|Tue Jun 30||22:43||Calathes restricted free agent after Grizzlies extended qualifyi...||Nick Calathes||G||Timberwolves||Free Agent|
Calathes is a restricted free agent after the Grizzlies extended a qualifying offer to him on Tuesday, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders reports.
This doesn't mean that the team is going to keep Calathes, as Memphis has reportedly been looking at the option of a sign and trade with the point guard should Calathes sign the offer sheet worth around $1.4 million. Regardless of how it happens, it is unlikely Calathes is back with the team's crowded point guard position consisting of Mike Conley, Ben Udrih and the newly acquired Andrew Harrison.
|Tue Jun 30||19:10||Kaman wasn't waived by Blazers on Tuesday||Chris Kaman||C||Clippers||Team Lorin|
Kaman wasn't waived by the Blazers on Tuesday, meaning he'll remain with the organization in 2015-16, CSNNW.com reports.
Prior to last season, Kaman inked a two-year deal with the Blazers, which included a team option for the second season. In conjunction with the addition of Mason Plumlee on draft night, Portland has likely taken themselves out of the running to resign Robin Lopez, but in any case, Kaman will provide support to the center rotation once again this coming season.
|Tue Jun 30||17:46||Butler waived by Bucks on Tuesday||Caron Butler||SF||Mavericks||Back in the Saddle|
Butler was waived by the Bucks on Tuesday, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders reports.
The Bucks acquired Butler from the Pistons in the Ersan Ilyasova trade, and their intent all along was to waive the veteran in order to clear cap space. Butler, 35, appeared in 78 games for Detroit last season, but he's well past his prime and likely won't be much of a fantasy option wherever he ends up.
|Tue Jun 30||17:44||Dudley opted into his contract for next season Tuesday||Jared Dudley||SF||Suns||Free Agent|
Dudley opted into his contract for next season Tuesday, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.
Dudley was thought to be leaning toward returning to Milwaukee, and he'll do so for $4.25 million next season. The veteran emerged as a key role player for a surprising Bucks team last season, and he figures to return in a similar role as a utility player, of sorts, off the bench.
|Tue Jun 30||13:14||Livingston averaged 5.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.3 b...||Shaun Livingston||PG||Wizards||Team Erik|
Livingston averaged 5.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.3 blocks, and 0.6 steals in 19 minutes per game through 78 games in 2014-15.
The 29-year-old, who finished his 10th NBA season, is under team control through 2016-17. Livingston has been healthy lately, missing just 10 games in the past two regular seasons. Not only was Livingston a presence of defense for the Warriors, but his shooting efficiency was stellar at 50 percent from the field, though he was 0 percent from three, and 71 percent from the free-throw line. With Klay Thompson, Leandro Barbosa, Andre Iguodala, and Harrison Barnes all sharing minutes on the wing, and MVP Stephen Curry playing 33 minutes a game at the point, Livingston's minutes and production next season will mostly be similar to this season.
|Tue Jun 30||12:45||Rush buried on Warriors bench this season||Brandon Rush||SF||Pacers||The Schellackers|
Rush was buried on the Warriors bench this season. He averaged 0.9 points, 1.2 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.4 blocks, and 0.2 steals in eight minutes per game through 33 games in 2014-15.
At 29-years-old, the seven-year NBA veteran is under team control through 2015-16. With the additions of Shaun Livingston and Leandro Barbosa to the Warriors, and Klay Thompson solidified as a starter, Rush found it hard to crack the roster this season. His shooting efficiency was atrocious at 20 percent from the field, 11 percent from three, and 46 percent from the free-throw line. Barring injury to Thompson, Barbosa, or Livingston, Rush will most likely return to a limited bench role next season.
|Tue Jun 30||12:10||Curry averaged 23.8 points (49% FG, 44% 3Pt, 91% FT), 3.6 three-...||Stephen Curry||SG||Warriors||Buchanalia|
Curry averaged 23.8 points (49% FG, 44% 3Pt, 91% FT), 3.6 three-pointers, 7.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.0 steals in 33 minutes per game for 80 regular season games in 2014-15.
