Spin: The Jazz will be paying Burks a decent chunk of change next season, so it is plausible that he'll regains his place in the starting lineup, but this is a position battle we'll be watching closely heading into next season. Hood struggled to stay healthy for much of his rookie campaign, but when he was able to get minutes, he performed admirably with averages of 12.7 points and 1.6 three-pointers per game as a starter. Hood is someone to consider towards the later rounds of drafts next season for those seeking some 3-point shooting.
Spin: There was really no way Varejao was going to return this year given the severity of his injury, but it's nice to know he hasn't suffered any setbacks in his recovery. We'll continue to monitor Varejao closely in his recovery, and hopefully he's able to join his teammates in training camp next season.
Spin: McRobert's has been progressing well, but it's a shame that he won't be able to play if the Heat advance to the playoffs. We will monitor his status closely in the offseason, but it's safe to drop him in all re-draft leagues.
Spin: He has reportedly "plateaued" in his rehab, so it looks like he could miss more time. With Hinrich out of commission, Tony Snell will see some minutes in the rotation Saturday. We will update Hinrich's status when we know more.
Spin: This is a very reasonable expectation considering after the Enes Kanter trade the Jazz emerged as one of the best defensive teams in the league. Hayward also said that head coach Quin Snyder helped him with his midrange game and reading pick and rolls, but he still feels there's a lot of room for improvement. Hayward had a career-year with Utah this season, posting averages of 19.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.6 three-pointers per game on 44.5 percent shooting from the field. He should be off the board in the early rounds of fantasy drafts next season.
Spin: Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson should be in line for heavy minutes Wednesday, and they are both worth starting in standard leagues. Carl Landry and Ryan Hollins should also play more, but their value is very limited. If you had Evans on your team, you probably aren't doing so hot.
Spin: The Suns will likely go with a small ball lineup featuring Archie Goodwin, Eric Bledsoe, the Morris twins, and P.J. Tucker. Earl Barron will likely log limited minutes off the bench, but he's not going to do enough on the stat sheet to matter in almost any league. Goodwin and Tucker are worth considering as low-end, plug-and-play options in daily leagues.
Spin: He's not a major rotation player for the Suns, so this news has little consequence for fantasy owners. Gerald Green will have the opportunity for extended minutes, and he's worth a look in daily leagues.
Spin: Conley returned to practice on Friday, and it's clear that the time on the shelf sped up his recovery. He added that his foot is still sore every morning, but he does feel better when he moves around. It sounds like he will be a game-time decision, but we should have an official update after the team's shootaround on Sunday. Beno Udrih will move back to the bench if Conley plays.
Spin: The good news is that he's getting closer and is even getting his shots up on Friday, but Afflalo might need two weeks to heal from his shoulder strain suffered on Apr. 9. C.J. McCollum will benefit most even if the Blazers opt to go with Allen Crabbe as the starter, which could definitely happen.
Spin: The Nuggets should have Ty Lawson and Danilo Gallinari back tonight after they rested on Monday. That would push Erick Green back to the bench. Arthur needs to stay healthy in order to have any sort of long-term fantasy value.
Spin: "Whatever I decide, I'll definitely discuss with that team what my role would be," said Nelson. "I feel like I'm definitely more than a 15 or 18-minute guy, for sure." Nelson was actually surprisingly effective during his brief stint with the Nuggets this season, averaging 9.6 points, 3.7 assists, and 1.4 three-pointers per game through 20.6 minutes of action. Nelson spent the 2014-15 season on three different teams, and while he may feel he's deserving of more than 15 minutes per game, his numbers would suggest otherwise. He doesn't want to be a "locker room leader," but at this point in his career, that's basically what he is.
Spin: "Upon returning to full competition earlier this week, Gay experienced symptoms that required further observation and rest from play," the team statement said. "The Sacramento Kings medical staff has continued to consult with the Director of the NBA Concussion Program, Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, and has ultimately decided that Gay will not participate in games for the remainder of the season. Gay had a great season, scoring a career-high 21.1 points per game. For the final three games, Omri Casspi and Ben McLemore figure to do most of the scoring on the wings. Derrick Williams and Ray McCallum also benefit.
Spin: We wish Sefolosha the best, and all signs are pointing towards him making a full recovery. With Thabo out of the picture, Atlanta will give DeMarre Carroll all the run he can handle, while Kent Bazemore having the opportunity for extended minutes off the bench. The Hawks open up their first-round series against the Nets on Sunday.
News: Hornets general manager Rich Cho says the Lance Stephenson signing last summer ''didn't work out as we expected it to.''
Spin: Stephenson's productivity dropped off significantly from his time at Indiana and he played his way out of the rotation near the end of the season. He shot 17.3 percent from 3-point range, the worst mark in NBA history among players with at least 100 attempts.
Spin: Lin will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer, but it would definitely be a surprise to see him come back to the Lakers after such a tumultuous first season. He averaged 11.2 points and 4.6 assists per game, but he was outplayed by rookie Jordan Clarkson down the stretch and there was some tension between him and head coach Byron Scott, Lin's knee is also expected to make a full recovery without having a procedure, but we will track his progress very closely this offseason.
