Pelicans' Dante Cunningham: Set to decline player option
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(11:27 am ET) Cunningham said Saturday that he intends to decline his player option for the 2017-18 season, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports.

The decision doesn't come as much of a surprise considering Westbrook was set to make just over $3.1 million next season. The 30-year-old, who appeared in 66 games for New Orleans, will likely seek a longer-term deal as a free agent, and chances are he'll draw considerable interest after shooting nearly 40 percent from three in 2016-17.

Raptors' Pascal Siakam: Recalled from D-League
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(10:27 am ET) Siakam was recalled from the D-League on Saturday.

Siakam helped the Raptors 905 take home the D-League championship earlier in the week, and he'll now rejoin the Raptors in advance of Monday's Game 1 against Cleveland. The rookie started at power forward for most of the first half of the season, but he all but fell out of the rotation after Toronto acquired P.J. Tucker and Serge Ibaka at the trade deadline.

Raptors' Bruno Caboclo: Back from D-League
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(10:25 am ET) Caboclo has been recalled from the D-League.

With the Raptors 905 taking home the D-League championship earlier in the week, Caboclo will return to the Raptors as they begin Round 2 of the postseason Monday in Cleveland. Caboclo, who is still considered a developmental prospect, likely won't make an impact for Toronto against the Cavs.

Jazz's Gordon Hayward: Tallies 31 points in Game 6 loss
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(9:43 am ET) Hayward provided 31 points (9-20 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 10-11 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and two steals across 42 minutes Friday in a 98-93 loss to the Clippers in Game 6 of the series.

The Clippers nearly ran away with the game after building their lead to 15 points with 3:58 left in the fourth quarter, but Hayward did his best to keep the final margin more respectable. He scored seven consecutive points for the Jazz during one stretch in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to three, but Utah was unable to draw any closer than that. Hayward has eclipsed the 40-minute mark in both of his appearances since recovering from a bout with the stomach flu and figures to do so again as the Jazz look to steal the series on the road in Sunday's Game 7.

Jazz's Derrick Favors: Limited to two points in Game 6
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(9:36 am ET) Favors produced two points (1-6 FG), seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 15 minutes Friday in a 98-93 loss to the Jazz in Game 6 of the series.

Favors has come off the bench the last three games with Rudy Gobert returning from a two-game absence due to a knee injury, and after providing 17 points in Game 4, Favors has seen his offensive outputs dry up in the subsequent two contests. He's combined to produce six points on 3-of-9 shooting over that span, prompting coach Quin Snyder to hand Favors below 20 minutes in both contests. Expect the former starter to again see only a limited role off the bench in Sunday's Game 7, as he hasn't shown he's capable of returning to the form that saw him average 16.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game a season ago.

Wizards' Jason Smith: Quiet in return from injury
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(4/28/2017) Smith (calf) was on the court for 11 minutes in Friday's Game 6 against the Hawks, pulling down a pair of boards but missing his lone field goal attempt in the 115-99 road win.

While Smith didn't change the scoreboard at all, the Wizards used him with 7:33 left in the first quarter as the result of Marcin Gortat drawing two early fouls. Washington's a bit thin up front with Ian Mahinmi still trying to make his way back from a calf injury, but both he and Smith will have more time to fully work past their respective ailments since the Wizards have advanced to the second round.

Bulls' Jimmy Butler: Scores 23 in loss Friday
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(4/28/2017) Butler collected 23 points (9-17 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-5 FT), seven rebounds and three steals across 31 minutes in Friday's 105-83 loss to the Celtics in Game 6.

Butler was dealing with knee soreness coming into Game 6, but it didn't seem to affect him too much as he had to pick up the slack for the rest of his struggling team. Robin Lopez was the only other player on the team to score double-digit points, and after leading 2-0, the Bulls are sent packing with four straight losses to the one-seeded Celtics and their phenomenal defense. Butler wasn't great shooting in this series, but compared to the rest of the team, he was easily the best player on the court for them, which speaks to their early playoff exit.

Celtics' Gerald Green: Tallies 16 points Friday
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(4/28/2017) Green recorded 16 points (6-13 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three assists and two rebounds across 27 minutes in Friday's 105-83 victory over the Bulls in Game 6.

Green played the most minutes of any game in the series on Friday and turned it into a respectable outing from the floor. After playing just six minutes Game 1 and not at all in Game 2, Green got more chances with the team's back against the wall down 2-0, and he contributed in a positive way. He should see minutes more closely resembling the last four games in the next series against the Wizards, especially with the fatigue the guards will accrue as the series goes on.

Hawks' Paul Millsap: Scores team-high 31 in loss Friday
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(4/28/2017) Millsap recorded 31 points (13-23 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and one block across 46 minutes in Friday's 115-99 loss to the Wizards in Game 6.

Millsap did not leave these playoffs quietly as he stuffed the stat sheet in a loss that proved to be season-ending. He outperformed his season averages in this series, nearly averaging a double-double with 25 points per contest as the top option on offense for the team had to carry a lot of the weight with no one else really helping to the cause. He did have six turnovers and shot 20 percent from three, which will have him a little frustrated, but he has nothing to be upset about in the way he performed in the 2017 playoffs.

Grizzlies' Zach Randolph: Hoping to stay in Memphis
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(4/28/2017) Randolph, a pending unrestricted free agent, was asked about his future with the Grizzlies and indicated that he'd like to return, Ronald Tillery of Sports56 reports. "That's my goal," said the veteran power forward.

Randolph saw roughly five fewer minutes per game on average compared to last season, though he still managed a respectable 14.1 points per appearance and even had a modest spike in rebounds (8.2). He's already spent eight seasons in Memphis and that's his longest with any team since Portland drafted him 19th overall in 2001.

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