Lavoy Allen
Pacers' Lavoy Allen: Has option declined
Lavoy Allen, PF, IND
6/23/2017
News: 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.

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.

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Blake Griffin
Clippers' Blake Griffin: Opts out of contract
Blake Griffin, PF, LAC
6/23/2017
News: Griffin (toe) has opted out of his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

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.

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Guerschon Yabusele
Guerschon Yabusele: Will not play in summer league
Guerschon Yabusele, PF, BOS
6/23/2017
News: Yabusele (foot) will not play for Boston in this year's summer league, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.

As expected, Yabusele will need the summer to rehab and recover after having surgery to remove bone spurs from both of his feet. As Yabusele looks to transition back into the NBA after spending much of last season in China, his absence from summer league surely won't ease that move, so his status for next season is completely up in the air. Expect the team to provide updates regarding the 2016 first-round pick's healthy throughout the summer.

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Trey Lyles
Jazz's Trey Lyles: Dealt to Nuggets
Trey Lyles, PF, DEN
6/22/2017
News: Lyles was traded to the Nuggets during Thursday's NBA Draft, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

Utah will send both Lyles and the No. 24 pick to Denver in exchange for the No. 13 pick, which the Jazz used to select Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell. After a promising rookie year, Lyles struggled a bit last season, averaging just 16.3 minutes per game and shooting an ugly 36.2 percent from the field. Perhaps a change of scenery is what the former Kentucky standout needs, though Denver may not be an ideal landing spot given its already-crowded frontcourt.

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Nikola Mirotic
Bulls' Nikola Mirotic: On hot seat heading into 2017-18 season
Nikola Mirotic, PF, CHI
6/22/2017
News: Mirotic will have competition for playing time in the 2017-18 season after the Bulls selected Lauri Markkanen with the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Before worrying about Markkanen, Mirotic heads into the offseason as a restricted free agent, which means it's not entirely certain he'll remain in Chicago next season. If he does stay, though, Markkanen has a very similar skill set, and funny enough, very similar weak spots. Both players are able to extend the court beyond the arc as a power forward, but they also aren't reliable rebounders for their size and have serious questions on the defensive end. After three lackluster years from Mirotic in Chicago with the Bulls, the organization might be quick to pass the torch over to the younger stretch four while leaving Mirotic outside of the rotation.

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Terrence Ross
Magic's Terrence Ross: Workload could be affected by Jonathan Isaac's presence
Terrence Ross, SF, ORL
6/22/2017
News: Ross' workload could take a hit due to the Magic drafting Jonathan Isaac, a small forward/power forward, with the sixth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Ross, who was brought on board mid-season in a trade that sent Serge Ibaka to the Raptors, averaged 12.5 points per game on 43.1 percent shooting across 31.2 minutes per game for Orlando. With Isaac being drafted, it will put a lot of pressure on Ross to improve all areas of his game or risk being surpassed on the depth chart. The Magic are in a rebuilding phase and likely won't think twice about playing their first round pick big minutes right out of the gate.

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T.J. Warren
Suns' T.J. Warren: Has competition heading into fourth season
T.J. Warren, SF, PHO
6/22/2017
News: Warren will have competition for playing time heading into the 2017-18 season after the Suns selected Josh Jackson with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Warren had a strong start to his third year in the league, but a lingering head injury temporarily derailed his breakout season and held him to just 66 games, ultimately ending with averages of 14.4 points and 5.1 rebounds on 31.0 minutes per game. Both standing at 6-foot-8, Warren and Jackson will likely see stints playing at power forward during the season ahead with Marquese Chriss shifting down to center. Assuming one of them is found capable of playing up in size, a lineup of Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker, Jackson, Warren, and Chriss could see considerable usage over the course of 2017-18.

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Pau Gasol
Spurs' Pau Gasol: Declines player option, wants to remain on Spurs
Pau Gasol, PF, SA
6/20/2017
News: Gasol will decline his $16.2 million dollar player option for the 2017-18 season, though plans to work on a longer term deal to remain on the Spurs, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

Gasol saw a sizable drop in workload this past season after signing with San Antonio. He logged 25.4 minutes per game last year, compared to the 31.8 minutes per game he saw during the 2015-16 campaign with the Bulls. While he provided just 12.4 points, 7.8 boards and 1.1 blocks for the Spurs, he shot an efficient 50.2 percent from the field and a career-high 53.8 percent from long range (on 104 attempts). He also came off the pine frequently, starting only 39 of his 64 games played. Gasol declining his player option in favor of a longer deal implies that, not only do the Spurs and Gasol feel they have a successful relationship, but that the Spurs may be attempting to free up cap space in order to make a bid at a free agent.

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Chandler Parsons
Grizzlies' Chandler Parsons: Expected to be ready for training camp
Chandler Parsons, SF, MEM
6/19/2017
News: Parsons (knee) is expected to be a full participant in training camp, Michael Wallace of Grizzlies.com reports.

Parsons once again saw his season cut short due to an injury, as he played in just 34 games with the Grizzlies and eventually ended up undergoing a meniscectomy on his left knee in March. With training camp not until late September, Parsons should have plenty of time to make a full recovery throughout the offseason, although when you take Parsons' injury history into account, the Grizzlies will likely be as safe as they can with his workload ahead of the team's season opener. Parsons is heading into the second year of a four-year, $94.5 million contract and is slated to net just over $23 million during the 2017-18 campaign. That certainly indicates that Parsons should rejoin the starting five right out of the gates, but it still remains to be seen if he'll be able to return to his previous form that netted him his original max deal with the Grizzlies in Jul. of 2016.

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Kevin Durant
Warriors' Kevin Durant: Declines player option, will re-sign with Warriors
Kevin Durant, SF, GS
6/19/2017
News: Durant will decline his $27.7 million player option for the 2017-18 season, but is fully expected to re-sign with the Warriors, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.

Durant is planning to take a little less than a max deal in re-signing to the Warriors, with the hope that they'll be able to bring back some of their key role players elsewhere, which appears to include Andre Iguodala as the biggest priority. Already indicating that he wants to be with Golden State long term, Durant isn't in danger of heading elsewhere and should continue to be considered a key player in heading the Warriors championship defense during the upcoming campaign. The 2017 NBA Finals MVP averaged 25.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.6 blocks and 1.9 three-pointers across 33.4 minutes during his first season with the Warriors.

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