Description: Guard Mo Williams has signed with the Timberwolves for one year and $3.75 million.
Insight: Williams was Portland's sixth man last season and averaged 24.8 minutes, 9.7 points, 4.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 74 games. While the 'Wolves roster isn't a finished product at the moment -- Kevin Love and Kevin Martin are on the block -- any trade would bring back players that will start ahead of Williams so he'll be a bench player regardless.
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson (torn plantar fascia) will not compete for a Team USA spot, instead opting to rest the foot for next season.
Insight: Jefferson averaged 21.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg and 2.1 apg last season and that's top-tier fantasy value and we wouldn't want anything to slow his recovery. Team USA still has plenty of talent in the middle.
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose will compete for a Team USA roster spot without any restrictions based on past injuries.
Insight: Rose missed most of last season with a torn meniscus. It will be pretty tough competition to make the final roster as Rose will be going up against Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, John Wall, and Kyrie Irving. If he can beat any of those guys, it bodes well for his fantasy value next season.
Description: There will be no Christmas in Phoenix this season, the team waived guard Dionte Christmas Thursday.
Insight: The Suns are loaded in the backcourt with Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas, Tyler Ennis, Eric Bledsoe and Gerald Green. Christmass averaged just six minutes per game over 31 contests scoring 2.3 ppg.
Description: Guard Jimmer Fredette has signed a deal with New Orleans.
Insight: Fredette finished last season averaging 5.6 ppg between Sacramento and Chicago. He's proven to be useless to fantasy owners because of limited minutes and not being able to fill up a box score.
Description: Former Magic point guard Jameer Nelson has signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
Insight: Nelson will join a crowded backcourt with point guards Raymond Felton and Devin Harris. Considering all three have had their share of injuries it might be wise for the Mavericks to keep them all. Nelson averaged 12.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 7.0 apg last season in Orlando but lost his job to a youth movement.
Description: Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (stress fracture in his right leg) says he no longer feels any pain, according to an interview he gave to Argentine website Canchallena.LaNacion.com.
Insight: Ginobili would like to play for his country in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, but only if healthy and free of pain. We expect Spurs coach Gregg Popovich hopes he bypasses the games and rests for the upcoming season.
Description: Carlos Boozer will play for the Los Angeles Lakers next season.
Insight: Boozer was cut from the Chicago Bulls via the amnesty provision earlier this week and Los Angeles won a blind auction to claim him. Boozer started 76 games last season and played 28.2 minutes per game, but he'll have to battle Julius Randle, Jordan Hill and Ed Davis for playing time in 2014-15.
Description: Rodney Stuckey has landed with the Indiana Pacers on a one-year deal.
Insight: He'll replace Lance Stephenson, who signed with the Charlotte Hornets this week. Stuckey is 25 pounds lighter than Stephenson and nowhere close to the defender Stephenson is, but he can handle the ball and play both guard spots. Stuckey's minutes have been inconsistent the past two years with the Pistons and he's never been a strong fantasy option because he's a career .286 shooter on threes.
Description: The Bucks have been experimenting with Giannis Antetokounmpo at point guard in the Summer League and are seriously considering starting him there during the regular season. SOURCE: nba.com
Insight: If Milwaukee chooses to go that route, who better to guide the Greek Freak than new coach Jason Kidd? Even if he's kept at shooting guard, the 19-year-old Antetokounmpo is a big part of Milwaukee's future plans and should be used way more in 2014-15 after averaging 24.6 minutes per game as a rookie.
Description: The Bulls have used their amnesty provision on Carlos Boozer.
Insight: Chicago shopped Boozer around the league first but couldn't find any team interested in taking on his $16.8 million salary. He averaged 28.2 minutes, 13.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game last season, but he was rarely used in fourth quarters and was no longer needed after the team signed Pau Gasol.
Description: The Hornets have signed Lance Stephenson to a three-year, $27 million contract.
Insight: The third year is a team option. Stephenson broke out for the Pacers in 2013-14, averaging 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game, though he played out of control at times and rubbed some people the wrong way with his on-court antics. He'll replace Gerald Henderson (14 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.6 apg) in the starting lineup.
Description: Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade has signed a deal to stay with Miami.
