Description: Pistons unrestricted free agent power forward Greg Monroe has apparently agreed to a max deal with Milwaukee, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Insight: Monroe averaged 15.9 ppg and 10.2 rpg last season, but his 2015-16 value will likely be at center alongside a front line of SF Giannis Antetokounmpo and PF Jabari Parker. he should be able to maintain last season's production level in Milwaukee.
Description: Hawks small forward DeMarre Carroll as apparently agreed to go north of the border and play for Toronto next season.
Insight: Carroll was a big part of the Hawks success in 2014 and will be missed. He averaged 12.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 spg and provided solid defense. Not a great fantasy value, but a good "real world" player.
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler will apparently stay put for the next five seasons.
Insight: A lot of teams would have been interested in Butler if he had wanted to test the waters, but he's in a nice spot with Chicago and should continue to grow after his breakout 20.0 ppg 5.8 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.8 spg 2014-15 season.
Description: Pelicans forward Anthony Davis is going to stay in New Orleans for a long time after agreeing to a monster five-year deal.
Insight: Davis has become an elite NBA player and fantasy asset who averaged 24.4 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.5 spg and 2.9 bpg. He says he's going to work on three-pointer in the offseason. If successful, that would make him an impossible assignment to guard.
Description: Portland guard Arron Afflalo has apparently agreed to a deal with the New York Knicks, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
Insight: Afflalo hasn't been a great fantasy option, but he is a useful asset for adding three-pointers. With Wes Mathews sidelined, Afflalo saw a lot of playing time last season in Portland and averaged 10.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.4 threes in 25 games with the Blazers.
Description: Free agent center Brook Lopez is expected to stay with the Nets, according to beat writer Michael Scotto.
Insight: Both sides appear to want this to happen. Lopez is a solid scorer (17.2 ppg last season), but has always been a "little light" in the rebounding category for fantasy owners who think all seven-footers should average double-digit boards.
Description: Grizzlies free-agent center Marc Gasol has not scheduled any outside meetings, preferring to deal exclusively with Memphis at the start of free agency.
Insight: Gasol is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and would be in great demand if he were to make himself available, but it appears he wants to stay right where he is. This is good news for Grizzlies fans and fantasy owners.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade is expected to leave his player option for 2015 on the table and become a free agent.
Insight: Wade could have interest from a couple of contending teams hoping he can put them over the top with his playoff experience, but he's still free to re-sign with Miami. This could get interesting.
Description: Trail Blazers free-agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge has plenty of suitors for his services, but the current opinion is that the San Antonio Spurs are the favorites.
Insight: Aldridge averaged 23.4 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 bpg last season, but if he ends up with the Spurs his numbers could take a hit. The Spurs will likely retain their core three (Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker) along with rising star Kawhi Leonard.
Description: 76ers center Joel Embiid will have an answer on his status for the 2015-16 season in about a month according to The Intelligencer.
Insight: Towards the end of July, the 76ers should know if Embiid just needs more rest for his foot, or if he will need another surgery, which would probably keep him out for the entire 2015-16 season. Emiid has told general manager Sam Hinkie that he feels 100 percent, but a CT on Embiid's right foot "revealed less healing than anticipated at this point." Stay tuned.
Description: Brooklyn selected Chris McCullough with the 29th overall pick.
Insight: This is a good value pick, as McCullough has a ton of potential. He will likely push for time in the rotation in 2015-16, but will be more of a fantasy option a few years down the road. McCullough is coming off a torn ACL.
Description: Boston selected R.J. Hunter with the 28th overall pick.
Insight: This is a steal, as Hunter was projected to be a top-20 pick. Out of all the late first-rounders, Hunter has one of the best chances to be a fantasy asset in 2015-16. His best attribute is his three-point range.
Description: Portland selected Rondae Hollis-Jefferson with the 23rd overall pick.
Insight: Jefferson should have plenty of opportunities to see a ton of playing time, but his offensive game is very limited. He will make an impact on the defensive end, along with rebounding. However, Jefferson currently does not have enough to be a fantasy asset.
Description: Chicago selected Bobby Portis with the 22nd overall pick.
Insight: Portis was the 2014-15 SEC Player of the Year, and should provide the Bulls with low-post scoring. However, he will have a very tough being a regular part of the rotation during his rookie season.
