Dwyane Wade SG MIA 4 hours ago
Wade has decided to opt out of his current contract with the Heat, making him a free agent, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports.
This decision from Wade has been anticipated by many who believe that he'll ultimately be playing for another team next season instead of spending his 13th season in Miami. While there's still the possibility that he'll remain in Miami, the Heat's selection of Justise Winslow in the 2015 NBA Draft may have been the tipping point for Wade to consider a departure from the only franchise he's every played with during his career. His value heading into the 2015-16 season remains unclear until he signs a new deal, although he'll likely remain a starter with plenty of minutes regardless of his final destination.
Luol Deng SF MIA 4 hours ago
Deng will remain with the Heat for the 2015-16 season after opting into his contract Monday, Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald reports.
Deng is now slated to spend his second year in Miami after his inaugural season with the Heat ended in the disappointing totals of 14.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game after 72 appearances. While he remains the favorite to start at small forward, incoming rookie Justise Winslow could provide some competition for time on the court as the aging Englishman will be entering his 12th year in the NBA.
Jeff Teague PG ATL 6 hours ago
Teague averaged 15.9 points, 1.0 three-pointers, 2.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 0.4 blocks, and 1.7 steals in 31 minutes per game through 73 games in 2014-15.
At 27 years-old, the six-year NBA veteran is under team control through 2016-17. Teague averaged his second-best career rebounds, assists, and points total this season, becoming an All-Star for the first time. He had a fairly efficient year, shooting 46 percent from the field, 34 percent from three, and 86 percent from the free-throw line. Next season, Teague will be a starter for the Hawks barring injury, and should play similar minutes with similar production. Teague is a top tier fantasy player in any league.
Glenn Robinson SF PHI 6 hours ago
Robinson was picked up off of waivers by the 76ers in March. In 10 regular season games with the 76ers he averaged 4.4 points (42% FG, 31% 3Pt, 50% FT), 0.4 three-pointers, 0.8 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 0.3 steals in 15 minutes per game in 2014-15. He has a qualifying offer for 2015-16.
In his rookie year, Robinson didn't make a big impact, as he was waived by the Timberwolves and had a minimal bench role for the 76ers. Entering his sophomore year, Robinson will need to show improvement to garner more minutes in the NBA. For fantasy use, he is an afterthought until he secures a bigger role for himself.
Thabo Sefolosha SG/SF ATL 7 hours ago
Sefolosha had his season cut short after breaking his ankle in an off-court incident. He averaged 5.3 points, 0.5 three-pointers, 4.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.4 blocks, and 1.0 steals in 19 minutes per game through 52 games in 2014-15.
The 31-year-old, who finished his ninth NBA season, is under team control through 2016-17. Sefolosha missed all of February and most of March with a calf injury, coming back for just seven games before missing the rest of the season due to a broken ankle he sustained in an off-court incident. Known as a defensive specialist, Sefolosha displayed a modest shooting efficiency this season, averaging 42 percent from the field, 32 percent from three, and 78 percent from the free-throw line. Though he is unsure he will be healthy enough to play at the start of the 2015-16 season, Sefolosha should continue to be a defensive option off the bench when healthy.
Hollis Thompson F PHI 7 hours ago
Thompson averaged 8.8 points (41% FG, 40% 3Pt, 71% FT), 1.6 three-pointers, 1.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and 0.8 steals in 25 minutes per game for 71 regular season games in 2014-15.
While failing to establish himself as a starter, Thompson showed flashes of his potential, and is trending the right direction for 2015-16. The 6-8 shooting guard should move into the starting lineup if Jason Richardson departs in free agency. Assuming Thompson gets the starter role, then his fantasy value would get a nice boost for next season. The 76ers Haven't locked in his non-guaranteed contract yet, but it's hard to imagine they wouldn't keep a young talent like Thompson on their barren roster.
Kirk Hinrich G CHI 7 hours ago
Hinrich has exercised his $2.8 million player option to remain with the Bulls next season, RealGM.com reports.
Hinrich will see out the two-year deal he signed with the Bulls last summer, but is coming off career-lows in points (5.7), rebounds (1.8) and assists (2.2) per game. Clearly toward the latter stage in his career, Hinrich offers veteran depth for Chicago, but his days of being a real impact player in fantasy circles appear to have passed.
Mike Scott PF ATL 7 hours ago
Scott averaged 7.8 points, 1.0 three-pointers, 2.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 0.4 steals in 17 minutes per game through 68 games in 2014-15.
The 26-year-old, who finished his third NBA season, is under control through 2016-17. Scott missed 11 games in March due to rehabbing a broken toe. He had an average shooting efficiency this season at 44 percent from the field, 34 percent from three, and 79 percent from the free-throw line. Should Paul Milsap leave the Hawks in free agency, Scott could see increased minutes. However, Scott will most likely return to a bench role, splitting minutes with Pero Antic, Mike Muscala, and Al Horford.
Isaiah Canaan SG PHI 7 hours ago
Canaan was traded from the Rockets to the 76ers in February. In 22 regular season games with the 76ers he averaged 12.6 points (38% FG, 36% 3Pt, 85% FT), 2.7 three-pointers, 3.1 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 0.7 steals in 26 minutes per game.
Canaan benefited from a mid-season trade, as he logged far more minutes with the 76ers compared to the Rockets. With Tony Wroten out for the year and Michael-Carter Williams getting traded, he only had to compete with Ish Smith for the starting point guard spot. Heading into 2015-2016, though, Canaan's future with the team is uncertain, as the team hasn't locked in his non-garuanteed contract yet. Even if he does return, a healthy Wroten will likely cut into his playing time, making his fantasy upside rather limited.
Dennis Schroder PG ATL 7 hours ago
Schroder averaged 10.0 points, 0.7 three-pointers, 2.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 0.1 blocks, and 0.6 steals in 20 minutes per game through 77 games in 2014-15.
The 21-year-old, who finished his second year in the NBA, is under team control through 2017-18. Schroder had ten spot-starts this season, averaging 14.1 points, 0.7 three-pointers, 3.4 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 0.7 steals in 29 minutes per game as a starter. His efficiency this season (43% FG, 35% 3Pt, 83% FT), took a big step from last season (38% FG, 24% 3Pt, 67% FT). With All-Star guards Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver both signed through 2016-17, Schroder should remain a key option off the bench for the Hawks next season, with the possibility of earning expanded minutes.