2017 NBA Draft



Lakers, PG, UCLA
Celtics, SF, KANSAS
Suns, SF, Duke
5. Kings
Needs: ALL
6. Magic
Needs: SF,PF
7. Timberwolves
Needs: PF C
8. Knicks
Needs: PG SG
9. Mavericks
Needs: PG PF
10. Kings
Needs: PG SG SF PF C
11. Hornets
12. Pistons
Needs: PF SG
13. Nuggets
Needs: SF,PF
14. Heat
Needs: SG,PF
15. Trail Blazers
16. Bulls
17. Bucks
18. Pacers
19. Hawks
20. Trail Blazers
21. Thunder
22. Nets
23. Raptors
24. Jazz
25. Magic
26. Trail Blazers
27. Lakers
28. Lakers
29. Spurs
30. Jazz


31. Hornets
32. Suns
33. Magic
34. Kings
35. Magic
36. 76ers
37. Celtics
38. Bulls
39. 76ers
40. Pelicans
41. Hawks
42. Jazz
43. Rockets
44. Knicks
45. Rockets
46. 76ers
47. Pacers
48. Bucks
49. Nuggets
50. 76ers
51. Nuggets
52. Pelicans
53. Celtics
54. Suns
55. Jazz
56. Celtics
57. Nets
58. Knicks
59. Spurs
60. Hawks
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)
Dante Exum Headshot

Exum could see his role change with the Jazz's addition of Donovan Mitchell, a combo guard selected with the 13th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.

Mitchell, similar to Exum, is a lengthy combo guard. He's an athletic 6-3 with a 6-10 wingspan, capable of being a great defender at the NBA level, much like Exum. There are questions about which guard slot he will eventually come to occupy, though if the Jazz believe strongly that he's a point guard, it could be a cause for concern for Exum's playing time.
22 Jun 9:06 pm (EST)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Headshot

With the Pistons' selection of Luke Kennard with the 12th overall pick in Thursday's draft, Caldwell-Pope could have more competition for playing time if he's retained.

Kennard is great shooter and gives the Pistons a weapon off the bench that should help improve their 28th overall three-point percentage from last season. While Caldwell-Pope has been a mainstay in the lineup at shooting guard over the last few seasons, he enters the summer as a restricted free agent, and at this point it's unclear if the Pistons plan to match any offer he receives. The selection of Kennard could be a move to provide insurance should Caldwell-Pope wind up elsewhere, though it's still a bit early to read too much into the pick.
22 Jun 9:06 pm (EST)
Trey Lyles Headshot

Lyles was traded to the Nuggets during Thursday's NBA Draft, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

Utah will send both Lyles and the No. 24 pick to Denver in exchange for the No. 13 pick, which the Jazz used to select Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell. After a promising rookie year, Lyles struggled a bit last season, averaging just 16.3 minutes per game and shooting an ugly 36.2 percent from the field. Perhaps a change of scenery is what the former Kentucky standout needs, though Denver may not be an ideal landing spot given its already-crowded frontcourt.
22 Jun 9:01 pm (EST)
Derrick Rose Headshot

With the Knicks selecting Frank Ntilikina with the eighth overall pick in Thursday's draft, Rose's future could be impacted.

The Knicks have indicated that they're interested in bringing Rose, an unrestricted free agent, back next season, but at this point it's unclear where he'd fit in their future plans. While Ntilikina may not be ready to command the offense right away, he's clearly the Knicks' point guard of the future, so his addition to the team could potentially influence the Knicks' front office as it decides whether or not to make a run at keeping Rose this summer.
22 Jun 8:55 pm (EST)
Seth Curry Headshot

Curry (shoulder) no longer has a clear path to minutes in the 2017-18 season after the Mavericks selected Dennis Smith with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Yogi Ferrell might be more in danger of falling out of the rotation than Curry, if not off the roster entirely, but Curry's value takes a hit nonetheless with the selection of Smith. At 24-years-old, it seems that Curry will move into a reserve role behind Smith and Wesley Matthews, with J.J. Barea and Devin Harris also threatening for a portion of reserve guard minutes.
22 Jun 8:54 pm (EST)
Yogi Ferrell Headshot

Ferrell doesn't have a clear path to playing time in the 2017-18 season after the Mavericks selected Dennis Smith with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

An undrafted free agent to begin last season, Ferrell ended his rookie campaign as a fantasy darling on a depleted Mavericks roster while averaging just over 29 minutes per game over 36 outings. He certainly excelled when given the opportunity, but Smith has much more upside as an NBA player and should see the lion's share of minutes at point guard throughout the upcoming season. With Seth Curry, J.J. Barea, and Devin Harris all potentially on the roster for 2017-18, it's possible that Dallas won't pick up Ferrell's contract option for next season, putting him right back on the market with an uncertain future ahead.
22 Jun 8:47 pm (EST)
Nikola Mirotic Headshot

