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  • Greg Monroe C | MIL

    Bucks' Greg Monroe: Opts in for 2017-18 season

    Monroe plans to exercise his $17.8 million player option for 2017-18 and remain with the Bucks, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

    With traditional back-to-the-basket centers in the mold of Monroe no longer possessing as much market value as they did a few seasons ago, it was unlikely that the 27-year-old would have landed a larger annual salary had he decided to become a free agent. Since Monroe's contract set to expire after this season, the Bucks could finally have better luck trying to trade him away in the coming months, but while he remains with the team, he'll likely serve as a go-to scoring option for the second unit. Monroe averaged 11.7 points, 6.6 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 22.5 minutes per game in 2015-16.

  • Hornets' Dwight Howard: Sent to Charlotte in trade

    Howard and the 31st pick in the 2017 NBA Draft will be traded to the Hornets in exchange for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

    Howard has two years left on a three-year, $70.5 million deal, so it appears the Hawks didn't like the return they were getting from him and will instead dump his salary off to the Hornets. With Cody Zeller still in fold in Charlotte, Howard enters a slightly more crowded rotation at the center position and it remains to be seen how those minutes will be allocated between the two. Howard should be considered the favorite to start, but the fact that Zeller is still around and Frank Kaminsky occasionally sees time at center as well, it could mean a slight decrease in minutes. In 74 games with Atlanta during the 2016-17 campaign, Howard averaged 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1. steal and 1.6 blocks across 32.1 minutes.

  • Hawks' Miles Plumlee: Traded to Hawks

    Plumlee (knee), along with Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick in the draft were traded to the Hawks in exchange for Dwight Howard and the 31st pick on Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

    Plumlee has bounced around quite a bit in the past year. He began last season with the Bucks before being dealt to Charlotte before the trade deadline. His four-year, $52 million contract was largely seen as an unfavorable deal when he signed it last season, but it appears the Hawks were willing to absorb it in order to get the first pick of the 2nd round in Thursday's draft and unload Dwight Howard's three-year, $70.5 million deal. Plumlee will likely split time at center with Mike Muscala if he remains in Atlanta. Plumlee averaged 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds across 10.8 minutes per game in 2017.

  • Lakers' Timofey Mozgov: Shipped to Brooklyn

    Mozgov and D'Angelo Russell will be traded to the Nets in exchange for Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

    With the Lakers attempting to get a better look at some of their younger prospects, Mozgov was shut down during the second half of the 2016-17 campaign. That limited him to just 54 games, for which he averaged 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds over 20.4 minutes. While the move to Brooklyn offers the chance at a fresh start, he's not necessarily guaranteed a huge role, as the Nets essentially took on his contract in an effort to secure the younger and higher upside player in D'Angelo Russell. That said, with Lopez heading to Los Angeles, the Nets currently have just Quincy Acy, Justin Hamilton and Trevor Booker as bigger frontcourt players, so barring any splashy free agent pick-ups in July, Mozgov should at least be a rotation player in Brooklyn.

  • Brook Lopez C | BKN

    Lakers' Brook Lopez: Dealt to the Lakers

    Lopez and the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft will be traded to the Lakers in exchange for D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

    Lopez was on an expiring $22.6 million deal for the 2017-18 campaign, so the Nets opted to ship him out and at least get some value back before losing him in free agency in the summer of 2018. While the Nets had to take on the final three years of an ugly four-year, $64 million contract for Mozgov, they at least received the promising young guard Russell, who was the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Lopez should take on a hefty role in the frontcourt for the Lakers, which is a tough blow for the outlook of the up-and-coming Ivica Zubac.

  • Nikola Pekovic: Waived by Wolves

    Pekovic (ankle) was waived by the Wolves on Tuesday.

    Pekovic, who was ruled out for the entirety of the 2016-17 season due to right ankle pain, has battled injuries throughout his career. He's never played more than 65 games in a single campaign and (discounting this past year) averaged 45.2 games played per season. It seems very likely that his NBA career is over, as it's doubtful that someone would take a chance on him unless it was for minimum salary. Pekovic's career numbers stand at 12.6 points (on 51.8 percent shooting) and 6.7 boards across 24.9 minutes per game. From Minnesota's perspective, the move opens up a roster spot and could allow them to pursue additional talent in the free agent market if they decide to be buyers.

  • David Lee C | SA

    Spurs' David Lee: Will decline player option

    Lee (knee) will decline his $2.3 million player option for the 2017-18 season and become an unrestricted free agent, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

    Despite turning 34 years old, Lee was once again a solid contributor off the bench for the Spurs during his most recent campaign, posting averages of 7.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists across 79 games. While he did suffer a sprained patellar tendon during the playoffs, Lee isn't in need of surgery and should be back to full strength by mid-July, so there's currently no concerns over his training camp availability. If he opts to sign elsewhere, Lee should be able to find a raise and would offer a decent veteran presence off the bench for a contending team.

  • Pistons' Andre Drummond: Cleared for conditioning

    Drummond (nose) has been cleared to start working on his conditioning but hasn't participated in any contact drills since his sinus surgery, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.

    Drummond underwent surgery to repair a deviated septum -- an injury he suffered in college -- in early May. It's seemingly still healing, considering the lack of contact work. There's currently no timetable for a return to full basketball activity, though it's probably safe to assume that he'll be good to go for training camp.

  • Aron Baynes C | DET

    Pistons' Aron Baynes: Will become free agent

    Baynes revealed Monday that he would decline his $6.5 million player option for 2017-18 and become an unrestricted free agent in July, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

    The Pistons began planning for Baynes' departure last summer, when the club signed Boban Marjanovic to a three-year, $21 million contract. Marjanovic primarily worked as the third-string center until the final few games of the season, when Baynes was phased out of the rotation as the Pistons looked to assess their longer-term assets. Baynes, who averaged 4.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game over 75 appearances last season, isn't likely to find a starting role no matter where he lands, but he should see a decent spike in salary given the rising cap and weak market for reserve centers.

  • Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson: Solid effort in Game 5 losing cause

    Thompson registered 15 points (6-8 FG, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block over 30 minutes during Monday's 129-120 loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

    Thompson enjoyed what was by far his best game of the series, contributing his highest scoring total since Game 3 of the conference finals against the Celtics. The 26-year-old was also a strong presence on the boards for the second straight contest and took a postseason-high amount of shot attempts. Thompson enjoyed a solid 2016-17 campaign in which he averaged 8.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.1 blocks across 78 games, although the Cavs may determine they need more offense from the center position in order to mount a challenge to the Warriors' title next season.