Insight: A healthy Wade would be a fantasy stud with LeBron James back home in Cleveland, but fantasy owners will have to weight what a "part-time" Wade is worth. He's likely to continue the strategy of not playing any back-to-back games to save his gimpy knees.
Description: The Pistons have agreed to sign swingman Caron Butler to a one-year contract with a team option for a second year.
Insight: Butler averaged 10.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.8 3pg last season with the Bucks and Thunder. He'll back up Josh Smith at small forward and get some minutes at shooting guard, but isn't likely to be a fantasy option. The Pistons have a lot of players capable of playing shooting guard after signing Butler and Jodie Meeks this offseason.
Description: The Pistons have signed veteran point guard D.J. Augustin.
Insight: He signed for two years and $6 million, according to NBA reporter David Aldridge. Augustin averaged 14.9 points, 5.0 assists, and 2.2 threes over 61 games with the Bulls last season after the Raptors got rid of him, but he won't see 30.4 minutes per game as Brandon Jennings' backup. There's going to be a battle for minutes in the Pistons backcourt, as the team added Augustin and Caron Butler to Jennings, Will Bynum, Peyton Siva, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Singler and Jodie Meeks on Sunday.
Description: According to cleveland.com, Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett now weighs 240 pounds.
Insight: Bennett weighed in at 259 last season and may have been even heavier than that at times. The 2013 No. 1 overall pick averaged just 12.8 minutes, 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 52 games as a rookie. He'll likely be traded if the Cavs pursue Kevin Love, and joining a Love-less Minnesota would be good for his fantasy value.
Description: Mario Chalmers tweeted that he has agreed to re-sign with the Heat.
Insight: Chalmers averaged 9.8 points, 4.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 threes last season. Chalmers could have a larger ball-handling role in 2014-15 now that LeBron James is gone. Of course, he also may lose the starting point guard job to rookie Shabazz Napier.
Description: Marvin Williams has agreed to a two-year, $14 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets.
Insight: Williams played 66 games with the Jazz in 2013-14, starting 50, and he averaged 9.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 threes. He'll fill minutes at power forward and small forward but won't be a good fantasy option.
Description: The Heat have agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with Luol Deng.
Insight: Deng averaged 16 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists per game in 63 games last season with the Bulls and Cavaliers. The Heat will count on Deng to replace some of what they are losing from LeBron James' departure.
Description: Paul Pierce will sign a two-year contract for $11 million with the Washington Wizards, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
Insight: In his one year with the Nets, Pierce averaged 28 minutes, 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.5 threes and 1.1 steals per game. He should be able to match those numbers with Washington and could improve upon them if the Wizards up his minutes. The departed Trevor Ariza averaged 35.4 minutes last season.
Description: Pau Gasol is finalizing a contract with the Chicago Bulls.
Insight: The acquisition of Gasol, who averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.5 blocks last season, to pair with Joakim Noah will give Chicago the best passing frontcourt in the NBA. It will also keep Taj Gibson on the bench.
Description: Small forward Trevor Ariza will sign a four-year deal to play for the Houston Rockets.
Insight: Ariza will obviously take the spot of free agent Chandler Parsons. He averaged 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.3 threes and 1.6 steals per game with the Wizards last season, his best all-around year since 2009-10 with the Rockets.
Description: LeBron James signed a two-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Insight: Cavaliers fans shouldn't worry about the short length of the deal, it's only a two-year deal because the league will have a new television deal in place for 2016 and likely a new collective bargaining agreement in 2017.
Description: Kyrie Irving's five-year, $90 million contract extension with the Cavaliers will include an early termination option for the 2019-20 season, according to Yahoo Sports.
Insight: Cleveland announced the extension Thursday before signing LeBron James Friday. James should help Irving become a more efficient player and draw some of the defensive pressure away from the point guard.
Description: The Lakers have re-signed PF/C Jordan Hill.
Insight: Hill will make $9 million in the first year of the contract and the Lakers have a $9 million team option for the second season. Hill averaged 20.8 minutes, 9.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, all career highs, last season.
