Trade Value Rankings: The Top 20 small forwards in the NBA

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Trade Value Rankings: The Top 20 small forwards in the NBA

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Trade Value Rankings: The Top 20 small forwards in the NBA

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1
Jayson Tatum (Boston)

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Guaranteed money left: $134,896,800 till 2025-26
2021/22 stats: 26.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 4.4 apg, 45.3 FG%, 35.3 3P%
Agent: Jeff Wechsler

The promise Tatum showed in his rookie season has finally formed into a consistent superstar. He has proven he can be the No. 1 guy on a championship-contending team when he has the right support group around him. There’s no trade package that could possibly get Boston’s interest for him after the Finals run they had.

2
Kevin Durant (Brooklyn)

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Guaranteed money left: $197,656,908 till 2025-26
2021/22 stats: 29.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 6.4 apg, 51.8 FG%, 38.3 3P%
Agent: Rich Kleiman

In theory, Durant’s market should go for at least what the Jazz got for Rudy Gobert. Trade requests take a lot of time to process, so there’s a good chance he starts the season in Brooklyn.

3
Scottie Barnes (Toronto)

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Guaranteed money left: $7,644,600 till 2024-25
2021/22 stats: 15.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 49.2 FG%, 30.1 3P%
Agent: Bill Duffy

The Rookie of the Year has the makings of a star and should rise in these rankings this season based on his trajectory. The fact that he’s considered as one of the best returns the Nets could possibly get for Durant already says enough about how strongly the league views him.

4
Brandon Ingram (New Orleans)

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Guaranteed money left: $101,500,200 till 2024-25
2021/22 stats: 22.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 5.6 apg, 46.1 FG%, 32.7 3P%
Agent: Jeff Schwartz

Ingram had a strong playoff debut against Phoenix and is looking like he could be an excellent first or second option on a contender. This should eliminate any possibility that the Pelicans listen to offers on him now that they’re a playoff team.

5
Jaylen Brown (Boston)

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Guaranteed money left: $59,464,285 till 2023-24
2021/22 stats: 23.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.5 apg, 47.3 FG%, 35.8 3P%
Agent: Jason Glushon

Brown is one the best secondary stars in the league and still has room to potentially become a great No. 1 option. He’s on track not only to command maximum contract offers league-wide but could also qualify for a supermax extension should he earn All-NBA honors this coming season.

6
Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers)

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Guaranteed money left: $136,920,252 till 2024-25

Leonard was looking like arguably the best player in the league during the 2021 playoffs. He would probably be up there next to Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry in these rankings had he played last year.

7
Jimmy Butler (Miami)

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Guaranteed money left: $184,049,331 till 2025-26
2021/22 stats: 21.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 5.5 apg, 48.0 FG%, 23.3 3P%
Agent: Bernie Lee

Butler had yet another brilliant playoff performance carrying a significant load of the Heat’s offense. Most teams would love to have him, but his upcoming contract extension could lower his price over time. His work ethic and continual durability could make him a good bet to meet the value of it, though.

8
Paul George (LA Clippers)

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Guaranteed money left: $136,920,252 till 2024-25
2021/22 stats: 24.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 5.7 apg, 42.1 FG%, 35.4 3P%
Agent: Aaron Mintz

There was a lot of pushback on George’s maximum extension in 2020 following a disappointing playoff performance against Denver. He has bounced back since and remains a maximum-level player, but the Clippers are unlikely to receive close to what they originally traded to acquire him should they make him available.

9
Mikal Bridges (Phoenix)

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Guaranteed money left: $90,000,000 till 2025-26
2021/22 stats: 14.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.3 apg, 53.4 FG%, 36.9 3P%
Agent: Sam Goldfeder

Bridges’ $90 million extension is set to kick in, and he’s already looking like a great value on it. He could probably command multiple good future first-round picks, but the Suns are likely to hold onto him even if they’re blown away by offers since defensive wings like him are extremely hard to come by.

10
Khris Middleton (Milwaukee)

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Guaranteed money left: $78,344,828 till 2023-24
2021/22 stats: 20.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 5.4 apg, 44.3 FG%, 37.3 3P%
Agent: Jeff Schwartz

Middleton has had tremendous trade value when he was earning $13-15 million annually, and it’s held up while making north of $30 million. If the Bucks wanted to capitalize and sell high on him now, they could probably get one of the top picks of the upcoming draft for him.

