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2017 NBA Draft: First Round Mock
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Mo Williams Headshot

Williams is working towards an NBA return after missing the 2016-17 season as a result of knee surgery, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

Williams last played for the Cavaliers during the 2015-16 season, where he averaged 8.2 points and 2.4 assists across 18.2 minutes per game while shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from beyond the arc. While Williams' presence as a veteran could help out a number of teams, his statistics over the past few seasons have been far from eye-popping.
6:14 pm (EST)
Paul Pierce Headshot

Pierce was waived by the Clippers on Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

Pierce was irrelevant in fantasy last season due to the very little action he saw. He participated in just 25 games, averaging 3.2 points and 1.9 rebounds across 11.1 minutes per contest. With his role and abilities gradually slipping, plus Chris Paul being traded away to Houston, Pierce's time in Los Angeles, and possibly the NBA, has come to a close.
5:13 pm (EST)
David Nwaba Headshot

Nwaba's team option for the 2017-18 season was exercised Wednesday by the Lakers.

Nwaba was signed by the Lakers during the middle of last season after impressing in the D-League. He's primarily a defensive player, but chipped in 6.0 points and 3.2 boards on 58.0 percent shooting across 19.9 minutes per game during his 20 appearances in the NBA. It seems unlikely at the moment that he'll garner a bigger workload than that next season, making fantasy relevance a stretch for Nwaba.
4:56 pm (EST)
Ben McLemore Headshot

McLemore will become an unrestricted free agent as a result of the Kings declining to extend him a qualifying offer, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports.

McLemore has seen his role fluctuate with the Kings since being drafted with the seventh pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He actually ended up seeing his smallest workload of his career last season, playing just 19.3 minutes per game and starting only 26 of the 61 games he participated in. At this point, Sacramento management seems dead-set on giving Buddy Hield the keys at shooting guard. Plus, the team agreed to terms with Bogdan Bogdanovic on Wednesday, a shooting guard who they traded for in June of 2016 and spent last season overseas. Though Sacramento may not have an interest in keeping McLemore, he shot a solid 38.2 percent from beyond the arc last during the 2016-17 season and has shown consistent improvement from that distance over his four-year career, which should catch the eye of a fair number of teams.
4:24 pm (EST)
Shawn Long Headshot

Long was traded from the 76ers to the Rockets on Wednesday in exchange for cash and a 2018 second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

Long was a late addition to the 76ers and ended up playing in just 18 games. That said, he made an impact when he took the floor, averaging 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds across 13.0 minutes per game while shooting 56.0 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from three. It's unclear at the moment whether or not Houston intends to keep Long, as they've been making trades all Wednesday, manipulating their finances to acquire Chris Paul. However, considering Long has potential as a stretch five, he could fit the Rockets' floor-spacing gameplan nicely if they opt to hang onto him.
3:59 pm (EST)
Kyle Wiltjer Headshot

Wiltjer was traded from the Rockets to the Clippers on Wednesday as part of the deal that sent Chris Paul to Houston, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

Wiltjer, who spent most of last season bouncing between the D-League and the NBA, saw just 43 minutes of action with the Rockets, totaling 13 points, 10 boards, three steals, two assists and a block. That said, he averaged an impressive 20.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 37.7 percent from three in the D-League. It's unclear at this time whether or not he'll be retained by the Clippers, or if his presence in the deal is simply as a trade chip.
3:46 pm (EST)
Tim Quarterman Headshot

Quarterman, after being traded from the Trail Blazers to the Rockets hours prior, was dealt by the Rockets to the Clippers as part of the Chris Paul trade, David Aldridge of Turner Sports reports.

Quarterman was essentially brought in by Houston to be used as part of the deal that sent Chris Paul to the Rockets. It remains to be seen whether or not the Clippers intend to keep Quarterman considering his extremely limited NBA experience and subpar D-League numbers.
3:11 pm (EST)
DeAndre Liggins Headshot

Liggins, who was traded from the Mavericks to the Rockets earlier Wednesday, will now head to the Clippers as part of the Chris Paul deal, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Liggins was likely just an extra piece in the trade to make the financials work out between both the Clippers and Rockets. It remains to be seen if the Clippers will ultimately keep him on the roster for the 2017-18 campaign, as his contract isn't currently guaranteed. If he does, however, stick with the Clippers, Liggins would likely be nothing but a deep reserve behind the likes of Lou Williams and Jamal Crawford at shooting guard. The Clippers could also add another piece during the upcoming free agency, which further complicates Liggins' eventual role with the team.
3:11 pm (EST)
Darrun Hilliard Headshot

Hilliard was traded to the Rockets on Wednesday and will be included in the package being sent to the Clippers for Chris Paul, Sam Amick of USA Today Sports reports.

In order to satisfy cap requirements and complete the trade, the Rockets have scrambled to acquire several players on non-guaranteed contracts for next season. Hilliard, who appeared in 39 games for Detroit in 2016-17, has until July 1 to be waived, or his contract for the 2017-18 season becomes guaranteed. The expectation is that the Clippers will move forth with waiving Hilliard, as well as a few other players, in short order.
3:09 pm (EST)
Jarrett Allen Headshot

Allen (hip) is unable to participate in the Las Vegas Summer League due to a strained right hip flexor, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.

Allen was selected 22nd overall by Brooklyn in the 2017 NBA Draft, which is unfortunate for the Nets considering they won't get a good look at his play prior to him competing at the professional level. The 6-foot-11 big man spent his freshman season at Texas before being drafted, averaging 13.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks across 32.1 minutes per game.
3:06 pm (EST)
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