|Fri May 29||16:14||Chalmers underwent arthroscopic procedure to repair inflamed Pli...||Mario Chalmers||PG||Heat||Buchanalia|
Chalmers underwent an arthroscopic procedure to repair an inflamed Plica in his right knee Friday.
The minor surgery took only 20 minutes, and Chalmers is expected to begin rehabbing the knee immediately. The team issued a statement saying Chalmers will be ready for training camp, so it doesn't look to be anything that will carry over into 2015-16.
|Fri May 29||14:26||Varejao (Achilles) will not return at any point during Finals||Anderson Varejao||PF||Cavaliers||Team Lorin|
Varejao (Achilles) will not return at any point during the Finals, Sports Illustrated reports.
Earlier Friday morning, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that Varejao "could be activated" if the Cavs were to suffer a frontcourt injury, but this latest story seems to squash any possibility that the Brazilian could play in the Finals. Varejao tore his left Achilles in late-December and has been working toward returning for the start of the 2015-16 season. The Cavs have not provided detailed updates on his progress, so it's unclear whether Varejao is even close - health-wise - to returning to the court.
|Fri May 29||13:12||Brewer said Friday that he wants to return to Houston next seaso...||Corey Brewer||SG/SF||Timberwolves||The Schellackers|
Brewer said Friday that he wants to return to Houston next season, Calvin Watkins of ESPN reports.
Brewer has the option to opt out of his contract for next season, and while he's yet to announce his decision, it's considered a formality that he'll opt out in hopes of landing a longer-term deal. Houston would likely love to bring the defensive-minded swingman back, but if he receives a lucrative offer from another team as an unrestricted free agent, the Rockets, who have other needs to fill, may not be able to so. Brewer averaged 11.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 56 regular season games this season after coming over from Minnesota via trade.
|Fri May 29||11:10||Dwight Howard: Suspended For 2015-16 Opener||Dwight Howard||C||Magic||Doppelganger|
Howard has been suspended one game after accumulating his fourth flagrant foul point during the postseason, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Howard committed a hard foul on Golden State's Andre Iguodala during Wednesday's Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. Initially called a common foul on the floor, the league reviewed the play and has upgraded it to a Flagrant 1, stating that Howard made "unnecessary contact with his forearm to the neck area." As a result, the center will be subject to a one-game suspension, which he will serve during the first game for which he is "eligible and physically able to play," per a league press release. Assuming he's not injured to start next season, Howard will serve the suspension during Game 1 of the 2015-16 campaign.
|Thu May 28||19:53||Williams played in 78 games for Charlotte in his 10th NBA season...||Marvin Williams||SF||Hawks||Team Lorin|
Williams played in 78 games for Charlotte in his 10th NBA season, the most for him since 2009-10, but finished with averages of just 7.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 26 minutes.
Despite it being one of Williams' healthiest seasons of his career, it was also one of his least productive. Throughout the course of the season, Williams was always a key piece in the rotation for the Hornets, as his 26 minutes per game were his highest in three years, but he never really made a significant impact when he was on the floor. This has been an ongoing theme for Williams' career, as despite being a former second overall pick, he's never really panned out and lived up to expectation. Now, as he approaches his 11th season in the league, he has fully established himself as nothing more than a role player. The 2015-16 season will be Williams' final year under contract, and it will be his last chance to prove to the league that he deserves another long-term deal.
|Thu May 28||16:39||Brand said Thursday that he'll take several weeks to decide whet...||Elton Brand||PF||76ers||Doppelganger|
Brand said Thursday that he'll take several weeks to decide whether or not the 2014-15 season will be his last in the NBA, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The 16-year veteran appeared in only 36 games this season, serving primarily in a mentorship role for the 60-win Hawks. Brand, who's dealt with a number of injuries since entering the league in 1999, is unlikely to fetch more than a veteran's minimum deal, but he'd likely draw interest from a contending team in search of frontcourt depth and strong leadership.
|Thu May 28||15:37||Ellington (shoulder) said Thursday that he's fully recovered fro...||Wayne Ellington||SG||Timberwolves||Free Agent|
Ellington (shoulder) said Thursday that he's fully recovered from the Grade 1 shoulder separation that ended his season in early-April, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders reports.
Ellington was present at the Lakers' facility for a pre-draft workout Thursday, and he told reporters he's fully back and should not be hindered this offseason. The North Carolina product, who started 36 games in 2014-15, will be a free agent this offseason, and the Lakers have not made it clear whether they plan to bring him back on a new deal.
|Thu May 28||15:27||Paul Millsap: (Shoulder) Won't Require Surgery||Paul Millsap||PF||Jazz||Team Erik|
Millsap (shoulder) said Thursday that his sprained right shoulder will not require offseason surgery, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The injury first surfaced near the end of the regular season, when Millsap missed five games prior to the start of the playoffs. While he wasn't visibly hampered during the postseason, Millsap's numbers took a dip, as he shot just 40.7 percent from the field in 16 contests. The free-agent-to-be will likely take several weeks off to recover before returning to basketball activities.
|Thu May 28||15:02||Green rounded out his sixth year in NBA with career-high average...||Danny Green||SG||Cavaliers||Free Agent|
Green rounded out his sixth year in the NBA with career-high averages of 11.7 points, 2.4 three-pointers, 4.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.1 blocks, and 1.2 steals in 29 minutes per game through 81 games in 2014-15.