11
LeBron James (LA Lakers)

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Guaranteed money left: $44,474,988 till 2022-23
2021/22 stats: 30.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 6.2 apg, 52.4 FG%, 35.9 3P%
Agent: Rich Paul

James’ trade value remains high despite his age and what he brings both on and off the court. It’s also possible he doesn’t have trade value at all at the same time, largely because he has always picked his destination and could probably get to where he wants to in a trade should he request one.

12
OG Anunoby (Toronto)

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Guaranteed money left: $55,928,571 till 2024-25
2021/22 stats: 17.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.6 apg, 44.3 FG%, 36.3 3P%
Agent: Omar Wilkes

With Scottie Barnes in Toronto’s plans, Anunoby could be the centerpiece of significant trade in the future. His elite defense and his team-friendly deal make him appealing to any team.

13
DeMar DeRozan (Chicago)

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Guaranteed money left: $55,900,000 till 2023-24
2021/22 stats: 27.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.9 apg, 50.4 FG%, 35.2 3P%
Agent: Aaron Goodwin

DeRozan might’ve had one of the biggest rises in trade value compared to 2020-21. His All-NBA season and ridiculous mid-range shooting probably has teams that previously weren’t interested in him willing to give up more than a first-round pick.

14
Andrew Wiggins (Golden State)

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Guaranteed money left: $33,616,770 till 2022-23
2021/22 stats: 17.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 46.6 FG%, 39.3 3P%
Agent: Andrew Morrison

Wiggins went from one of the league’s worst contracts to arguably one of the better value wing players. He is now extension-eligible and could get a new long-term deal with the Warriors after the successful season they just had.

15
Franz Wagner (Orlando)

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Guaranteed money left: $5,258,280 till 2024-25
2021/22 stats: 15.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.9 apg, 46.8 FG%, 35.4 3P%
Agent: Jason Glushon

Despite deepening their frontcourt with the selection of Paolo Banchero, Wagner is still untouchable for the Magic as his trade value should soar over the next few seasons.

16
Herb Jones (New Orleans)

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Guaranteed money left: $3,621,096 till 2023-24
2021/22 stats: 9.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 47.6 FG%, 33.7 3P%
Agent: Kieran Piller

Jones is locked into a minimum salary over the next two seasons and could make an All-Defense team during the stretch. He’s arguably one of the biggest bargains in the league, and his salary will help the Pelicans navigate roster-building challenges as they near the luxury tax.

17
Cameron Johnson (Phoenix)

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Guaranteed money left: $5,887,899 till 2022-23
2021/22 stats: 12.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 46.0 FG%, 42.5 3P%
Agent: Ty Sullivan

Johnson might be one of the most underrated players in the league due to having a limited role off the bench for a stacked Suns team. He should steadily climb these rankings if he eventually starts assuming he gets a team-friendly extension.

18
Luguentz Dort (Oklahoma City)

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Guaranteed money left: $64,777,778 till 2025-26
2021/22 stats: 17.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 40.4 FG%, 33.2 3P%
Agent: Thaddeus Foucher

Dort should still maintain strong trade value on $16.5 million annually thanks to his elite perimeter defense.

19
Saddiq Bey (Detroit)

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Guaranteed money left: $5,783,400 till 2022-23
2021/22 stats: 16.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.8 apg, 39.6 FG%, 34.6 3P%
Agent: James Dunleavy

Bey is quietly becoming one of the better young scorers in the league. There’s no reason for the Pistons to move him, but his potential could probably net them a first-round pick in a trade right now.

20
Harrison Barnes (Sacramento)

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Guaranteed money left: $18,352,273 till 2022-23
2021/22 stats: 16.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 46.9 FG%, 39.4 3P%
Agent: Jeff Schwartz

Barnes has been a solid contributor for the Kings, but they may look to trade him largely because his $18.3 million salary is great for facilitating a deal. It’s possible they look to combine him with the fourth overall pick in this year’s draft for a veteran upgrade.

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