Much like the free agency class of 2010, the class of 2014 is absolutely loaded and and has a chance to change the future of the league.
Back in 2010, the Miami Heat formed the big three when they re-signed shooting guard Dwyane Wade and added small forward LeBron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers and big man Chris Bosh from the Toronto Raptors, a move that has had them in the NBA Finals every season since they have been together. Each of the three players will exercise their early termination option and become free agents again this season.
The New York Knicks also added Amar’e Stoudemire, who left the Phoenix Suns to head to New York. Although it hasn’t worked out in the long run, Stoudemire did help the Knicks improve and paved the way for them to add Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, who led them to the second round of the 2013 playoffs. Anthony will now be a free agent after opting out his deal.
There are also veterans, who are future Hall-of-Famers, like Dallas Mavericks’ power forward Dirk Nowitzki San Antonio Spurs’ power forward Tim Duncan that will certainly be re-signing with their teams (or in Duncan’s case, he has already picked up his option). Neither has ever played for another team.
Several of the top free agents are set to enter restricted free agency, meaning their current teams can match any offer sheet they may sign with another team and retain them.
With James, Bosh, Wade and Anthony opting out of their deals, this could be one of the biggest offseasons in NBA history.
The Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat, who already have excellent rosters, are looking to acquire another superstar.
Today, we will be taking a look at the top five small forwards that are set to become free agents.