Description: Nick Young has re-signed with the Lakers for four years and $21.5 million, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Young averaged 17.9 ppg last season, but he's not going to average 13.9 field-goal attempts, 5.5 3-point attempts and 4.5 free-throw attempts per game again. Because he doesn't offer anything besides scoring, he's not going to be a good fantasy option next season.
Description: The Rockets will trade Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Insight: The Rockets also sent future first- and second-round picks to Los Angeles and will get back cash and the rights to an overseas player. Houston made the deal in an effort to clear cap space to sign Chris Bosh, but Bosh spurned them to return to Miami. Lin averaged 28.9 minutes, 12.5 points, 4.1 assists and 1.2 threes last season and could start for Los Angeles, but he probably won't experience a big change in fantasy value.
Description: According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Kings restricted free agent PG Isaiah Thomas has agreed to a four-year, $27 million offer sheet with the Phoenix Suns.
Insight: The Kings will reportedly agree to a sign-and-trade for a $7 million trade exception and Alex Oriakhi. Sacramento didn't want to commit to the 5-foot-9 Thomas even though he averaged 20.3 ppg and 6.3 apg last season. The Suns are still expected to keep RFA Eric Bledsoe, so Thomas will become a third guard in 2014-15.
Description: According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Chris Bosh is finalizing a five-year, $118 million contract with the Heat.
Insight: After LeBron James announced he was going back to the Cavaliers on Friday, Bosh was expected to sign with the Rockets, but the Heat were able to give him an extra $32 million. With James gone, Bosh will handle a much larger offensive workload than he did in the past few years.
Description: Carmelo Anthony's agent, Leon Rose, told ESPN that his client "hasn't made a decision yet."
Insight: The NY Daily News reported Wednesday that Anthony would be re-signing with the Knicks, citing a person close to the star forward. The Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets are the other teams who have been heavily courting Anthony, but the Knicks can give him the most money.
Description: According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Jazz are prepared to match the Hornets max offer sheet to restricted free agent Gordon Hayward.
Insight: The 24-year-old Hayward was one of seven players to average 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game last season (LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Joakim Noah, Nicolas Batum and Michael Carter-Williams were the others) and one of five with at least 14 ppg, 5.0 rpg, and 5.0 apg. He's expected to sign a four-year, $63 million offer sheet with Charlotte on Thursday, but Utah won't let him get away.
Description: The Mavericks and restricted free agent Chandler Parsons have reached an agreement on a three-year offer sheet worth in excess of $45 million, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
Insight: The Rockets will have 72 hours to match the offer after Parsons officially signs on Thursday. The Rockets prefer to sign Chris Bosh than to retain Parsons, but a lot depends on what LeBron James decides to do. The Mavs are certainly forcing rival Houston's hand.
Description: According to the New York Daily News, Carmelo Anthony will return to the New York Knicks. He's expected to make the announcement Thursday.
Insight: A person close to Anthony told the Daily News Wednesday that "barring a last minute change of heart," Anthony will re-sign with the Knicks. The Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets are the other teams who have been heavily courting Anthony, but the Knicks can give him the most money.
Description: The Cavaliers have traded guard Jarrett Jack to the Nets as part of a three-team trade.
Insight: Cleveland dealt Jack and Sergey Karasev to Brooklyn and Tyler Zeller to Boston to clear enough cap space to offer LeBron James a max contract. Jack averaged 28.2 minutes, 9.5 points and 4.1 assists per game last season and could replace the departed Shaun Livingston in the Nets starting lineup. Brooklyn will be the seventh team Jack has played for in his 10 years in the NBA.
Description: The Heat have agreed to a reported four-year contract with power forward Josh McRoberts, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
Insight: Charlotte drafted Cody Zeller fourth overall last season but then started McRoberts 78 games. McRoberts contributed 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.3 threes, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks while averaging 30.3 minutes per game. He could end up starting at the four for Miami, but who his teammates will be is up in the air.
Description: Channing Frye has agreed to a four-year, $32 million contract with the Orlando Magic.
Insight: For some reason, the rebuilding Magic have given Frye and Ben Gordon a combined $41 million this offseason. Frye missed all of 2012-13 due to a heart condition before starting all 82 games for the Suns in 2013-14. He averaged 28.2 minutes, 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 threes per game, but he's actually entering a more crowded frontcourt in Orlando. The Magic will have to find a way to get minutes to Tobias Harris, Maurice Harkless, Kyle O'Quinn, Nikola Vucevic, rookie Aaron Gordon and Frye. In Phoenix, Markieff Morris will likely take over the starting power forward job after finishing fourth in Sixth Man of the Year voting last season.
