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NBA free agency: Top small forwards on the market

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 17: DeMar DeRozan #11 of the Chicago Bulls brings the ball up court during the second half of the 2024 Play-In Tournament against the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on April 17, 2024 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

A lot of money will be spent on small forwards this summer, as the position has become one of the most important in the league. You’ll find all kinds of different types, too: scoring wings with playmaking chops, star defenders, 3-and-D guys, athletic anomalies, you name it.

While some are expected to stay with their current teams, there is some real potential in this group for some jersey-changing — if teams with considerable cap space are up for it.

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Status: unrestricted free agent agreed to deal
2023-24 salary: $28,600,000
2023-24 digits: 24 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists

The Chicago Bulls have adored their time with DeRozan and are keen to let the good times roll, with the former All-Star reportedly being offered a two-year deal worth in the area of $80 million to keep him in the Windy City.

DeRozan, who will turn 35 in August, is no spring chicken, nor does he fit what the Bulls need, which is a thorough rebuild after years of ineptitude. That said, he's still got a wicked game built on footwork, strength, ball-handling and the ability to knock down 500 mid-range jumpers a season.

The Sacramento Kings will benefit from DeRozan's talents, as he agreed to a three-year, $70 million-plus deal with the club.


Status: unrestricted but agreed to new deal
2023-24 salary: $18,642,857
2023-24 digits: 14.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists

When the New York Knicks traded for Anunoby in late December, it wasn't just to make a deep run in this year's postseason. They wanted to keep him long term and make him their No. 1 priority this offseason.

Well, they did it. Anunoby intends to re-sign with the team on a five-year, $212.5 million contract.


Status: unrestricted free agent agreed to deal
2023-24 salary: $43,219,440
2023-24 digits: 17.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists

"Isn't Thompson a two-guard?" you might wonder. He used to be. But injuries and increasing age have taken a step, particularly on defense, which has led him to play the three in recent years.

Dallas will have a spot for him after securing an agreement on a three-year, $50 million deal with a player option.


Status: unrestricted free agent agreed to deal
2023-24 salary: $7,921,300
2023-24 digits: 21 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists

Bridges is a physically strong wing who can score in bunches, play multiple positions and finish next to strong playmakers.

Pleading no contest in a domestic violence case affected his market, so he agreed to a three-year, $75 million deal to remain with Charlotte.


Status: unrestricted free agent agreed to deal
2023-24 salary: $2,019,706
2023-24 digits: 15.4 points, 5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists

The lanky 6-foot-7 forward found new life after coming to Philadelphia, where he proved he could play a significant role on a winning team.

Oubre isn't the best shooter, so his fit on any team is very much dependent on the star quality around him, but he's unquestionably better in a third or fourth scoring role, as opposed to being at the top of the food chain.

That may be the plan as Oubre has agreed to return to the 76ers on a two-year, $16.3 million deal.


Saddiq Bey, Atlanta Hawks
Status: restricted free agent

A combo forward with floor-stretching capabilities who will probably lose some money due to an ill-timed ACL tear in his left knee.

Simone Fontecchio, Detroit Pistons
Status: restricted free agent

Detroit installed him as a rotation piece (30.3 minutes per game) due to his size and shooting touch. Others can compete for his services, but the Pistons have the inside track on the 6-10 combo forward.

Royce O'Neale, Phoenix Suns
Status: unrestricted but agreed to new deal

A do-it-all wing for the Suns whom they couldn't afford to lose. O'Neale's defense, 3-point shooting and positional fluidity allow Phoenix to play a broad variance of lineups. He agree to a four-year, $44 million deal to return to Phoenix.

Naji Marshall, New Orleans Pelicans
Status: unrestricted free agent agreed to deal

Marshall broke into the Pelicans' rotation and never left. He has a big motor and has developed as a shooter in recent years. He agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with Dallas.

Sam Hauser, Boston Celtics
Status: restricted free agent (if option is declined)

Boston can decide to pick up his option and kick the can down the road when they won't have matching rights, or they can decline his option to gain matching rights this year.

Isaac Okoro, Cleveland Cavaliers
Status: restricted free agent

A defensive-minded wing with developing 3-point range who could benefit from a change in scenery. The Cavs, however, have matching rights.