Curry earned the MVP for the 2014-15 regular season, and was likely the MVP for fortunate fantasy teams. He finished a close second to James Harden in terms of fantasy value, and is an undoubted first round pick for standard leagues in 2015-16. The Warriors are geared to be a championship-caliber team once again next season, and the all-star guard figures to wreak havoc with his dynamite shooting.
|Tue Jun 30||12:03||Miller exercised his player option Tuesday to remain with Cavali...||Mike Miller||SG||Wizards||The Sith Lords|
Miller exercised his player option Tuesday to remain with the Cavaliers for the 2015-16 season.
As expected, the 15-year veteran will be back with Cleveland next season after appearing in 52 games in 2014-15. At this point in his career, Miller offers little outside of spot-up, outside shooting, but he's a close confidant of LeBron James, so it's not surprising to see him stick around.
|Tue Jun 30||11:50||Speights averaged 10.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.4 bl...||Marreese Speights||C||76ers||The Schellackers|
Speights averaged 10.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.4 blocks, and 0.3 steals in 16 minutes per game through 76 games in 2014-15.
At 27 years-old, the seven-year NBA veteran is under team control through 2015-16. Speights gave the Warriors nine spot-starts in place of a Andrew Bogut. When starting, Speights averaged 15.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 blocks, and 0.3 steals in 23 minutes per game. Not only did Speights average a career high in points, but his efficiency from the floor was good as well this year, shooting 49 percent from the field, 28 percent from three, and 84 percent from the free-throw line. Should David Lee leave the Warriors this offseason, Speights could see more minutes next to Bogut, Festus Ezeli, and Draymond Green.
|Tue Jun 30||11:47||Bogut averaged 6.3 points, 2.7 assists, 8.1 rebounds, 0.6 steals...||Andrew Bogut||C||Bucks||Free Agent|
Bogut averaged 6.3 points, 2.7 assists, 8.1 rebounds, 0.6 steals, and 1.7 blocks in 24 minutes per game for 67 regular season games in 2014-15.
Bogut was a solid contributor for the Warriors, as he could fill many different statistical categories, and provided solid defense in the post. The 7-0 center finished as the 90th ranked player in eight-category leagues and is worth drafting in standard leagues for 2015-16. Heading into next season, expect Bogut to provide similar value as he did in 2014-15.
|Tue Jun 30||10:49||Ridnour has once again been traded||Luke Ridnour||PG||Bucks||Free Agent|
Ridnour has once again been traded, this time to the Raptors, Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman reports.
Ridnour has now been dealt four times in the last week, spending short stints as a member of the Magic, Grizzlies, Hornets, Thunder and now Raptors. Assuming he stays in Toronto, the veteran figures to step in as the second or third point guard behind Kyle Lowry, and he'll battle rookie Delon Wright for minutes. Ridnour remains a capable floor general and spot-up shooter, but he doesn't offer much from a fantasy perspective. In 47 games for Orlando last season, Ridnour averaged 4.0 points and 2.0 assists per game.
|Mon Jun 29||21:21||Korver (ankle) will undergo procedure to clean up loose bodies i...||Kyle Korver||SG||Jazz||Free Agent|
Korver (ankle) will undergo a procedure to clean up loose bodies in his right elbow Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Korver, who underwent ankle surgery just over a month ago, was bothered by the elbow injury for much of the season, and it's why he wore a compression sleeve on his shooting arm. Korver will spend the next two months recovering from both procedures, but he said he expects to be ready for the start of training camp in September.
|Mon Jun 29||16:34||Hill will head into free agency after Lakers decided not to pick...||Jordan Hill||PF||Rockets||Back in the Saddle|
Hill will head into free agency after the Lakers decided not to pick up his option for the 2015-16 season, Baxter Holmes of ESPN reports.
Hill actually had the best statistical season of his six-year career last year in Los Angeles but he's apparently not a part of their long-term plans as the franchise regroups after a lackluster finish to their 2014-15 campaign. His departure creates more opportunities for Ryan Kelly, Tarik Black, and incoming rookie Larry Nance, while also allowing Julius Randle to step into the starting five after spending last year recovering from a broken leg. As for Hill's value moving forward, it's entirely dependent upon where he ends up as he could easily be a starter or a rarely-used bench player depending on the quality of his new team.
|Mon Jun 29||16:21||Speights will remain with Warriors next season after team picked...||Marreese Speights||C||76ers||The Schellackers|
Speights will remain with the Warriors next season after the team picked up his $3.8 million option Monday, Diamond Leung of the Mercury News reports.
