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Knicks exercise Allonzo Trier's team option

The New York Knicks have exercised Allonzo Trier's team option for the 2019-20 season, per Shams Charania.

What It Means:

The former undrafted free agent had an option worth $3.5 million.

Trier averaged 10.9 points and 22.8 minutes per game in 64 appearances last season.

Warriors expect Klay Thompson (knee) to miss 9-10 months

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (knee) is expected to miss as many as 9-10 months, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

Thompson tore his ACL during Game 6 of the NBA Finals and is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. While Warriors owner Joe Lacob said he does not know what they will do with Thompson, he added that "I’ve said for a long time I want Klay to be a Warrior for life, and so this doesn’t change anything as far as I’m concerned.”

Thompson averaged 21.5 points and 34.0 minutes per game in 2018/19.

Kevon Looney (chest) starting for Warriors on Thursday in Game 6

Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney is in the lineup on Thursday in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

With superstar Kevin Durant sidelined for the rest of the season (and next season) with a ruptured Achilles, and Looney will get the nod at the five as the Warriors hope to force a Game 7 and defend their title.

Our models project Looney for 18.0 FanDuel points across 18.6 minutes of action.

Grizzlies' Jonas Valanciunas to decline player option, per report

Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas will reportedly decline the player option on his contract worth $17.6 million for the 2019-20 season in order to hit free agency this summer.

What It Means:

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Valanciunas intends to try to negotiate a new deal with Memphis, who acquired his services from Toronto in a midseason trade.

He averaged 15.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 22.3 minutes per game this season.

Hornets' Kemba Walker open to taking less than supermax

Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker said he would be willing to take less than the supermax to re-sign with the team in order to help management build a stronger squad around him.

What It Means:

Walker also said he would meet with other teams before reaching a decision. He is eligible for a five-year, $221 million contract from Charlotte.

He averaged 25.6 points, 5.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 34.9 minutes per game this season.

Report: Lakers make Brandon Ingram (arm), Lonzo Ball, 4th pick available

The Los Angeles Lakers have made small forward Brandon Ingram (arm), point guard Lonzo Ball, and the 2019 4th overall pick available in trade talks with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

What It Means:

Stein adds that he believes the Lakers "have tried to keep Kyle Kuzma out of the talks," which was previously reported by Tania Ganguli and Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times. The Pelicans would also like to involve a third team in the potential deal, so there's plenty of moving parts. Ingram is expected to be fully recovered from arm surgery by the end of the summer.

Ingram averaged 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 0.6 3-pointers in 52 games for the Lakers this season.

Source: Marc Stein

Warriors' Kevin Durant has surgery on ruptured Achilles

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant underwent surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Achilles rehab typically takes around 12 months, so Durant may be sidelined for the entire 2019-20 season. He has a player option for $31.5 million, but even with the injury, the two-time Finals MVP will still likely receive long-term max offers from other teams. Durant turns 31 in September.

Durant averaged 26.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.1 blocks, and 1.8 3-pointers in 78 games during the regular season.

Report: Celtics' Kyrie Irving declines player option

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving has reportedly declined his player option worth $21.3 million for the 2019-20 season, and he will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

What It Means:

Irving was expected to opt out and it is very possible that he leaves Boston. The Nets, Lakers and Knicks are all possible landing spots in that event.

He averaged 23.8 points, 6.9 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 33.0 minutes per game last season.

Report: Kevin Durant likely tore Achilles in Warriors' win

The Golden State Warriors believe forward Kevin Durant’s MRI on Tuesday will confirm a torn right Achilles’ tendon, reports ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski.

What It Means:

Durant suffered the injury Monday in his first game back from a month-long absence for a calf injury. If Tuesday's MRI confirms the Warriors' fears, Durant could miss the majority of the 2019-2020 season. He turns 31 in September.

Durant scored 11 points (3-of-5 field goals, 2-of-2 free throws) with 3 3-pointers, 2 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 turnover in 12.0 minutes on Monday before leaving.

