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Monta Ellis, G, DAL7/2/2015 2:42:00 PM
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis appears to have an agreement with the Pacers, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.
Insight: Ellis has always been a solid fantasy options and averaged 18.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.9 steals last season.
Greg Monroe, PF, DET7/2/2015 11:20:00 AM
Description: Pistons unrestricted free agent power forward Greg Monroe has apparently agreed to a max deal with Milwaukee, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Insight: Monroe averaged 15.9 ppg and 10.2 rpg last season, but his 2015-16 value will likely be at center alongside a front line of SF Giannis Antetokounmpo and PF Jabari Parker. he should be able to maintain last season's production level in Milwaukee.
Thaddeus Young, F, BRK7/2/2015 10:52:00 AM
Description: Nets small forward Thaddeus Young has re-upped with Brooklyn and should be the team's starting power forward next season.
Insight: Young averaged 14.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.3 apg and gets the nod with Mason Plumlee headed to Portland.
DeMarre Carroll, SF, ATL7/2/2015 10:50:00 AM
Description: Hawks small forward DeMarre Carroll as apparently agreed to go north of the border and play for Toronto next season.
Insight: Carroll was a big part of the Hawks success in 2014 and will be missed. He averaged 12.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 spg and provided solid defense. Not a great fantasy value, but a good "real world" player.
Kevin Love, F, CLE7/2/2015 10:47:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love (shoulder) has indicated that he will stay in Cleveland after apparently agreeing to a five-year deal.
Insight: Love, Tristian Thompson and Timofey Mozgov make up a solid inside group. Whether they can all be fantasy worthy in 2015-16 is another story.
Jimmy Butler, G/F, CHI7/2/2015 10:45:00 AM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler will apparently stay put for the next five seasons.
Insight: A lot of teams would have been interested in Butler if he had wanted to test the waters, but he's in a nice spot with Chicago and should continue to grow after his breakout 20.0 ppg 5.8 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.8 spg 2014-15 season.
Brandon Knight, G, PHO7/2/2015 10:43:00 AM
Description: Suns guard Brandon Knight will apparently stay put after agreeing to a five-year deal with Phoenix.
Insight: Knight averaged a 17.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.2 apg in coach Jeff Hornacek's two point-guard offense.
Tyson Chandler, C, DAL7/2/2015 10:40:00 AM
Description: Mavericks center Tyson Chandler will apparently move further west, apparently agreeing to a four-year deal with Phoenix.
Insight: Chandler has always been a solid force on the boards and that will continue for the Suns. He averaged 10.3 ppg, 11.5 rpg in Dallas last season.
Paul Millsap, F, ATL7/2/2015 10:37:00 AM
Description: Hawks forward Paul Millsap will remain with the team after apparently agreeing to a three-year deal.
Insight: Atlanta was an excellent spot for Millsap after his years in Utah and he should continue to produce at the same level as last season (16.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.8 spg).
Anthony Davis, PF, NOP7/2/2015 10:33:00 AM
Description: Pelicans forward Anthony Davis is going to stay in New Orleans for a long time after agreeing to a monster five-year deal.
Insight: Davis has become an elite NBA player and fantasy asset who averaged 24.4 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.5 spg and 2.9 bpg. He says he's going to work on three-pointer in the offseason. If successful, that would make him an impossible assignment to guard.
Draymond Green, F, GSW7/2/2015 10:31:00 AM
Description: Warriors forward Draymond Green will stay in northern California for a while after apparently agreeing to a five-year deal to stay with Golden State.
Insight: Green should continue his great play and fill up the box score. He might even get better if the Warriors deal David Lee.
Omer Asik, C, NOP7/2/2015 10:28:00 AM
Description: Pelicans center Omer Asik will stay with New Orleans after agreeing to a five-year deal Wednesday night.
Insight: Asik didn't do much for fantasy owners, averaging just 7.3 ppg, but he did haul in almost 10 rebounds a night.
Arron Afflalo, G, POR7/2/2015 10:22:00 AM
Description: Portland guard Arron Afflalo has apparently agreed to a deal with the New York Knicks, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
Insight: Afflalo hasn't been a great fantasy option, but he is a useful asset for adding three-pointers. With Wes Mathews sidelined, Afflalo saw a lot of playing time last season in Portland and averaged 10.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.4 threes in 25 games with the Blazers.