Spin: Injuries limited Watson to just 57 games, and while he's a capable backup point, he's not ever going to be the difference maker on a championship team. He finished the 2014-15 season with averages of 10.0 points, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.2 three-pointers per game. He shouldn't have a problem signing on with another team, but as nothing more than a backup point guard, he's not going to have any value in standard leagues.
Spin: We'll monitor this situation throughout the summer, but this would be great news for Hornets fan if Big Al sticks to his word and returns. Jefferson also added that he'd like to lose 25 pounds this summer, which would hopefully help him further exacerbate his existing knee injury. Assuming he's fully healthy next fall, the 30-year-old will provide solid early-round value for owners who are willing to accept the fact that he hasn't played more than 78 games since the 2010-11 season.
News: Wright is expected to miss four to six weeks because of a fractured bone in his left hand.
Spin: Wright injured his non-shooting hand in Wednesday's 126-122 loss at home to the Los Angeles Clippers and X-rays confirmed he fractured the fourth metacarpal bone. The Blazers announced his prognosis on Friday. Wright is averaging 4.5 points, 1.2 rebounds and 12.2 minutes in 47 games this season, with two starts. He has taken on an increased role with the team after starting guard Wesley Matthews ruptured his Achilles last month.
Spin: "I feel alright," Allen said. "I'm getting better day by day. I'm far from where I want to be, but I can tolerate the little pain I'm having." Allen is a warrior and it will take a lot for him to miss Sunday's game, so we expect to see him out there. We will consider him a game-time decision for now, but we should know more after shootaround. If Allen continues to sit out, Courtney Lee, Vince Carter and Jeff Green will have to step up.
Spin: "If he plays, he plays," said Popovich of Splitter. Splitter is likely headed for a game-time decision on Sunday, but if he's forced to sit, there will be more minutes for Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw, and Aron Baynes. Stay tuned.
Spin: Ellington had a career-year playing for the Lakers this season, posting averages of 10.0 points and 1.4 three-pointers per game on 41.2 percent shooting from the field. However, Ellington wasn't really given the opportunity to produce until the Lakers had been decimated by injuries, and there's no telling what their roster will look like next season. Basically, Ellington is capable of putting up value on a team that is tanking, but it would be hard for him to get into the rotation on a team that is playing for something. He'll be an unrestricted free agent when the offseason hits.
Spin: He was never expected to play tonight, so he should have already been dropped everywhere, MKG made great strides this season, and hopefully he continues to work on his shooting this summer. MKG will finish the season with averages of 10.9 points, 7.6 boards 1.4 assists in 28.9 minutes per game. Jeff Taylor will remain in the starting lineup, but he is only worth a look in deeper formats.
Spin: Motiejunas put together a career-year with the Rockets this season, posting averages of 12.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 0.7 three-pointers per game while shooting 50.4 percent from the field. It's unfortunate that he'll have to end his season wearing a suit on the sidelines, but he should be ready to go by next season's training camp. Terrence Jones, Josh Smith, and Joey Dorsey will pick up the slack in his absence.
Spin: The Wolves' injury report has been a nightmare since the All-Star break, and they clearly don't like playing guys at less than 100 percent. Dieng had a nice season with averages of 9.7 points, 8.3 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steal, and the concerns over Nikola Pekovic's durability should make him a nice target in fantasy drafts next season. Justin Hamilton and Adreian Payne will be playing heavy minutes vs. the Thunder tonight.
Spin: Beverley was previously ruled out for the season and was expected to need four months of recovery, but the point guard isn't hearing any of that. "Very strong possibility," he said. "Very strong. Let's hope everything goes right." Beverley doesn't care about playing through pain, but he also sounds overly optimistic here. While we're likely to get several more updates before Houston starts the postseason, a surprise Beverley return would certainly be welcomed by his team.
Spin: According to those same sources, Shved loves playing for Knicks head coach Derek Fisher and is open to returning to the Knicks when he becomes and unrestricted free agent after the summer. Shved played some of the best basketball of his career with the Knicks in March and 16.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 1.9 three-pointers during the month. The 26-year-old can be dropped in all fantasy leagues as there's a good chance he won't play again this season, but he's a player fantasy owners should keep in mind for the 2015-16 season.
Spin: He is expected to make a full recovery this summer. Rubio's left ankle was the main reason he played just 22 games this season, but the Wolves probably shouldn't have played him as much as they did following his return. He'll be ready to go for training camp.
Spin: Garnett is still leaning toward returning to the Wolves next season, but his age is obviously catching up with him. To be clear, Garnett won't be on the fantasy radar outside of deeper leagues next season.
News: Pekovic had surgery on his right Achilles tendon Tuesday in hopes of addressing the pain in his bothersome right foot.
Spin: Pekovic went to Charlotte where Dr. Robert Anderson performed a debridement and repair of the tendon. There is no timetable for his return but the Wolves are hopeful he will be healthy for training camp next season. Pekovic played in just 31 games this season, averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds.