Warriors' Kevin Durant re-injures right calf, won't return on Monday

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (calf) appeared to aggravate his right calf injury and will not return to Game 5 on Monday.

What It Means:

Durant was playing well before suffering the setback with his calf. He appeared to be in serious pain and needed to be helped back to the locker room. It seems safe to say the KD will not return for the remained of the NBA Finals if they are extended past Monday.

Durant finished with 11 points and 2 rebounds on 3-for-5 shooting including 3-for-3 on three-pointers in just 12 minutes of action.

Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins moving to the bench with Kevin Durant starting Monday

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins will come off the bench in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

What It Means:

Cousins will move to the bench as the Dubs go small in Kevin Durant's return to action. Andre Iguodala will stay in the starting five as KD is at power forward and Draymond Green plays at center.

Our models project Cousins for 20.5 FanDuel points in 15.6 minutes in Game 5.

Kevin Durant (calf) returns to the Warriors' starting lineup Monday

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (calf) is back in the starting lineup for Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

What It Means:

Durant missed over a month with a calf strain but is ready to on Monday as the Dubs try to stave off elimination. He is not expected to have a minutes restriction but will play in short spurts to start the game. Andre Iguodala will return to a reserve role.

Our models project Durant for 21.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 38.3 FanDuel points in 31.4 minutes on Monday.

Kevin Durant (calf) 'expected to be full go' for Warriors in Game 5

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (calf) is "expected to be a full go" for Game 5 on Monday versus the Toronto Raptors, according to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.

What It Means:

Letourneau confirmed what was initially reported by NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole. Durant may be rusty after missing over a month, but as of now, it sounds like he will be free of any playing time restrictions.

numberFire's models expect KD to score 34.8 FanDuel points on Monday. He's priced at $11,000.

Tony Parker retires after 18 seasons

Charlotte Hornets point guard Tony Parker announced his retirement from the NBA after 18 seasons.

What It Means:

"A lot of different stuff ultimately led me to this decision," Parker said. "But, at the end of the day, I was like, if I can’t be Tony Parker anymore and I can’t play for a championship, I don’t want to play basketball anymore." Parker, 37, spent the first 17 years of his career with the San Antonio Spurs before finishing out with the Hornets this past season. The future Hall of Famer will hang them up as a 4-time NBA champion, 4-time All-NBA selection, and 2007 Finals MVP.

Parker averaged 15.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 5.6 assists over 1,254 career games.

Kevin Durant (calf) a game-time decision Monday for Warriors

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (calf) is a game-time decision for Game 5 of NBA Finals versus the Toronto Raptors on Monday, per head coach Steve Kerr.

What It Means:

Durant participated in shootaround before exiting to receive treatment. “He looked good, and we’ll see where it goes,” Kerr said. With the Warriors one loss away from elimination, Durant figures to be out there after missing the past nine games.

numberFire's models expect KD to score 34.8 FanDuel points on Monday. He's priced at $11,000.

Golden State's Kevin Durant (calf) questionable for Monday's Game 5

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (calf) is listed as questionable for Monday's NBA Finals matchup against the Toronto Raptors.

What It Means:

Durant will be considered questionable for Game 5 after practicing on Sunday. Look for the Warriors' star to be a game-time decision on Monday.

If Durant is active, our models project the Golden State forward to produce 50.8 FanDuel points in Game 5.

Kevin Durant (calf) cleared to practice for Warriors Sunday

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (calf) will practice on Sunday, per head coach Steve Kerr.

What It Means:

“He’s doing more today," Kerr said. "We’ll know more after that." If everything goes well, it sounds possible that Durant could return for Game 5 of the Finals on Monday night in Toronto against the Raptors. The Warriors currently face a 3-1 series deficit.

KD was averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 2.9 triples in 11 playoff games before the injury.

Source: Dan Woike

Shaun Livingston returns to the Warriors' bench with Klay Thompson starting Game 4

Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston will return to the bench for Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday.

