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2017 NBA Draft: First Round Mock
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Spencer Hawes Headshot

Hawes will pick up the player-option for his 2017-18 contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

Hawes will make $6 million in the final year of his deal. The veteran averaged 4.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 0.5 triples across 9.0 minutes per game as a fringe-rotational player after being traded to Milwaukee in February. The Bucks drafted stretch-four D.J. Wilson out of Michigan with their first pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and he projects to play a similar role with the club as Hawes. Thus, he will presumably have a hard time getting much regular rotation run in the upcoming season.
8:43 pm (EST)
Jordan Hill Headshot

Hill was waived by the Timberwolves on Monday, Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports.

Hill's contract was non-guaranteed for next season if he was waived before the end of June, so the move isn't all that unexpected, especially after the Wolves acquired Jimmy Butler via trade on draft night. With Butler in tow and under contract for two more seasons, the Wolves are expected to ramp up their efforts to return to the postseason, which means clearing as much cap space as possible to pursue impact free agents this offseason. The 29-year-old Hill appeared in only seven games for the Wolves in 2016-17 after falling out of favor with coach Tom Thibodeau early in the year.
5:12 pm (EST)
Jusuf Nurkic Headshot

Nurkic (leg) is yet to be cleared for on-court work, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.

Nurkic continues to work his way back from a lower-leg fracture, which kept him out of most of the Blazers' first-round series against Golden State. Back in late-April, Nurkic was given a timeline of 2-to-3 months, so with that in mind, he'll likely be back up to speed within the next few weeks. GM Neil Olshey said Monday that Nurkic is expected to be ready well before the start of camp in September.
4:01 pm (EST)
Allen Crabbe Headshot

Crabbe (foot) has been cleared for on-court work and is expected to be ready for training camp, Mike Richman of the Oregonian reports.

Crabbe participated in all but two regular- season games for the Trail Blazers, averaging 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 three-pointers across 28.5 minutes per contest. However, near the end of the season he suffered a stress reaction in his left foot, which required surgery in May. Crabbe has already progressed to the point where he can take part in on-court drills, so there's currently no concern over his availability for training camp. He's heading into the second year of a four-year, $74.8 million contract and is slated to pull in $19.3 million during the 2017-18 campaign alone, which suggests he should again take on a substantial role despite coming off a relatively disappointing showing this past year.
3:11 pm (EST)
Ed Davis Headshot

Davis (shoulder) has been cleared for on-court work and is expected to be ready for training camp, Mike Richman of the Oregonian reports.

Davis was restricted to just 46 games during the 2016-17 campaign, with ankle, wrist and shoulder injuries all contributing to the missed time. Most recently, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in March, but Davis now appears to be nearing a full recovery. He's already been cleared for on-court work, which likely means he'll be 100 percent for training camp. With an already crowded frontcourt that added Zach Collins in the 2017 NBA Draft, Davis should be slated for a reserve role off the bench, which could limit his overall upside as a fantasy option.
2:49 pm (EST)
K.J. McDaniels Headshot

Brooklyn reportedly plans to decline McDaniels' team option making him an unrestricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

The 24-year-old is no stranger to packing his things and relocating despite only have played just three seasons in the league. McDaniels didn't necessarily struggle last season with the Nets, but he was far from impressive posting just 4.2 points per game and 1.7 rebounds per game. Now that Brooklyn has added D'Angelo Russell to the mix, McDaniels quickly becomes an expendable player for the club during their rebuild. It's likely he'll find a new home given his youth, but there's no telling how big or small of a role he'll assume until he does.
12:14 am (EST)
Dirk Nowitzki Headshot

Nowitzki will have his $25 million team option for the 2017-18 season declined, but is expected to re-sign with the Mavericks, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.

Shortly after this past season concluded, Nowitzki was quick to announce he'd be returning for his 20th year in the NBA, but he'll first need to restructure his contract in order for the Mavericks to free up some space. A new two-year deal is expected to eventually be agreed upon between the two sides, although nothing concrete has been put in place. Once re-signed, Nowitzki should continue to be a key piece in the Mavericks regular rotation, but his numbers could continue to dip as he gets older.
Yesterday 1:37 pm (EST)
Chris Paul Headshot

Paul officially exercised his early termination option to become a free agent Saturday, Paul Garcia of The Sports Daily reports.

As anticipated, Paul will pass on his final year with the Clippers in order to test the free-agent waters, which opens July 1st. His former team could offer him the heftiest contract -- which could be worth upwards of $205 million on a five-year deal -- but any other team could only offer him a maximum of $152 million over four years, according to ESPN.
24 Jun 4:54 pm (EST)
DeAndre Liggins Headshot

Liggins' option will not be picked up by the Mavericks, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.

This decision is unsurprising, as Liggins played in just the final two games of the season with the club. He was signed due to a plethora of injured and rested players. The Kentucky product played 79 games with the Cavaliers before ultimately being waived. He finished the season with an average of 2.4 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and 0.7 steals across 12.3 minutes per game.
24 Jun 1:14 pm (EST)
Yogi Ferrell Headshot

The Mavs have opted to pick up Ferrell's option for $1.3 million, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.

Ferrell made this decision easy for the Mavericks, as he excelled after initially signing a 10-day contract with the team mid-season. He started 29-of-36 games with the club, and tallied 11.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.3 dimes, 1.1 steals, and 1.7 triples across 29.1 minutes per game in the process. The Indiana product will presumably see his role reduced in the upcoming season, as the Mavericks drafted point guard Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Also, J.J. Barea and Seth Curry are still both under contract with the team, so it remains to be seen how the rotation will play out. Barea would seem the likely candidate to be on the outside looking in if the team opts to air on the side of youth.
24 Jun 12:40 pm (EST)
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