Hornets' Jeremy Lamb: Rough road ahead
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(8:07 pm ET) Lamb has more competition for playing time heading into the 2017-18 season after the Hornets selected Malik Monk with the 11th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.

Lamb was already struggling for playing time in Charlotte, never having averaged more than 20 minutes per game over his five-year career, and the selection of Monk makes it very hard to believe Lamb will buck the trend in the season ahead, even with Marco Belinelli being shipped to Atlanta days earlier. If Monk struggles to begin his rookie season, the Hornets still have far more incentive leaving the rookie on the court since they're not exactly a team that will be in contention for a title at the moment.


Jazz's Dante Exum: Role may be affected by Mitchell's arrival
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(8:06 pm ET) Exum could see his role change with the Jazz's addition of Donovan Mitchell, a combo guard selected with the 13th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.

Mitchell, similar to Exum, is a lengthy combo guard. He's an athletic 6-3 with a 6-10 wingspan, capable of being a great defender at the NBA level, much like Exum. There are questions about which guard slot he will eventually come to occupy, though if the Jazz believe strongly that he's a point guard, it could be a cause for concern for Exum's playing time.


Pistons' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: Crowded backcourt
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(8:06 pm ET) With the Pistons selection of Luke Kennard with the 12th overall pick in Thursday's draft, Caldwell-Pope will have more competition for playing time.

Kennard is great shooter and gives the Pistons a weapon off the bench that should help improve their 28th overall three-point percentage from last season. While Caldwell-Pope is still expected to start, if Kennard can produce at a high-level, it may lead the Pistons to some difficult decisions next offseason when KCP will be a restricted free agent.


Knicks' Derrick Rose: Future could be impacted by Ntilikina pick
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(7:55 pm ET) With the Knicks selecting Frank Ntilikina with the eighth overall pick in Thursday's draft, Rose's future could be impacted.

The Knicks have indicated that they're interested in bringing Rose, an unrestricted free agent, back next season, but at this point it's unclear where he'd fit in their future plans. While Ntilikina may not be ready to command the offense right away, he's clearly the Knicks' point guard of the future, so his addition to the team could potentially influence the Knicks' front office as it decides whether or not to make a run at keeping Rose this summer.


Mavericks' Seth Curry: Moves down depth chart
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(7:54 pm ET) Curry (shoulder) no longer has a clear path to minutes in the 2017-18 season after the Mavericks selected Dennis Smith with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Yogi Ferrell might be more in danger of falling out of the rotation than Curry, if not off the roster entirely, but Curry's value takes a hit nonetheless with the selection of Smith. At 24-years-old, it seems that Curry will move into a reserve role behind Smith and Wesley Matthews, with J.J. Barea and Devin Harris also threatening for a portion of reserve guard minutes.


Mavericks' Yogi Ferrell: Uncertain future ahead
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(7:47 pm ET) Ferrell doesn't have a clear path to playing time in the 2017-18 season after the Mavericks selected Dennis Smith with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

An undrafted free agent to begin last season, Ferrell ended his rookie campaign as a fantasy darling on a depleted Mavericks roster while averaging just over 29 minutes per game over 36 outings. He certainly excelled when given the opportunity, but Smith has much more upside as an NBA player and should see the lion's share of minutes at point guard throughout the upcoming season. With Seth Curry, J.J. Barea, and Devin Harris all potentially on the roster for 2017-18, it's possible that Dallas won't pick up Ferrell's contract option for next season, putting him right back on the market with an uncertain future ahead.


Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler: Traded to Minnesota
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(6:55 pm ET) Butler and the Bulls' No. 16 pick were traded to the Timberwolves during Thursday's NBA Draft in exchange for the Timberwolves' No. 7 pick, Zach LaVine, and Kris Dunn, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

A similar trade was tossed around almost exactly a year ago during the 2016 NBA Draft, but this time around it's legit, as Butler will reunite with his former coach, Tom Thibodeau. Butler has averaged at least 36.9 minutes over each of the last four seasons and that trend will likely continue since Thibodeau generally leaves his best players on the court for hefty amounts of time, even during the regular season. It's not immediately clear where exactly Butler and Andrew Wiggins will line up on the court, whether at shooting guard or small forward, but both players will seemingly float around each of those positions as they also split play-making responsibilities with Karl-Anthony Towns.


Timberwolves' Kris Dunn: Headed to Chicago
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(6:55 pm ET) The Timberwolves have agreed in principle to a trade that will send Dunn along with Zach LaVine and the team's seventh overall pick to the Bulls for Jimmy Butler and the 16th pick, K.C Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

It is a case of deja vu between these teams, as they almost completed a similar deal during last year's draft. Dunn was the main clog in that deal, as the team had high expectations for the fifth overall pick. However, he struggled a bit to maintain a consistent role in the team's rotation this year, which slightly lowered his value. However, he will have a fresh start in Chicago for a rebuilding Bulls' squad. He will presumably enter the year as the favorite to start at point guard.


Timberwolves' Zach LaVine: Dealt to Bulls
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(6:50 pm ET) LaVine was traded to the Bulls on Thursday as part of a deal that will bring Jimmy Butler to Minnesota, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Wolves nearly acquired Butler at the 2016 draft and have now finally pulled the trigger on a deal a year later. LaVine will head to Chicago, along with the No. 7 pick and Kris Dunn, while Butler and the No. 16 pick come back to Minnesota. LaVine, who is currently recovering from a torn ACL suffered in February, could miss the start of the 2017-18 season, but he'll likely be one of the Bulls' top offensive options once he returns.


Wizards' Tim Frazier: Dealt to Washington
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(6/21/2017) Frazier will be traded from the Pelicans to the Wizards in exchange for the 52nd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Michael Scotto of the Associated Press reports.

Frazier was a key rotation player for the Pelicans during the 2016-17 campaign, starting 35 of the 65 games he played in and posting averages of 7.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists across 23.5 minutes. Slated to make just $2 million on the final year of his contract during the upcoming season, he doesn't come with much risk for the Wizards and he should immediately slot in as John Wall's backup at point guard with Brandon Jennings currently a free agent and not guaranteed to be back. That said, with both Wall and Bradley Beal commanding the majority of the workload in the backcourt, Frazier will have plenty of limitations as a fantasy player. Look for the deal to become finalized on Thursday.


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