DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: May 1
Ben Scherr
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Dirk Nowitzki has decided to opt out of the final season of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks but has no intention of leaving the team.

2016 would have been the final year of a three-year $25 million deal for the big German but now he will rework a new deal to remain in Dallas. In a radio interview given to a Dallas sports station on Monday, he indicated that he wanted to help Mark Cuban figure out how to make the Mavs contenders again and with that thought he could accept less than the $8.7 million he was scheduled to make next season. He wants to become the second player ever to play 20 NBA seasons with one team, along with Kobe Bryant, and needs just two more years to do that. Dallas hasn't been close to winning a championship since they won in 2011 and this move by Dirk likely gives the Mavs more flexibility to make that happen.
2 hours ago

Chris Bosh is not on the Heat team flight to Toronto Monday.

Bosh has expressed many times that he is good to go and wishes to play for the Heat at some point this season. The team management has a different opinion, though, saying that he is still out indefinitely. Team doctors have yet to clear Bosh, who has been shut down since the All-Star break, and believe that no team in the NBA would clear him "under the circumstances."
3 hours ago

Nicolas Batum said he wouldn't mind returning to the Hornets next season.

After a good for season in Charlotte, Batum says he would welcome the idea of coming back as he enters free agency this offseason. Batum averaged 14.2 PPG, 6.1 RPG, and 5.8 APG in his first season away from Portland. After posting numbers like these, Batum is sure to receive a number of good offers from many teams around the league.
5 hours ago

Pacers and head coach Frank Vogel have yet to discus a new contract.

There's little to no doubt that Frank Vogel is considered as one the best coaches in the NBA. Question is, is he going to be back next season? Probably seems to be the answer here, but only because it’s hard to imagine otherwise. However, the door has been opened reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports. Vogel wouldn’t need to worry about employment though, since he would instantly jump to near the top of every coaching search list out there and probably the ones that will come up next season. The question is, why would the Pacers potentially let him go? Did his mistake with his timeout call late in Game 7 annoy Indiana's front office? Maybe, but it's anyone's guess (according to Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star). This is a team whose second and third best players are Monta Ellis and George Hill, and they have a thin bench — Vogel did more with less he was given by Larry Bird than just about any coach could have. This team has limitations and he has done a fantastic job putting players in positions where they could succeed. One can imagine that in a couple of weeks the Pacers will announce a new deal with Vogel, but that's anyone's guess (also according to Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star).
8 hours ago

Kristaps Porzingis will not play for Latvia this summer.

Porzingis (who averaged 14.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.9 BPG and 1.1 3PMPG during the 2015-2016 regular season) decided to sit out the Latvian national basketball team's attempt at trying to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics (in Serbia). He will instead prepare himself for the 2016-2017 season with the Knicks for the time being.
8 hours ago

DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points (10-32 FGA, 9-9 FTA) including 1-5 3PA with five rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two blocks in 40 minutes in Game 7’s win over the Pacers.

It was another up game for DeRozan following a down game on Friday. The last four games of the opening round series have been a real roller coaster for him. He also managed to fill up the stat sheet pretty impressively with better than a couple in most categories. He has been a monster all season against Miami, who they face next, averaging 29.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.5 APG, and 1.3 SPG in four games.
14 hours ago

Kyle Lowry scored 11 points (5-14 FGA, 1-2 FTA) with nine assists, four rebounds, and one steal in 37 minutes in Sunday’s Game 7 win over the Pacers.

Indiana’s defense kept Lowry in check for much of the series and Sunday was no different with just the 11 points scored. His assist totals have been good throughout however and he has also registered a steal in every game of the series. Toronto now faces the Heat in the next round and against them in the regular season he averaged 16.8 PPG, 5.0 APG, 5.0 RPG, and 2.3 SPG making him a good play DFS formats.
14 hours ago

Jonas Valanciunas scored 10 points (4-10 FGA, 2-2 FTA) with 15 points, one assist, and one block in 28 minutes in the series-clinching win Sunday over Indiana.

The big fella had another big double-double in the closeout game of the first round series on Sunday. He was in double figures every game but one in the series but only went over 16 points once. His average of a 13.6 PPG, 11.9 RPG double-double is better than his season long averages and gives hope that he can take the next step next season. The big man is a very good center against Miami averaging 15.3 PPG and 9.3 RPG with a handful of assists and steals per game too.
14 hours ago

Patrick Patterson scored 11 points (4-9 FGA, 3-5 3PA) with four rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes in the 89-84 Game 7 win over Indiana.

Sunday was only the second double figure outing for him in the series and came in his shortest workload too. Patterson is more of a role player for the deep Raptors roster and that has shown again in the playoffs as he posted similar numbers to his season averages. He can be avoided come draft time next season as he simply doesn’t produce enough.
14 hours ago

Monta Ellis scored 15 points (7-14 FGA, 1-4 3PA) with seven assists and four rebounds in 37 minutes in the 89-84 loss Sunday to Toronto.

Just as he started the series he is ending it. Bookend back-to-back double-digit games in the series for Ellis but unfortunately for him they weren’t enough to power the Pacers past the Raptors. The seven assists on Sunday were also his highest total of the series. He averaged 11.6 PPG, 4.3 APG, 3.9 RPG, and 2.1 SPG in the playoffs making him around his season averages as well. Ellis was okay during the season but certainly is not a standout fantasy option. He has value in deeper formats as a consistent SG option.
14 hours ago