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2017 NBA Draft: First Round Mock
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Lavoy Allen Headshot

Allen is slated to become an unrestricted free agent after the Pacers informed him they will not exercise his $4 million contract option, Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports reports.

Allen signed a three-year deal with Indiana back in 2015 and has gone on to average just 4.3 points and 4.6 rebounds since then. This past season, he saw his minutes slip to a career-low 14.3 per game. After his option was declined, the 28-year-old will hit the open market when free agency begins July 1st.
Yesterday 7:02 pm (EST)
Chris Paul Headshot

Paul intends to opt out of his contract on June 29th, which would make him an unrestricted free agent, ESPN reports.

Paul will forgo the final year of his current deal with the Clippers, which is worth over $24 million, to hit the open market when free agency starts July 1st. While Paul is waiting for the final day possible to officially declare his intention, star forward Blake Griffin opted out of his final year on Friday. As a result, Los Angeles' two best players will be free to field offers from around this league next month, leaving the franchise with a humungous offseason ahead. At 32 years old, Paul averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 three-pointers while shooting 41.1 percent from deep in 61 appearances this season.
Yesterday 6:30 pm (EST)
Ray McCallum Headshot

McCallum will sign a free-agent contract with the Rockets, Johnathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

McCallum will link up with Houston for summer league action after spending part of this past season with the Hornets. Although he never played over the course of two 10-day contracts with Charlotte, McCallum averaged 17.6 points, 7.0 assists and 5.8 rebounds in the G League, and boasts previous NBA experience having played his first two seasons with the Kings before stints with the Spurs and Grizzlies in 2015-16.
Yesterday 6:02 pm (EST)
Blake Griffin Headshot

Griffin (toe) has opted out of his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

Griffin was scheduled to earn over $21 million during the upcoming season, but, as expected, he'll forgo that salary in search of a new long-term deal this offseason. While Griffin opting out doesn't come as a surprise, it does drive home the reality that he could leave Los Angeles this summer. At 28 years old, Griffin has averaged just over 21 points each of the last three seasons, while posting around eight rebounds and five assists per game the past two. Although he's ended back-to-back campaigns injured, Griffin still figures to be one of the five most-coveted free agents this offseason, giving the Clippers stiff competition to retain their star forward.
Yesterday 5:51 pm (EST)
Arron Afflalo Headshot

Afflalo was released by the Kings on Friday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

Afflalo's release comes ahead of Friday's deadline for a contract guarantee. After signing a two-year, $25 million deal with the Kings last summer, Afflalo went on to average just 8.4 points and 2.0 rebounds despite shooting 41.1 percent from three this past season, leaving Sacramento in search of cheaper alternatives. At 31 years old, the veteran will now hit the free agent market going into his eleventh season.
Yesterday 5:01 pm (EST)
Chris Walker Headshot

Walker agreed to a free-agent contract with the Bulls on Friday, Michael Scotto of The Associated Press reports.

Walker, once a highly prized recruit, has played for the G League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers since going undrafted in 2015. This past season, he averaged nearly six points and four rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game. While that production is nothing to write home about, the bouncy forward will hope to impress the Bulls during summer league.
Yesterday 4:53 pm (EST)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Headshot

Caldwell-Pope has been suspended for the first two games of the 2017-18 regular season, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.

Caldwell-Pope's suspension comes after he pled guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated after being arrested on suspicion of DUI in March. A restricted free agent this offseason, Caldwell-Pope is expected to garner significant interest around the league, but the Pistons ultimately reserve the right to match any offer he receives. Despite the lottery selection of fellow sharpshooter Luke Kennard on Thursday, it's anticipated that Detroit will exercise its right to keep KCP, even though he'll now be forced to sit out the first couple games next season. Just 24 years old, Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 three-pointers on 35 percent shooting from deep last season.
Yesterday 4:33 pm (EST)
Guerschon Yabusele Headshot

Yabusele (foot) will not play for Boston in this year's summer league, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.

As expected, Yabusele will need the summer to rehab and recover after having surgery to remove bone spurs from both of his feet. As Yabusele looks to transition back into the NBA after spending much of last season in China, his absence from summer league surely won't ease that move, so his status for next season is completely up in the air. Expect the team to provide updates regarding the 2016 first-round pick's health throughout the summer.
Yesterday 1:35 pm (EST)
Tyus Jones Headshot

With Kris Dunn traded to Chicago in the Jimmy Butler deal, Jones looks set to enter next season as the primary backup point guard to Ricky Rubio.

Minnesota could still make some moves this summer and perhaps sign a veteran point guard, but for now it looks like Jones could see a significant increase in playing time. Jones was quietly efficient last season in limited playing time as he averaged 7.3 assists to 1.8 turnovers per 36 minutes and was eighth on the team in PER. He could surprise this season if he retains the backup point guard role.
Yesterday 11:38 am (EST)
Jeremy Lamb Headshot

Lamb has more competition for playing time heading into the 2017-18 season after the Hornets selected Malik Monk with the 11th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.

Lamb was already struggling for playing time in Charlotte, never having averaged more than 20 minutes per game over his five-year career, and the selection of Monk makes it very hard to believe Lamb will buck the trend in the season ahead, even with Marco Belinelli being shipped to Atlanta days earlier. If Monk struggles to begin his rookie season, the Hornets still have far more incentive leaving the rookie on the court since they're not exactly a team that will be in contention for a title in the near future.
22 Jun 9:07 pm (EST)
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