $119,373
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-10 / Team: New York
3.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg

The former McDonald’s All-American will have to try to make a team via training camp again.

Agent: Omar Wilkes
2014/15 Earnings: $507,336
Career Earnings: $507,336
Unrestricted / Small Forward / 6-6 / Team: Toronto
18.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg

Resurfaced in Puerto Rico after taking two years off. May get a look from some NBA team.

Agent: Bill McCandless
2014/15 Earnings: $0
Career Earnings: $34,658,719
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