All these teams likely very happy to have a seat at the table with Durant and his representatives as they look to lure him away from the Thunder with a max contract deal. While it seems likely that Durant returns to the Thunder on a short term deal similar to what LeBron James has in Cleveland it's also very conceivable that he is done playing with Russell Westbrook who is expected to leave the Thunder next off-season. The Celtics are likely the most surprising team on this list as they have had consecutive first round exits in the playoffs and lack a real superstar to play with Durant unlike the rest of the teams listed however Durant was very nearly a Celtic back in 2007 had the lottery gone the way Boston had hoped.
Noah will figure to be a hot commodity in the free agent market this summer. The veteran big would be a nice fit with the Knicks, who just lost Robin Lopez in the Derrick Rose trade. Noah remains a solid option in fantasy as long as he is healthy no matter where he lands for 2016-'17.
All eyes will be on the first overall pick in the summer league, as it will be his first run with NBA players. Simmons will be a hot name in drafts for the 2016-'17 season as he will get plenty of playing time with the Sixers in his first year in the league.
The Bucks are one of four teams that are rumored to be sizing up a substantial offer for the 31-year-old center who is coming off of shoulder surgery. Noah appeared in just 29 games last year, and he played in just 67 games the year before that. It appears as though Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd has soured on Greg Monroe, but the Bucks will face stiff competition to land Noah as the Wizards have plenty of cap room and the Knicks have Derrick Rose, Carmelo, and the city of New York on their side. The Minnesota Timberwolves are also interested in Noah, and with the young core of players they have, they also probably have a better chance at landing Noah then the Bucks.
Arthur appeared in 70 games with the Nuggets last year, starting 14 of them and averaging 7.5 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game. Arthur was scheduled to make a hair under three million dollars this season, but will now be a free agent and pursue a contract elsewhere.
Gaining 20 pounds is never an easy feat for an athlete with a smaller frame, and it's encouraging that Simmons was able to pack on some more pounds in an effort to have a more prototypical NBA body. The #1 overall pick will undoubtedly have a lot of pressure on his shoulders this season, but it's a good sign that he already has been working to make sure that he's able to hit the ground running for a young Philadelphia team.
Beal joins LeBron James on the list of NBA players that have withdrawn from consideration over the past two days. Beal played in only 55 games last season due to a stress injury to his right fibula, and wants to use the offseason to make sure that he's fully healthy for the Wizards once the season starts. Beal is a restricted free agent on July 1st, and many believe that he'll be seeking a maximum contract from the Wizards. The 22-year-old averaged a career best 17.4 points per game for Washington last season.
It appears as if after an injury plagued two years in Detroit, Stan Van Gundy is ready to let go of G Jodie Meeks, and hand the keys over to young talent Reggie Bullock and Darrun Hilliard. Meeks, who once he found his way on the floor in Detroit performed pretty much as advertised before hurting his back in year two, and the breaking his foot in the second game this season. He a sharp perimeter shooter, and could run the floor, cutting to the basket to create opportunities. It is likely Detroit will swap his final year for some veteran point guard solution, as the market for PG is weak this year.
This is not a potential acquisition that moves the needle much for the Mavericks. Thomas averaged 8.2 points and 2.2 rebounds across 59 games (five starts) for the Knicks this past season.
The contract drama between Whiteside and the Heat has been going on for quite some time now. The 27-year-old big man, who is coming off an excellent season in which he averaged 14.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.7 blocks, will undoubtedly command a hefty sum of money no matter who ultimately signs him.