Description: Philadelphia center Nerlens Noel gave Sixers fans and fantasy owners a first glimpse of his ability in Saturday's summer league contest.
Insight: The 20-year-old, who sat out the entire season after ACL surgery, played 26 minutes and posted 19 points, two rebounds, three assists, four steals and a block. Most important he looked healthy. He could see plenty of court time in 2014 and could end up being a mid-round fantasy value.
Description: The Clippers have agreed on a four-year, $23 million contract with center Spencer Hawes.
Insight: Hawes added the three-ball to his game last season to increase his fantasy value. The 26-year-old ended up setting career highs with 13.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 threes per game while adding 1.2 blocks and 0.6 steals per game. However, he won't have much fantasy value as a backup to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
Description: The Mavericks have re-signed Dirk Nowitzki to a three-year deal for $30 million.
Insight: It was a foregone conclusion that Nowitzki would re-sign with the only team he's ever played with. The 36-year-old averaged 21.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 threes while shooting .497 from the field over 80 games last season. His terrific mid-range game has allowed him to age gracefully.
Description: The Hawks have signed guard Thabo Sefolosha to a three-year, $12 million contract.
Insight: Sefolosha has never averaged more than 8.5 ppg in a season and he's unlikely to do so with the Hawks. He's a defensive guard with more real-life value than fantasy value, though he wasn't very good in real life either this postseason and found himself benched.
Description: Darren Collison has agreed to a three-year, $16 million contract with the Sacramento Kings, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Collison averaged 25.9 minutes, 11.4 points, 3.7 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals with the Clippers last season, though he was much better in 35 starts (14.8 ppg, 5.3 apg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 spg). Collison said he hopes to compete for a starting job and he may just do that if the Kings choose to let restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas walk. The Kings will be the fifth team the 26-year-old Collison has played for in six seasons in the NBA.
Description: According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Raptors have re-signed Kyle Lowry to a four-year, $48 million contract.
Insight: Lowry was one of top second-tier free agents available, but he'll stick with the Raptors rather than taking less money to play with Houston or Miami. The 28-year-old had his best season in 2013-14, averaging 36.2 minutes, 17.9 points, 7.4 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 threes and 1.5 steals per game.
Description: The Spurs have agreed to a three-year deal with Patty Mills, according to Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express-News.
Insight: A torn rotator cuff that will keep Mills out for seven months put a damper on his free agency tour, although he may have planned to sign with the Spurs regardless. He averaged 10.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 threes in just 18.9 minutes per game for the Spurs during the regular season.
Description: Shooting guard C.J. Miles has agreed to a four-year, $18 million contract with the Pacers, according to cbssports.com.
Insight: Miles averaged 19.3 minutes, 9.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.6 threes per game with the Cavaliers last season but missed the last seven weeks of the season due to an ankle injury. He could potentially start for Indiana if Lance Stephenson departs in free agency.
Description: Free agent guard Patty Mills is expected to miss seven months after having surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
Insight: Mills, who was born in Australia, averaged 10.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 threes in just 18.9 minutes per game for the Spurs during the regular season and was expected to be a hot commodity in free agency, but now he may just re-sign with San Antonio.
Description: The Pistons have signed swingman Jodie Meeks to a three-year, $19 million contract, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Insight: Meeks' fantasy value isn't going to be any higher than it was last season, when he averaged 33.2 minutes per game for a depleted Lakers club and recorded 15.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.1 3pg and 1.4 spg. Rodney Stuckey isn't expected to re-sign with Detroit, but the Pistons still have second-year guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Singler as well as several high-usage offensive players in Brandon Jennings, Josh Smith and Greg Monroe.
Description: Shaun Livingston has agreed to a deal with the Golden State Warriors.
Insight: Livingston will get a three-year deal for the full mid-level exception. He can start at shooting guard if the team trades Klay Thompson for Kevin Love or serve as a backup to both guard spots. Either way, he's more valuable in real life than fantasy. In 76 games with the Nets last season, Livingston averaged 26 minutes but just 8.3 points, 3.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and zero threes.
