DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: May 1
Ben Scherr

Darren Collison has been arrested on domestic violence charges.

An arrest does not signify that he has actually done anything wrong, but it is certainly a bad sign for the Number 2 point guard in Sacramento. He is out on bail, and even if nothing comes of the criminal case, he could still face league discipline.
8 hours ago

Joel Embiid is finally healthy, according to his most recent Instagram post.

On that aforementioned instagram post, Embiid hash tagged "FinallyHealthy". Embiid has spent his first two professionals seasons on the sidelines, not recording a single minute of action due to injuries. Embiid made it known he's going to attempt to recruit Kevin Durant to Philadelphia this offseason as well.
15 hours ago

Dion Waiters says he wants to return to the Thunder.

Waiters has a bit of a breakout in the playoffs, and while he could probably parlay that into a big contract from a desperate team like the Nets, Oklahoma City is probably the best place for Waivers on and off the court. While Waiters would likely have a higher ceiling on another team, the odds are he would be a disaster someplace else, like Lance Stephenson has been since leaving the Pacers.
1 day ago

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.
1 day 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.
1 day 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.
1 day 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 day 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 day 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.
1 day ago
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