Behind Hassan Whiteside and Dwight Howard, Noah is another top center on the market this summer and it would be a huge shock if he returns to the Bulls. With one of his favorite teammates in Derrick Rose onto New York and with Robin Lopez coming in, Noah would be sharing playing time with Lopez and Pau Gasol. Already with a bit of a diminished role last season, Noah -- the heart and soul of the Bulls -- will almost certainly be moving onto a better destination himself. There is a very good chance he ends up with the Knicks if New York's pursuit of Howard comes up dry.
Lin became an overnight sensation four years ago with the Knicks which started the short-lived "Linsanity." While a reunion would be a nice story, it would be a big stretch considering the Knicks' recent trade for Derrick Rose and Lin's hopes to be a starter. However, Lin is much better suited to be a backup and would be a solid option in New York, especially behind the oft-injured Rose. "It's not looking likely because they just traded for Derrick Rose," Lin said, via ESPN. "But I will say that ever since I left, I've always been open to going back and I still am. Never say never, that's the one thing in the NBA, never say never. So I've always been open but right now, I'm not sure if it's the best timing. But if it happens, it happens."
Philadelphia finally has a big reason to be excited about their Sixers. Simmons has all of the potential in the world to win Rookie of the Year and become a multi-time All-Star and eventually a superstar in this league. And if Embiid can stay healthy and capitalize on his immense potential, the pair could end up becoming one of the better big men duos in the NBA. Simmons can get to the bucket and finish with both hands at the rim while Embiid's offensive skills are very raw, but he can clean up misses with rebounding in addition to controlling the paint on the defensive side.
Despite plenty of weaknesses, Whiteside's superior defense and rebounding has made him one of the hottest free agents in Summer '16. It seems like the Heat and the Lakers are the top potential landing spots for the big man, who averaged 14.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game in 2015-16. Whiteside, who is also being courted by the Mavericks, Blazers and Warriors among others, is excited to be one of the top five free agents this summer. "I find it flattering, because in my past, I was trying to call those teams and now it's the other way around," said Whiteside. "It's a flattering experience and I'm thankful for this opportunity."
While it remains to be seen if Henry Sims will sign with the Nets this off-season, he will play for their summer team. Sims appeared in 14 games with the team last year with 6.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in just under 19 minutes per game. With teams searching for depth at center, Sims could be in line for a job next season as long as he performs well this summer.
Not only is Giannis Antetokounmpo transitioning to point guard for the Bucks, but he is playing the role for Greece in international play. With Milwaukee looking to put the game in Antetokounmpo's hands, he will need to learn how to run the point moving forward. The team has intimated their talented player will not guard the other team's point guard initially. Last year, Antetokounmpo averaged 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.
Wroten was waived by the Knicks earlier in the week, after they needed to make room on the roster for the Derrick Rose trade to go through. The Grizzlies decided they wanted to give Wroten a look, so they'll pick up the 23-year-old guard. With Mike Conley headed to free agency, Wroten is an insurance option in the backcourt, but likely won't see significant minutes once the regular season rolls around.
The Raptors and their fans have been very good to DeRozan despite he and Lowry's postseason struggles. If the Raptors do not offer him a max deal though, he will begin scheduling with other teams. But the fact that he is remaining loyal to Toronto means he really wants to be back. The ball is in Toronto's court and they know it's basically max deal or nothing. DeRozan averaged 23.5 PPG/ 4.0 APG/ 4.5 RPG. But in the postseason, his FG% dropped from 45% to an inefficient 39%. The playoffs have given DeRozan struggles in the past but he has still played well despite efficiency problems.
You can never fault a player for making a long playoff run and deciding to rest. Love also had a difficult final series on the mental side of things as the media was all over him for his poor performance. He picked it up the final game and help earn Cleveland their first ever NBA title. Love is probably banged up as well so it wouldn't make much sense to unnecessarily fight through any pain.
Pistons are interested in re-signing restricted free agent center Andre Drummond to a maximum contract extension. Observers will continue to question whether Drummond, 22, is worth such an investment.
It's almost a guarantee that Drummond will receive a max deal from the Pistons. Drummond has shown significant improvement in his offensive game and proved once again, he's one of the best rebounders in the game. He averaged 16 points and almost 15 rebounds a game. However, Drummond was abysmal from the line especially i the playoffs, making just 32%. With the salary cap expanding and guys like Harrison Barnes are probable to earn max deals, Drummond would deserve it as well. But it remains to be seen if he can be a leader, or carry a team on his back. His free throw shooting may hinder his ability to ever make it through the playoffs, so the max deal concerns are viable.