Nik Stauskas, F, SAC7/2/2015 10:22:00 AM
Description: Sacramento guard Nik Stauskas has been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Insight: The Sixers are in desperate need of outside shooting and this is apparently an attempt to solve the situation. he averaged 4.4 ppg in very limited action last season (15 mpg).
Enes Kanter, C, OKC6/30/2015 3:11:00 PM
Description: Thunder center Enes Kanter is expected to be offered a sizeable deal by the team this week.
Insight: Kanter, a restricted free agent, played great in his time with OKC, averaging 18.7 ppg and 11.0 rpg over a 26-game span. Fantasy owners should pray he stays put.
Brook Lopez, C, BRK6/30/2015 11:34:00 AM
Description: Free agent center Brook Lopez is expected to stay with the Nets, according to beat writer Michael Scotto.
Insight: Both sides appear to want this to happen. Lopez is a solid scorer (17.2 ppg last season), but has always been a "little light" in the rebounding category for fantasy owners who think all seven-footers should average double-digit boards.
Marc Gasol, C, MEM6/30/2015 11:30:00 AM
Description: Grizzlies free-agent center Marc Gasol has not scheduled any outside meetings, preferring to deal exclusively with Memphis at the start of free agency.
Insight: Gasol is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and would be in great demand if he were to make himself available, but it appears he wants to stay right where he is. This is good news for Grizzlies fans and fantasy owners.
Dwyane Wade, G, MIA6/29/2015 4:22:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade is expected to leave his player option for 2015 on the table and become a free agent.
Insight: Wade could have interest from a couple of contending teams hoping he can put them over the top with his playoff experience, but he's still free to re-sign with Miami. This could get interesting.
LaMarcus Aldridge, F, POR6/29/2015 4:19:00 PM
Description: Trail Blazers free-agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge has plenty of suitors for his services, but the current opinion is that the San Antonio Spurs are the favorites.
Insight: Aldridge averaged 23.4 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 bpg last season, but if he ends up with the Spurs his numbers could take a hit. The Spurs will likely retain their core three (Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker) along with rising star Kawhi Leonard.
Joel Embiid, C, PHI6/27/2015 10:49:00 PM
Description: 76ers center Joel Embiid will have an answer on his status for the 2015-16 season in about a month according to The Intelligencer.
Insight: Towards the end of July, the 76ers should know if Embiid just needs more rest for his foot, or if he will need another surgery, which would probably keep him out for the entire 2015-16 season. Emiid has told general manager Sam Hinkie that he feels 100 percent, but a CT on Embiid's right foot "revealed less healing than anticipated at this point." Stay tuned.
Ty Lawson, G, DEN6/27/2015 11:42:00 AM
Description: Nuggets point guard for now, Ty Lawson, sees the handwriting on the wall with the drafting of Emmanuel Mudiay.
Insight: Lawson tweeted just after the announcement ... "Sacramento here I come." Lawson averaged 15.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 9.6 apg, 1.2 spg, but there are rumors about less-than-impressive leadership.
Kevon Looney, F, GSW6/25/2015 10:55:00 PM
Description: Golden State selected Kevon Looney with the 30th overall pick.
Insight: This is a good value pick, as Looney was projected to go higher. His hip raised questions, but Looney will be a nice post presence down the road with the Warriors.
Chris McCullough, F, BRK6/25/2015 10:51:00 PM
Description: Brooklyn selected Chris McCullough with the 29th overall pick.
Insight: This is a good value pick, as McCullough has a ton of potential. He will likely push for time in the rotation in 2015-16, but will be more of a fantasy option a few years down the road. McCullough is coming off a torn ACL.
R.J. Hunter, G, BOS6/25/2015 10:46:00 PM
Description: Boston selected R.J. Hunter with the 28th overall pick.
Insight: This is a steal, as Hunter was projected to be a top-20 pick. Out of all the late first-rounders, Hunter has one of the best chances to be a fantasy asset in 2015-16. His best attribute is his three-point range.
Larry Nance, F, LAL6/25/2015 10:38:00 PM
Description: The Lakers selected Larry Nance Jr. with the 27th overall pick.
Insight: Nance was projected as a second-rounder, so he will have a tough time cracking the rotation during his rookie season. Leave Nance off your fantasy draft boards come Fall.
