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 srtruggled last season averaging 9.5 ppg and 4.8 rpg in 56 games with the Wizards, but Ariza's best offensive season came with these same Rockets back in 2009 (14.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.8 apg).
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.
Description: Heat guard Ray Allen will start Game 5 against San Antonio on Sunday night. SOURCE: Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher Report
Insight: Mario Chalmers, who has struggled this series, will come off the bench. We suspect LeBron James will be running the point. If the Spurs win tonight, this could be Allen's final game in the NBA. The veteran hinted at retirement earlier this week.
Description: Rumors are running rampant about the future of Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.
Insight: Yahoo Sports has reported that Anthony is leaning towards leaving the Knicks while the New York Post said the Knicks feel good about their chances of keeping Melo. Anthony has until June 23rd to opt out of the final year of his contract. The Bulls, Knicks and Rockets seem to have the upper hand in landing the seven-time All-Star though Miami could always fight its way into the mix.
Description: Miami sixth man Ray Allen hinted he could retire after this season. SOURCE: Boston Globe
Insight: Allen is still an effective long-range shooter but at age 38, he may decide he wants to spend more time with his family. When Allen does end his career, he'll retire as the the greatest three-point shooter in NBA history.
Description: Free agent forward Metta World Peace has agreed to be an assistant coach for the girls' basketball team at Palisades High School in New York. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: However, he remains adamant that he is not retiring from the NBA. World Peace averaged 4.8 ppg in 29 appearances for the Knicks last season before getting bought out.
Julius Randle, F
6/12/2014 8:37:00 PM
Description: We've heard conflicting reports regarding the health of Kentucky forward and projected lottery pick Julius Randle.
Insight: Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski says teams are worried Randle's broken foot is healing slower than expected and could require surgery. Randle took to Twitter to refute that report. Either way, we'd be surprised if Randle fell out of the top-ten.
Description: According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Heat are looking to sign Carmelo Anthony.
Insight: It's a foregone conclusion that Anthony will opt out of his contract with the Knicks and become a free agent. The move would give Miami a Big Four featuring Melo, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Of course, in order for this to happen, all four would have to accept a significant pay cut. At this point, it's unclear if Anthony is willing to do that.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has until June 23 to notify the team if he plans to opt out of the final year of his contract, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.
Insight: Anthony is expected to opt out, but Knicks president Phil Jackson has been trying to convince him to put unrestricted free agency on hold for another year by exercising his $23.3 million player option for 2014-15. The Bulls, Rockets and Mavericks are all expected to pursue Anthony if he opts out.
Description: The Spurs are trying a different starting lineup Tuesday against the Heat. Boris Diaw, who started 24 games for San Antonio during the regular season, will move into the starting five for the first time this postseason. SOURCE: Bill Schoening, 1200 WOAI
Insight: Tiago Splitter, San Antonio's starting center in Games 1 and 2, will come off the bench. In 20 postseason games, Diaw has averaged 9.5 ppg in just under 25 minutes per contest.
Description: Derek Fisher has accepted the Knicks' head coaching job. SOURCE: Yahoo Sports
Insight: Fisher's contract will pay him $25 million over the next five seasons. Steve Kerr was Phil Jackson's first choice but he agreed to a deal with Golden State earlier this offseason. Fisher played for Oklahoma City this season so this will be his first coaching job in the NBA. At age 39, he's the second-youngest coach in the league behind Brad Stevens.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James was the best player on the court Sunday night in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
Insight: James wasn't able to finish Game 1 because of cramping but he never faltered on Sunday, scoring 35 points on 14-of-22 shooting. His assist to Chris Bosh on a corner three with 1:17 remaining sealed the win for Miami. The series is tied 1-1 heading into Tuesday's Game 3.
Description: Impending free agent Eric Bledsoe is expected to get a max deal this summer. SOURCE: Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports
Insight: If John Wall can get a max deal it's not crazy to think Bledsoe (17.7 ppg, 5.5 apg, 4.7 rpg) will get one also. As a restricted free agent, the Suns can match any offer Bledsoe receives on the open market. There's been some speculation that Phoenix could deal Bledsoe or point guard Goran Dragic to Minnesota as part of a trade for Kevin Love.
