DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: May 1
Ben Scherr

Raptors would love to bring Bismack Biyombo back but they know it will hard because of the money he will command.

Biyombo's impressive play in the postseason is going to get him a nice paycheck this offseason. He doesn't bring much to a team on the offensive end, but when it comes to rebounding the basketball and protecting the rim, he's a borderline-elite option.
9 minutes ago

Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said re-signing DeMar DeRozen is their number one priority but would not commit to giving him a max deal.

DeRozan has become almost of a polarizing figure in Toronto, reminiscent of the Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady Toronto days. DeRozan averaged 23.5 points, four assists and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Raptors this past season. He was instrumental in them making it as far as they did and it will be interesting to see how what DeRozan decides to do.
13 minutes ago

Raptors plan to give Jonas Valanciunas a larger role next season.

In 60 games this season, Valanciunas averaged just under 13 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. His impact on the team may have been overshadowed during the postseason by Bismack Biyombo, but regardless, this team needs Valanciunas. Also, don't forget how talented he is - he wasn't drafted fifth overall a few years ago for no reason.
17 minutes ago

Harrison Barnes is not in the starting lineup for Game 7.

Barnes will work with the second unit for Game 7 while Andre Iguodala will start. This is the same lineup that worked for the Warriors during their championship run last season. Coach Steve Kerr will look for Barnes to provide a scoring punch in that second unit, while Iguodala's exceptional passing ability should help the starting unit.
1 hour ago

Andre Iguodala will start for the Warriors in Game 7.

Coach Steve Kerr is implementing the same lineup he did to help him win the 2015 NBA Championship, moving Iguodala into the starting lineup and Harrison Barnes to the bench. Iguodala's defensive impact is unparalleled and was such an underrated part of Game 6's win. Iguodala hasn't scored in double-figures since Game 2 but his impact isn't going to come in the world of fantasy sports.
1 hour ago

Bismack Biyombo said he would consider taking a hometown discount to stay with Raptors.

He has already made it clear that he will opt-out of his contract and become a free agent, but along with that came the statement that he wants to remain in Toronto if possible. Biyombo became a breakout player for the Raptors during their playoff run and thus making his $2.3 million option for 2016-17 season not enough. Hometown discounts aren't uncommon for players who want to stay with a team and could help in this case with DeRozan and Lowry also needing more money shortly. As for whether he will stay or not will be decided in the upcoming free agency period.
7 hours ago

Hassan Whiteside wants to re-sign with the Miami Heat.

This has been the expectation all along, but it's still unclear if Miami is willing to bid what another team—or teams—will put on the table. There is chatter that the Heat will attempt to sell Whiteside on taking less than the max, but there will surely be at least one other club willing to give him a max contract. Pat Riley has previously said that Whiteside will be his team's No. 1 offseason priority, and there's no question that the best rim protector in the league will be in high demand.
12 hours ago

The Heat are open to bringing back Amar’e Stoudemire at the league minimum.

They're "open" to lots of possibilities, but that doesn't make their pursuit "likely" in any way, shape or form. "It would have to be a defined role (his return)," his agent, Travis King, said last week. "He loves Miami and the team but he loves playing. He’s looking somewhere he can play. He wants to contribute 10 to 20 minutes a night." Assuming Miami re-signs Hassan Whiteside, the odds of Stoudemire finding that role with the Heat are slim to none.
12 hours ago

Pau Gasol is considering skipping the Olympics because of the Zika virus.

The Spanish basketball player Gasol said Monday there is too much uncertainty about the situation in Brazil and anyone going to Rio de Janeiro for the games should "think about" whether it's worth the risk. He said other Spanish athletes have also expressed their concerns about the virus and are also considering skipping the games. "It wouldn't surprise me to see some athletes deciding not to participate in the games to avoid putting their health and the health of their families at risk," Gasol said, adding that he was among the athletes making such considerations.
12 hours ago

Steve Kerr praised Andre Iguodala on his defensive performance in Game 6.

Iggy was absolutely sensational on Saturday night, holding Kevin Durant to 10-of-31 shooting, but that wasn't the most impressive part of his performance. Andre Eagle-Dollar stripped Durant and Russell Westbrook twice each in the final 1:40 of the game, setting the stage for Steph Curry to take over and send the Warriors-Thunder to a Game 7 on Monday night. Iguodala still doesn't seem to even be all that impressed by his own performance, deflecting any and all praise to his teammates while citing a defensive gem against Kobe Bryant in his prime in 2005 as his best defensive output. The Warriors will need him to be at his best once again for Game 7, locking down Durant while switching out on other players such as Westbrook.
23 hours ago
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