Nikola Milutinov, C, SAN6/25/2015 10:32:00 PM
Description: San Antonio selected Nikola Milutinov with the 26th overall pick.
Insight: No surprise with the Spurs taking an international player. He will stay overseas for at least a season or two, and will look to make an impact down the road.
Jarell Martin, F, MEM6/25/2015 10:28:00 PM
Description: Memphis selected Jarell Martin with the 25th overall pick.
Insight: Most players selected at this point will have a tough time making a fantasy impact during their rookie season, and Martin is no different. he will fight for playing time in 2015-16.
Tyus Jones, G, MIN6/25/2015 10:22:00 PM
Description: Cleveland selected Tyus Jones with the 24th overall pick, who was then traded to Minnesota.
Insight: Jones will not be a fantasy option, as he will backup Ricky Rubio in Minnesota. Cleveland will receive the 31st and 36th overall picks.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, F, POR6/25/2015 10:14:00 PM
Description: Portland selected Rondae Hollis-Jefferson with the 23rd overall pick.
Insight: Jefferson should have plenty of opportunities to see a ton of playing time, but his offensive game is very limited. He will make an impact on the defensive end, along with rebounding. However, Jefferson currently does not have enough to be a fantasy asset.
Bobby Portis, F, CHI6/25/2015 10:05:00 PM
Description: Chicago selected Bobby Portis with the 22nd overall pick.
Insight: Portis was the 2014-15 SEC Player of the Year, and should provide the Bulls with low-post scoring. However, he will have a very tough being a regular part of the rotation during his rookie season.
Justin Anderson, F, DAL6/25/2015 9:58:00 PM
Description: Dallas selected Justin Anderson with the 21st overall pick.
Insight: This was a good pick by Dallas. There is no telling who will be on the Mavericks' roster once training camp begins, so Anderson may surprisingly be a valuable fantasy option in 2015-16.
Delon Wright, G, TOR6/25/2015 9:51:00 PM
Description: Toronto selected Delon Wright with the 20th overall pick.
Insight: Wright will not be a fantasy option if he remains on Toronto. He will be playing behind Kyle Lowry and possibly Greivis Vasquez.
Tim Hardaway Jr., G, ATL6/25/2015 9:50:00 PM
Description: Guard Tim Hardaway Jr. has been traded to the Atlanta Hawks.
Insight: Hardaway was part of a Draft Day trade, sending Jerian Grant to the Knicks, and Kelly Oubre Jr. to Washington. Hardaway will likely come off the bench in Atlanta.
Jerian Grant, G, NYK6/25/2015 9:45:00 PM
Description: Washington selected Jerian Grant with the 19th overall pick, who was then traded to the Knicks
Insight: Grant actually ends up in a nice situation, as he will likely start for New York right away. He has the ability to score the ball, and makes for an intriguing late round pick for 2015-16.
Sam Dekker, F, HOU6/25/2015 9:40:00 PM
Description: Houston selected Sam Dekker with the 18th overall pick.
Insight: From a fantasy perspective, this is not a great fit for Dekker. However, he will be able to learn from James Hrden and head coach Kevin McHale, and will likely make an impact in a season or two.
Rashad Vaughn, G, MIL6/25/2015 9:32:00 PM
Description: The Bucks selected Rashad Vaughn with the 17th overall pick.
Insight: Vaughn was off many radars, but he has potential to be an impact player. He tore his meniscus this past season, but should be fine for training camp. Vaughn can light it up from downtown.
Terry Rozier, G, BOS6/25/2015 9:26:00 PM
Description: Boston selected Terry Rozier with the 16th overall pick.
Insight: Rozier is known as a good defender, and will need to improve his offensive game. Owners can avoid him when fantasy drafts roll around.
Kelly Oubre Jr., G, WAS6/25/2015 9:20:00 PM
Description: Atlanta selected Kelly Oubre Jr. with the 15th overall pick, who then was traded to Washington.
Insight: He likely will not be a huge fantasy contributor during his rookie campaign, but definitely has upside moving forward. Atlanta will receive the 19th overall pick and two second-rounders.
Cameron Payne, G, OKC6/25/2015 9:11:00 PM
Description: The Thunder selected Cameron Payne with the 14th overall pick.
