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.
DeMarre Carroll (knee) said that he cherishes the opportunity to go toe-to-toe against LeBron James in the Eastern Conference Finals, and he has no intention of taking any days off to get his knee right.
Spin: "I've been getting a million calls and emails about me, why am I there, this might be the biggest contract of my life," said Carroll. "But at the end of the day this game isn't promised to you. So whenever you've got an opportunity to play basketball, a lot of people say it's bigger than money and it feels like that to me. I cherish this game and I want to be out there fighting, and if I have to fight on one leg, I'm gonna fight on one leg. I can't let this opportunity pass me by. Eastern Conference finals, playing against LeBron James. I don't care if I have to do it on one leg, I'll hobble out there." He'll be out there for Sunday's Game 3, and he may have some shots coming his way with Kyle Korver (ankle) done for the rest of the postseason.
Spin: David Lee was initially the one getting the minutes with Speights sidelined, but he's nearly fallen out of the rotation entirely during the Houston series. Festus Ezeli has earned himself a nice role off the bench in the Conference Finals, but with averages of just 6.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 block over 13.6 minutes of action, he's not much of an asset in fantasy basketball.
Spin: It is likely just some work on a bike and he is still nowhere near close to a return. The jury is still out Love and whether or not he'll return to Cleveland, but the Lakers will undoubtedly be making a push. With Love out, Tristan Thompson has really stepped up at both the center and power forward spots.
Spin: This story keeps getting more odd. According to the report, the other 14 players on the roster evenly divided $208,940. The players did not vote to exclude Rondo and were simply presented with a list that did not include him. He won't be back with the Mavs next season after one of the worst contract years in recent memory.
Spin: When asked about the surgery, Parsons said, ""I don't think they want me to answer whether it was or not." While still on crutches, Parsons is expected to make a full recovery for the start of training camp and should be ready for a productive season as the Mavericks try to take more weight off of Dirk Nowitzki's shoulders. As long as his recovery goes according to plan, fantasy owners should be looking to take Parsons in the middle rounds of 2015-16 fantasy drafts.
Spin: He is expected to make a full recovery in the early part of the summer. Hayward missed some game action near the end of the season due to an Achilles issue, so that likely explains his procedure. It shouldn't affect his fantasy value as an early-round target. The Jazz will have decent depth at all their positions, so their draft selection won't be easy.
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: 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: Sefolosha is still out for the rest of the 2014-15 playoffs after undergoing surgery to repair a right fibula fracture and ligament damage, but it's nice to see him making progress. He was using a leg cart when the practice session opened to the media and was able to put up a few shots. While all signs point to Sefolosha being ready for the 2015-16 season, he's much more of a real-life asset to the Hawks than he is a fantasy asset to owners in standard leagues.
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: 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.
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: "I thought it was fine," Knight said. "I think it's really just about making the right play. I enjoy playing with Eric because Eric is, first, he's a great talent and he's not a selfish player. He's very, very unselfish. He's trying to make the right play, trying to win. As far as playing with Eric goes, I think it's a great thing because you have two players who can attack at any time." All signs point to Knight staying in Phoenix, but that could certainly change if another team floats him a massive offer. On a side note, Knight is still recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle, so we will continue to monitor his progress closely.
Spin: There are more than a few teams out there that would love to make a trade for Cousins, but it doesn't appear that Sacramento's front office has any intentions of moving their franchise center. That won't stop the rumors from coming in, but as it stands right now, it would be quite shocking if Cousins were to be sent away for a collection of draft picks and role players. He'll be a first-round selection in next year's draft.
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: Big Al has no desire to opt out, citing "unfinished business" with the Hornets. Jefferson added that he has a desire to lose 20-25 lbs this offseason in order to take some of the pressure off his knees, a move that would benefit both he and his team. Said Jefferson, "I've got to redeem myself."
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: 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: That would be a dramatic understatement. Kidd-Gilchrist finished the season averaging 10.9 points and 7.6 boards, but that alone is not an accurate representation of his value. Tasked with defending the opposition's best perimeter player, MKG is growing into his role as a lockdown defender in this league.
