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  • Zach Randolph PF | SAC

    Kings' Zach Randolph: Could see role reduced

    Randolph could see his workload reduced as a result of the Kings selecting Marvin Bagley with the number two overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

    Randolph signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Kings last summer and played a significant role on the team in 2017-18. He appeared in 59 games, averaging 14.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 25.6 minutes. However, with Sacramento bringing in power forward/center Bagley, Randolph's role could fall by the wayside as the team looks to continue the rebuild.

  • Milos Teodosic PG | LAC

    Clippers' Milos Teodosic: Faces added competition in backcourt

    Teodosic will face added competition in the backcourt following the Clippers selection of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with the 11th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

    Teodosic's first season in Los Angeles was marred with injury, as a lingering plantar fascia issue in is left foot limited him to just 45 games. That didn't keep him from seeing significant playing time when available, however, and the 31-year-old finished the campaign averaging 9.5 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds across 25.2 minutes. That said, Patrick Beverley is returning from a season-ending knee injury and the Clippers selected 6-foot-6 point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with their first pick in the draft, so Teodosic is far from guaranteed the same role he saw as a rookie. Teodosic is currently sitting on a $6.3 million player option for the 2018-19 season and he's yet to indicate whether he'll opt in or out.

  • George Hill PG | CLE

    Cavaliers' George Hill: Could be impacted by Sexton pick

    Hill could see his role with the Cavs impacted by the team's selection of Collin Sexton with the eighth overall pick in Thursday's draft.

    When healthy, Hill was the regular starter at point guard after coming over from the Kings midway through the season. He had his ups and downs but strung together some solid performances in the postseason and represented one of Cleveland's few two-way options in the backcourt. The future of virtually the entire Cavs' roster is up in the air at this point as LeBron James' free agency saga drags on, but Hill is still under contract for $19 million in 2018-19. If he remains with the Cavs, he'll likely have to battle Sexton for minutes.

  • Hawks' Dennis Schroder: Could see competition in backcourt

    Schroder could see some competition at point guard after the Hawks traded for Trae Young during the 2018 NBA Draft.

    While Schroder may see some of his minutes taken away in favor of the rookie, it's also possible that getting Young on draft night could be the first step in Schroder's exit out of Atlanta after he said he didn't want to be part of a rebuild again. Schroder is, however, coming off the most productive season of his career, averaging 19.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. It's also possible that Schroder and Young could co-exist in the backcourt, so the Hawks may elect to experiment with some lineups before making any drastic roster moves.

  • Robin Lopez C | CHI

    Bulls' Robin Lopez: May see role reduction

    Lopez may see his workload reduced, as the Bulls selected Wendell Carter with the seventh overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

    Lopez was one of the few veterans on the rebuilding Bulls last season, playing 64 games and averaging 11.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 26.4 minutes. However, he was mostly seeing time since Chicago didn't have an up-and-comer for the position. Drafting Carter solves that issue, and could push Lopez farther down on the depth chart.

  • Bobby Portis PF | CHI

    Bulls' Bobby Portis: Could see role reduced

    Portis could see his role reduced as a result of the Bulls selecting Wendell Carter with the seventh overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

    Portis posted a career year during the 2017-18 campaign, averaging 13.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in 22.5 minutes. However, considering Carter projects to have a higher ceiling, his minutes will probably get prioritized over Portis'. And, with Lauri Markkanen still in the fold, Portis appears to be the odd man out in the frontcourt.

  • Suns' Tyson Chandler: Could see role impacted

    Chandler's role with the Suns could be impacted by the team's selection of Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.

    The veteran is likely nearing the end of what's been a very productive career, but he still has one year and nearly $14 million remaining on his deal with the Suns. Due in part to injuries, Chandler played in just over half of Phoenix's games last season, and with Ayton now in the fold, it's difficult to imagine Chandler taking on a more significant role in 2018-19.

  • Austin Rivers PG | LAC

    Clippers' Austin Rivers: Exercises $12.6 million option

    Rivers will exercise his $12.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    It was reported earlier in June that Rivers was undecided on whether to opt in or out of his contract, though it appears he's chosen the former and will remain with the Clippers for a fourth straight season. While Rivers saw action in just 61 games in 2017-18, he did tally career-highs of 15.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals across 33.7 minutes, and was relied upon in the backcourt when the Clippers were dealing with some other injuries. While there's been some trade speculation regarding other guards on the roster, the Clippers currently have the likes of Milos Teodosic, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams under contract, so Rivers will certainly have to fend off some of these other guys in order to approach the 33.7 minutes he averaged last year.

  • Nets' Dwight Howard: Negotiating buyout

    Howard is expected to be bought out by the Nets once the trade with Charlotte is finalized on July 6, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.

    The Nets traded for Howard earlier in the week in an effort to shed the final two years of Timofey Mozgov's contract, which opens multiple max salary slots starting in 2019-20. However, it appears they have no plans of keeping the 32-year-old veteran and a buyout is fully expected to be completed in the next few weeks. That paves the way for Jarrett Allen, the Nets first-round pick in 2017, to take the reigns at center, as the team shifts to developing some of its younger talent. Howard's future, on the other hand, is a bit unclear. There will surely be a handful of teams interested in bringing in the big man, though he's suited up for three organizations over the last three years, which may suggest teams haven't been overly enthused with his locker room presence. Howard still averaged 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 81 games with Charlotte, so he still has plenty left in the tank heading into his 15th year in the league.

  • Kyle O'Quinn: Declines option, becomes unrestricted free agent

    O'Quinn has declined his $4.2 million option for the 2018-19 season to become an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    O'Quinn will look to capitalize on the best season of his career and test the free agent market this off-season. O'Quinn posted career highs in points, rebounds and assists a season ago while also shooting 58.5 percent from the field.

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