Description: Houston selected Sam Dekker with the 18th overall pick.
Insight: From a fantasy perspective, this is not a great fit for Dekker. However, he will be able to learn from James Hrden and head coach Kevin McHale, and will likely make an impact in a season or two.
Description: The Thunder selected Cameron Payne with the 14th overall pick.
Insight: Payne was the final lottery selection, and assuming he stays with Oklahoma City, he will backup Russell Westbrook in his first year. Payne has the ability to score and create, but minutes may be tough to come by in 2015-16.
Description: Charlotte selected Frank Kaminsky with the ninth overall pick.
Insight: Justise Winslow may have been the better fit here, but it is hard to knowck the pick. Kaminsky will stretch the four and bring some nice fundamentals to the Hornets. With all that being said, fantasy owners should not expect much in year one.
Description: Denver selected Emmanuel Mudiay with the seventh overall pick.
Insight: Mudiay had a chance to go second or third in this draft, so Denver will be very happy with this pick. Look for Ty Lawson to be dealt this offseason, and Mudiay to slide in as the starting point guard. He has a ton of upside.
Description: Sacramento selected Willie Cauley-Stein with the sixth overall pick.
Insight: Cauley-Stein will make his presence felt ont he defensive side of the ball, and should be able to hold his own in rebounding. However, owners should not expect much from him the offensive side early in his career.
Description: The Knicks selected Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth overall pick.
Insight: New York fans at the Barclay's Center were not happy, but Porzingis could turn out ot be the best player in this draft. However, it will likely take a year or two before he becomes fantasy relevant.
Description: The Lakers selected D'Angelo Russell with the second overall pick.
Insight: This is arguably the first shakeup of the draft, as Jahlil Okafor was rumored to go second for awhile. Russell has extreme potential, but his fantasy outlook will likely be limited in his first season playing with Kobe Bryant.
Description: Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is the subject of conflicting reports as we approach the NBA draft.
Insight: The rumors have coach George Karl pushing to deal the center, but owner Vivek Ranadive wanting to keep him. If rumors are true and he keeps calling for a trade, this probably doesn't end well for Karl. Owners almost always win power struggles.
Description: Pistons unrestricted free agent forward Greg Monroe might not be returning to Detroit next season if head coach Stan van Gundy's recent comments and actions are to be believed.
Insight: The term "not entirely optimistic" was used, according to an ESPN report. The team also traded for PF Ersan Ilyasova last month. Monroe averaged 15.9 ppg and 10.2 rpg last season, but his 2015-16 value will have to be adjusted by where he lands.
Description: Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov's team option for 2015-16 was picked up, according to Eric Pincus of the LA Times.
Insight: Not a difficult decision for the Cavs. He averaged 10.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg in the regular season and 10.6 ppg and 7.3 rpg in 20 playoff games. Depending on what happens with Kevin Love, those numbers could improve.
Description: Forward Andrei Kirilenko announced his retirement on Tuesday.
Insight: In his prime, Kirilenko was a box score filler who helped many a fantasy owner. Most of that was done in his 10 seasons with the Utah Jazz where he averaged 12.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.4 spg, 2.0 bpg.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade has lost his trust in the Miami Heat according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Insight: A very interesting wrinkle in the storylines heading into the NBA Draft on Thursday. ESPN reported the Lakers, Clippers and Cavaliers could have interest in adding Wade. Free agency starts next week.
Description: All the talk in Portland is about re-signing PF LaMarcur Aldridge, but shooting guard Wesley Matthews (torn left Achilles tendon) is also an unrestricted free agent.
Insight: Matthews (15.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.3 apg) was a great source of three-pointers, but was the third option in Portland behind Aldridge and Damian Lillard. He'll be courted by other teams, but Portland might still be the best fantasy spot for him.
Description: Clippers free agent center DeAndre Jordan should be, and appears to be, the No. 1 priority for the Clippers in the offseason.
Insight: Fantasy owners should want him to re-sign in Los Angeles too. He's a rebounding machine and there doesn't appear to be a better spot for him to show off his talents. Jordan averaged 11.5 ppg, 15.0 rpg and 2.2 bpg last season.
Description: Bulls power forward Taj Gibson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Tuesday and is expected to be sidelined for about four months.
