Corey Brewer SG/SF HOU 3 days ago
Brewer wants a long-term deal, but still is considering re-signing with the Rockets, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! reports.
After being traded from the Timberwolves to the Rockets this past season, Brewer came up huge off the bench down the final stretch of the season for Houston. He finished with averages of 11.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 25 minutes per game. The Rockets would likely love to have Brewer back, seeing as though he excels in their high-paced offensive attack, but the team may be reluctant to commit to a long-term deal with small forward, especially after they spent a first round pick in Thursday's draft on swingman Sam Dekker.
LeBron James SF CLE 3 days ago
James will opt out of his contract and become a free agent, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reports.
James is reportedly expected to stay with Cleveland despite opting out of his contract for the 2015-16 season, but he intends to wait and see what the Cavaliers do during the first few weeks of the free agency period in July. James nearly single-handedly led the team to the NBA finals during the 2014-15 season, so it's understandable he's doing this to put some pressure on the Cavaliers' organization. Despite the fact that he's fully expected to return to Cleveland, this is still obviously a situation to watch, as James remains one of the best fantasy players in the league.
Michael Beasley F MIA 3 days ago
Beasley's option will not be picked up, thus he'll become an unrestricted free agent, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Beasley played in just 24 games last season with the Heat, finishing with averages of 8.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists over 21 minutes per game. With the Heat opting not to pick up his team option, he'll now await the start of free agency, which begins July 1. He should see some interest on the open market, but he'll likely remain limited in his future potential fantasy value no matter his eventual destination.
Robbie Hummel SF MIN 3 days ago
Hummel was extended a qualifying offer by the Timberwolves on Sunday and will thus become a restricted free agent, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Hummel played in just 45 games last season, finishing with averages of 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds over 17 minutes per game. As long as he isn't extended an offer by another team that the Timberwolves aren't willing to match, he'll return to Minnesota as a depth option behind the likes of Kevin Martin, Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. He'll likely remain very limited in his potential fantasy output.
LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C POR 3 days ago
Aldridge could return to the Trail Blazers as an unrestricted free agent, The Oregonian reports.
After recent reports that Aldridge would not return to the Trail Blazers, GM Neil Olshey strongly denied the reports. Olshey said Aldridge never informed anyone on the team that he will not return. This does not clear up the situation for Aldridge, but for now, the Trail Blazers could still be in the running.
Ben Gordon SG ORL 3 days ago
Gordon will become an unrestricted free agent after the Magic declined the team option for 2015-16, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports.
Gordon averaged 6.2 points per game for the Magic last season. This option clears up $4.5 million in cap space and gives them $14.5 million total to work with. The 32 year-old signed a two-year deal last July.
Tibor Pleiss C OKC 3 days ago
Pleiss will be the target of the Utah Jazz, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
The Jazz acquired the rights to Pleiss in a deal with Oklahoma City in February. If Pleiss decides to come to play with the Jazz, he will add some much-needed size to their front court.
Joe Ingles F UTA 4 days ago
Ingles was extended a qualifying offer by the Jazz on Saturday and will thus become a restricted free agent, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Due to multiple injuries on the wings, Ingles was handed 32 starts in his rookie season, averaging 5.0 points (on 42 percent shooting), 2.3 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 0.9 steals, and 0.9 three-pointers in 21 minutes across 79 appearances overall. His ability to contribute as a three-and-D threat could spur another team to ink the Australian to an offer sheet, but the Jazz have the right to match any such overture.
Jon Leuer PF MEM 4 days ago
Leuer's team option for the 2015-16 season will be exercised by the Suns, the Arizona Republic reports.
The Suns have until Tuesday to make a decision, but sitting at just a shade over $1 million, Leuer's option is of negligible impact to the team's bottom line. He has yet to show much to warrant a regular NBA role, earning 186 appearances in his four professional campaigns. However, he can fill in adequately when called upon, as evidenced by averages of 4.5 points (on 44 percent shooting) and 3.3 rebounds in 13 minutes across 63 contests for the Grizzlies last season.
Paul Pierce SF WAS 4 days ago
Pierce is opting out of his contract and will become a free agent, The Players' Tribune reports.
This was widely expected to happen, as Pierce had too many other good options to stay put. While he might not receive as much as his nearly $6 million option with the Wizards, playing for a team with a more beneficial role like the Clippers or even returning to Boston sounds pretty nice. The 37-year-old might not see much use, but where he lands could have championship implications.