The 27-year-old Green had a career season with the 55-win Spurs, and he'll be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, able to sign with any team he chooses. He shot 44 percent from the field, 42 percent from three, and 87 percent from the free-throw line this season, efficiency marks any coach would be excited to have on their roster. Green stayed healthy all season, playing in 81 of 82 games despite coach Gregg Popovich's proclivity for resting his players regularly. Since signing with the organization five years ago, Green has filled a role similar to that of former Spurs D-and-3 specialist Bruce Bowen. Green will most likely re-sign with the Spurs as he has become a huge part of the culture in San Antonio, but it's possible he could be looking to cash in if another team wants make him an offer the Spurs aren't comfortable matching.
|Thu May 28||14:17||Hibbert statistically had his worst season in 2014-15 since his ...||Roy Hibbert||C||Pacers||Iavaronis|
Hibbert statistically had his worst season in 2014-15 since his rookie year. He played in 76 games and averaged 10.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.2 steals and 1.6 blocks in 25 minutes per game. He has a player option for the 2015-16 season for $15 million should he decide to stay in Indiana.
During the Pacers' exit interviews, team president Larry Bird stated his frustrations with Hibbert, saying Hibbert will likely have a reduced role next season should he decide to come back. Bird wants to use smaller and faster lineups, which doesn't bode well for Hibbert's value. Before the All-Star break, Hibbert was the 101st ranked player in 8-category leagues on a per-game basis. However, he fell to 151st after the break, making him barely usable in 10-team leagues. Hibbert will likely see a decrease in minutes should he stay with the Pacers, and his fantasy value is expected to decline as a result.
|Thu May 28||13:20||Parker completed his 14th NBA season posting averages of 14.4 po...||Tony Parker||PG||Spurs||Team Lorin|
Parker completed his 14th NBA season posting averages of 14.4 points, 0.6 three-pointers, 1.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 0.6 steals in 29 minutes per game through 68 games played in 2014-15.
Signed with the Spurs through the 2017-18 season, the 33-year-old point guard battled nagging injuries (Achilles, ribs, hamstring, ankle, thigh) over the course of the 2014-15 season. Although he played in 68 games, Parker's production fell as he averaged his lowest number of assists since his rookie year and the second-lowest points average of his career. Parker struggled in the playoffs, shooting 36 percent from the field and 59 percent from the free-throw line through seven games played against the Clippers, unable to matchup adequately against Chris Paul. Though the Spurs are a loyal franchise to their players, if Parker doesn't get healthy enough going into next season, there's a chance his role could be reduced. With that said, if the Spurs' training staff can work the same magic they have on Tim Duncan to help get Parker moving in the right direction, it's also possible he'll enjoy a resurgence at what is an advanced age in the NBA.
|Thu May 28||12:12||Duncan finished his 18th NBA season posting averages of 13.9 poi...||Tim Duncan||C||Spurs||The Sith Lords|
Duncan finished his 18th NBA season posting averages of 13.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 blocks, and 0.8 steals in 29 minutes per game through 77 games in 2014-15.
Entering this offseason as an unrestricted free agent, Duncan will most likely re-sign with the Spurs for his 19th NBA season. The Spurs won 55 games this year, finishing just one game shy of the Rockets, who took the second seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. As a 39-year-old veteran, Duncan's near double-double average defies all signs of regression. Even if Duncan is one of the older players in the NBA, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich likes to rest his veteran players to get the most out of their aging bodies. When Duncan is given three days rest, he averages 18.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.5 blocks, and 1.2 steals in 31 minutes. Should he decide to re-sign with the Spurs, Duncan will likely continue to start and produce at a high level as one of the best big men in the game for at least another season.
|Thu May 28||09:03||Harden struggled in Wednesday's elimination loss to Warriors in ...||James Harden||SG||Thunder||The Schellackers|
Harden struggled in Wednesday's elimination loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, posting 14 points (2-11 FG, 10-13 FT, 0-3 3Pt), six rebounds, five assists, three steals, and 13 turnovers.
Harden's poor shooting efficiency hampered his ability to make an impact in Game 5, and his whopping 13 turnovers didn't help his case either. He was struggling all over the place, and the Warriors take credit for locking him down. As a result, Harden and the Rockets will head into the offseason without a ring. Look for the superstar to work hard in the summer.
|Thu May 28||09:00||Howard grabbed double-double in Thursday's Game 5 loss to Warrio...||Dwight Howard||C||Magic||Doppelganger|
Howard grabbed a double-double in Thursday's Game 5 loss to the Warriors, posting 18 points, 16 rebounds, one assist, two steals, and four blocks in 43 minutes of action.