Speights averaged 16 minutes on the court after 76 appearances for the Warriors last season and was a reliable frontcourt option off the bench during the championship campaign. He's in line for a similar role during the 2015-16 season, making him a viable option in deeper formats that can withstand limited production for the majority of the season.
|Mon Jun 29||15:51||Dwyane Wade: Opts Out Of Contract||Dwyane Wade||SG||Heat||Buchanalia|
Wade has decided to opt out of his current contract with the Heat, making him a free agent, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports.
This decision from Wade has been anticipated by many who believe that he'll ultimately be playing for another team next season instead of spending his 13th season in Miami. While there's still the possibility that he'll remain in Miami, the Heat's selection of Justise Winslow in the 2015 NBA Draft may have been the tipping point for Wade to consider a departure from the only franchise he's every played with during his career. His value heading into the 2015-16 season remains unclear until he signs a new deal, although he'll likely remain a starter with plenty of minutes regardless of his final destination.
|Mon Jun 29||15:24||Luol Deng: Opts In For 2015-16||Luol Deng||SF||Bulls||Team Erik|
Deng will remain with the Heat for the 2015-16 season after opting into his contract Monday, Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald reports.
Deng is now slated to spend his second year in Miami after his inaugural season with the Heat ended in the disappointing totals of 14.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game after 72 appearances. While he remains the favorite to start at small forward, incoming rookie Justise Winslow could provide some competition for time on the court as the aging Englishman will be entering his 12th year in the NBA.
|Mon Jun 29||13:17||Teague averaged 15.9 points, 1.0 three-pointers, 2.5 rebounds, 7...||Jeff Teague||PG||Hawks||Free Agent|
Teague averaged 15.9 points, 1.0 three-pointers, 2.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 0.4 blocks, and 1.7 steals in 31 minutes per game through 73 games in 2014-15.
At 27 years-old, the six-year NBA veteran is under team control through 2016-17. Teague averaged his second-best career rebounds, assists, and points total this season, becoming an All-Star for the first time. He had a fairly efficient year, shooting 46 percent from the field, 34 percent from three, and 86 percent from the free-throw line. Next season, Teague will be a starter for the Hawks barring injury, and should play similar minutes with similar production. Teague is a top tier fantasy player in any league.
|Mon Jun 29||12:51||Sefolosha had his season cut short after breaking his ankle in o...||Thabo Sefolosha||SG||Thunder||Free Agent|
Sefolosha had his season cut short after breaking his ankle in an off-court incident. He averaged 5.3 points, 0.5 three-pointers, 4.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.4 blocks, and 1.0 steals in 19 minutes per game through 52 games in 2014-15.
The 31-year-old, who finished his ninth NBA season, is under team control through 2016-17. Sefolosha missed all of February and most of March with a calf injury, coming back for just seven games before missing the rest of the season due to a broken ankle he sustained in an off-court incident. Known as a defensive specialist, Sefolosha displayed a modest shooting efficiency this season, averaging 42 percent from the field, 32 percent from three, and 78 percent from the free-throw line. Though he is unsure he will be healthy enough to play at the start of the 2015-16 season, Sefolosha should continue to be a defensive option off the bench when healthy.
|Mon Jun 29||12:35||Hinrich has exercised his $2.8 million player option to remain w...||Kirk Hinrich||SG||Bulls||Team Erik|
Hinrich has exercised his $2.8 million player option to remain with the Bulls next season, RealGM.com reports.
Hinrich will see out the two-year deal he signed with the Bulls last summer, but is coming off career-lows in points (5.7), rebounds (1.8) and assists (2.2) per game. Clearly toward the latter stage in his career, Hinrich offers veteran depth for Chicago, but his days of being a real impact player in fantasy circles appear to have passed.
|Sun Jun 28||17:43||Brewer wants long-term deal||Corey Brewer||SG/SF||Timberwolves||The Schellackers|
Brewer wants a long-term deal, but still is considering re-signing with the Rockets, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! reports.
After being traded from the Timberwolves to the Rockets this past season, Brewer came up huge off the bench down the final stretch of the season for Houston. He finished with averages of 11.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 25 minutes per game. The Rockets would likely love to have Brewer back, seeing as though he excels in their high-paced offensive attack, but the team may be reluctant to commit to a long-term deal with small forward, especially after they spent a first round pick in Thursday's draft on swingman Sam Dekker.