|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||The Schellackers|
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||Spurs||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||Def Fresh Flow|
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||Buchanalia|
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||12:56||George missed majority of 2014-15 season recovering from broken ...||Paul George||SF||Pacers||The Schellackers|
George missed the majority of the 2014-15 season recovering from a broken right leg. He returned for the final six games of the season and averaged 8.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.8 steals, 0.2 blocks and 1.5 three-pointers in 15 minutes per game.
George didn't have his physical conditioning at an NBA level when he returned at the end of the season, but he should be back to full health sometime during the offseason. He is currently recovering from a calf strain that he suffered in the team's final game of the season, but that should be fully healed before training camp opens around the start of October. George should be treated as a first-round pick in 8-category leagues when making keeper decisions this offseason. If Roy Hibbert and David West decline their player options, George may have to shoulder a large portion of the Pacers' frontcourt minutes next season, and president Larry Bird has already acknowledged that the team plans to use George as a stretch power forward in smaller and faster lineups.
|Thu May 28||12:12||Duncan finished his 18th NBA season posting averages of 13.9 poi...||Tim Duncan||PF||Spurs||Doppelganger|
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||Buchanalia|
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||PG||Warriors||Iavaronis|
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||Bulls||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||Free Agent|
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||Clippers||Def Fresh Flow|
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||16:49||Stephenson very disappointing in first year of his new contract ...||Lance Stephenson||SG||Pacers||Free Agent|
Stephenson was very disappointing in the first year of his new contract with the Hornets, playing in just 61 games and finishing with averages of 8.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 26 minutes. He also shot a dreadful 17 percent from behind the arc and fell completely out of the rotation at times towards the end of the season.
Stephenson was one of the most highly touted free agents of the 2014 offseason after having a breakout 2013-14 season with Indiana. Unfortunately for himself and the Hornets, Stephenson could not live up to his previous season or what he was getting paid this season. This might have been a result of Stephenson missing 14 consecutive games early in the season with a pelvic sprain, but even when he was healthy, Stephenson just did not look like himself. It got to the point where Charlotte was doing everything they could to trade Stephenson, and while Brooklyn (Stephenson's hometown) seemed like a possible suitor at one point, nothing was ever finalized and he finished the season as a Hornet. Although he wasn't really much of a Hornet, as for the last two months of the season he averaged well under 20 minutes per game and was not a very significant piece of the team's rotation. Best case scenario for Stephenson is that this season was a humbling experience and he will look to prove his worth next season. At just 24-years old, he has shown a lot of promise and still has a lot of room to grow, but with only one guaranteed year left on his contract, he will have to make sure his game grows as quickly as possible.
|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||Doppelganger|
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.
|Wed May 27||13:40||Curry going through Wednesday's morning shootaround||Stephen Curry||PG||Warriors||Iavaronis|
Curry is going through Wednesday's morning shootaround, Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Curry is not expected to miss Game 4, but the team will continue to evaluate him after a scary fall that forced him to briefly depart Game 3. The MVP was spotted with a shooting sleeve on his right arm, so it's possible he's still dealing with some residual discomfort, despite officially suffering a head - not an arm - injury. Regardless, expect Curry to be in the starting lineup and see his usual complement of minutes, barring a setback.
|Wed May 27||11:24||Udrih (ankle) will not play with Slovenian National Team at Euro...||Beno Udrih||PG||Bucks||The Schellackers|
Udrih (ankle) will not play with the Slovenian National Team at Eurobasket this summer and will undergo ankle surgery, Sportando reports.
Little is known about the situation at this point, but Udrih dealt with the ankle injury throughout the playoffs, and he figures to miss significant time during the offseason. It's currently unclear whether his status for the start of training camp will be affected.
|Tue May 26||19:24||Dwight Howard: Will Not Be Suspended For Game 5||Dwight Howard||C||Magic||Buchanalia|
Howard's flagrant one foul on Andrew Bogut in Game 4 has been reviewed by the NBA and will not be upgraded to a flagrant two. As a result, Howard will not be suspended for Game 5, Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports.
Rod Thorn said that Howard's contact with Bogut was unnecessary, but not excessive, and he was trying to "extricate himself from the situation." With that, Howard avoids what would have been a costly suspension for his team and will be active in Game 5 as the Rockets face elimination once again down 3-1 to the Warriors.
|Tue May 26||18:53||Maxiell played in 61 games this season, but played just 14 minut...||Jason Maxiell||PF||Pistons||Free Agent|
Maxiell played in 61 games this season, but played just 14 minutes per game and averaged 5.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in that time.
Maxiell signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Hornets for 2014-15 and the team decided to fully guarantee his contract in January. The only time Maxiell was on the court playing valuable minutes was when Al Jefferson was out of the rotation with an injury. With that said, when Maxiell was on the court, he was a fairly effective rebounder and interior defender despite his lack of height and length. Regardless, Maxiell will now enter the offseason as a free agent, and while he still, at age 32, should have a few good years left in him after 10 NBA seasons, it is entirely up in the air as to whether a team will need what Maxiell has to offer or not.