The second year of the contract is a team option. Lee split his 2015-16 campaign between the Celtics and Mavericks, finishing the year with combined averages of 7.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists over 16 minutes per game. The 11-year veteran will join the Spurs in hopes of making championship run and he should provide a depth option in the frontcourt behind starters LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol. Lee finished this past season on the injured list with a partially torn plantar fascia in his right heel, but it's unclear if the injury is still a factor at this point in time.
Pleiss showcased facets of his game that most 7-footers couldn't even dream about. The 7-foot-3 center shot a lethal 47.2 percent from beyond-the-arc and knocked down 92.8 percent of his free-throws. For the most part, Pleiss remains relatively unknown outside of the Utah community, but in all likelihood, the big man will be with the Jazz come October. While he needs to improve on many aspects of his game, Pleiss' ability to shoot the ball from deep combined with his size could help him see some valuable minutes down the road.
With the Olympics in his home country of Brazil, it's a tough blow for Varejao, who will now remain in the United States for rest and rehabilitation. Varejao is tentatively expected to be ready to go for training camp, meaning the injury shouldn't have any long term impacts. Varejao recorded just 9.4 minutes per game during his 2015-16 campaign and isn't expected to see an increase in his role, which should keep him off the fantasy radar. Fellow Brazilian, Christiano Felicio, is currently the favorite to take his roster spot on Team Brazil.
Varejao recently left Brazil to receive testing on his back. The seriousness of his back issues haven't been disclosed, however missing the Olympics set in his home country isn't something that the center would willingly miss. The veteran recently re-signed to a one-year deal with the Warriors, and is slated as the third option the Warriors have at center behind Zaza Pachulia and Draymond Green.
Varejao has been training with the Brazilian national team in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but once the back issues set in, he decided to meet with his doctors back in America to get a closer look. The results of his evaluation aren't known, but if it's anything serious, another update should soon follow. The 33-year-old Varejao re-signed with the Warriors on a one-year deal earlier this month and is slated to serve as the team's third-string option at center behind Zaza Pachulia and Draymond Green.
Splitter had battled hip problems since last November, and after the pain became too much for him to bear, he underwent season-ending surgery in February. The center, who is in line to serve as the top backup to Dwight Howard when healthy, is now five months into his recovery, but isn't projected to return to action until October. While the hip procedure will prevent Splitter from suiting up for Brazil when the country hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August, Splitter hasn't given up hope that he'll be ready to go for the start of the regular season.
After being selected in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft, Kaun played seven seasons for Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow before making his NBA debut with the Cavaliers in 2015-16. He and teammate Timofey Mozgov would go on to become the first Russian-born players to win an NBA title after the Cavs defeated the Warriors in the Finals, but Kaun played a very minimal role in the team's overall success, appearing in no postseason contests and just 25 regular-season contests, averaging 3.8 minutes per game. The 31-year-old was traded to the 76ers earlier this offseason and subsequently released, but he still had opportunities to play overseas or join an NBA team on a training camp invite had he elected to keep playing. Kaun said that an ankle injury has presented problems for him throughout his career, and with the pain worsening as he's aged, he decided it was best to preserve his health for the long haul.
Zeller posted 6.1 points and 3.0 rebounds in 11.8 minutes per game for the Celtics last season. Zeller will likely see a similar role in the frontcourt this season as it will continue to be crowded with Kelly Olynyk, Amir Johnson, and the newly acquired Al Horford. Barring a trade or injury to players ahead of him in the rotation his fantasy relevance will likely be minimal.
After drafting Lalanne in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft, the Spurs still retain NBA rights to the former UMass center. Lalanne recently competed for the Spurs' summer league squad, averaging 3.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.8 steals across 14.2 minutes per game over his six appearances.
The 7-foot-1 big man's summer league performance comes as a bit of a disappointment considering where he was just one year ago. It is understandable that many close to the Kings were expecting big numbers this summer after Cauley-Stein averaged 7.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game during his rookie campaign. Although it would have been nice to see him blow away the competition, it still was just a four game sample. The former Kentucky standout is likely to see an increased role this season, especially if the Kings decide to part ways with star center Demarcus Cousins.