Description: Marcin Gortat has agreed to re-sign with the Washington Wizards for five years and $60 million.
Insight: Gortat had a successful first season in Washington after the team acquired him from Phoenix for Emeka Okafor and a first-round pick. He averaged 32.8 minutes, 13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 81 games and the Wizards made the second round of the playoffs.
Description: The Magic have waived point guard Jameer Nelson, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Insight: The Magic will go with a starting backcourt of rookie Elfrid Payton and 2013 No. 2 overall pick Victor Oladipo after waiving Nelson and trading Arron Afflalo last week. Nelson will likely sign with a contender.
Description: The Jazz are expected to match any offer for restricted free agent Gordon Hayward, according to beat writer Jody Genessy.
Insight: The Phoenix Suns are expected to make a significant offer to Hayward, but it appears he'll be a member of the Jazz next season. Hayward was one of seven players to average 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game last season (LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Joakim Noah, Nicolas Batum and Michael Carter-Williams were the others) and one of five with at least 14 ppg, 5.0 rpg, and 5.0 apg.
Description: Zach Randolph has agreed to a two-year, $20 million extension with Memphis. SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Randolph has picked up his player option for next season, so the extension won't kick in until 2015. Z-Bo led the Grizzlies in several categories last season including rebounds (10.1 ppg) and points per game (17.4).
Description: The Sixers took a chance on Kansas center Joel Embiid with the third pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.
Insight: Embiid was supposed to go No. 1 to Cleveland but the Cavs were scared away by his foot injury. When Embiid gets healthy, he and Nerlens Noel will form one of the league's best young low post duos.
Description: The Bucks got their man in Duke forward Jabari Parker.
Insight: They took him with the second pick. Parker (19.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg in his only year at Duke) has been touted as the most "NBA-ready" player in this year's draft. He's already drawn comparisons to Paul Pierce and Carmelo Anthony. Don't be surprised if the Chicago native wins Rookie of the Year in 2015.
Description: The Cavaliers selected University of Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 pick in Thursday night's NBA Draft.
Insight: The Cavs have had the No. 1 pick the last two years and have taken a player from Canada both times. Wiggins averaged 17.4 ppg as a Jayhawk last season and was also strong on the defensive end. With Wiggins on board, it's possible Cleveland will look to trade Dion Waiters, who plays the same position as Wiggins.
Description: Orlando has traded guard Arron Afflalo to Denver for Evan Fournier and a second-round pick. SOURCE: David Aldridge, TNT
Insight: We can only guess the Magic were trying to clear cap space because otherwise this trade makes no sense. This will be a homecoming of sorts for Afflalo, who played for the Nuggets from 2009 to 2012.
Description: The Rockets have traded Omer Asik to New Orleans. The Pelicans are getting a future first-round pick and $1.5 million. SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Asik (5.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg in 2013-14) wanted out of Houston as soon as they signed Dwight Howard so now he's getting his wish. The Rockets are trying to free up cap room so they can make a run at Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James.
Description: The Mavs are sending Jose Calderon to the Knicks along with Samuel Dalembert, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin and two second-round picks. SOURCE: Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Calderon will be reunited with former Raptors teammate Andrea Bargnani, who just picked up his option for next season. Calderon (11.4 ppg, 4.7 apg in 2013-14) is an upgrade over the underwhelming Raymond Felton.
Description: Raymond Felton has been traded to Dallas. SOURCE: Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Chandler is also headed to the Mavs in exchange for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin and a pair of second-round picks. All in all, it's a pretty good haul for the Knicks, who were looking to deal Felton anyway. This will be the fifth team Felton (9.7 ppg, 5.6 apg in 2013-14) has played for since 2010.
Description: The Mavericks have re-acquired center Tyson Chandler from the Knicks. SOURCE: Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports
Insight: The Knicks don't have a first-round pick so they needed to do something to upgrade at point guard. Chandler (8.7 ppg, 9.6 rpg in 55 games last season) won a title with Dallas back in 2011.
