Shortly after this past season concluded, Nowitzki was quick to announce he'd be returning for his 20th year in the NBA, but he'll first need to restructure his contract in order for the Mavericks to free up some space. A new two-year deal is expected to eventually be agreed upon between the two sides, although nothing concrete has been put in place. Once re-signed, Nowitzki should continue to be a key piece in the Mavericks regular rotation, but his numbers could continue to dip as he gets older.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.