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.
While the New York papers can entertain the chances of signing Kevin Durant, the Knicks are probably better suited on adding veterans for depth. Jamal Crawford appears to be on this list as the Knicks have a need at shooting guard and the three-time sixth man award winner could fill the void. Crawford averaged 15.5 points over 79 games for the Clippers last season. It is also rumored Crawford enjoyed his time in New York and the management team is supportive of his potential return.
The 23-year old out of Missouri played only 19 games in the 2014-15 season, averaging 11.9 points per game. He will spend the summer honing his game in hopes to contribute to the Lakers next season.
As most young players do, Irving will play for the United States in this summer's Olympics in Brazil. Coming off of his first NBA title, he was a solid contributor alongside LeBron James in bringing the Championship to Cleveland. Even though Irving defers to King James offensively, he is still worthy of being taken in the early rounds on draft day 2016-17.
After landing the young Duke standout Brandon Ingram at the draft on Thursday, and two starters still under 21 years of age, it's evident that Lakers are looking to the future. One thing they are seriously still lacking is a productive, dominant big man. At just 27 years old, Whiteside is just now coming into his prime. He led the league last year with 3.7 blocks per game and 11.8 rebounds. The Lakers won't be the only team making a big ush for him this free agency, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Plumlee hit free agency for the first time in his career this off-season, and did not last long on the market. He offers tenacity and energy on the defensive end of the court, and he should have plenty of gas left in the tank after being underused by the Bucks during his time with Milwaukee.
In addition to the Warriors, it has been reported that the Pistons also have interest in the big man. Golden State is looking for a center to attack the rim, and Horford offers nice versatility both offensively and defensively. Of course, the Warriors are also interested in Kevin Durant, and if he they sign him, the money may not be there to ink Horford as well.