Insight: Payne was the final lottery selection, and assuming he stays with Oklahoma City, he will backup Russell Westbrook in his first year. Payne has the ability to score and create, but minutes may be tough to come by in 2015-16.
Devin Booker, G, PHO6/25/2015 9:04:00 PM
Description: Phoenix selected Devin Booker with the 13th overall pick.
Insight: Booker will make an immediate impact with his downtown shooting. He also has the skill to develop an overall game. Look for him to see the floor a ton during his rookie season.
Trey Lyles, F, UTA6/25/2015 8:57:00 PM
Description: Utah selected Trey Lyles with the 12th overall pick.
Insight: Lyles will have to fight for playing time in Utah's crowded frontcourt. He will not be a recommended fantasy option during his rookie season.
Myles Turner, F, IND6/25/2015 8:50:00 PM
Description: Indiana selected Myles Turner with the 11th overall pick.
Insight: There is a chance the Pacers unload Roy Hibbert, and if so, Turner could make an immediate impact. If Hibbert stays, Turner will be a bench player and not have much fantasy upside.
Justise Winslow, F, MIA6/25/2015 8:43:00 PM
Description: Miami selected Justise Winslow with the 10th overall pick.
Insight: Miami struck gold here, as Winslow was rumored to go as high as four. With Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng uncertain to be back with the Heat, Winslow could end up being a fantasy asset in 2015-16.
Frank Kaminsky, C, CHA6/25/2015 8:38:00 PM
Description: Charlotte selected Frank Kaminsky with the ninth overall pick.
Insight: Justise Winslow may have been the better fit here, but it is hard to knowck the pick. Kaminsky will stretch the four and bring some nice fundamentals to the Hornets. With all that being said, fantasy owners should not expect much in year one.
Stanley Johnson, F, DET6/25/2015 8:32:00 PM
Description: Detroit selected Stanley Johnson with the eighth overall pick.
Insight: Johnson should see playing time immediately. He will definitely have growing pains, but Johnson will be the small forward for Detroit moving forward.
Emmanuel Mudiay, G, DEN6/25/2015 8:23:00 PM
Description: Denver selected Emmanuel Mudiay with the seventh overall pick.
Insight: Mudiay had a chance to go second or third in this draft, so Denver will be very happy with this pick. Look for Ty Lawson to be dealt this offseason, and Mudiay to slide in as the starting point guard. He has a ton of upside.
Willie Cauley-Stein, F, SAC6/25/2015 8:17:00 PM
Description: Sacramento selected Willie Cauley-Stein with the sixth overall pick.
Insight: Cauley-Stein will make his presence felt ont he defensive side of the ball, and should be able to hold his own in rebounding. However, owners should not expect much from him the offensive side early in his career.
Mario Hezonja, F, ORL6/25/2015 8:10:00 PM
Description: The Magic selected Mario Hezonja with the fifth overall pick.
Insight: Hezonja has a ton of skill, as he is an elite athlete and can light it up from downtown. Orlando was in need of shooters, and Hezonja should see meaningful minutes out of the gate.
Kristaps Porzingis, C, NYK6/25/2015 8:02:00 PM
Description: The Knicks selected Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth overall pick.
Insight: New York fans at the Barclay's Center were not happy, but Porzingis could turn out ot be the best player in this draft. However, it will likely take a year or two before he becomes fantasy relevant.
Jahlil Okafor, C, PHI6/25/2015 7:55:00 PM
Description: The 76ers selected Jahlil Okafor with the third overall pick.
Insight: There is always a chance Philadelphia decides to deal Okafor, but assuming he stays, he should make an immediate impact with the Sixers.
D'Angelo Russell, G, LAL6/25/2015 7:46:00 PM
Description: The Lakers selected D'Angelo Russell with the second overall pick.
Insight: This is arguably the first shakeup of the draft, as Jahlil Okafor was rumored to go second for awhile. Russell has extreme potential, but his fantasy outlook will likely be limited in his first season playing with Kobe Bryant.
Karl-Anthony Towns, F, MIN6/25/2015 7:39:00 PM
Description: Minnesota selected Karl-Anthony Towns with the first overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Insight: Towns will come in and make an impact on the defensive end right away. His offense needs improvement, but he will be a double-double threat every night.
Nicolas Batum, F, CHA6/24/2015 8:07:00 PM
Description: Small forward Nicolas Batum has been traded to Charlotte.