Spin: He was already ruled out for the playoffs and now he could miss some time during his offseason program. Motiejunas needed a lumbar microdiscectomy on Apr. 10 and should be ready for training camp. It'll be interesting to see how much playing time he gets with Terrence Jones playing well.
Spin: To be clear, there still have not been any indications that Beverley will be able to play during the Western Conference Finals. He is going to be a restricted free agent when the offseason hits, and his value would likely dip if he re-injured his wrist attempting to play at the 8-week mark of a 10-week timetable. The Rockets are just going to have to make do without their best perimeter defender, which hasn't really worked out too well up to this point.
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: 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: There are some trade rumors swirling around Rubio because of the Wolves failing to make the playoffs in any of Rubio's four seasons. He'll look to stay healthy this upcoming season and remains a risky mid-round pick in fantasy drafts.
Spin: "I anticipate that he's interested in coming back," said Taylor, referring to Garnett's potential retirement. "I can't say that for sure, but I don't know why he would be out there doing what he's doing if he didn't want to come back." KG would be an ideal mentor for the Wolves' neophyte roster, including whoever they select with the No. 1 pick, but his fantasy relevance is limited to deep leagues at this stage in his career.
Spin: A timetable of six months would put Pekovic out until mid-October, so there's a decent chance he may not be ready for the start of the 2015-16 season. We'll monitor Pek's status closely, but it sounds like Gorgui Dieng will have a more prominent role next season as the plan is to limit Pekovic's minutes even when he's healthy. With his prolonged timetable and upcoming minutes limit, Pekovic's fantasy will be limited to deeper leagues if this current news holds.
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: "My understanding is the Celtics are going to be open to putting together some type of package deal where they would not only bring in LaMarcus Aldridge, they'd bring in one of his good friends by the name of Wes Matthews," A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com said. With both players set to be free agents this summer and the Celtics with plenty of cap room, this isn't a completely unrealistic scenario. The Celtics have said they're looking to make a splash this summer and a move like this would certainly qualify.
Spin: "I am not retiring from the Spanish National Team," Calderon told Marca (Spanish newspaper). "I still want to play basketball and now I have to fully recover from my injuries." Calderon is still recovering from an Achilles injury, so this isn't a surprise. The good news is that he should be ready to go for training camp, but he will have his work cut out for him after a thoroughly disappointing 2014-15 campaign. Calderon's fantasy value will hinge on what the Knicks do via free agency and the draft, but he won't be a reliable target in standard leagues.
Spin: Scott said that Young must improve his movement off the ball on offense, his ability to attack the basket, and that he needs to become a better help defender. Injuries limited Young to just 42 games this season, but he struggled mightily when he did take the floor. Swaggy P shot just 36.6 percent from the field over the course of the season, and he was heavily criticized by Scott for taking poor shots and a lack of effort on defense. The Lakers have big plans this summer, so it will be interesting to see what kind of role Young will have next season.
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: Presti said the team is "excited about [Durant] being back on the floor toward the end of the summer." That aligns with his initial 3-5 month timetable, and early indications suggest Durant will be ready for opening night, if not OKC's training camp.
Spin: It'll be great to see Bosh back in uniform next season after dealing with a frightening blood clot issue that ended his 2014-15 campaign early. We'll continue to track his progress every step of the way, but it sounds like he should be good to go for next season. He'll be a mid-round target in next year's draft.
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: He arrived at Tuesday's draft lottery without a protective boot and all signs point to him being ready for training camp, though it's not guaranteed. Detroit could ease Jennings back into the mix if they retain Reggie Jackson as a restricted free agent, and both players' fantasy values are tethered to Detroit's offseason moves.
Spin: When asked what he expected to see from Bryant next season, Kupchak said, "I don't know... Father Time is the enemy." While Kupchak left open the possibility of Bryant playing beyond next season, the Black Mamba has been pretty clear that he will only play one more year. Bryant was limited to just six games in the 2013-14 season and just 35 games last season, so it's obvious that the mileage on his body is catching up to him.