Free agency stock watch: Jarrett Allen, Derrick Rose, Norman Powell and more

Free agency stock watch: Jarrett Allen, Derrick Rose, Norman Powell and more

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Free agency stock watch: Jarrett Allen, Derrick Rose, Norman Powell and more

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We are getting closer to the 2021 NBA trade deadline, which means teams will soon have to make decisions about the future of their rosters.

That kind of critical thinking surrounding roster construction impacts players around the league. So as front offices continue to look inward and examine if they will be buyers or sellers when the trade market heats up, executives are also thinking about who they plan to re-sign or let walk during the offseason.

As part of our ongoing series at HoopsHype, we are looking at whose free agency stock has gone up – and down – over the last several games.

Statistics accurate as of games before February 25, 2021

Stock up: Jarrett Allen (Cleveland)

Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Allen looks to pass in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, in Cleveland.

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The Cleveland Cavaliers sent out Dante Exum, as well as Milwaukee’s first-round pick in 2022 and a future second-round pick, to land 22-year-old big Jarrett Allen earlier this season.

Allen, who was selected by the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, has exploded onto the scene since joining his new team. During his game against the Houston Rockets on Feb. 24, the center had one of the best performances of his career.

He recorded 26 points, connecting on 10 of his 11 field-goal attempts, and he grabbed 18 rebounds during the contest as well. Allen also added four blocks without committing a foul, showing impressive defensive awareness.

The big has been one of the most accurate scorers in the league, shooting 8-for-9 on Feb. 19 against the Denver Nuggets and 11-for-11 on Feb. 21 vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Overall, the former Texas Longhorns standout has impressed enough that Cleveland has opted to remove the league’s reigning rebounding champion, Andre Drummond, from the rotation.

He is solidifying himself as a foundational player in the frontcourt for the Cavaliers. When he hits restricted free agency, the organization is surely going to do what they can to secure him as a long-term piece and could be lined up for a contract worth around $90 million.

Stock down: Derrick Rose (New York)

Feb 15, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks' Derrick Rose (4) advances the ball against the Atlanta Hawks during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden.

Jason DeCrow/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

When the New York Knicks traded for 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose, they added a veteran who could set an example for young players like Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett.

Rose has long paired well with Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau, but it’s unclear if he makes sense as a long-term piece for the franchise. Shortly after the move, our own Michael Scotto spoke to four NBA scouts about the role Rose would play on Quickley’s development, which you can read here.

The early results have been a mixed bag. The good news is that New York is outscoring opponents by a dominant 15.2 points per 100 possessions during the 116 minutes that the two have played alongside one another.

But the bad news is that Rose has had some rough nights in the process. He was 1-for-10 from the field on Feb. 17 against the Orlando Magic. The guard then followed that up by shooting 1-for-8 on Feb. 21 when facing off against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

New York may have won three of the first four games they played after they landed Rose. However, if his shot continues not to fall, it’s going to be a lot harder to justify re-signing him and taking minutes and attempts away from the young core.

Stock up: Norman Powell (Toronto)

Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell (24) grabs a rebound against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Tampa, Fla.

(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Toronto Raptors wing Norman Powell is averaging a career-best 17.3 points per game this season, but he has been particularly effective of late.

Powell has a player option in his contract this offseason and he can opt-in to receive $11.6 million in 2021-22. However, at the rate he has been playing, it may be in his best interest to strike while the iron is hot and explore the open market to secure a long-term deal with the Raptors or elsewhere.

Powell scored 29 points on Feb. 18 against the Milwaukee Bucks and 31 points the next night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was able to connect on a career-best six three-pointers during the win over Minnesota.

But he has done more than just provide help as a scorer for the Raptors. He recorded a career-best six assists on Feb. 23 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The 27-year-old wing moved into the starting lineup for the Raptors on Jan. 22 and it has helped the team turn their season around for the better. They are 12-8 (.600) with Powell in the first unit and 4-9 (.307) when he is not.

Those kinds of numbers will make him an incredibly appealing player if he is interested in becoming a free agent.

Stock down: Lou Williams (L.A. Clippers)

Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, center, shoots as Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris, left, and guard Bruce Brown defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, in Los Angeles.

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Clippers veteran Lou Williams is still an incredibly valuable leader. He is one of the players most respected by his peers because they know he is capable of dropping 30 points on any given night. But this season, thus far, those outings have come a bit less often.

The 34-year-old is averaging 12.3 points per game, which is the lowest scoring rate he has had since 2013-14. The guard has also connected on 0.8 three-pointers per game, which is the fewest he has made since 2007-08.

The Clippers had a tough stretch on their schedule last week, facing the Utah Jazz and the Brooklyn Nets. He was an inefficient 6-for-18 (33.3 percent) on Feb. 17 during an 18-point loss against the Jazz, recording five turnovers in the game. A few days later, Williams was then just 2-for-11 (18.2 percent) from the field on Feb. 21 against the Brooklyn Nets.

Head coach Ty Lue gave Williams the night off on Feb. 23 and 24-year-old Terance Mann perfectly filled the role of a sparkplug scorer off the bench in Williams’ absence. He was 5-for-7 from the field and he connected on both of his three-pointers.

Mann doesn’t provide any of the veteran experience that Williams provides. At this point, he certainly yet doesn’t make the three-time Sixth Man of the Year expendable.

Williams still deserves a solid contract when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. But at this point in his career, especially after signing Luke Kennard to a lucrative deal, executives in Los Angeles have to seriously consider how much money they can afford to spend on their bench depth.

Stock up: Tim Hardaway Jr. (Dallas)

Feb 22, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) defends against Dallas Mavericks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) during the second half at the American Airlines Center.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Hardaway has started the majority of the games he has played for Dallas since he joined the team back in 2019. While he moved out of the starting lineup on Feb. 1, he has thrived since moving into the second unit.

The Mavericks have won six of their last seven games and Hardaway’s sparkplug scoring as a sixth man has helped make a significant difference. Hardaway was 7-for-11 when shooting three-point range on Feb. 22 during a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Since Jan. 4, he has connected on at least seven three-pointers during three different games. These kinds of performances have helped solidify Hardaway as a potential candidate for NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year.

When he becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason, there will be a lot of interest in the 28-year-old wing, who could provide scoring productivity as a floor spacer alongside Luke Doncic in Dallas or with another franchise.

Stock down: Ben McLemore (Houston)

Feb 17, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Houston Rockets guard Ben McLemore (16) goes to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers forward Mike Scott (1) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center.

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After firing off a six-game win streak between late January and early February, the Houston Rockets have plummed back to Earth over the last couple of weeks.

Houston has now lost nine games in a row and Ben McLemore, who was a mainstay in their rotation earlier this season and was one of the better players on the Rockets last season, has now seemingly fallen out of favor in the eyes of head coach Stephen Silas.

McLemore averaged 22.9 minutes per game between Jan. 4 and Jan. 23. But he was held scoreless against the Dallas Mavericks during the game. He has since had six more games in which he failed to connect on a single attempt from the field.

During the last three games that he has played, the three-point specialist has been able to hit just 2 of his 18 three-pointers. Considering that McLemore is someone who historically does not provide much value on the defensive end of the floor, either, it seems highly unlikely that he gets back on the floor any time soon.

Houston is certainly fielding offers from rivals about a potential trade for the 28-year-old wing. While another team may give him another chance and he could re-sign there, it doesn’t look promising for McLemore in free agency this offseason.

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