Insight: Noah Vonleh and Gerald Henderson are reportedly heading to Portland. Batum will slide into Charlotte's starting lineup, and should make for an intriguing pick on Draft Day.
DeMarcus Cousins, C, SAC6/23/2015 1:34:00 PM
Description: Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is the subject of conflicting reports as we approach the NBA draft.
Insight: The rumors have coach George Karl pushing to deal the center, but owner Vivek Ranadive wanting to keep him. If rumors are true and he keeps calling for a trade, this probably doesn't end well for Karl. Owners almost always win power struggles.
Greg Monroe, PF, DET6/23/2015 11:59:00 AM
Description: Pistons unrestricted free agent forward Greg Monroe might not be returning to Detroit next season if head coach Stan van Gundy's recent comments and actions are to be believed.
Insight: The term "not entirely optimistic" was used, according to an ESPN report. The team also traded for PF Ersan Ilyasova last month. Monroe averaged 15.9 ppg and 10.2 rpg last season, but his 2015-16 value will have to be adjusted by where he lands.
Timofey Mozgov, C, CLE6/23/2015 11:56:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov's team option for 2015-16 was picked up, according to Eric Pincus of the LA Times.
Insight: Not a difficult decision for the Cavs. He averaged 10.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg in the regular season and 10.6 ppg and 7.3 rpg in 20 playoff games. Depending on what happens with Kevin Love, those numbers could improve.
Andrei Kirilenko, F, UTA6/23/2015 11:51:00 AM
Description: Forward Andrei Kirilenko announced his retirement on Tuesday.
Insight: In his prime, Kirilenko was a box score filler who helped many a fantasy owner. Most of that was done in his 10 seasons with the Utah Jazz where he averaged 12.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.4 spg, 2.0 bpg.
DeMarcus Cousins, C, SAC6/22/2015 5:56:00 PM
Description: The Lakers have "emerged as one of the most determined trade suitors" for Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
Insight: The Kings, however, have said Cousins is not available, so at this point, it would be a surprise if Cousins lands with the Lakers.
Dwyane Wade, G, MIA6/22/2015 5:53:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade has lost his trust in the Miami Heat according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Insight: A very interesting wrinkle in the storylines heading into the NBA Draft on Thursday. ESPN reported the Lakers, Clippers and Cavaliers could have interest in adding Wade. Free agency starts next week.
Carmelo Anthony, F, NYK6/22/2015 11:30:00 AM
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony's rehab of his left knee is going "swimmingly," Phil Jackson told the New York Times' Scott Cacciola.
Insight: Anthony (24.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.1 apg) should be ready by the start of the 2015-16 season.
Wesley Matthews, G, POR6/22/2015 11:10:00 AM
Description: All the talk in Portland is about re-signing PF LaMarcur Aldridge, but shooting guard Wesley Matthews (torn left Achilles tendon) is also an unrestricted free agent.
Insight: Matthews (15.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.3 apg) was a great source of three-pointers, but was the third option in Portland behind Aldridge and Damian Lillard. He'll be courted by other teams, but Portland might still be the best fantasy spot for him.
DeAndre Jordan, C, LAC6/19/2015 1:18:00 PM
Description: Clippers free agent center DeAndre Jordan should be, and appears to be, the No. 1 priority for the Clippers in the offseason.
Insight: Fantasy owners should want him to re-sign in Los Angeles too. He's a rebounding machine and there doesn't appear to be a better spot for him to show off his talents. Jordan averaged 11.5 ppg, 15.0 rpg and 2.2 bpg last season.
Taj Gibson, PF, CHI6/19/2015 1:15:00 PM
Description: Bulls power forward Taj Gibson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Tuesday and is expected to be sidelined for about four months.
Insight: Gibson has always played well when called upon, but to be truly fantasy owrthy he's going to have to start some day. The Bulls have a crowded frontcourt with Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol, Gibson and Nikola Mirotic. We will have to see how it plays out.
Jeff Green, F, MEM6/18/2015 1:56:00 PM
Description: Grizzlies forward Jeff Green will return to the team in 2015-16 after picking up his player option, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Insight: Green's numbers took a hit after the move from Boston to Memphis. He averaged 13.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.8 apg with the Grizzlies. He disappeared in the playoffs, averaging just 8.9 ppg.