What It Means:

Livingston got the spot start in Game 3 but heads to the bench with Klay Thompson back in action on Friday.

Our models project Livingston for 4.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 10.7 FanDuel points in 15.3 minutes in Game 4.

Golden State's Klay Thompson (hamstring) will not have a minutes restriction on Friday

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (hamstring) will not have a minutes restriction for Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday.

What It Means:

Thompson will return to the starting lineup following a one-game absence with a hamstring strain but will not be limited. Shaun Livingston will head to the bench to make room for Thompson.

Our models project Thompson for 18.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 31.6 FanDuel points in 38.0 minutes on Friday.

Warriors hope Kevin Durant (calf) can play in Game 5 or 6 of the NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors are hopeful the forward Kevin Durant (calf) will be able to play in Game 5 or 6 of the NBA Finals.

What It Means:

Durant has been out since May 8 with a calf strain but has been able to get some work in during practice. With Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney hobbled as well, the Dubs could use the boost from the former MVP, even if he is only able to play limited minutes.

Durant averaged 26.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.1 blocks per game during the 2018-19 regular season.

Warriors' Kevon Looney (collarbone) will play in Game 4 on Friday

Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney (collarbone) will play on Friday in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

What It Means:

Looney was ruled out for the remainder of the series just a few days ago but will give it a go with the fractured collarbone. No word on how many minutes he will be available to play but his presence on the court helps boost a depleted Warriors roster.

Our models project Looney for 6.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 18.0 FanDuel points in 18.6 minutes on Friday.

Atlanta trades Taurean Prince to Brooklyn for Allen Crabbe, picks

Atlanta Hawks forward Taurean Prince has been traded to the Brooklyn Nets for guard Allen Crabbe and a pair of picks.

What It Means:

The Hawks are taking on an extra $15 million with Crabbe's bloated contract, so they'll be rewarded with two first-round picks: the No. 17 overall selection in 2019, and a protected first-rounder in 2020. Prince, meanwhile, will head up to a Brooklyn squad with loads of cap space, and he'll be moved alongside a 2021 second-round pick.

In 55 games this season, Prince averaged 13.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 23.2 FanDuel points per game.

Nets' Allen Crabbe shipped to Atlanta

Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe has been traded along with two first-round picks to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Taurean Prince and a future second-round selection.

What It Means:

Crabbe is owed $18.5 million next season, and with the Nets reportedly in the mix for top-flight free agents like Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, they seem to be prioritizing clearing cap space to afford multiple max contracts. To dump his contract, the Nets had to part ways with the No. 17 overall selection in the 2019 NBA Draft, as well as a protected first-round pick in 2020. In exchange, they'll get the 25-year-old Prince as well as a second-rounder in 2021.

In 43 games during an injury-plagued season, Crabbe averaged 9.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 16.8 FanDuel points per game.

Kevin Durant (calf) ruled out for Warriors Friday in Game 4

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (right calf strain) will not play in Game 4 of the Finals on Friday versus the Toronto Raptors, head coach Steve Kerr said.

What It Means:

Kerr previously suggested Durant would participate in a scrimmage on Thursday, but that will not be the case. "There was no setback," Kerr clarified. "I was hoping today would be the day he'd get back on the floor. It's not going to be today. It's going to be tomorrow or next couple days." Things are looking increasingly ominous, but Kerr added there's still hope Durant will be able to return before the series is over.

KD was averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 2.9 triples in 11 playoff games before the injury.

Report: Klay Thompson (hamstring) will play for Warriors in Game 4

Golden State Warriors guard/forward Klay Thompson (left hamstring strain) will return on Friday for Game 4 of the Finals versus the Toronto Raptors, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

This has been the expectation after Thompson sat out Wednesday's Game 3 loss. Shaun Livingston drew the start in his place.

Klay averaged 23.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 3.5 3-pointers, and 33.5 FanDuel points in Games 1 and 2.

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