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Date Player
6/28/2017 Chris Paul, LAC, PG
Paul is headed to the Rockets after agreeing to opt-in to his option year and be traded to Houston.

Analysis: Paul is an interesting fit in Houston, where he'll be playing with another guard who dominates the ball in James Harden. While it's likely that two stars of this caliber will make it work, both could see their fantasy numbers drop a bit to accommodate the other.
6/28/2017 Patrick Beverley, Hou, G
Beverley is headed to the Clippers along with Sam Dekker and Lou Williams in exchange for Chris Paul.

Analysis: Beverley could start for the Clippers, depending on how free agency shakes out. He's still a rugged defender and should see his offensive numbers get a boost.
6/28/2017 Sam Dekker, Hou, F
Dekker is headed to the Clippers along with Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams in exchange for Chris Paul.

Analysis: Dekker showed some promise with the Rockets and should get ample playing time for a Clippers team that, in at least some ways, will be rebuilding.
6/28/2017 Lou Williams, Hou, G
Williams is headed to the Clippers along with Sam Dekker and Patrick Beverley in exchange for Chris Paul.

Analysis: Williams and Jamal Crawford on the same team is potentially hilarious. They should never share the floor, but if they do it will be interesting to see if either throws a pass to the other while they're teammates.
6/28/2017 Ryan Kelly, Atl, F
The Hawks traded Kelly to the Rockets on Wednesday in exchange for cash considerations.

Analysis: Kelly, 26, appeared in 16 games for the Hawks last season, averaging 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in limited play. However, he owns career averages of 6.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in 163 games, including 59 starts.
6/27/2017 Russell Westbrook, OKC, PG
Westbrook won the NBA's MVP award Monday.

Analysis: After joining Oscar Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double for an entire regular season and recording 42 triple-double to break Roberston's NBA single-season record, Westbrook averaged 37.4 points, 11.6 rebounds and 10.8 assists as the Thunder were eliminated in five games by the Rockets. He had three triple-doubles in the first-round series.
6/27/2017 Draymond Green, GS, F
Green was named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year on Monday.

Analysis: Green was rewarded for his do-everything role with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. He led the league in steals and on Feb. 10 had the league's first triple-double ever that didn't include points, finishing with 11 rebounds, 10 steals and 10 assists.
6/27/2017 Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mil, F
Antetokounmpo won the Most Improved Player award Monday.

Analysis: He became the first player to finish in the top 20 in all five major categories (points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals). In his fourth season, Antetokounmpo improved his scoring average from 16.9 points to 22.9 and his rebounding average from 7.7 to 8.8. He also improved his assists average to 5.4, his steals to 1.6 and blocks to 1.9.
6/27/2017 Malcolm Brogdon, Mil, G
Brogdon won NBA Rookie of the Year on Monday.

Analysis: Brogdon became the first player not picked in the first round since the common draft era began in 1966 to win the award. The Bucks used the 36th overall pick to select Brogdon in 2016 and he averaged 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 75 games (28 starts). Brogdon shot 40.4 percent from 3-point range and 86.5 percent from the foul line. His assists (4.2) and steals (1.1) per game were tops among rookies, while his 3-point and free-throw percentage ranked second.
6/27/2017 Eric Gordon, Hou, SG
Gordon won the Sixth Man of the Year Award on Monday.

Analysis: Gordon signed with the Rockets and only came off the bench 19 times in his first eight seasons. He was a reserve in 60 of the 75 games he played in and averaged 17.6 points and his 206 3-pointers off the bench were 27 more than the previous record.
6/27/2017 Jared Dudley, Pho, F
Dudley will be sidelined for three to four months after undergoing surgery last week on his left toe ligament and bone, the Suns announced Tuesday.

Analysis: Dudley averaged 6.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 64 games last season. He spent the majority of 2016-17 coming off the bench after rookie Marquese Chriss seized the starting job in the eighth game of the season.
6/26/2017 Jordan Hill, Min, F-C
Hill was waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday as the team tries to save money ahead of free agency. The Timberwolves signed Hill to a two-year contract last season, but only the first year was guaranteed. He was slated to make $4.18 million next season and the team faced a Friday deadline to decide on retaining Hill.

Analysis: Hill only played seven games last season and averaged 1.7 points and two rebounds. Since entering the league as a first-round pick of the New York Knicks in 2009, Hill has career averages of 7.9 points and 5.8 rebounds in 409 regular-season games with the Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers and Timberwolves.
6/23/2017 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Det, SG
Caldwell-Pope was suspended for two games without pay by the NBA on Friday for pleading guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Analysis: A restricted free agent, Caldwell-Pope was sentenced to a year of probation last week in a March traffic stop in suburban Detroit. Caldwell-Pope was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after police say he was spotted going about 45 mph in a 25 mph zone about 2:50 a.m. March 29 in Auburn Hills.
6/23/2017 Arron Afflalo, Sac, G-F
The Sacramento Kings have waived guard Arron Afflalo one year after signing him as a free agent. The Kings cut ties with Afflalo on Friday before his entire $12.5 million contract for 2017-18 would become guaranteed. Afflalo will get $1.5 million instead.

Analysis: Afflalo averaged 8.4 points and 2 rebounds in 61 games this past season for Sacramento. He has averaged 11.3 points per game in his 10-year career.
6/23/2017 Blake Griffin, LAC, F-C
Griffin opted out of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday and point guard Chris Paul will do the same sometime next week, according to multiple published reports.

Analysis: Griffin could be highly pursued by his hometown Oklahoma City Thunder to give Russell Westbrook a high-impact running mate that was missing last season after Kevin Durant's departure. The five-time All-Star averaged 21.6 points and 8.1 rebounds last season but has been plagued by injuries over the past three seasons.
6/23/2017 Chris Paul, LAC, PG
Power forward Blake Griffin opted out of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday and Paul will do the same sometime next week, according to multiple published reports.

Analysis: The decisions would make both players unrestricted free agents on July 1. Speculation has Paul being a target of the San Antonio Spurs. The nine-time All-Star averaged 18.1 points and 9.2 assists last season.
6/22/2017 Greg Monroe, Mil, F-C
Monroe has exercised his $17.8 million player option to stay with the team for 2017-18. The 6-foot-11 Monroe had until Thursday night to make his decision. A Bucks official said before the NBA draft that Monroe had exercised the option.

Analysis: Monroe averaged 11.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 81 games in 2016-17 for the Bucks. He provided scoring punch off the bench.
6/22/2017 Markelle Fultz, Phi, PG
The Philadelphia 76ers selected Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

Analysis: Fultz averaged 23.2 points last season at Washington, tops among freshmen, and added 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, the only Division I player to reach those stats.
6/22/2017 Lonzo Ball, LAL, PG
The Lakers selected Ball with the second overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night, staking a big portion of their future on the talented UCLA playmaker.

Analysis: Ball receives comparisons to Jason Kidd for his offensive abilities. He led the nation with 7.7 assists per game while quarterbacking the highest-scoring offense in Division I, and he scored consistently despite an unorthodox shot.
6/22/2017 Jayson Tatum, Bos, SF
The Boston Celtics selected Tatum with the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night. The selection comes after the Celtics traded the top pick to Philadelphia earlier in the week for the No. 3 pick, plus a first-rounder in either 2018 or 2019.

Analysis: In Tatum, a 6-foot-8 small forward, Boston gets a player who was a polished scoring threat during his lone season at Duke, averaging 16.8 points while shooting 45.2 percent from the field. The 19-year-old was a third-team All-ACC selection.
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