Head2Head Sports

MenuSkip to content

Head2Head Fantasy Basketball

Basketball

Latest Player News

Jordan Hill (Min)

Jordan Hill was waived by the Timberwolves on Monday, Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports.

Impact

Hill's contract was non-guaranteed for next season if he was waived before the end of June, so the move isn't all that unexpected, especially after the Wolves acquired Jimmy Butler via trade on draft night. With Butler in tow and under contract for two more seasons, the Wolves are expected to ramp up their efforts to return to the postseason, which means clearing as much cap space as possible to pursue impact free agents this offseason. The 29-year-old Hill appeared in only seven games for the Wolves in 2016-17 after falling out of favor with coach Tom Thibodeau early in the year.

Jusuf Nurkic (Por)

Jusuf Nurkic (leg) is yet to be cleared for on-court work, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.

Impact

Nurkic continues to work his way back from a lower-leg fracture, which kept him out of most of the Blazers' first-round series against Golden State. Back in late-April, Nurkic was given a timeline of 2-to-3 months, so with that in mind, he'll likely be back up to speed within the next few weeks. GM Neil Olshey said Monday that Nurkic is expected to be ready well before the start of camp in September.

Allen Crabbe (Por)

Allen Crabbe (foot) has been cleared for on-court work and is expected to be ready for training camp, Mike Richman of the Oregonian reports.

Impact

Crabbe participated in all but two regular- season games for the Trail Blazers, averaging 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 three-pointers across 28.5 minutes per contest. However, near the end of the season he suffered a stress reaction in his left foot, which required surgery in May. Crabbe has already progressed to the point where he can take part in on-court drills, so there's currently no concern over his availability for training camp. He's heading into the second year of a four-year, $74.8 million contract and is slated to pull in $19.3 million during the 2017-18 campaign alone, which suggests he should again take on a substantial role despite coming off a relatively disappointing showing this past year.

Ed Davis

Ed Davis (shoulder) has been cleared for on-court work and is expected to be ready for training camp, Mike Richman of the Oregonian reports.

Impact

Davis was restricted to just 46 games during the 2016-17 campaign, with ankle, wrist and shoulder injuries all contributing to the missed time. Most recently, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in March, but Davis now appears to be nearing a full recovery. He's already been cleared for on-court work, which likely means he'll be 100 percent for training camp. With an already crowded frontcourt that added Zach Collins in the 2017 NBA Draft, Davis should be slated for a reserve role off the bench, which could limit his overall upside as a fantasy option.

Brooklyn reportedly plans to decline K.J. McDaniels' team option making him an unrestricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

Impact

The 24-year-old is no stranger to packing his things and relocating despite only have played just three seasons in the league. McDaniels didn't necessarily struggle last season with the Nets, but he was far from impressive posting just 4.2 points per game and 1.7 rebounds per game. Now that Brooklyn has added D'Angelo Russell to the mix, McDaniels quickly becomes an expendable player for the club during their rebuild. It's likely he'll find a new home given his youth, but there's no telling how big or small of a role he'll assume until he does.

Jamel Artis signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Knicks on Sunday, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Artis wasn't selected during the 2017 NBA Draft, but he'll now get a chance to fight for a spot on the regular season roster by participating in summer league and training camp with the Knicks. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged an impressive 18.2 points during his final year at Pittsburgh and his ability to knock down shots from all over the floor could give him a chance at sticking around.

Dirk Nowitzki (Dal)

Dirk Nowitzki will have his $25 million team option for the 2017-18 season declined, but is expected to re-sign with the Mavericks, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Shortly after this past season concluded, Nowitzki was quick to announce he'd be returning for his 20th year in the NBA, but he'll first need to restructure his contract in order for the Mavericks to free up some space. A new two-year deal is expected to eventually be agreed upon between the two sides, although nothing concrete has been put in place. Once re-signed, Nowitzki should continue to be a key piece in the Mavericks regular rotation, but his numbers could continue to dip as he gets older.

Rashawn Thomas signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Thunder, international reporter David Pick reports.

Impact

Thomas is coming off a standout career at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, but will still have a longs ways ahead of to make the Thunder's roster. He'll play for Oklahoma City during summer league and will then have a chance to battle for a final spot once training camp rolls around. The 6-foot-8 big man is an impressive scorer, evidenced by his 22.5 points per game during his senior season, although he'll need to extend his range in order to adapt to today's NBA.

Johnathan Motley signed a two-way contract with the Mavericks on Saturday, Krista Pirtle of the Waco Tribune reports.

Impact

Motley is an area guy from Houston that played his college ball at Baylor. He averaged 17.3 points and led the Big 12 in rebounding at 9.9 boards per game in 2016-17. He can step into the NBA today and contribute as a rebounder and is a willing defender. The main question is whether or note Motley can shoot consistently enough.

Chris Paul (LAC)

Chris Paul officially exercised his early termination option to become a free agent Saturday, Paul Garcia of The Sports Daily reports.

