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David Lee (SA)

David Lee (knee) will not have surgery on his sprained patellar tendon and is expected to be fully healthy in six weeks, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports.


With a six-week timetable, Lee should be able to resume basketball activities by early-to-mid July. That gives him plenty of time to get in shape prior to training camp.

Al Horford (Bos)

Al Horford tallied eight points (4-8 FG), three rebounds and one assist over 27 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.


The veteran big man turned in his lowest point total of the series and scored in single digits for the first time since Game 2 of the first-round series versus the Bulls. The reduced output was essentially explained by the fact that Horford played just 27 minutes equaling his low-water mark in playing time during the postseason. The 30-year-old had an up-and-down first season in Boston and finished with averages of 14.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.3 blocks over 68 games. Notably, he shot a career-low 47.3 percent, while his scoring average was his lowest since his rookie 2007-08 campaign.

Marcus Smart (Bos)

Marcus Smart managed six points (2-7 FG, 2-5 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and one steal over 25 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.


After a breakout Game 3 performance in which he poured in 27 points, Smart hit the skids in Games 4 and 5, shooting just 3-for-16 while averaging 7.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals. His lackluster efforts helped doom a Celtics squad in desperate need of offense after Isaiah Thomas' exit from the series with a hip injury. Despite the disappointing conclusion to the season, Smart's defensive prowess was a definite plus this season, and he also averaged career highs in points (10.6), assists, (4.6) and steals (1.6) while draining a career-best 81.2 percent of his free-throw attempts.

Jae Crowder (Bos)

Jae Crowder (groin) posted 11 points (3-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-7 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one block over 29 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.


Crowder's groin injury didn't seem to be overly serious, as he was able to play a starter's amount of minutes before heading to the bench once the game was clearly out of reach. The 26-year-old managed four double-digit scoring efforts during the series, shooting 46.4 percent overall. He averaged a solid 13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steals during the regular season and figures to once again be a key component of next season's roster.

Gerald Green (Bos)

Gerald Green provided 14 points (4-8 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, two steals and one block over 21 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.


With the lopsided second-half score, Green saw a series-high amount of minutes and parlayed them into his highest scoring total since Game 6 of the first-round series against the Bulls. The veteran was effective from long range throughout the postseason, draining 50 and 56.3 percent of his shots, respectively, in the conference semifinals and finals, and tallying four double-digit scoring efforts overall across just 14.8 minutes per game. The 31-year-old was reasonably effective this season in his return to Boston after a 10-year absence, but he now enters free agency with no clear indication of where he could end up next season.

Avery Bradley (Bos)

Avery Bradley registered 23 points (10-20 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds and one assist over 32 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.


Bradley once again took up the mantle of the go-to option on offense for Boston in the absence of Isaiah Thomas (hip), scoring over 20 points for the third time in the series. His 50 percent success rate from the field equaled his series-best tally from Game 1, and he drained multiple threes for the third time during the five-game set as well. Primarily due to Thomas' absence, Bradley finished the conference finals with an average of 19 shot attempts per contest, a definitive uptick from the first two rounds of the playoffs and the regular season. He'll head into the 2017-18 campaign coming off the best statistical season of seven-year career, having averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals across 33.4 minutes.

Tristan Thompson (Cle)

Tristan Thompson posted six points (1-3 FG, 4-4 FT) five rebounds, one assist and one block over 29 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 win over the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.


With the Cavs' Big Three hitting on all cylinders once again, Thompson played a definitively complementary role for the third time in the series' five games. The 26-year-old stepped up offensively during the series when called upon, logging double-digit scoring efforts in Games 1 and 3, including a double-double in the latter. Thompson was very solid on the boards in particular during last season's Finals versus the Warriors, hauling in 10.1 rebounds over the seven games. Therefore, he's likely to play a pivotal part in the rebounding department at a minimum in what should be a tough matchup down low versus Zaza Pachulia during the upcoming series.

Deron Williams (Cle)

Deron Williams poured in 14 points (5-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) during Thursday's 135-102 victory over the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.


Williams was chucking away during his time on the court, posting his best shooting night of the postseason since Game 4 of the first round against the Pacers and draining his first three-pointers of the conference finals. The veteran point guard has proven to be a solid addition to the Cavs second unit and offers the security of an abundance of starting experience in the event of an injury to Kyrie Irving. As it has thus far in the playoffs, Williams' role in the Finals will likely fluctuate depending on game script, but he's likely to see minutes in the teens at a minimum in the majority of games.

Kyrie Irving (Cle)

Kyrie Irving supplied 24 points (9-15 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven assists, two rebounds and two steals over 32 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 win over the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.


After a modest Game 1 of the series in which he only mustered 11 points, Irving bounced back to average 29.5 points over the remaining four games. His assist total Thursday also matched his series high, and he managed to drain at least 60 percent of his shots for the fourth straight contest. Irving excelled during last season's Finals confrontation with the Warriors (27.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.1 steals) and will likely need to duplicate or exceed that effort to help the Cavaliers clinch a second consecutive NBA championship.

Kevin Love (Cle)

Kevin Love posted 15 points (5-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, four steals and one block over 28 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 win over the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.


Love turned in his fifth double-double in as many games during the series to help close out the Celtics and send the Cavaliers back to the Finals for a third consecutive season. The 28-year-old finished the conference finals with averages of 22.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks across 33.4 minutes. Looking ahead, he'll look to put together a much better effort than his lackluster performance in last season's Finals, when he finished with averages of just 7.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists over 22.6 minutes.