Spin: While it would have been great to see Ibaka return during the post-season, he now has the entire offseason to get 100 percent healthy for next year. Ibaka's knee procedure was a relatively minor operation, so there's no reason to think he'll have any lingering issues with this next season. Ibaka did have a bit of a down year, but that had a lot more to do with the catastrophic injuries that hit OKC's roster through the year. Even in a down year, Ibaka posted an elite 2.4 blocks per game while hitting a career-high 1.2 three-pointers per game. He remains an early-round asset in all formats.
Spin: Temple said that he's hopeful to play at some point during the playoffs, but he's not a major piece to Washington's puzzle, and he'd be unlikely to earn many minutes even when he's eventually cleared to return. Roman Sessions and Will Bynum will continue to get a bulk of the backup point guard minutes for the Wizards, but with John Wall healthy, they're going to be nearly invisible on the stat sheet.
Spin: While Jose would not rule out the possibility of him making a return this season, he admitted that he doesn't like his chances. There's really no reason for Calderon to risk a setback playing for the worst team in basketball, so we don't expect to see him back on the floor this season. He belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Spin: Well, why else would he have had a down year? "It's been a tough year," Young added. "It's time to let this season go. This season never happened." The rim may have been tripping, but Swaggy P still managed to make just 36.6 percent from the field on the season. Of course, no matter how hard the rim is tripping, it's going to be tough to shoot the ball well when 71.4 percent of a player's shots come when his defender is less than four feet away. The Lakers could try to move Young this season, especially with the emergence of Jordan Clarkson.
Ronnie Price had right elbow surgery to remove bone spurs and will be out for 6-8 weeks.
Spin: He is out for the season. Price has been dealing with his nagging elbow injury since at least Jan. 14, but he should be ready for next year. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this coming summer.
Spin: After managing to play just 27 games this season, Durant isn't expected to have any further complications with his foot once he makes a full recovery in four to six months. According to an article in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in 2011, all 21 athletes who have had bone-graft procedures on their fifth metatarsal were able to return to action without any setbacks. One of the main reasons why Durant didn't do this procedure to begin with was because of the longer recovery process, and it appears that things are finally starting to look up for KD. We are going to monitor his progress very closely in the offseason, but Durant's stock will still likely take a hit in fantasy drafts next season. For what it's worth, the article below is filled with a ton of great information on Durant's injury.
News: Bosh of the Miami Heat will be evaluated by team doctors later this month and is on schedule to resume ''full basketball activities'' in September. The team made the announcement Monday night, just before Bosh was scheduled to meet with reporters and discuss how he's recovering from having blood clots on one of his lungs.
Spin: The Heat say Bosh may begin exercising later this month, ''with plans to start strength training next month.'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says the team has been looking forward to seeing the All-Star forward, noting ''how fortunate, how privileged we are, to be involved in this game.''
Spin: While it isn't exactly reassuring to hear a 30-year-old coming off knee surgery say he won't ever be 100 percent, it sounds like Melo will be ready to roll for the 2015-16 season. "I don't think I'll ever be a hundred percent, but as far as being fully recovered, injury-free, I'll be at that point," Anthony said. "If I lost my drive over this time then I shouldn't even be here, to be honest with you. My drive, everything that I've been through, and even this year in particular, I'm like pulling my hair out right now because I'm ready to get back on the court. I'm ready to prove everybody wrong." Anthony has the potential to deliver first-round fantasy value next season, but would be a very risky proposition at that draft spot coming off knee surgery.
Spin: "During the Dallas game this past year, that's when I really pulled something and the specialist said that I had torn something," Collison said. "And then ... he realized that I have been damaging this for like a very, very long time even going back to my Indiana days." The Kings won't try to rush Collison back this season but he should be fine for the start of the 2015-16 campaign. In his absence, Ray McCallum will continue to start with Andre Miller backing him up.
Spin: This is a small step in what will be a long recovery for Jennings. Hopefully he's ready to go by next year's training camp, and we'll continue to track his progress closely. If Detroit is able to retain Reggie Jackson this offseason, it'll be interesting to see if he and Jennings can play together.
Spin: All signs are pointing towards Kobe making a full recovery, and he should be ready to go when the 2015-16 season hits. Scott acknowledged that he played Kobe too many minutes this season, and said that he needs to get that number down next year, and that he will listen to Kobe when determining his minutes restriction. Kobe only made it through 35 games this season, with averages of 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3.7 turnovers per game while shooting a career-worst 37.3 percent from the field. Over the past two years, Kobe has been limited to just 41 games, and it looks like the undefeated Father Time has claimed his next victim. We wouldn't recommend drafting him next year.
News: Teletovic has been cleared to resume basketball activities after recovering from blood clots in his lungs. The Nets announced Friday that Teletovic would be listed as out for their playoff games, and they would provide updates if his status changed.
Spin: Teletovic last played on Jan. 22 in Los Angeles against the Clippers. He says doctors believe the clots could be traced to a hip pointer he sustained in December that traveled to his lungs.