The 39-year-old Paul Pierce will play against the Grizzlies. Despite his age, Pierce is still putting up decent numbers this year. Averaging, 14.2 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game. However, the Grizzlies give up the seventh least points to small forwards; making Pierce a sub-optimal play tonight.
The veteran guard was released by the Kings in June, just days before his contract would have become guaranteed for the upcoming season. The 31-year-old will likely sign with Orlando at close to the minimum, though the figures are yet to be released. The Magic will be Afflalo's fifth team in as many seasons, and it will be his second stint with the organization, where he also played from 2012-14. Afflalo was an unquestioned starter at that point in his career, but he'll likely come off the bench for Frank Vogel next season, and he'll compete with the likes of Evan Fournier, Jonathon Simmons, Terrence Ross and Mario Hezonja for backcourt minutes. Last season, Afflalo appeared in 61 games for Sacramento and shot 44 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from three.
Knight struggled to find his way into the Suns' rotation last season, playing in just 54 games and posting 11.0 points, 2.4 assists and 2.2 boards across 21.1 minutes per game while shooting 39.8 percent from the field -- all career worsts. Now, it appears that there's a chance Knight won't participate at all during the 2017-18 season as the result of an ACL tear in his left knee, which he suffered while playing in his native South Florida. Though he wasn't expected to see a significant role next season after floundering in a sixth man role last year, his injury will likely open up more opportunities for the likes of Tyler Ulis and Elijah Millsap, assuming the Suns don't make a move to acquire another guard in free agency.
Ennis, who was traded from the Rockets to the Lakers at last year's deadline, has opted to stick with the team for another season. In 53 appearances during the 2016-17 campaign, Ennis posted 4.3 points and 1.6 assists across 11.1 minutes per game while shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from beyond the arc. While he's shown enough upside to warrant a contract, Ennis will likely struggle for playing time again next season, as he's likely slated behind the likes of Lonzo Ball and Jordan Clarkson on the depth chart.
Nicholson has struggled to become a key rotation player throughout his entire five-year NBA career, and he now hasn't started a game since the 2014-15 season. The former St. Bonaventure star appeared in just 38 games between the Wizards and Nets last season and will now be on the open market. Unfortunately for Nicholson, he hasn't shown much in terms of being an NBA-caliber player, and may take some time in either the G League or overseas.
The Nets threw a four-year, $75 million offer sheet at Crabbe last summer, but the Trail Blazers opted to match, a decision the team may ultimately have regretted. Tuesday's deal lends credence to that notion, as the move essentially amounts to a salary dump. Portland is expected to waive Nicholson in short order and will use the stretch provision to spread out the three years and roughly $20 million remaining on his contract. For Crabbe, the trade represents an opportunity to step into a larger role, albeit for a young team likely to struggle again next season. In 2016-17, Crabbe averaged 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 46.8 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from three. He'll have a good chance to start at small forward for Brooklyn, which has the cap room to absorb his hefty contract outright, and will also see minutes at shooting guard.
Brown spent the 2016-17 in China with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls and with the Grand Rapids Drive of the G League. Brown averaged 23.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in 11 outings with the Drive last season and will likely spend most of next season in the G League once again.
Roberts spent last season as Kemba Walker's backup in Charlotte, posting 3.5 points, 1.3 assists and 1.0 rebounds across 10.1 minutes per game while shooting 37.7 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from deep. The 31-year-old will test his luck overseas, with his contract structure giving him a shot at returning to the NBA during the 2018-19 season.
Toupane played in four NBA games last season -- two with Milwaukee and two with New Orleans. In those four appearances, the 24-year old posted 2.8 points on 55.6 percent shooting across 11.8 minutes per game. He spent most of the 2016-17 campaign in the D-League, however, with the Raptors 905. In 36 outings with the 905, Toupane averaged 16.1 points, 4.1 boards, 3.6 assists and 1.1 steals across 27.6 minutes per game while hitting 46.3 percent of his looks from the field and 34.6 percent of his shots from deep.
Cook, who spent 2016 training camp with the Pelicans, appeared in 14 games last season with both Dallas, on a 10-day deal, and New Orleans. He posted 5.8 points and 1.6 assists across 12.3 minutes per game. Cook also appeared in 39 D-League games with the Canton Charge, averaging 26.0 points, 6.7 assists, 4.1 boards and 1.1 steals across 38.5 minutes per contest while hitting 47.6 percent of his attempts from the field and 37.2 percent of his looks from deep.
Brown began the 2016-17 campaign on the Pelicans before being waived and subsequently picked up by the Magic on a 10-day contract. He wasn't extended a second 10-day offer by Orlando. In his 11 NBA games last season, Brown posted 3.9 points and 3.0 rebounds across 14.5 minutes per game while shooting 36.0 percent from the field and 25.9 percent from beyond the arc. He spent most of last year in the D-League, however, with the Erie BayHawks. In Erie, he provided 20.3 points, 5.4 boards, 3.1 dimes and 1.0 steals across 37.8 minutes per game while hitting 46.6 percent of his looks from the field and a scorching hot 46.7 percent of his shots from deep on 5.1 attempts per game. The Timberwolves are likely hoping they can develop the 24-year-old shooting guard/small forward into an NBA-level perimeter threat, as their current team doesn't have any true three-point marksmen.
The Pelicans have yet to formally announce the details of Jones' contract, but it's likely a non-guaranteed deal that includes an invitation to training camp. The 24-year-old Jones took part in camp with the Celtics last season, but was unable to win a roster spot and spent 2016-17 with the D-League's Maine Red Claws. After the campaign, he latched on with the Pelicans' summer-league squad, impressing the organization with averages of 13.3 points and 6.2 rebounds in six games. He'll be a long shot to win a roster spot heading into the upcoming season.
Regardless of where the 25 year old ends up for the 2017-18 season, he'll likely be utilized as only added depth off the bench, having never averaged more than 26 minutes per game over his four-year career.
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