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2017 NBA Draft: First Round Mock
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Tim Frazier Headshot

Frazier will be traded from the Pelicans to the Wizards in exchange for the 52nd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Michael Scotto of the Associated Press reports.

Frazier was a key rotation player for the Pelicans during the 2016-17 campaign, starting 35 of the 65 games he played in and posting averages of 7.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists across 23.5 minutes. Slated to make just $2 million on the final year of his contract during the upcoming season, he doesn't come with much risk for the Wizards and he should immediately slot in as John Wall's backup at point guard with Brandon Jennings currently a free agent and not guaranteed to be back. That said, with both Wall and Bradley Beal commanding the majority of the workload in the backcourt, Frazier will have plenty of limitations as a fantasy player. Look for the deal to become finalized on Thursday.
Yesterday 8:39 pm (EST)
Nick Young Headshot

Young will decline his $5.6 million player option for the 2017-18 season and become an unrestricted free agent, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.

After the Lakers dangled Young's name out in trade rumors over the past few years, he had somewhat of a surprise resurgence during the 2016-17 campaign, averaging 13.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 2.8 three-pointers across 60 games. However, the Lakers are currently shedding contracts and cap space with the hope of landing some big free agents over the next few summers, so it remains to be seen if they'll be willing to re-up Young, who should be able to lock in a raise from the $5.6 million he was slated to make. No matter who picks up Young, he's largely limited to his value as a three-point shooter, as he struggles to offer much elsewhere in the box score.
Yesterday 7:09 pm (EST)
Greg Monroe Headshot

Monroe plans to exercise his $17.8 million player option for 2017-18 and remain with the Bucks, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

With traditional back-to-the-basket centers in the mold of Monroe no longer possessing as much market value as they did a few seasons ago, it was unlikely that the 27-year-old would have landed a larger annual salary had he decided to become a free agent. Since Monroe's contract set to expire after this season, the Bucks could finally have better luck trying to trade him away in the coming months, but while he remains with the team, he'll likely serve as a go-to scoring option for the second unit. Monroe averaged 11.7 points, 6.6 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 22.5 minutes per game in 2015-16.
Yesterday 9:23 am (EST)
Langston Galloway Headshot

Galloway will decline his $5.4 million player option for the 2017-18 season, Michael Scotto of the Associated Press reports.

After spending the first 55 games of the 2016-17 campaign with the Pelicans, Galloway was a part of trade that sent him to the Kings for the final 19 games of the season. Between the two teams, Galloway averaged 7.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.6 three-pointers across 20.2 minutes. It's unclear if Galloway will be able to command more than the $5.4 million he was slated to make, but he'll bet on himself with the hope of finding a situation where he can thrive. Galloway likely won't be more than a reserve no matter where he signs.
20 Jun 11:46 pm (EST)
Brook Lopez Headshot

Lopez and the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft will be traded to the Lakers in exchange for D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Lopez was on an expiring $22.6 million deal for the 2017-18 campaign, so the Nets opted to ship him out and at least get some value back before losing him in free agency in the summer of 2018. While the Nets had to take on the final three years of an ugly four-year, $64 million contract for Mozgov, they at least received the promising young guard Russell, who was the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Lopez should take on a hefty role in the frontcourt for the Lakers, which is a tough blow for the outlook of the up-and-coming Ivica Zubac.
20 Jun 10:31 pm (EST)
D'Angelo Russell Headshot

Russell and Timofey Mozgov will be traded to the Nets on Thursday in exchange for Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

In what appears to be an effort to clear some cap space for big name free agents over the next few years, the Lakers were able to get rid of the last three year's of Mozgov's four-year, $64 million deal, but will also have to let go of Russell, who was the team's second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. With Lopez heading to Los Angeles, Russell appears to be one of the Nets top options offensively heading into the 2017-18 campaign and he should see as many minutes as possible, which should mean a bump in the 28.7 minutes he saw a season ago, as well as his overall fantasy value.
20 Jun 10:21 pm (EST)
Marco Belinelli Headshot

Belinelli (finger), Miles Plumlee (knee), and the 41st pick were traded from the Hornets to the Hawks on Tuesday in exchange for Dwight Howard and the 31st pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

This trade was likely largely influenced by Atlanta wanting to dump Dwight Howard and the remaining two years of his three-year, $70.5 million deal. Belinelli will likely come off the bench at shooting guard and small forward behind Kent Bazemore, Tim Hardaway, and Taurean Prince while in Atlanta. Belinelli scored 10.5 points per game while averaging 24.0 minutes per contest, but he could see a dip in minutes and stats due to the Hawks' logjam at his position.
20 Jun 9:29 pm (EST)
Dwight Howard Headshot

Howard and the 31st pick in the 2017 NBA Draft will be traded to the Hornets in exchange for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Howard has two years left on a three-year, $70.5 million deal, so it appears the Hawks didn't like the return they were getting from him and will instead dump his salary off to the Hornets. With Cody Zeller still in fold in Charlotte, Howard enters a slightly more crowded rotation at the center position and it remains to be seen how those minutes will be allocated between the two. Howard should be considered the favorite to start, but the fact that Zeller is still around and Frank Kaminsky occasionally sees time at center as well, it could mean a slight decrease in minutes. In 74 games with Atlanta during the 2016-17 campaign, Howard averaged 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1. steal and 1.6 blocks across 32.1 minutes.
20 Jun 9:25 pm (EST)
Miles Plumlee Headshot

Plumlee (knee), along with Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick in the draft were traded to the Hawks in exchange for Dwight Howard and the 31st pick on Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Plumlee has bounced around quite a bit in the past year. He began last season with the Bucks before being dealt to Charlotte before the trade deadline. His four-year, $52 million contract was largely seen as an unfavorable deal when he signed it last season, but it appears the Hawks were willing to absorb it in order to get the first pick of the 2nd round in Thursday's draft and unload Dwight Howard's three-year, $70.5 million deal. Plumlee will likely split time at center with Mike Muscala if he remains in Atlanta. Plumlee averaged 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds across 10.8 minutes per game in 2017.
20 Jun 9:16 pm (EST)
Ivica Zubac Headshot

Zubac no longer has a clear path to minutes for the 2017-18 season after the Lakers' acquisition of Brook Lopez on Tuesday.

Zubac started in 10 consecutive games to close out his rookie campaign and was gaining momentum heading into the offseason. That all changes with the addition of Lopez, though, as Lopez is the favorite to start and see the lion's share of minutes at center this coming season. With Timofey Mozgov headed to Brooklyn, Zubac will seemingly serve as the main backup to Lopez and have only limited fantasy value in a reserve role. Lopez only has one more year remaining on his current contract, so Zubac still has significant keeper value.
20 Jun 6:41 pm (EST)
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