With the NBA offseason just around the corner, the majority of NBA teams are making plans to advance in the 2021-22 NBA season. The league could see a shakeup at the small forward position, with a number of good veterans potentially moving about.
There is plenty of talent available at small forward in the upcoming offseason, ranging from championship level quality to young emerging players and everything in between. The finest clubs are always looking for wing contributors, and voids will be addressed during the 2021 summer.
Which Small Forwards are likely to be traded this offseason?
Some are more likely to be selected than others, but each of these guys have a valuable skill set in the NBA. That is why they will be highly sought after on the open market.
#1 Kawhi Leonard
The elephant in the room must be addressed first, as Los Angeles Clippers small forward Kawhi Leonard has a player option this offseason. His season-ending injury may influence his decision this offseason, but the reality of the Clippers’ position will force him to weigh his options.
On the surface, there aren’t many viable possibilities for where the multi-time NBA champion could end up. Teams, though, will be lining up to make a move for him if they believe they have a chance of convincing him to leave Los Angeles.
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#2 DeMar DeRozan
Spurs, yet he can be classified as a small forward for the purposes of how other teams might use him. He has spent his lengthy and successful career playing 2-4, and in a positionless game, it is difficult not to pick him as a small forward.
DeRozan is a scorer in every meaning of the word, averaging more than 20 points per game in each of the previous eight seasons. The San Antonio Spurs appear to be heading in a different, more young route this offseason, which might be beneficial to all parties.
Any team searching for half-court scoring would love to sign a player like DeRozan. Meanwhile, the Spurs might go in a younger path with players like Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassel, both of whom clutter the Spurs’ small forward rotation.
There’s significant support and momentum for Spurs forward Keldon Johnson to be added to 12-man Team USA roster, sources tell ESPN. He’s been playing with Olympic team as member of USA Select group, well-conditioned and has developed into a favorite of decision-makers and staff.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 16, 2021