LeBron James, F, CLEHot6/17/2015 11:22:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James did it all again, but it was not enough in Game 6.
Insight: James finished with 32 points, 18 boards, nine assists, four 3-pointers, two steals, and six turnovers. It was one of the greatest performance is NBA Finals history, and James again will be a top notch option for 2015-16.
Andre Iguodala, SF, GSW6/17/2015 11:20:00 AM
Description: Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala took home the Finals' MVP Award after Game 6's win.
Insight: Iguodala not only did it with his defense all series, but ended up being a major asset on the offensive end as well. He finsihed with 25 points, five rebounds, five assists, three 3-pointers, and no turnovers on Tuesday night. The MVP award is very deserving.
Lance Stephenson, G, LAC6/15/2015 8:53:00 PM
Description: Lance Stephenson has been traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Insight: The deal is in exchange for Matt Barnes and Spencer Hawes. Stephenson fell out of favor in Charlotte during 2014-15, but should have a clean slate heading to his new team. He will be an intriguing late-round option for the 2015-16 campaign.
Tristan Thompson, C, CLE6/14/2015 11:02:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson finished with a double-double in the, 104-91, loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.
Insight: Thompson had 19 points and 10 rebounds with two blocks and two steals. He shot 6-for-11 from the field and 7-of-10 at the line. The Cavaliers will need a lot more of that in order to force a Game 7. Golden State leads the series, 3-2.
Andre Iguodala, SF, GSW6/14/2015 11:01:00 PM
Description: Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala will had another great performance in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.
Insight: Iguodala didn't get as many opportunities to score, but he played stellar defense in his second straight start. He also had eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals and 14 points. He would have had a chance to finish with more than 20 points, but Iguodala shot just 2-of-11 at the line. The poor foul shooting was his only blemish on the night.
Timofey Mozgov, C, CLE6/14/2015 10:59:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov didn't score a single point in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.
Insight: That's an incredible fact considering Mozgov scored a playoff-high 28 points in Game 4. Cleveland went small for most of the game, so Mozgov only played nine minutes. He finished 0-for-1 from the field with zero points, zero rebounds, zero assists and one steal. But why Mozgov only played nine minutes just a couple days after dropping 28 points? Your guess is as good as ours.
Draymond Green, F, GSW6/14/2015 10:56:00 PM
Description: Warriors forward Draymond Green was a rebound away from a double-double in the, 104-91, victory in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.
Insight: Green had 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists. He shot 4-of-9 from the field and 7-for-10 at the line. Green also had one 3-pointer. Golden State leads the series, 3-2.
LeBron James, F, CLEHot6/14/2015 10:55:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James had another incredible performance in Game 5, but it still wasn't enough as Golden State won, 104-91, on Sunday.
Insight: James recorded his second triple-double of the series with 40 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. He also had three 3-pointers and one steal as it was one of he greatest fantasy performances in a finals game in the last 25 years, but he isn't getting enough help late in games. The Cavaliers will have to win in Cleveland on Tuesday to force a Game 7.
Stephen Curry, G, GSW6/14/2015 10:52:00 PM
Description: Warriors guard Stephen Curry had his signature moment in Game 5 as Golden State beat Cleveland, 104-91.
Insight: Curry scored 17 points in the fourth quarter and finished with a team-high 37 points. He hit seven 3-pointers, which is the most in any finals game. Curry also had seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals. The Warriors are one victory away from their first NBA title in 40 years.
Andre Iguodala, SF, GSW6/14/2015 8:11:00 PM
Description: Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala will start again in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.
Insight: Iguodala more than earned another start as he hit four 3-pointers and led the Warriors with 22 points in Game 4. This also means Draymond Green will start at center.
Joel Embiid, C, PHI6/14/2015 6:21:00 PM
Description: 76ers center Joel Embiid suffered a setback in the rehabbing of his right foot according to Yahoo Sports.
Insight: 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie said that a CT scan on Embiid's right foot "revealed less healing than anticipated at this point." One report suggested that Embiid wouldn't need surgery, but another from CSN Philadelphia implied surgery had not yet been ruled out. Either way, it is looking very unlikely that Embiid will make a fantasy impact in the 2015-16 season.