Shabazz Napier, G
6/25/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: Miami is hoping to select Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier in Thursday night's NBA Draft. SOURCE: Chad Ford, ESPN
Insight: The Heat would likely have to move up in the draft to make that happen. LeBron James has said he's a fan of Napier so landing him in the draft would obviously improve the team's chances of keeping the four-time MVP.
Description: Brooklyn center Kevin Garnett is expected to return for another season. SOURCE: Rod Boone, Newsday
Insight: Garnett (6.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg) would be leaving $12 million on the table if he chose to retire. It's clear KG doesn't have much left in the tank but he can probably make it through at least one more season.
Description: The Cavs are unlikely to trade for Wolves forward Kevin Love. SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Cross another one off the list. Cleveland has plenty of assets (the No. 1 pick in tomorrow's draft, Anthony Bennett and Dion Waiters) but Love doesn't have any interest in playing there. Unless Love has a change of heart and decides he'd sign an extension with Cleveland, it's difficult to see this trade happening. Meanwhile ESPN's Chris Broussard said Wednesday there's a 50 percent chance Love gets traded on draft night. Boston, Denver and Golden State seem to have the best chance of landing the three-time All-Star.
Dario Saric, F
6/24/2014 9:16:00 PM
Description: Instead of going to the NBA, Croatian forward Dario Saric has agreed to a three-year deal with Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League. SOURCE: Chad Ford, ESPN
Insight: Saric could still get drafted but he won't be eligible to play for the team that picks him for at least two years. Before his decision to go play in Turkey, Saric had been projected to be a lottery pick.
Description: Knicks guard Raymond Felton won't face jail time after pleading guilty to gun charges. SOURCE: Mike Mazzeo, ESPN New York
Insight: Felton (9.7 ppg, 5.6 apg in 2013-14) was arrested back in February. He'll have to do some community service and pay a fine. It's possible the league could hand down a suspension at a later date.
Description: LeBron James' agent has informed the Heat that James will opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.
Insight: Look for LeBron to handle his free agency this offseason much better than he did in 2010. The Heat, Bulls, Lakers, Rockets and Cavaliers are among the teams expected to make a serious run at signing him.
Isaiah Austin, C
6/22/2014 4:41:00 PM
Description: Former Baylor center Isaiah Austin has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome and will not be able to pursue a career in the NBA. SOURCE: BaylorBears.com
Insight: Despite being blind in his right eye, Austin was able to average 11.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 3.3 bpg last season while leading Baylor to the Sweet 16. Marfan syndrome is a rare genetic disease that can sometimes lead to heart enlargement. Austin was projected to be a second-round pick before his diagnosis.
Description: Carmelo Anthony has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract. SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowksi, Yahoo Sports
Insight: He had until Monday to make his decision. With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh also candidates to opt out, this should be one of the most anticipated free agency periods we've seen in a long time.
Description: The Warriors appear to be pulling out of the Kevin Love sweepstakes. SOURCE: Marc Stein, ESPN
Insight: Golden State is hesitant to include Klay Thompson in a trade and that's a deal breaker for Minnesota. The Nuggets and Celtics remain in the running though it's possible the T-Wolves could wait until the trade deadline to swap Love.
Description: Klay Thompson could be on his way out of Golden State. The Warriors are looking to package Thompson as part of a trade for Minnesota forward Kevin Love.
Insight: That doesn't necessarily mean that Thompson would be traded to the Timberwolves. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Warriors could involve a third team in the deal including the Lakers, who were forced to use Wesley Johnson, Nick Young and Xavier Henry at small forward last season. Thompson has averaged 16 ppg on 43.5 percent shooting during his three NBA seasons.
Description: Orlando guard Arron Afflalo has been mentioned in multiple trade rumors and could be dealt prior to Thursday night's NBA Draft. SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports
Insight: One rumor has Afflalo going to the Bulls while there's also word he could be part of a three-team trade involving Kevin Love. Either way, Afflalo (18.2 ppg in 2013-14) is unlikey to be back with the Magic next season.