Description: Ty Lawson's sprained ankle is still causing him problems. SOURCE: Denver Post
Insight: The injury will sideline him for an additional 3-to-4 weeks. Luckily it doesn't appear the Nuggets point guard will require surgery. Lawson averaged career-highs in both points (17.6 ppg) and assists (8.8 apg) this season.
Description: Miami forward LeBron James led all scorers with 25 points in Game 1 of the Finals Thursday but cramped up in the fourth quarter and missed time down the stretch.
Insight: The exhaustion was likely brought on by a broken air conditioner, which caused temperatures in the arena to reach up to 90 degrees. James was given an IV after the game and left the arena under his own power so it appears he'll be ready for Game 2 on Sunday. Without James, the Spurs were able to finish the game on a 16-3 run. The Heat still haven't won a Game 1 on the road since LeBron James joined the team in 2010.
Description: Spurs PF/C Tim Duncan was on his game in the Finals opener, shooting 9-for-10 from the field en route to a 21-point, 10-rebound, three-assist night.
Insight: The 38-year-old Duncan weathered the non-air conditioned arena as well or better than his younger opposition. He's averaging less points and rebounds than last season's playoffs, but he's been more efficient, shooting .529 from the field.
Description: The Rockets plan to decline their fourth-year option on forward Chandler Parsons' contract, allowing him to become a restricted free agent this summer. SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports
Insight: The Rockets now have the option to match an offer sheet from any other team and retain Parsons on a long-term contract. The current option on Parsons' fourth year is worth $960,000 and the team has until June 30 to formally decline the option. Parsons, 25, averaged 16.6 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game for Houston last season and delivered a slightly-above league average 15.9 PER.
Description: The NBA has fined Phil Jackson $25,000 for tampering with Thunder point guard Derek Fisher. SOURCE: Marc Stein, ESPN
Insight: Jackson acknowledged the possibility of hiring Fisher in a press conference last week while Fisher was still competing in the Western Conference Finals with Oklahoma City. That's a violation of league policy. Now that the Thunder have been eliminated, Fisher is free to interview for coaching positions. The Knicks and Lakers are among the teams interested in hiring the 18-year veteran.
Description: Spurs point guard Tony Parker (ankle) expects to play Thursday in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Miami. SOURCE: Yahoo Sports
Insight: He left Saturday's game in the third quarter and did not return. Parker has averaged 17.2 ppg on 48.7 percent shooting this postseason. Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills would share point guard duties if Parker can't suit up for Game 1.
Description: Indiana center Roy Hibbert is open to being traded. SOURCE: Marc Stein, ESPN
Insight: Hibbert's head just wasn't in it during the second half of the season (8.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg in 29 appearances) and it could be time for a change of scenery. With Hibbert's future uncertain and Lance Stephenson slated to become a free agent, the Pacers' starting five could have a drastically different look in 2014-15.
Description: Kevin Love is touring Boston this weekend to "check out the city and see what it's like." SOURCE: ESPN Boston
Insight: Love has been linked to the Celtics in trade rumors for quite a while and the interest seems to be mutual. Other teams interested in Love include Chicago, Golden State, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Sacramento.
Description: Miami center Chris Andersen (thigh) is active for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: It's unclear how much he'll play after he missed Games 4 and 5 and the shootaround Friday morning. Rashard Lewis played 31 minutes and had 18 points with six threes in Game 5 and will start again.
Description: San Antonio center Tiago Splitter won't start Thursday's game against OKC. SOURCE: Kurt Helin, NBC Sports
Insight: Instead, Gregg Popovich will use Tim Duncan at center with Matt Bonner getting the start at power forward. Splitter had just one rebound in Game 4 and should spend most of Game 5 sitting next to Popovich on the Spurs' bench.