Andre Iguodala is reportedly receiving interest from the Nets, Clippers, 76ers, Jazz, Spurs, Timberwolves, Magic and his former team the Warriors. The one-time Finals MVP will have plenty of suitors but we ultimately expect him to return to Golden State.For fantasy players, a move out of Golden State could be a huge bump in value for Iggy. He’s unlikely to leave as the team has won the NBA Finals in two of the past three seasons and Kevin Durant will take less money so they can sign other free agents.
Alex Len will be a restricted free agent this off-season after the Suns extended a qualifying offer. The Suns can now match any offer on Len. Len will likely return to a timeshare at center with Alan Williams next season. Len and Williams will split time next season at center while the team tries to deal Tyson Chandler this summer. Between the two players, Williams is th preferred fantasy option.
Alan Williams joins Alex Len as restricted free agents this summer as the team sends both players qualifying offers. Williams played well last season after taking over for Len/Chandler.Williams can be a solid center for the Suns and his fantasy value can only go up from here. A trade for Tyson Chandler bodes well for both parties and for Williams’ fantasy value.
Michael Carter-Williams is now an unrestricted free agent after the Bulls did not extend an offer to make him a restricted free agent. MCW was traded from the Bucks to the Bulls in exchange for Tony Snell. The Bulls just completed a trade for Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine making MCW expendable.The Bucks got the better end of the deal with Tony Snell playing well down the stretch for them and the Bucks making the playoffs as a No. 6 seed. MCW will look to sign onto a team in desperate need of a point guard.
Bojan Bogdanovic received an extended offer from the Wizards making him a restricted free agent. Otto Porter will also be a restricted free agent making Porter the priority to bring back. It could go either way with Bojan being back in Washington next season.Bojan can knock down the three which a lot of teams could rush to try to sign him to an offer sheet and steal him away from Washington. We expect them to match any Porter offer sheet but Bojan could be let go depending on price. He’s worth keeping an eye on late in drafts in your in desperate need of three-pointers.
Draymond Green takes home the Defensive Player of the Year award last night beating out Rudy Gobert and Kawhi Leonard. Green was a past runner-up the last two seasons for this award.Even with Kevin Durant now in town, Green still managed to post top-25 numbers in standard scoring leagues. He should remain around that number in re-draft leagues next season.
Russell Westbrook is most deserving of this honor as he posted a record setting 43 triple-doubles this past season passing Oscar Robertson and averaging a triple-double with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game. Westbrook should be the favorite to go No. 1 in re-draft leagues this upcoming season. If the team can add some shooting, Westbrook could see a slight uptick in assists and hopefully wins.
Giannis Antetokounmpo wins this season’s Most Improved Award while posting career-best numbers in scoring, assists, rebounds, steals and blocks per game while shooting over 52 percent from the floor. Giannis should be considered a top-five pick in fantasy drafts at worst. Some can argue that he’s worth the No. 1 overall pick in re-draft leagues.
The Wizards extended a qualifying offer to Otto Porter making him a restricted free agent. This could mean that the Wizards are out of the Paul George sweepstakes and are hoping to keep Porter by matching any deal.Otto Porter could be a popular free agent this offseason while the Nets are already linked to him. Porter was one of the biggest fantasy gems last season and could be drafted as early as round three or four.
Eric Gordon wins the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award after posting the third most three-pointers per game (3.3) while posting 16 plus points per game. Gordon beat out others such as Andre Iguodala and teammate Lou Williams for the award. Gordon seems very likely to return to Houston next season.Gordon could see a boost in fantasy value if the team does deal Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams. However, the team is in on the Chris Paul sweepstakes.
Malcolm Brogdon wins the Rookie of the Year after taking the starting point guard job from Matthew Dellavedova while averaging 10.2 points, 4.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.0 3-pointers on 45.7 percent shooting. Brogdon beat out Dario Saric and Joel Embiid (who didn’t play in enough games to win). Brogdon is locked into the starting point guard role and worth a look late in re-draft leagues. The team is short on cap space so the team could be similar to this past season leaving Brogdon plenty of opportunities.
Tim Hardaway Jr. will be a restricted free agent after the Hawks made a qualifying offer. This means that the Hawks can match any offer sheet made to Hardaway. Even though Marco Belinelli is now in town, Hardaway will be the starting two guard next season. It’s possible a team throws big money at Hardaway after a career-best 14.5 points per game last season and really stepped up after the Kyle Korver deal. He’s worth a look in later rounds if he’s a member of the Hawks.
Spencer Hawes has exercised his player option for next season worth $6 million. Hawes wasn’t going to command that money on the open market but he will return with money and being third on the depth chart behind Thon Maker and Greg Monroe.Hawes won’t make much if any impact in fantasy playing behind Thon Maker and Greg Monroe. Continue to leave Hawes off your re-draft board.
Ricky Rubio is still on the block according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. The Wolves just pulled off a blockbuster deal landing Jimmy Butler for Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn. The Wolves are looking to make a big splash and build around Towns, Butler and Wiggins. Rubio could very well remain in Minnesota.Rubio is a solid point guard in this league and could very well remain in Minnesota alongside three stars. Rubio’s fantasy value could take a hit if he leaves Minnesota. If he stays, he’s a solid bet to post 10 plus assists.
Jordan Hill has been waived by the Wolves on Monday. Hill only played in seven games this past season after 73 games against the Pacers the prior season. Look for him to sign on with a team in need of a big.Hill averaged over eight points and six boards per game the prior season in Indiana but was completely not utilized in Minnesota even without Nikola Pekovic. Hill’s not a fantasy asset.