The following is a list of 2016 free agent power forwards, which is an area the Houston Rockets have a glut of talent. The problem is other than Montrezl Harrell the rest of them are free agents.
Now that it appears the Houston Rockets will hire Mike D’Antoni it’s likely Donatas Motiejunas will be re-signed as he’s the type of player D’Antoni will love. Still, it’s time for the team to buckle down and to figure out who they should pick in the upcoming draft and begin the work to target free agents. Though GM Daryl Morey will make the roster moves ideally he should be working with input from D’Antoni.
Further the style of play a head coach brings and his personal relationship with players can work for or against a club. Hence, it’s likely Dwight Howard will be gone, but given D’Antoni has literally quit on teams in the past there may be other players who don’t want to play for him again.
Space City Scoop has been focused on year end analysis and draft prospects as you’ve seen on the site. After the draft we’ll dig into the free agent market with vigor.
For now we wanted to give you a sneak peak of the available talent this summer. To that end SCS is bringing a full list of all free agents by position for this summer.
Next up are the power forwards, conceivably a position the Houston Rockets may trade current assets, so may need to fill those gaps or upgrade:
- Quincy Acy, Kings
- Lou Amundson, Knicks
- Ryan Anderson, Pelicans
- Darrell Arthur, PO, Nuggets
- Brandon Bass, PO, Lakers
- Trevor Booker
- Luol Deng, Heat
- Jared Dudley, Wizards
- Tyler Hansbrough, Hornets
- Udonis Haslem, Heat
- Kris Humphries, Hawks
- James Johnson, Raptors
- Terrence Jones, RFA, Rockets
- Ryan Kelly, RFA, Lakers
- David Lee, Mavs
- Meyers Leonard, RFA, Blazers
- Jon Leuer, Suns
- James Michael McAdoo, RFA, Warriors
- Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Clippers
- Eric Moreland, RFA, Kings
- Donatas Motiejunas, RFA, PF/C Rockets
- Nene Hilario, Wizards
- Andrew Nicholson, RFA, Magic
- Steve Novak, Bucks
- Dirk Nowitzki, PO, Mavs
- Dwight Powell, RFA, Mavs
- Willie Reed RFA, Nets
- Thomas Robinson PO, Nets
- Luis Scola, Raptors
- Josh Smith, Rockets
- Jared Sullinger, Celtics
- Mirza Teletovic, Suns
- Lance Thomas, Knicks
- Anthony Tolliver, Pistons
- Charlie Villanueva, Mavs
- David West, PO, Spurs
- Marvin Williams, Hornets
- Christian Wood, RFA,76ers
Acronyms: PO = Player Option, TO = Team Option, RFA = Restricted Free Agent
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Though the list is fairly lengthy most of the top power forward free agents are likely to return to their existing teams as many are restricted. Players like David West will likely want another season in San Antonio and I’ll be shocked if Deng doesn’t end up in Minnesota in a reunion with Thibs. The other factor is there are a ton of power forwards in the draft and ones with the capacity to spread the court, hit from the perimeter and play small ball.
In the coming weeks following the wrap up of the SCS Draft Prospect Series the next major series the writers will tackle is Free Agents. Specifically the series will look at individuals and dive into which players make sense for the Houston Rockets to target, who might be a logical fit for a low end contract and which major free agents should receive the Rockets priority focus. For now, the above list provides the comprehensive picture.
Make sure you check out the current Space City Scoop series including our year end player analysis, draft prospects worthy of Rockets picking or trading for, our best of reader/fan posts and our end of season Rockets Round Table:
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