SF: Herb Jones
Jones signed an extension that makes him an unrestricted free agent in 2027. The 6’8 forward was a second-round pick in 2021 and turns 25 during this year’s training camp. He will turn 30 before opening night in 2028, which should put him in his prime. If he can become a 38 percent 3-point shooter over the next half-decade, Jones will be coveted by every team in the league.
Despite playing just two years in the NBA, Jones is already a lockdown defender. His size coupled with a seven-foot wingspan and lateral quickness allows him to guard on the perimeter. He can switch onto larger players and is capable of defending the league’s elite wings.
Jones has shown some playmaking and rebounding ability in his first two seasons. He could transform into the modern 3-and-D wing in his prime, which would skyrocket his value.
Daryl Morey is no stranger to acquiring this type of player. Could Herbert Jones be his new P.J. Tucker? The Philadelphia 76ers need defense and shot-making around Tyrese Maxey. Jones could add both in five years and be a key piece of the Sixers. Philly needs a bit more versatility and size to round out their defense, especially as Joel Embiid ages.