LeBron James (Cle)

LeBron James provided 35 points (13-18 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 5-8 FT), eight rebounds, three steals and one block over 35 minutes in Thursday's 135-102 win over the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.


Sensing blood in the water, James had his killer instinct on full display Thursday, as he flashed a laser-sharp focus with his shot. It was his best shooting performance overall in the postseason and marked the second playoff game in which he eclipsed a 70 percent success rate from the field. The perennial All-Star also turned in his second-best rebounding effort of the series and best assist total since he'd dished out 12 against the Pacers in Game 3 of the quarterfinal round. Looking ahead, James will likely need to match or exceed his effort in last year's Finals (29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 2.6 steals, 2.3 blocks) to give the Cavaliers a chance of upending the Warriors for a second straight NBA championship.

Amir Johnson (Bos)

Amir Johnson (shoulder) will play in Game 5 against the Cavaliers.


Not all too surprising a decision considering Johnson was available in emergency situations for Game 4. Kelly Olynyk will continue to start at power forward but Johnson could provide a spark off the bench. Given the injury, the 30-year-old probably won't garner much fantasy value, especially with Jaylen Brown also cleared for the contest.

Jaylen Brown (Bos)

Jaylen Brown (hip) will play in Game 5 against the Cavaliers, A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England reports.


Brown suffered a minor hip injury during Game 4's loss but was able to plan through the pain and he'll now suit up for what could be the Celtics final game of the season. The rookie has averaged 18.5 minutes per game in the series but could see a slight dip in action due to the injury. If he does see less action, look for his minutes to be divided among Terry Rozier, Gerald Green and Marcus Smart.

Frank Jackson underwent surgery on his right foot to repair a stress reaction, but is expected to be fully recovered at some point in July, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.


Jackson had a solid freshman campaign with Duke, averaging 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists across 24.9 minutes. However, he reportedly dealt with a stress reaction in his foot and will now address that in the offseason with the plan of being ready ahead of NBA training camps come September. The 6-foot-3 combo guard showed an impressive ability to score the ball at Duke, shooting 47 percent from the field and just under 40 percent from the three-point line, but questions about his true position are expected to drop him into the second round of the upcoming NBA Draft in June.

D.J. Wilson announced Wednesday that he would sign with an agent and remain in the 2017 NBA Draft, Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com reports.


Prior to going through the pre-draft process, Wilson mentioned that he wouldn't depart for the professional ranks unless he was be assured a first-round selection, according to Brendan F. Quinn of MLive.com. Despite sitting out the NBA Draft Combine with a left quad injury, it appears the 6-foot-10 power forward may have received a verbal promise from a team, as he'll forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility at Michigan. The 21-year-old's quad injury is only a minor concern that should be fully resolved by the time summer-league play opens, so it doesn't figure to affect his draft stock much. Wilson, who averaged 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 assists in 30.4 minutes per game while shooting 53.8 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from three-point range for Michigan last season, isn't expected to make much of an impact in his rookie campaign no matter where he lands in the draft.

Tony Bradley announced Wednesday that he would sign with an agent and remain in the 2017 NBA Draft, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.


Bradley will become North Carolina's first one-and-done player since 2008, when Brandan Wright left Chapel Hill after just one season. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound Bradley came off the bench exclusively as a freshman, but was highly efficient during his time on the court, averaging 7.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in just 14.6 minutes per game. Bradley is projected to be selected late in the first round as a developmental prospect for a playoff team or early in the second round.

Kelly Olynyk (Bos)

Kelly Olynyk will enter the starting five for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers on Tuesday, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.


Amir Johnson is expected to miss Tuesday's game with a shoulder injury, so coach Brad Stevens has opted to go with Olynyk as his replacement in the top unit. Olynyk has averaged just 15.7 minutes over the first three games of the series, but should push for a much bigger role during Game 4. Jonas Jerebko also figures to see an uptick in minutes in the frontcourt off the bench.

Josh McRoberts (Mia)

Josh McRoberts has officially accepted his $6 million player option for the 2017-18 season with the Heat, Zach Lowe of ESPN reports.


McRoberts saw just 22 games during the 2016-17 campaign, averaging 4.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists across 17.3 minutes per game. He was sidelined most of the season with a fracture in his left foot.

Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh has unofficially agreed to part ways with the Heat in a deal made between him, the team, the union and the NBA, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports. The Heat would receive "maximum cap relief" before the start of free agency.


The deal, while still unofficial, seems all but done. Once everything is sorted out, the Heat will permanently clear Bosh's remaining $52.1 million salary off the books, even if he resumes his career elsewhere. The 33-year-old hasn't taken the floor during the past season and a half due to blood clot episodes, for which he remains on blood thinners. He last played during the 2015 season, where he averaged 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds while playing 53 games. It's unknown at this time if he will officially retire soon, but he worked as a guest studio analyst for Turner sports for a period of five weeks during this past season – seemingly testing the waters outside of his playing career.

Zaza Pachulia (GS)

Zaza Pachulia (heel) says he will be 'fine' to play in the NBA Finals given the nine-day layoff, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports.


With the NBA Finals starting on June 1, the big man will have plenty of time to rest and let his bruised heel recover. While the news is coming from Pachulia himself rather than the medical staff, it seems reasonable to believe his word given the timetable. He should be expected to play and start at center for the Warriors during Game 1.