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2017 NBA Draft: First Round Mock
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Jerami Grant Headshot

Grant had his $1.5 million team option for the 2017-18 season picked up by the Thunder on Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Grant was unexpectedly traded to the Thunder from the 76ers at the start of the 2016-17 campaign. He ended up taking part in 78 games with Oklahoma City, finishing with season averages of 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 block across 19.1 minutes. While he wasn't a huge contributor, he was still solid off the bench, so the Thunder felt comfortable bringing him back on such a cheap contract. Grant should factor into the rotation again during the upcoming season, but with the depth that still exists in the Thunder's frontcourt, he'll likely again be stuck in just a smaller role, which limits his overall fantasy impact.
10:23 pm (EST)
Henry Ellenson Headshot

Ellenson broke his nose a couple of weeks ago, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.

Ellenson reportedly suffered the broken nose in a pick-up game and is now wearing a protective mask to avoid any additional damage. It shouldn't be an issue by the time training camp comes around, so Ellenson can be expected to be a full participant in September. However, with both Jon Leuer and Tobias Harris back with the Pistons, Ellenson will largely be held to a minor bench role yet again. During his rookie campaign, Ellenson played in just 19 games, posting averages of 3.2 points and 2.2 rebounds across 7.7 minutes.
8:49 pm (EST)
Jared Dudley Headshot

Dudley recently underwent a procedure on both his ligament and bone in his left toe and is expected to be sidelined for three-to-four months.

Dudley's timetable of three-to-four months puts his status in jeopardy for both training camp and the start of the regular season, but additional updates should be provided over the summer. In his first year of a three-year, $30 million contract, Dudley was largely used as a power forward, so with both Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender still in the fold, Dudley will likely find himself in a bench role yet again. This latest injury certainly doesn't help his quest for a bigger role either, which means Dudley could take another hit to his fantasy value.
7:54 pm (EST)
Jamal Murray Headshot

Murray (groin) is not expected to take part in Summer League, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports.

Murray, who underwent surgery to correct a sports hernia in late April, will not take part in the Nuggets' Summer League action. While reports indicate that Murray looks 'close to 100 percent', the organization likely doesn't want to push things with Murray and deal with a possible re-injury to their young guard. Last season, he averaged 9.9 points and 2.1 assists across 21.5 minutes per game and may end up in a training camp battle for the starting job against Jameer Nelson and Emmanuel Mudiay this upcoming season.
6:05 pm (EST)
Tyler Ulis Headshot

Ulis (ankle) will not participate in Summer League but is expected to be fully healthy by training camp, Doug Haller of The Arizona Republic reports.

Ulis underwent minor surgery on his right ankle in early May with an expected recovery time of 12 weeks, so the Suns won't be able to utilize him during Summer League. That said, he's fully expected to be ready for training camp, so he should get some run with the team prior to the start of the preseason.
5:15 pm (EST)
OG Anunoby Headshot

Anunoby (knee) will not play in the Raptors' Summer League games.

As expected, Anunoby will not participate in Summer League due to his recovery from an ACL tear that cost him the last 15 games of his collegiate career. While there's no timetable for his return at the moment, there's a possibility he'll be ready for training camp. His status will likely be updated periodically as he resumes his rehabilitation.
3:13 pm (EST)
Michael Carter-Williams Headshot

The Bulls do not plan to tender Carter-Williams a qualifying offer, which will make him an unrestricted free agent on July 1, David Kaplan of CSN Chicago reports.

Carter-Williams has a $4.4 million qualifying offer that would make him a restricted free agent, but the Bulls are apparently content to let the 25-year-old walk this offseason. Considering Carter-Williams' struggles since earning the Rookie of the Year award in 2013-14, the decision doesn't come as much of a surprise. Carter-Williams appeared in 45 games for Chicago last season, averaging just 6.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting a dreadful 36.6 percent from the field. Considering the Bulls brought in second-year point guard Kris Dunn via trade on draft night and will want to get a better look at Cameron Payne next season, Carter-Williams is more expendable than ever.
12:28 pm (EST)
Malik Monk Headshot

Monk, who sprained his left ankle during the draft workout process, will miss the Hornets' Summer League Training Camp and is doubtful to play during the team's Summer League games.

Monk's ankle sprain is unfortunate for him and the team, as they were likely hoping to get a solid look at him against some pro-level competition. However, fortunately, the injury isn't serious and Monk is expected to complete his rehab process within two to four weeks and should be set to participate in training camp prior to the start of the season.
11:23 am (EST)
Ante Zizic Headshot

Zizic, who was selected by the Celtics with the 23rd pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, has arrived in Boston to begin practicing with the team, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.

Zizic is a 6-foot-11 center who has likely fallen off most people's radar as a result of being a late first-round selection and spending a year overseas after being drafted. The Celtics were in no rush to bring him over to the States last season considering the strength of their team and how raw he still may be, though they seemingly have high hopes for him moving forward. He spent last season playing for a Turkish club in high-level Euroleague, averaging 9.0 points and 6.7 rebounds across 21.9 minutes per game while shooting 64.9 percent from the field. The Celtics are likely hoping he can be a rebounding presence, as the squad was notably poor on the glass last year. At the moment, his role with the team seems up in the air, but his play in summer league should help clear up his immediate potential. Plus, with Boston probably looking to clear as much cap space as possible this summer in an effort to sign a big-name free agent, Zizic may end up thrust into a significant role sooner than was expected when he was drafted.
11:13 am (EST)
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.
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