J.R. Smith, SG, CLECold6/11/2015 11:56:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was 2-for-12 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
Insight: Smith has really struggled in this series, and Cleveland is going to need more from him if they are going to win the title. He was a horrible 0-for-8 from behind the arc on Thursday. He finished with four points, two assists and two rebounds.
Timofey Mozgov, C, CLE6/11/2015 11:54:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov had 28 points and 10 rebounds in the, 103-82, loss to the Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
Insight: Mozgov was clearly the Cavaliers best player on the floor Thursday. He was 9-of-16 from the field and went 10-for-12 at the line. Mozgov is emerging as one of the better big men in the league this postseason.
Andre Iguodala, SF, GSW6/11/2015 11:51:00 PM
Description: Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala had a huge game in the, 103-82, Game 4 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday.
Insight: Iguodala made his first start of the year as coach Steve Kerr went with a very small lineup. It hurt Golden State on the boards a bit, but Iguodala played great defense on LeBron James and hit four 3-pointers on his way to 22 points. He also had eight rebounds and a steal. The 22 points and eight boards tied a team high. The series is tied, 2-2.
Stephen Curry, G, GSW6/11/2015 11:48:00 PM
Description: Warriors guard Stephen Curry found his groove again, hitting 8-of-17 from the field, including four 3-pointers in the, 103-82, victory over the Cavaliers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
Insight: Curry led the team in shots, but it just seemed like he had less pressure on him to make shots in this one. Curry finished with 22 points, six assists, two rebounds and one assist. The series is tied, 2-2.
LeBron James, F, CLEHot6/11/2015 11:48:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James nearly had another triple-double in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, but he really didn't play that well in the, 103-82, loss on Thursday.
Insight: James finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, however, he lacked the energy to lead the Cavaliers to a third straight victory over the Warriors. James was just 7-of-22 from the field and 5-for-10 at the line. He also had to deal with cuts on his head after crashing into media row during the second quarter. Hopefully two days off before Game 5 will allow James to re-energize.
Matthew Dellavedova, G, CLE6/10/2015 9:47:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova was hospitalized with severe cramping after Game 3.
Insight: Dellavedova was amazing yet again, going for 20 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two 3-pointers. His hustle and inspired play obviously took a ton out of him, as he needed treatment Tuesday night. He will be fine for Game 4.
Stephen Curry, G, GSW6/10/2015 9:40:00 AM
Description: Warriors guard Stephen Curry finally woke up, but it was not enough in Game 3's loss to Cleveland.
Insight: Curry had just three points in the first half, but did lead an impressive comeback attempt attempt in the fourth quarter. His line looks good, as he shot 10-of-20 from the floor and 7-of-13 from downtown for 27 points, six assists, four rebounds, three steals, one block, and six turnovers.
LeBron James, F, CLEHot6/10/2015 9:36:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James continued his dominance in Game 3's win over Golden State.
Insight: Yes James shot 14-of-34 from the field, but with the supporting cast he currently has, he simply has no choice. James is doing everything he possibly can and now has Cleveland up 2-1. He finished with 40 points, 12 boards, eight assists, two 3-pointers, four steals, two blocks, and four turnovers.
Iman Shumpert, G, CLE6/9/2015 9:52:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert left during the first quarter in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday with a left shoulder injury.
Insight: ESPN sideline reporter Doris Burke reported that the Cavaliers are not going to release details on the injury, but Shumpert was seen holding his left shoulder while walking to the locker room. Burke also said that Shumpert will likely try to re-enter the game.
Draymond Green, F, GSW6/8/2015 9:29:00 AM
Description: Warriors forward Draymond Green was held in check during Game 2 of the finals, shooting just 2-for-7 from the field.
Insight: He did haul in 10 rebounds, but the Warriors can't win if he isn't an offensive threat.
Klay Thompson, G, GSWHot6/8/2015 9:27:00 AM
Description: Warriors guard Klay Thompson kept his team in Game 2 by shooting 14-of-28 for -34 points with five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
Insight: Thompson had to be good to make up for the cold Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.
Stephen Curry, G, GSWCold6/8/2015 9:24:00 AM
Description: Warriors guard Stephen Curry was completely taken out of his game by the defense of Matthew Dellavedova.
Insight: Curry shot just 5-of-23, including 2-for-15 from beyond the arc and six turnovers as Dellavedova dogged him for 42 minutes. He'll have to be much better if the Warriors want to win this series.