Mirotic will have competition for playing time in the 2017-18 season after the Bulls selected Lauri Markkanen with the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Before worrying about Markkanen, Mirotic heads into the offseason as a restricted free agent, which means it's not entirely certain he'll remain in Chicago next season. If he does stay, though, Markkanen has a very similar skill set, and funny enough, very similar weak spots. Both players are able to extend the court beyond the arc as a power forward, but they also aren't reliable rebounders for their size and have serious questions on the defensive end. After three lackluster years from Mirotic in Chicago with the Bulls, the organization might be quick to pass the torch over to the younger stretch four while leaving Mirotic outside of the rotation.
22 Jun 8:30 pm (EST)
Terrence Ross Headshot

Ross' workload could take a hit due to the Magic drafting Jonathan Isaac, a small forward/power forward, with the sixth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Ross, who was brought on board mid-season in a trade that sent Serge Ibaka to the Raptors, averaged 12.5 points per game on 43.1 percent shooting across 31.2 minutes per game for Orlando. With Isaac being drafted, it will put a lot of pressure on Ross to improve all areas of his game or risk being surpassed on the depth chart. The Magic are in a rebuilding phase and likely won't think twice about playing their first round pick big minutes right out of the gate.
22 Jun 8:23 pm (EST)
T.J. Warren Headshot

Warren will have competition for playing time heading into the 2017-18 season after the Suns selected Josh Jackson with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Warren had a strong start to his third year in the league, but a lingering head injury temporarily derailed his breakout season and held him to just 66 games, ultimately ending with averages of 14.4 points and 5.1 rebounds on 31.0 minutes per game. Both standing at 6-foot-8, Warren and Jackson will likely see stints playing at power forward during the season ahead with Marquese Chriss shifting down to center. Assuming one of them is found capable of playing up in size, a lineup of Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker, Jackson, Warren, and Chriss could see considerable usage over the course of 2017-18.
22 Jun 8:13 pm (EST)
Jimmy Butler Headshot

Butler and the Bulls' No. 16 pick were traded to the Timberwolves during Thursday's NBA Draft in exchange for the Timberwolves' No. 7 pick, Zach LaVine, and Kris Dunn, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

A similar trade was tossed around almost exactly a year ago during the 2016 NBA Draft, but this time around it's legit, as Butler will reunite with his former coach, Tom Thibodeau. Butler has averaged at least 36.9 minutes over each of the last four seasons and that trend will likely continue since Thibodeau generally leaves his best players on the court for hefty amounts of time, even during the regular season. It's not immediately clear where exactly Butler and Andrew Wiggins will line up on the court, whether at shooting guard or small forward, but both players will seemingly float around each of those positions as they also split play-making responsibilities with Karl-Anthony Towns.
22 Jun 7:55 pm (EST)
Kris Dunn Headshot

The Timberwolves have agreed in principle to a trade that will send Dunn along with Zach LaVine and the team's seventh overall pick to the Bulls for Jimmy Butler and the 16th pick, K.C Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

It is a case of deja vu between these teams, as they almost completed a similar deal during last year's draft. Dunn was the main clog in that deal, as the team had high expectations for the fifth overall pick. However, he struggled a bit to maintain a consistent role in the team's rotation this year, which slightly lowered his value. However, he will have a fresh start in Chicago for a rebuilding Bulls' squad. He will presumably enter the year as the favorite to start at point guard.
22 Jun 7:55 pm (EST)
Zach LaVine Headshot

LaVine was traded to the Bulls on Thursday as part of a deal that will bring Jimmy Butler to Minnesota, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Wolves nearly acquired Butler at the 2016 draft and have now finally pulled the trigger on a deal a year later. LaVine will head to Chicago, along with the No. 7 pick and Kris Dunn, while Butler and the No. 16 pick come back to Minnesota. LaVine, who is currently recovering from a torn ACL suffered in February, could miss the start of the 2017-18 season, but he'll likely be one of the Bulls' top offensive options once he returns.
22 Jun 7:50 pm (EST)
Tim Frazier Headshot

Frazier will be traded from the Pelicans to the Wizards in exchange for the 52nd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Michael Scotto of the Associated Press reports.

Frazier was a key rotation player for the Pelicans during the 2016-17 campaign, starting 35 of the 65 games he played in and posting averages of 7.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists across 23.5 minutes. Slated to make just $2 million on the final year of his contract during the upcoming season, he doesn't come with much risk for the Wizards and he should immediately slot in as John Wall's backup at point guard with Brandon Jennings currently a free agent and not guaranteed to be back. That said, with both Wall and Bradley Beal commanding the majority of the workload in the backcourt, Frazier will have plenty of limitations as a fantasy player. Look for the deal to become finalized on Thursday.
21 Jun 8:39 pm (EST)
Nick Young Headshot

Young will decline his $5.6 million player option for the 2017-18 season and become an unrestricted free agent, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.

After the Lakers dangled Young's name out in trade rumors over the past few years, he had somewhat of a surprise resurgence during the 2016-17 campaign, averaging 13.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 2.8 three-pointers across 60 games. However, the Lakers are currently shedding contracts and cap space with the hope of landing some big free agents over the next few summers, so it remains to be seen if they'll be willing to re-up Young, who should be able to lock in a raise from the $5.6 million he was slated to make. No matter who picks up Young, he's largely limited to his value as a three-point shooter, as he struggles to offer much elsewhere in the box score.
21 Jun 7:09 pm (EST)
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