Simmons was out of the rotation entirely in Game 2 on Monday, but he received a series-high allotment of playing time in the double-digit loss Thursday. The 27-year-old also took his first three shots from behind the arc of the series and drained two, helping lead to his best scoring total of the first three games. Like fellow reserve Kyle Anderson, Simmons offers some scoring upside off the bench, but his potential opportunity in the postseason will be difficult to predict on a game-to-game basis.
McRae, who was waived by the Cavaliers in early March in order to make room for Andrew Bogut, failed to find an NBA suitor for his talents. McRae, who has spent two years in the NBA, averaged 4.4 points and 1.1 boards across 10.4 minutes per game in 37 appearances with Cleveland last season.
In signing the non-guaranteed deal, Wiltjer will compete for a job on the Raptors' 15-man roster. Last season, he played for the Rockets, though a significant chunk in the D-League, after going undrafted out of Gonzaga. He played just 44 minutes in the NBA. In the D-League, however, he posted 20.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 37.7 percent from deep. At 6-foot-10, he has the mold of a stretch-four.
The only thing holding Stone back from officially signing a contract with Charlotte was the clearance he needed from Lega Basket Serie A, so it's only a matter of time before the 28-year-old puts pen to paper. He last played in the NBA with the Raptors back in 2014 and will likely find himself at the end of the Hornets' bench this coming season.
Cole opened the 2016-17 campaign playing in the Chinese Basketball Association, but following the completion of that season, he ended up joining the Thunder for the final month of their schedule. He took part in just 13 games, posting averages of 3.3 points and 1.1 assists across 9.6 minutes. Once again, Cole struggled to field interest during free agency this offseason and will now head to Maccabi Tel Aviv. That said, there's a chance he ends up coming back to the States following the completion of their season once again, so it wouldn't be surprising if he ultimately attempted to latch on with a contender in February.
Stone is currently awaiting FIBA clearance in order for the deal to become official, but it's expected to be two years at a minimum salary. Look for Stone to battle for spot during training camp, but there's not guarantee he makes the official regular-season roster when all is said and done. The 6-foot-6 wing last saw NBA action in the 2013-14 season with Toronto, but has since struggled to make a significant impact anywhere else and most recently was cut by the Pacers prior to this past season. If Stone does in fact make the team, he'll likely be stuck in a minor bench role and wouldn't be a fantasy contributor.
Hickson once again failed to attract any legitimate NBA suitors for the upcoming season and will spend the upcoming 2017-18 campaign in China. It's possible his name will re-emerge once the CBA season concludes in the spring, though that wasn't the case after the 2016-17 campaign.
The Celtics likely wouldn't have been able to find significant playing time for Bird in their stacked depth chart, so they've opted to send him to the G-League for the majority of the season instead. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard who spent four years at Cal will still be able to spend up to 45 days at the NBA level, however.
Patterson, who agreed to a three-year, $16.4 million contract with the Thunder during free agency, underwent a quick clean-up procedure, so there's no structural damage or anything that could keep him out for an extended period of time. His four-to-six week timetable puts him in good shape for a return prior the start of training camp on Sept. 26, although the Thunder could ease him back into the swing of things early on to avoid any sort of setbacks. Patterson is currently the favorite to start at power forward following the departure of Domantas Sabonis to the Pacers, which should allow the 6-foot-9 big man a chance to boost his overall production after averaging 24.6 minutes per game in a reserve capacity with the Raptors last season.
Details surrounding the arrest are still emerging, but at this point it's certainly possible that Randolph could face some sort of discipline from the Kings or the NBA. A decision likely won't come in the immediate future, however, so it's too early to predict how the situation could affect his value going forward.
Wood played just 13 games last season with the Hornets while competing for time in a crowded frontcourt, posting 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds across 8.2 minutes per game. However, the team opted to let him go and his production, or lack thereof, seemingly didn't draw any NBA suitors. As a result, he'll head to China to work on his craft with a chance to return to North America during the 2018-19 campaign.
Zimmerman, who played in only 19 games for the Magic during the 2016-17 season, was waived by the team in early July after they were seemingly disappointed by his Orlando Summer League performances. He saw just 108 total minutes last year, recording 23 points, 35 rebounds, five blocks, four assists and two steals while shooting an abysmal 32.3 percent from the field. The 7-footer is seemingly a longshot to make the Lakers' final roster considering the team's impressive center depth of Brook Lopez and Ivica Zubac, but it's possible he'll end up with the Lakers' G-League affiliate when things are said and done.
After spending his first two seasons with the Clippers, Wilcox played 22 games with the Magic during the 2016-17 campaign, averaging just 4.9 minutes per contest while outside the regular rotation. The Magic went on to cut him in April, but the Trail Blazers like his upside enough to bring him in on a two-way deal for the upcoming campaign. That means Wilcox will play primarily with the Blazers' G-League affiliate, while also having the ability to spend up to 45 days with Portland if needed. He'll be able to work closely with the organization, but Wilcox isn't going to be a fantasy relevant option.
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