Howard had a solid performance, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to help the Rockets take on the Warriors in Game 5. Now headed into the offseason, look for Howard to try to work on conditioning to stay healthy for next year.
|Thu May 28||08:57||Curry stuffed stat sheet Wednesday against Rockets, posting 26 p...||Stephen Curry||SG||Warriors||Buchanalia|
Curry stuffed the stat sheet Wednesday against the Rockets, posting 26 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and five steals in 42 minutes of action in Game 5's win.
Curry has been excellent for the Warriors this postseason, and he's been living up to his MVP title. Look for him to face former MVP LeBron James in the Finals for a dynamic matchup.
|Wed May 27||21:53||Korver (ankle) underwent successful surgery Wednesday and expect...||Kyle Korver||SG||Jazz||Free Agent|
Korver (ankle) underwent successful surgery Wednesday and is expected to be out for three months, Jessica Camerato of NBA Insiders reports.
Korver's initial timetable would have him miss basketball activities this summer, but he should be back by early September.
|Wed May 27||19:28||Marreese Speights: (Calf) Out For Game 5||Marreese Speights||C||76ers||The Schellackers|
Speights (calf) participated in on-court work Wednesday but remains out for Game 5, Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Speights has been sidelined with a calf strain since Golden State's series against Memphis and was initially believed to be out for the Western Conference Finals unless the series went to six or seven games. He ran stairs on Monday and returned to on-court work Wednesday, but it's still unclear if he'll be available should the series move to Game 6.
|Wed May 27||18:08||Williams traded from Timberwolves to Hornets at trade deadline i...||Mo Williams||PG||Cavaliers||The Sith Lords|
Williams was traded from the Timberwolves to the Hornets at the trade deadline in February and became an instant starter at point guard for Charlotte with Kemba Walker out with a knee injury. Williams had an up-and-down stint with Minnesota, but really started playing consistently well once he was with the Hornets and finished the season with averages of 14.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 29 minutes in his 12th NBA season.
Williams never really had a streak with the Timberwolves where he was playing consistently well. Rather, he would have spurts where he would have big games followed by disappointing outings. His role was also never clearly defined with Ricky Rubio going in and out of the lineup with injuries while rookie Zach LaVine occasionally got time as the starting point guard. He did, however, record eight double-doubles in Minnesota and even went off for 52 points in a January game against the Pacers. It was when Williams was traded to the Hornets where he really broke out. In a ten-game stretch where Walker was still out and Williams was the starter, he averaged 21.4 points and 8.5 assists in 35 minutes while leading the team to five straight wins at one point. He was playing as one of the best point guards in the league at the time, but saw a minutes reduction once Walker returned from injury. Now, at 32 years old, Williams will enter the offseason as a free agent once again, but his stint with Charlotte should show NBA teams that he still has something left in the tank. He should be see as someone who serve as a reliable starting point guard and a very good backup at worst.
|Wed May 27||15:12||Ginobili played in his 13th season with Spurs in 2014-15, averag...||Manu Ginobili||SG||Spurs||Team Lorin|
Ginobili played in his 13th season with the Spurs in 2014-15, averaging 10.5 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 3.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 0.3 blocks, and 1.0 steal in 23 minutes.
Ginobili will be a 37-year-old unrestricted free agent this offseason. While he played in more games this season (70) than any other since 2010-11, Ginobili still had to fight through injuries. Last summer, he dealt with a stress fracture in his fibula, and during this season, he sat out some games with back spasms and dealt with a sprained right ankle for a few weeks during March. Before the All-Star break, Ginobili played in 46 games, while after the All-Star break, he only played in 24 games, averaging six less minutes and four less points per contest after the break. This downturn in his production is not necessarily a negative sign because Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is famous for resting his players. What this means is that Ginobili, one of the oldest players in the NBA, should continue to play a meaningful role in the Spurs' rotation next season if he decides to re-sign with the team and continue his NBA career.
|Wed May 27||14:09||Smith posted double-double in Game 4 Tuesday, tallying 18 points...||J.R. Smith||SG||Nuggets||Iavaronis|
Smith posted a double-double in Game 4 Tuesday, tallying 18 points (7-14 FG, 4-10 3Pt), 10 rebounds, and three assists in 29 minutes.
Smith has been an electrifying spark off the bench for the Cavaliers this postseason, averaging 13.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.4 blocks, and 1.2 steals per game in 30 minutes. His ability to score the ball and provide hustle plays make him invaluable to an ailing Cavs team with scorers like Kevin Love (shoulder) missing the rest of the playoffs and Kyrie Irving (foot/knee) still hobbled after missing two games. Though Smith will not provide a double-double every night, the fact that he's playing over 30 minutes per game despite coming off the bench should keep him relevant in daily games the rest of the way.