Description: Kyle Lowry and the Heat appear to be interested in joining forces. The point guard will become a free agent on July 1st. SOURCE: Brian Windhorst, ESPN
Insight: Lowry had a breakout year for the Raptors, averaging 17.9 ppg and 7.4 apg in 79 games during the regular season. Miami has certainly been lacking in the point guard department and Lowry would be a huge upgrade over Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers. Still, Lowry could probably earn more money elsewhere as the Heat are likely to use most of their salary cap space on re-signing LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Whatever Lowry makes next season, it will definitely be more than the $6.2 million he earned in 2013-14.
Description: Houston's top priority this offseason is to land LeBron James in free agency. SOURCE: Howard Beck, Bleacher Report
Insight: A frontcourt of James, Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard would instantly make the Rockets championship contenders. Of course, LeBron would have to opt out of his current deal with Miami to make that happen. The deadline for LeBron to opt in or out is June 30th. Though Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh seem content to stay in Miami, James has been noncommital about his future. The Cavs, Clippers and Mavericks could also make a run at James if he decides to test the open market.
Joel Embiid, C
6/21/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Joel Embiid's draft position is in limbo following surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot earlier this week. SOURCE: Ken Berger, CBS Sports
Insight: Embiid had the operation on Friday. He likely would have gone to Cleveland with the No. 1 pick but now the foot injury could prevent him from going in the top-ten. The Celtics at No. 6 seem like a real possibility for Embiid, who averaged 11.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 2.6 bpg during his only season at Kansas. Embiid faces a 4-to-6 month recovery period.
Description: Dirk Nowitzki will become a free agent on July 1st but he's confident he'll remain a Maverick. SOURCE: Dallas Morning News
Insight: Nowitzki has no interest in playing anywhere other than Dallas. It's worth noting that the Mavericks, led by Nowitzki and Monta Ellis, were the closest team to beating the Spurs in this year's playoffs. San Antonio needed seven games to close out its cross-state rival.
Description: There's a growing sense that Boston will land Kevin Love in a draft day deal with Minnesota.
Insight: According to ESPN's Chad Ford, the C's are prepared to offer Minnesota two first-round picks this year, a collection of future No. 1s and the Wolves' choice of either Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk. Ford believes it's the best offer the T-Wolves are going to get. Draft night is a week from Thursday. Stay tuned.
Description: ESPN's Tom Haberstroh thinks the Heat should have Dwyane Wade come off the bench next season.
Insight: Of course, that's assuming Wade stays in Miami. Remember, Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh can all opt out of their contracts this summer. Haberstroh's suggestion makes plenty of sense. Miami's second unit didn't contribute very much this postseason and at age 32, it would be wise to scale back Wade's minutes. Of course, the decision is up to Erik Spoelstra, who has only used Wade as a reserve once in six seasons.
Description: Heat center Chris Andersen has decided to opt out of his contract. SOURCE: Yahoo Sports
Insight: Andersen had one year remaining but now he'll become a free agent. Birdman contributed 6.6 ppg this season, his highest average since 2005. Despite opting out, we'd expect him back with the Heat next year on a new deal.
Description: A decision on Ray Allen's future should come in the next few days. SOURCE: Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Even if Allen does play another season, it may not be with the Heat as he enters free agency. Allen had a rough game Sunday in the season finale, shooting just 1-of-8 for five points in 31 minutes of action.
Description: San Antonio small forward Kawhi Leonard collected 22 points and ten rebounds before fouling out Sunday in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Insight: Leonard was awarded NBA Finals MVP for his contributions. He averaged 17.8 ppg in the series including 23.7 ppg in Games 3 through 5. Leonard is a superstar in the making and should play an even bigger role next season as the Spurs look to repeat.
Description: Patty Mills came out of nowhere to score 17 points Sunday in San Antonio's series-clinching win over Miami.
Insight: Mills sunk five three-pointers including four in a row during a 14-point third quarter. A non-factor in last year's Finals (2.0 ppg), Mills proved to be a legitimate difference maker this time around, scoring 10.2 ppg in 15.2 minutes per contest.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James gave a strong effort in Game 5 but it wasn't enough as the Spurs won 104-87 to capture their fifth NBA title.
Insight: His teammates didn't show much this series but LeBron (31 points, ten rebounds, five assists) still averaged an incredible 28.2 ppg on 57.1 percent shooting. This loss will sting but James and the Heat should compete for a title again next year as long as the team keep its core together.
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