Insight: Gibson has always played well when called upon, but to be truly fantasy owrthy he's going to have to start some day. The Bulls have a crowded frontcourt with Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol, Gibson and Nikola Mirotic. We will have to see how it plays out.
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James did it all again, but it was not enough in Game 6.
Insight: James finished with 32 points, 18 boards, nine assists, four 3-pointers, two steals, and six turnovers. It was one of the greatest performance is NBA Finals history, and James again will be a top notch option for 2015-16.
Description: Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala took home the Finals' MVP Award after Game 6's win.
Insight: Iguodala not only did it with his defense all series, but ended up being a major asset on the offensive end as well. He finsihed with 25 points, five rebounds, five assists, three 3-pointers, and no turnovers on Tuesday night. The MVP award is very deserving.
Description: Lance Stephenson has been traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Insight: The deal is in exchange for Matt Barnes and Spencer Hawes. Stephenson fell out of favor in Charlotte during 2014-15, but should have a clean slate heading to his new team. He will be an intriguing late-round option for the 2015-16 campaign.
Description: Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson finished with a double-double in the, 104-91, loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.
Insight: Thompson had 19 points and 10 rebounds with two blocks and two steals. He shot 6-for-11 from the field and 7-of-10 at the line. The Cavaliers will need a lot more of that in order to force a Game 7. Golden State leads the series, 3-2.
Description: Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala will had another great performance in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.
Insight: Iguodala didn't get as many opportunities to score, but he played stellar defense in his second straight start. He also had eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals and 14 points. He would have had a chance to finish with more than 20 points, but Iguodala shot just 2-of-11 at the line. The poor foul shooting was his only blemish on the night.
Description: Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov didn't score a single point in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.
Insight: That's an incredible fact considering Mozgov scored a playoff-high 28 points in Game 4. Cleveland went small for most of the game, so Mozgov only played nine minutes. He finished 0-for-1 from the field with zero points, zero rebounds, zero assists and one steal. But why Mozgov only played nine minutes just a couple days after dropping 28 points? Your guess is as good as ours.
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James had another incredible performance in Game 5, but it still wasn't enough as Golden State won, 104-91, on Sunday.
Insight: James recorded his second triple-double of the series with 40 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. He also had three 3-pointers and one steal as it was one of he greatest fantasy performances in a finals game in the last 25 years, but he isn't getting enough help late in games. The Cavaliers will have to win in Cleveland on Tuesday to force a Game 7.
Description: Warriors guard Stephen Curry had his signature moment in Game 5 as Golden State beat Cleveland, 104-91.
Insight: Curry scored 17 points in the fourth quarter and finished with a team-high 37 points. He hit seven 3-pointers, which is the most in any finals game. Curry also had seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals. The Warriors are one victory away from their first NBA title in 40 years.
Description: 76ers center Joel Embiid suffered a setback in the rehabbing of his right foot according to Yahoo Sports.
Insight: 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie said that a CT scan on Embiid's right foot "revealed less healing than anticipated at this point." One report suggested that Embiid wouldn't need surgery, but another from CSN Philadelphia implied surgery had not yet been ruled out. Either way, it is looking very unlikely that Embiid will make a fantasy impact in the 2015-16 season.
Description: Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was 2-for-12 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
Insight: Smith has really struggled in this series, and Cleveland is going to need more from him if they are going to win the title. He was a horrible 0-for-8 from behind the arc on Thursday. He finished with four points, two assists and two rebounds.
Description: Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov had 28 points and 10 rebounds in the, 103-82, loss to the Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
Insight: Mozgov was clearly the Cavaliers best player on the floor Thursday. He was 9-of-16 from the field and went 10-for-12 at the line. Mozgov is emerging as one of the better big men in the league this postseason.
Description: Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala had a huge game in the, 103-82, Game 4 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday.
Insight: Iguodala made his first start of the year as coach Steve Kerr went with a very small lineup. It hurt Golden State on the boards a bit, but Iguodala played great defense on LeBron James and hit four 3-pointers on his way to 22 points. He also had eight rebounds and a steal. The 22 points and eight boards tied a team high. The series is tied, 2-2.
Description: Warriors guard Stephen Curry found his groove again, hitting 8-of-17 from the field, including four 3-pointers in the, 103-82, victory over the Cavaliers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
Insight: Curry led the team in shots, but it just seemed like he had less pressure on him to make shots in this one. Curry finished with 22 points, six assists, two rebounds and one assist. The series is tied, 2-2.
