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Likely destinations for NBA FA’s: Small forwards

Posted By Mark Kim On Jun 30 2013 @ 9:30 am In NBA | 1 Comment

We are one day away from the NBA’s version of the Hunger Games: free agency. Teams will be fighting to sign coveted players to add to their rosters. This year’s free agent class features some of the brightest players to take foot in the league and it doesn’t hurt to predict where they would be setting foot.

Corey Brewer

Brewer showed solid value as a defensive stopper off the bench for the Nuggets. With the crowded bench in Denver, I don’t see him returning. He will seek a larger role from another team. Fortunately for Brewer, there’s a team out there for him and that would be the Portland Trail Blazers. Let’s be honest for a second, you couldn’t name at least two Blazers bench players off the bench. Brewer can step in and play the wing positions and take the reigns of the sixth man position until C.J. McCollum is ready to start and Wesley Matthews is dubbed the next sixth man of the Blazers.

Destination: Portland Trail Blazers

Matt Barnes

The Clippers are prepping a championship run and they’ll be sure to take one of their best bench players with them. Barnes wants to win and his role with the Clippers is satisfying enough. Let’s also not regret the rumored trade rumblings with the Orlando Magic would not only send Eric Bledsoe to Orlando but Caron Butler as well, which would leave Barnes as the starter.

Destination: Los Angeles Clippers Barnes will resign with the Clippers

Lamar Odom

LA was a good start for Odom to start reviving his career. Expect him to stay in Lob City and continually improve his game while strapping up with the Clippers for a deep playoff run.

Destination: Los Angeles Clippers

Andre Kirelinko

AK-47 returned to the NBA and put up a solid season with the T’Wolves. Hopefully he’s not the only person to see the bright future the T’Wolves have, but at the same time, he has a hefty price tag. I expect him to join another team with huge potential: the Cleveland Cavaliers. It would be a good rental for them.

Destination: Cleveland Cavaliers

Chase Budinger

Speaking of the T’Wolves, let’s bring up their energy wing man off the bench. Budinger didn’t get as much playing time as he deserved and he knows it. With the Minnesota bench continually getting deeper, look for him to move elsewhere. Utah is a great place for Budinger. They have no true small forward and he will be a good temporary option to man the three spot.

Destination: Utah Jazz Budinger has resigned with the Timberwolves

Hedo Turkoglu

Well…he’s suspended and he’s old. I don’t see a team rolling the dice on him right now. Who knows if a Miami or Brooklyn will call upon his services midseason next year.

Destination: His couch

Dorell Wright

The sweet shooting swingman lost touches last year with the 76ers. For that reason, I don’t see Wright coming back to Philly (and I don’t know if they want him anyways). If Corey Brewer walks, the Nuggets have a hole on the bench for a high energy wing player. Wright would thrive in that role as a backup to Danilo Gallinari. With Gallinari’s injury proneness, you can even see Wright get some starting time.

Destination: Denver Nuggets Wright will sign with the Portland Trail Blazers

Andre Iguodala

Iggy is coming off the books this summer and he will be looking for a big contract. The defensive stopper also has some mad slashing skills which is why teams are already bidding for this guy. The Detroit Pistons are rumored to have shown interest in him and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Motor City doles out some mad cash to fill in the hole they have at small forward.

Destination: Detroit Pistons Iguodala has signed with the Golden State Warriors

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