Forward Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
 
Carlos Boozer, F, LAL7/18/2014 5:29:00 PM
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.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, G/F, MIL7/16/2014 4:00:00 PM
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.
Carlos Boozer, F, CHI7/16/2014 3:57:00 PM
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.
Caron Butler, G/F, DET7/13/2014 10:01:00 PM
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.
Anthony Bennett, F, CLE7/13/2014 8:27:00 PM
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.
Chandler Parsons, F, DAL7/13/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: The Houston Rockets have decided not to match the Mavericks' three-year, $46 million offer sheet to Chandler Parsons.
Insight: Parsons proved he could be a fantasy force while playing with high-usage players James Harden and Dwight Howard, so he should fit right in on the Mavericks.
Marvin Williams, F, CHA7/13/2014 4:00:00 PM
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.
Luol Deng, F, NYK7/13/2014 3:55:00 PM
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.
Paul Pierce, F, WAS7/13/2014 3:52:00 PM
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.
Carmelo Anthony, F, NYK7/13/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: Carmelo Anthony has officially agreed to a contract with the New York Knicks.
Insight: According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Anthony will get more than $120 million over five years. Staying with the Knicks is the best move for Anthony's fantasy value.
Trevor Ariza, SF, HOU7/12/2014 6:07:00 PM
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.
LeBron James, F, CLE7/12/2014 6:04:00 PM
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.
Jordan Hill, PF, LAL 7/11/2014 8:00:00 PM
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.
Nick Young, G/F, LAL7/11/2014 7:57:00 PM
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.
LeBron James, F, CLE7/11/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: LeBron James announced in a letter on SI.com Friday that will return to the Cavaliers.
Insight: James left Cleveland for the Miami Heat four years ago and made the last four NBA Finals, winning two. Now, he'll try to bring a championship back to his hometown.
Carmelo Anthony, F, NYK7/9/2014 10:36:00 PM
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.
Gordon Hayward, G/F, UTA7/9/2014 7:38:00 PM
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.
Chandler Parsons, F, HOU7/9/2014 7:36:00 PM
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.
Carmelo Anthony, F, NYK7/9/2014 4:22:00 PM
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.

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