Jamaal Franklin
Jamaal Franklin: Signs two-year deal with Chinese team
Jamaal Franklin, SG, DEN
5/24/2016
News: Franklin signed a two-year contract Tuesday with Shanxi Zhongyu of the Chinese Basketball Association, Sportando reports.

The 2013 second-round pick has only played in 24 games at the NBA level since his selection, and spent all of 2015-16 with Shanxi Zhoungyu. He averaged 34 points per game during his time with the club and figures to remain one of the top scorers in the league.

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Sergey Karasev
Nets' Sergey Karasev: Won't re-sign with Brooklyn
Sergey Karasev, SG, BKN
5/24/2016
News: Karasev's father, Vasily, recently said in an interview with Russian media that Sergey won't play for the Nets next season, Sportando reports. "Sergey is fine; he's already working for the next season," Vasily said. "It's too early to say where he'll play next season. We will consider all the options, both from NBA and Europe. One thing is for sure, Sergey won't play for the Nets next season."

The Nets can technically match any offer Karasev, a restricted free agent, receives, but it doesn't seem either side is interested in a reunion. The former first-round pick played only 73 games in his two seasons with the Nets, and saw his court time decline in 2015-16, despite the team being well removed from playoff contention by midseason. With the 22-year-old failing to show much ability from distance during his first three seasons in the league, it's doubtful many teams will be interested in bringing him aboard on a multi-year contract. If that's the case, Karasev may opt to return to Russia to continue his career.

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Kyrie Irving
Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving: Scores 26 points, dishes six assists in Game 4 loss
Kyrie Irving, PG, CLE
5/24/2016
News: Irving generated 26 points (11-21 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six assists, three rebounds and one steal across 39 minutes in Monday's 105-99 Game 4 loss to the Raptors.

Irving demonstrated marked improvement over his 3-for-19 showing from the field in Saturday's Game 3 loss, but his efforts weren't enough to aid the Cavaliers to a victory. He's now scored 20-plus points in five of the last six games, so expect that to be more of the norm for Irving over the remainder of the series.

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Iman Shumpert
Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert: Scores one point in 12 minutes in Game 1
Iman Shumpert, SG, CLE
5/24/2016
News: Shumpert put up one point (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), one rebound and one steal across 12 minutes in Monday's 105-99 Game 1 loss to the Raptors.

It's the fewest minutes Shumpert has seen in the series, as the close nature of the contest prompted coach Tyronn Lue to lean more heavily on LeBron James than usual. Shumpert has registered just one double-digit scoring outing in the postseason and seems unlikely to make many waves offensively whenever he takes the court.

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DeMar DeRozan
Raptors' DeMar DeRozan: Drops 32 points in second straight game
DeMar DeRozan, SG, TOR
5/24/2016
News: DeRozan posted 32 points (14-23 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three assists, three rebounds and one steal across 40 minutes in Monday's 105-99 Game 4 win over the Cavaliers.

DeRozan's back-to-back 32-point efforts has helped the Raptors even the series on their home court, and he was particularly instrumental in the fourth quarter Monday to salt the game away. He tallied 12 points in the final period, including a key bank shot with 1:33 left to push the Raptors' advantage to four points. After hitting just 35.5 percent of his shots in the first two rounds of the playoffs, DeRozan has been much more efficient in the Eastern Conference Finals, tallying 26.0 points per game on 52.4 percent shooting from the field.

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Kyle Lowry
Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Puts up 35 points in Game 4 victory
Kyle Lowry, PG, TOR
5/24/2016
News: Lowry lit up the Cavaliers for 35 points (14-20 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five assists, five rebounds and three steals across 44 minutes in Monday's 105-99 win in Game 4 of the series.

It's the fourth time this postseason that Lowry has surpassed the 30-point plateau, but this was by far his best shooting outing in any of those contests. While he's still hit only 38.9 percent of his shots during his 18 playoff contests, Lowry is hovering around his regular season marks with 18.6 points, 6.1 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 1.9 three-pointers and 1.7 steals across 38.6 minutes.

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Dante Exum
Jazz's Dante Exum: Will be cleared to take contact Thursday
Dante Exum, PG, UTA
5/24/2016
News: Exum (knee) will be cleared to resume taking contact Thursday, Jody Genessy of Deseret News reports.

It's been nearly nine months since Exum underwent ACL reconstruction surgery, but his being cleared for contact is a positive sign that he'll be back to full health by the time training camp opens in the fall. The Australian point guard is still likely to sit out the 2016 Summer Olympics, but if his rehab continues to go as anticipated, he'll likely open the 2016-17 campaign in the Jazz's starting lineup.

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Andre Roberson
Thunder's Andre Roberson: Goes for 13 points, three treys in Game 3
Andre Roberson, SG, OKC
5/23/2016
News: Roberson tallied 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt), six rebounds, one assist and one steal across 30 minutes in Sunday's 133-105 Game 3 victory over the Warriors.

Roberson is on the court almost exclusively for his defensive abilities, but even he was able to get in on the act on the other end as the Thunder registered their highest scoring total of the postseason. The 24-year-old has only two double-digit scoring efforts in 14 playoff games, both of which were made possible with above-average showings from downtown.

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Dion Waiters
Thunder's Dion Waiters: Scores 13 points off bench in Game 3 win
Dion Waiters, SG, OKC
5/23/2016
News: Waiters paced the Thunder bench with 13 points (6-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt) and added three rebounds and three assists across 34 minutes in Sunday's 133-105 win over the Warriors.

Though his shot opportunities aren't always plentiful with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant typically commanding the bulk of opponents' attention, Waiters was quite helpful in aiding the Thunder to the blowout victory in what might have been the team's most impressive performance of the postseason. Waiters is averaging 10 points on 46.4 percent shooting from the field and 44.4 percent shooting from behind the arc through the first three games of the series, and if he's able to keep up that efficiency, he might be able to earn himself more court time.

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Andre Iguodala
Warriors' Andre Iguodala: Limited to nine points in Game 3 blowout loss
Andre Iguodala, SG, GS
5/23/2016
News: Iguodala scored nine points (3-5 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and added four rebounds, three assists and two steals across 24 minutes in Sunday's 133-105 Game 3 loss to the Thunder.

Iguodala's presence off the bench did little to quell the Thunder's second- and third-quarter dominance, and the Warriors ultimately fell into a 2-1 series deficit while suffering their biggest loss of the postseason. The sixth man typically isn't looked to for much scoring during his time on the court, but the Warriors are probably expecting more from him than just one double-digit scoring outing in his last six games.

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