Impact

As anticipated, Paul will pass on his final year with the Clippers in order to test the free-agent waters, which opens July 1st. His former team could offer him the heftiest contract – which could be worth upwards of $205 million on a five-year deal – but any other team could only offer him a maximum of $152 million over four years, according to ESPN.

DeAndre Liggins' option will not be picked up by the Mavericks, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.

Impact

This decision is unsurprising, as Liggins played in just the final two games of the season with the club. He was signed due to a plethora of injured and rested players. The Kentucky product played 79 games with the Cavaliers before ultimately being waived. He finished the season with an average of 2.4 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and 0.7 steals across 12.3 minutes per game.

The Mavs have opted to pick up Yogi Ferrell's option for $1.3 million, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.

Impact

Ferrell made this decision easy for the Mavericks, as he excelled after initially signing a 10-day contract with the team mid-season. He started 29-of-36 games with the club, and tallied 11.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.3 dimes, 1.1 steals, and 1.7 triples across 29.1 minutes per game in the process. The Indiana product will presumably see his role reduced in the upcoming season, as the Mavericks drafted point guard Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Also, J.J. Barea and Seth Curry are still both under contract with the team, so it remains to be seen how the rotation will play out. Barea would seem the likely candidate to be on the outside looking in if the team opts to air on the side of youth.

Lavoy Allen (Ind)

Lavoy Allen is slated to become an unrestricted free agent after the Pacers informed him they will not exercise his $4 million contract option, Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports reports.

Impact

Allen signed a three-year deal with Indiana back in 2015 and has gone on to average just 4.3 points and 4.6 rebounds since then. This past season, he saw his minutes slip to a career-low 14.3 per game. After his option was declined, the 28-year-old will hit the open market when free agency begins July 1st.

Chris Paul (LAC)

Chris Paul intends to opt out of his contract on June 29th, which would make him an unrestricted free agent, ESPN reports.

Impact

Paul will forgo the final year of his current deal with the Clippers, which is worth over $24 million, to hit the open market when free agency starts July 1st. While Paul is waiting for the final day possible to officially declare his intention, star forward Blake Griffin opted out of his final year on Friday. As a result, Los Angeles' two best players will be free to field offers from around this league next month, leaving the franchise with a humungous offseason ahead. At 32 years old, Paul averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 three-pointers while shooting 41.1 percent from deep in 61 appearances this season.

Ray McCallum will sign a free-agent contract with the Rockets, Johnathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Impact

McCallum will link up with Houston for summer league action after spending part of this past season with the Hornets. Although he never played over the course of two 10-day contracts with Charlotte, McCallum averaged 17.6 points, 7.0 assists and 5.8 rebounds in the G League, and boasts previous NBA experience having played his first two seasons with the Kings before stints with the Spurs and Grizzlies in 2015-16.

Blake Griffin (LAC)

Blake Griffin (toe) has opted out of his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

Impact

Griffin was scheduled to earn over $21 million during the upcoming season, but, as expected, he'll forgo that salary in search of a new long-term deal this offseason. While Griffin opting out doesn't come as a surprise, it does drive home the reality that he could leave Los Angeles this summer. At 28 years old, Griffin has averaged just over 21 points each of the last three seasons, while posting around eight rebounds and five assists per game the past two. Although he's ended back-to-back campaigns injured, Griffin still figures to be one of the five most-coveted free agents this offseason, giving the Clippers stiff competition to retain their star forward.

Arron Afflalo (Sac)

Arron Afflalo was released by the Kings on Friday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

Impact

Afflalo's release comes ahead of Friday's deadline for a contract guarantee. After signing a two-year, $25 million deal with the Kings last summer, Afflalo went on to average just 8.4 points and 2.0 rebounds despite shooting 41.1 percent from three this past season, leaving Sacramento in search of cheaper alternatives. At 31 years old, the veteran will now hit the free agent market going into his eleventh season.

Chris Walker agreed to a free-agent contract with the Bulls on Friday, Michael Scotto of The Associated Press reports.

Impact

Walker, once a highly prized recruit, has played for the G League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers since going undrafted in 2015. This past season, he averaged nearly six points and four rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game. While that production is nothing to write home about, the bouncy forward will hope to impress the Bulls during summer league.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Det)

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been suspended for the first two games of the 2017-18 regular season, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.

Impact

Caldwell-Pope's suspension comes after he pled guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated after being arrested on suspicion of DUI in March. A restricted free agent this offseason, Caldwell-Pope is expected to garner significant interest around the league, but the Pistons ultimately reserve the right to match any offer he receives. Despite the lottery selection of fellow sharpshooter Luke Kennard on Thursday, it's anticipated that Detroit will exercise its right to keep KCP, even though he'll now be forced to sit out the first couple games next season. Just 24 years old, Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 three-pointers on 35 percent shooting from deep last season.

George de Paula signed a free-agent deal Friday with the Rockets, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

De Paula was expected to be a second-round draft pick Thursday, but ended up going undrafted and will now join the Rockets for summer league and training camp. The 21-year-old comes from Brazil has had great physical tools for the point guard position as he stands at 6-foot-6 and has a 7-foot wingspan.