Matthew Dellavedova, G, CLE6/8/2015 9:21:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova replaced Kyrie Irving in the starting lineup for Game 2.
Insight: Dellavedova wasn't very good on the offensive end, shooting just 3-for-10 from the field with five rebounds, one assist and six turnovers, but he did a great job defensively on Stephen Curry. Good thing for the Cavs, they use a point forward, because point guards need more than one assist if the team is to win more games.
Timofey Mozgov, C, CLE6/8/2015 9:18:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov was about the only decent help Lebron James got in Game 2 of the finals.
Insight: Mozgov managed 17 points on 5-for-8 shooting and 11 rebounds. It was his first double-double of the series and just the third in 16 playoff games.
LeBron James, F, CLEHot6/8/2015 9:11:00 AM
Description: Perhaps one man can beat a great team. Cavaliers forward LeBron James came up big in Game 2 of the finals with 39 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists, a steal and a block in the 95-93 overtime win.
Insight: About the only thing he did wrong was miss a game-winning shot at the end of regulation. The Cavs are down two All-Stars, in Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, but James' shoulders are very strong and he's thrown the team over his broad shoulders and is carrying them in the finals.
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE6/5/2015 5:58:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has a fractured kneecap and will miss the next three-to-four months.
Insight: This actually has nothing to do with the tendinitis he was dealing with. Nevertheless, Irving will be out for the reaminder of the NBA Finals obviously. Matthew Dellavedova will slide into the starting point guard spot, with J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert seeing increased time.
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE6/5/2015 2:42:00 PM
Description: Jon Barry believes that Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will not play again in the Finals.
Insight: Irving left the arena on crutches after he slipped late in the game and was to have an MRI on Friday. He was already dealing with a hamstring injury and wasn't going to be 100 percent in the Finals. This is a disaster for Cleveland, if true.
Harrison Barnes, SF, GSW6/5/2015 9:30:00 AM
Description: Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes continues to play well and helped Golden State get their 1-0 series lead with 11 points, six rebounds and assist and a steal.
Insight: Barnes is about the fourth or fifth option on the team, but he seems to do something special in each playoff game.
Andre Iguodala, SF, GSW6/5/2015 9:29:00 AM
Description: Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala came off the bench with a top-quality effort at both ends of the floor.
Insight: Iguodala was 6-for-8 from the field for 15 points and played very tough defense on LeBron James, particularly on the final play of regulation. Just keep him away from the foul line.
Stephen Curry, G, GSW6/5/2015 9:26:00 AM
Description: Warriors guard Stephen Curry wasn't as his best, but still led the tean with 26 points on 10-for-20 shooting.
Insight: Curry added four rebounds and eight assists, but also turned the ball over a team-high four times.
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE6/5/2015 9:24:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving left the arena on crutches after he slipped late in the game and was forced to sit the rest of the way.
Insight: Irving was already dealing with a hamstring injury and wasn't going to be 100 percent in the Finals. Now there is a question as to whether he will play the next game. he had posted 23 points with seven rebounds, six assists and four steals and was the only Cavs player other than LeBron James to play well.
LeBron James, F, CLEHot6/5/2015 9:19:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James did everything he could do to carry his team, but it still wasn't enough.
Insight: James scored 44 points, with eight rebounds and six assists, but didn't get much help from the rest of the team. In Game 1 the Warriors elected to guard James one-on-one with no doubleteams, so his assists were down and his shot attempts jumps through the roof (38).
Marreese Speights, F, GSW6/4/2015 8:26:00 PM
Description: Warriors PF/C Marreese Speights will return for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Insight: Speights has not played since May 9, and much should not be expected of him for the championship series.
Klay Thompson, G, GSW6/2/2015 5:22:00 PM
Description: Warriors guard Klay Thompson (concussion) has been cleared for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Insight: No surprise here, but now everyone can rest easy now that Thompson is officially cleared.
LeBron James, F, CLEHot6/1/2015 1:32:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James was practicing with his right wrist wrapped, according to beat reporter Chris Haynes.
Insight: James has dealt with the bad wrist for most of the season, so this shouldn't change anything. He's averaged 27.6 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 8.3 apg, 1.8 spg, 1.3 bpg in the first 14 playoff games this season.

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