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James nearly had another triple-double in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, but he really didn't play that well in the, 103-82, loss on Thursday.
Insight: James finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, however, he lacked the energy to lead the Cavaliers to a third straight victory over the Warriors. James was just 7-of-22 from the field and 5-for-10 at the line. He also had to deal with cuts on his head after crashing into media row during the second quarter. Hopefully two days off before Game 5 will allow James to re-energize.
Description: Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova was hospitalized with severe cramping after Game 3.
Insight: Dellavedova was amazing yet again, going for 20 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two 3-pointers. His hustle and inspired play obviously took a ton out of him, as he needed treatment Tuesday night. He will be fine for Game 4.
Description: Warriors guard Stephen Curry finally woke up, but it was not enough in Game 3's loss to Cleveland.
Insight: Curry had just three points in the first half, but did lead an impressive comeback attempt attempt in the fourth quarter. His line looks good, as he shot 10-of-20 from the floor and 7-of-13 from downtown for 27 points, six assists, four rebounds, three steals, one block, and six turnovers.
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James continued his dominance in Game 3's win over Golden State.
Insight: Yes James shot 14-of-34 from the field, but with the supporting cast he currently has, he simply has no choice. James is doing everything he possibly can and now has Cleveland up 2-1. He finished with 40 points, 12 boards, eight assists, two 3-pointers, four steals, two blocks, and four turnovers.
Description: Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert left during the first quarter in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday with a left shoulder injury.
Insight: ESPN sideline reporter Doris Burke reported that the Cavaliers are not going to release details on the injury, but Shumpert was seen holding his left shoulder while walking to the locker room. Burke also said that Shumpert will likely try to re-enter the game.
Description: Warriors guard Stephen Curry was completely taken out of his game by the defense of Matthew Dellavedova.
Insight: Curry shot just 5-of-23, including 2-for-15 from beyond the arc and six turnovers as Dellavedova dogged him for 42 minutes. He'll have to be much better if the Warriors want to win this series.
Description: Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova replaced Kyrie Irving in the starting lineup for Game 2.
Insight: Dellavedova wasn't very good on the offensive end, shooting just 3-for-10 from the field with five rebounds, one assist and six turnovers, but he did a great job defensively on Stephen Curry. Good thing for the Cavs, they use a point forward, because point guards need more than one assist if the team is to win more games.
Description: Perhaps one man can beat a great team. Cavaliers forward LeBron James came up big in Game 2 of the finals with 39 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists, a steal and a block in the 95-93 overtime win.
Insight: About the only thing he did wrong was miss a game-winning shot at the end of regulation. The Cavs are down two All-Stars, in Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, but James' shoulders are very strong and he's thrown the team over his broad shoulders and is carrying them in the finals.
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has a fractured kneecap and will miss the next three-to-four months.
Insight: This actually has nothing to do with the tendinitis he was dealing with. Nevertheless, Irving will be out for the reaminder of the NBA Finals obviously. Matthew Dellavedova will slide into the starting point guard spot, with J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert seeing increased time.
Description: Jon Barry believes that Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will not play again in the Finals.
Insight: Irving left the arena on crutches after he slipped late in the game and was to have an MRI on Friday. He was already dealing with a hamstring injury and wasn't going to be 100 percent in the Finals. This is a disaster for Cleveland, if true.
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving left the arena on crutches after he slipped late in the game and was forced to sit the rest of the way.
Insight: Irving was already dealing with a hamstring injury and wasn't going to be 100 percent in the Finals. Now there is a question as to whether he will play the next game. he had posted 23 points with seven rebounds, six assists and four steals and was the only Cavs player other than LeBron James to play well.
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James did everything he could do to carry his team, but it still wasn't enough.
Insight: James scored 44 points, with eight rebounds and six assists, but didn't get much help from the rest of the team. In Game 1 the Warriors elected to guard James one-on-one with no doubleteams, so his assists were down and his shot attempts jumps through the roof (38).
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James was practicing with his right wrist wrapped, according to beat reporter Chris Haynes.
Insight: James has dealt with the bad wrist for most of the season, so this shouldn't change anything. He's averaged 27.6 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 8.3 apg, 1.8 spg, 1.3 bpg in the first 14 playoff games this season.